2015 Inaugural Northern California Healthcare Diversity Summit

While some gains have been made in regards to increasing diversity in the field of health care management, recent studies continue to suggest that there is still ample room for improvement. With recent changes to our National Health Care System as well as the changing demographics in our country. There is an urgent need to understand the importance of healthcare organizations providing a culturally competent framework to serve such a diverse population. The Healthcare Diversity Council aims to provide a forum for dialogue and awareness. Our main goal is to assist in creating knowledge as to how to build an organizational culture and workforce that is culturally competent and inclusive. It is our vision to begin the transformation that will drive organizations to become culturally competent as they contribute to eliminate health disparities.

The Summit seeks to develop and enhance culturally inclusive professionals, behaviors, programs and policies to meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve throughout California. Aimed at professionals in healthcare, biomedical research and related industries, the Summit offers the opportunity to highlight successful best and next practices to address the most pressing issues facing our industry.

The Council is multi-functional and works closely with its members to:

  • Lead, develop and otherwise support organizational diversity development strategies that promote inclusive, respectful, diverse, and culturally competent employment, and services to consumers and communities.
  • Develop and monitor disparity and diversity performance measures.
  • Coordinate diversity development initiatives and groups across Southern California.
  • Represent the CAHDC in all diversity development initiatives
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Highlighting Collaborative and Innovative Strategy sessions
  • Qualified education credits available through ACHE


Now Accepting Nominations

1) 2015 Excellence Award for Healthcare Diversity


To honor an organization affiliated with the healthcare industry for their extraordinary and unfailing commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and surrounding communities.

The Excellence Award for Healthcare Diversity honors an organization that has:

  1. Established an innovative organizational culture with an extraordinary and unfailing commitment to diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, community outreach, and patient satisfaction.
  2. Demonstrated a consistent pattern of an innovative organizational commitment to the recruitment, development, and retention of individuals from all populations.
  3. Developed and implemented effective initiatives as demonstrated by a diversified work force in which all persons are afforded opportunities for employment and upward mobility regardless of difference.
  4. Cultivated and promoted diversity initiatives that establish and foster a more inclusive and equitable work environment




2) 2015 Distinguished Healthcare Diversity Advocate


To recognize individuals of color who have made a difference in the diversity and inclusion realm through their research or achievements, and exemplify the ability to excel in the healthcare field.

Criteria for selection:

  1. Creates or spearheads innovative diversity initiatives that establish and foster a more inclusive and equitable work environment.
  2. Sustains a record of accomplishments or contributions to the healthcare industry throughout the scope of his or her career
  3. Demonstrates active involvement in community outreach programs
  4. Retains a commendable reputation with colleagues, superiors, and patients
  5. Exhibits and demonstrates a commitment to the highest ethical standards and professional excellence
  6. Demonstrates a consistent pattern of commitment to the recruitment, training, development, and retention of individuals from all populations





2015 Inaugural Northern California HealthCare Diversity Summit



Transformational Diversity in Healthcare



Tuesday, November 3, 2015



9:00 a.m. ­— 11:30 a.m. PST



Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf



Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf
555 North Point St
San Francisco, CA 94133


Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
9:00 a.m. — 9:05 a.m. Advisory Board Welcome
9:05 a.m. — 9:10 a.m. Host Welcome
9:10 a.m. — 10:00 a.m. Featured Speaker
10:00 a.m. — 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. — 11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion
11:15 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. Sponsor Acknowledgement and Closing Remarks


Keynote Speaker

Rick Stevens
Chief Administrative Officer at St. Luke’s Hospital, Vice President,
California Pacific Medical Center



Jayne Taylor
Chief of Staff, Consumer Markets Division
Blue Shield of California



Irene Chavez
Senior Vice President and Area Manager
Kaiser Permanente
James E.T. Jackson, MPH
Chief Administrative Officer
Fairmont and San Leandro Hospitals
Alameda Health System
Suzanne Rumsey
Director, Learning & Talent Management, Talent & Organization Development
Blue Shield of California
Tiffany Hester
Senior Diversity Manager


Event Sponsors




To learn more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alessandra Jaime at alessandra.jaime@nationaldiversitycouncil.org.


Individual Registration — $79