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Embracing a Dialogue about Gender Equity and Intersectionality: A Virtual Face to Face Credit Session

September 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

As healthcare consumers become more demographically diverse, healthcare leaders seek to recruit and retain talent from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Gaining an understanding of intersectionality will equip leaders to build and retain team members across difference and in ways that establish common ground and cultivate inclusive cultures of belonging. The concept of intersectionality recognizes that everyone has multiple identities that intersect and influence how we view ourselves and interact with others. Learning how to effectively apply intersectionality principles will help organizations move beyond the one-dimensional aspects of traditional diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts.

In the drive for gender equity, healthcare leaders have acknowledged the need for fully inclusive gender equity that recognizes the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of identity. Efforts to improve women representation in the senior ranks of healthcare management must include women from all backgrounds and experiences. When intersectionality considerations are incorporated into gender equity strategies, organizations can reap tangible, proven benefits including better talent recruitment and retention, stronger DEI outcomes, and improved organizational performance.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Define the concepts of gender equity and intersectionality in the context of healthcare leadership
  • Current state of women in healthcare management, including data and research on women of color and women with differing abilities and sexual orientation
  • The essential role of allies—men and non-racially diverse persons—in the gender equity and intersectionality work
  • How gender equity and intersectionality may fit into an organization’s traditional diversity and inclusion strategies and initiatives
  • How incorporating gender equity and intersectionality principles can enhance talent management, support DEI goals and improve organizational performance
  • The disparate impact on women of color and women with differing abilities and sexual orientations regarding key aspects of gender diversity, such as pay equity, positions on boards, promotion, recruitment, selection and mentoring/sponsorship
  • Organizational benefits of effective application of gender equity and intersectionality principles
  • Resources and tools to change organizational culture, policies and procedures to address structural racism and sexism

This program is valued as 1.5 Hours of ACHE Face to Face Credits


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We are proud to partner with ASHHRA to offer this program! 

Meet Our Speakers


Chineye Anako, MPH, CHES
Regional Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Trinity Health Of New England

Chineye Anako is a public health practitioner whose work has focused on the intersection of public health and health equity solutions. Past initiatives include work on food security/life cycle, violence prevention in youth and cultural and linguistic programs. She is the Regional Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Trinity Health Of New England, a five-hospital system across Connecticut and Massachusetts. Under her leadership, she led the Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Initiative, which revised the patient demographic questions to be inclusive of all genders and sexual orientation on all hospital in-take forms and in EPIC system throughout the Regional Health Ministry (RHM). She also oversees the 3+1 Language Services Program, which she developed and implemented. The program provides cultural and linguistic care to patients, including those from marginalized groups.

In addition to her role at Trinity Health Of New England, Chineye is the President of the Connecticut Chapter for the National Association for Health Services Executives (NAHSE). NAHSE is a healthcare organization that ensures greater participation of minority groups in the healthcare field. She also serves on the board of the Connecticut Public Health Association (CPHA) and Copper Beech Institute (CBI).

Chineye holds a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion from Southern Connecticut State University and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and an EPIC Summer Scholar at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Chineye Anako is an avid traveler and a native from Nigeria.


Cheri A. Blauwet, MD
Director, Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Orthopaedic SurgeryPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Attending Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Cheri Blauwet is a specialist in sports medicine with specific interest in caring for the masters athlete and the female athlete, from recreational to elite. She brings expertise in non-operative management of sports injuries with emphasis on conservative techniques, as well as sports injury prevention. She is an expert in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound for the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related conditions.   A graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Blauwet completed her residency at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where she served as Chief Resident, followed by a sports medicine fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Dr. Blauwet is a former elite Paralympic athlete, having competed in three Paralympic Games and bringing home a total of 7 medals. She is a two-time winner of the wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon (2004, 2005). Translating her background as an athlete into current leadership opportunities, she now serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston Athletic Association as well as the United States Olympic Committee.  As the Director of the Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute, she is actively involved in research focused on understanding the impact of community-based adaptive sports, as well as injury prevention in the elite Paralympic athlete.


Dr. Michelle L. Edwards, FACHE, FAANP 
Chief Experience Officer
Providence St. Joseph Health

Dr. Michelle L. Edwards currently serves as the first ever Chief Experience Officer at Providence St. Joseph Health which operates 51 hospitals and nearly 1100 clinics in seven states. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring a seamless, modernized, and differentiated consumer experience with augmented digitally-enabled access and navigation. This includes designing an enhanced end-to-end experience for patients while simultaneously simplifying care for the system’s 120,000 caregivers and 25,000 physicians.

Dr. Edwards previously served as the System Senior Vice President, Advanced Practice at Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), now CommonSpirit Health, which is the largest nonprofit health system in the United States by revenue. In her position at CommonSpirit, she developed the health system strategy for Advanced Practice Care across all clinical sites in all geographic areas for the 21-state enterprise. She was responsible for implementing innovative care models, improving care team performance, and integrating advanced practice providers throughout the organization.

Dr. Edwards, a family and acute care nurse practitioner by background, was appointed the first Advanced Practice executive leader in 2013. This was an inaugural role for CommonSpirit Health and a first for the U.S. health care sector. It has since led to the elevation of the Advanced Practice profession through the creation of similar roles at several large U.S. health care systems. Prior to assuming her role with CommonSpirit, she was the Founder and Managing Director of PICC Health Institute LLC, a novel, NP-led primary care center for which she received numerous awards.

As a former clinical operations leader with Walgreens, she directed a new market launch for one of the leading convenient care clinic operators in the country, resulting in the opening and growth of 12 retail health centers in the metropolitan area of Houston, TX. Dr. Edwards leverages a unique background as an experienced clinician and business leader to enhance service delivery in ways consumers want to receive it, allow better precision with predicting patient outcomes and ensure efficient use of limited human capital and financial resources.

Her extensive health care experience and progressive track record spans more than two decades in clinical practice, business and program development, public speaking, professional writing, and consulting. Her commitment to clinical excellence, enthusiasm for innovation, inclination to challenge the status quo, and unique ability to build strong, collaborative, interdisciplinary partnerships has earned her a reputation as a leader in the industry. In October 2018, she was featured as the Leader to Watch by the American Organization of Nursing Leadership (AONL), becoming the first Advanced Practice leader to grace the cover of the organization’s journal. Dr. Edwards has served on the Board of The Source for Women of Houston, American Nurse Practitioner Foundation and Morning Star at Castle Pines Village; and is an Advisory Committee member for several large organizations. Dr. Edwards is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). She earned her Bachelors and Masters degree from The University of Alabama family of organizations, and her Doctorate from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Meet Our Moderator

Christine Mackey-Ross, BSN, MBA
President, Executive and Physician Leadership Search
AMN Leadership Solutions

As President, AMN Executive and Physician Leadership Search, Christine brings 40 years of experience in healthcare, the first 15 as an oncology clinical nurse specialist, the remaining 25+ in executive search. Christine has successfully identified executives for C-suite, President and Chief Executive Officer positions in a wide variety of settings; academic and health science systems, community hospitals large and small, urban and rural, physician groups and managed care organizations.  The common theme in the work she selects is, “furthering the mission of those institutions focused on improving lives”

Christine understands the intricacies of aligning clinical and business priorities. In addition to her executive role at AMN Healthcare, Christine remains actively involved in all facets of search execution for her portfolio of engagements.

Prior to joining AMN Leadership Solutions, Christine was a Senior Partner at Witt/Kieffer, a global executive search firm.  While there, her leadership roles included; Central Region Director; Leader-Physician Executive and Integration Practice; Founder/Managing Director, Witt/Kieffer International and seven years on the Board of Directors.

After hours, Christine serves on a community hospital system Board of Trustees, as a Historic Preservation Commissioner and a Citizen Deputy Juvenile Officer for her municipality’s Restorative Justice Committee. “For me, I want in some small way to make a contribution to healthier communities and improved access to healthcare.”


September 15, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm