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Health equity is achieved when every person has a fair and just opportunity to live their healthiest life. During the Americares Health Equity Summit, join experts from leading organizations to learn how they are working toward a more equitable future.


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Summit Sessions

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Hear from Americares President and CEO Christine Squires as she makes a case for health equity as a top global concern. Squires has over 20 years of experience championing humanitarian causes in senior leadership positions within the nonprofit sector.

1:15 PM – 1:50 PM

Health Equity Keynote and Panel

Keynote Speaker J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Chief Health Equity Officer and VP, Humana

Americares believes health equity is achieved when every person has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible, no matter who they are, where they live or their socioeconomic status. At the Summit, Americares partners and supporters will gather to hear experts from leading organizations share what’s working now and investigate what’s needed for a more equitable future. Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola and our Health Equity Panel will explore the absence of equity as a prime driver of health disparities.

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Mental Health Panel

Gaps in mental health are costly for individuals and for society. Our Mental Health Panel, to be moderated by CNN Anchor and National Correspondent Erica Hill, will discuss innovations—including those in extremely challenging environments—that can serve as models for what mental health care can look like everywhere

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Medicine Security Panel

Medicine security means that every clinic, health worker and patient around the world would have reliable, equitable access to the medicines and supplies they need to achieve good health. Our Medicine Security Panel will discuss how equity must be built into medicine accessibility, availability, affordability and acceptability.

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Climate Equity and Resilience Panel

The health of people around the world is threatened by climate change and its effects. Our Climate Equity and Resilience Panel will discuss how climate change puts pressure on communities already at risk of poor health because of poverty, neglect and discrimination—and how smart actions now can protect people for decades.

With a special appearance by National Climate Advisor With a special appearance by National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy.

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Meet Our Speakers

Samuel Akuffo
Zipline | Operations Lead – Ghana
Tiffany Benjamin
Eli Lilly and Company Foundation | President, Head of Social Impact
Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health | Interim Director, The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment
Lisa Jones Chandler, LCSW
Vice President, Corporate Excellence | Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEI/B) Committee, Vibrant Emotional Health
AJ Gibson
Actor | Producer
Glenn Goss, DSW, DAAETS
Americares | Senior MHPSS Technical Advisor
Erica Hill
CNN | Anchor and Correspondent
Alexis Hodges, DNP, MSN, FNP-C, RN, CNE
Community Care Clinic of Dare | Nurse Practitioner
Julie Jenson
Pfizer, Inc. | Director International Product Donations, Global Health & Social Impact
Stephanie Kauffman
Americares | Deputy Senior Vice President
Breanna Lathrop, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC
Good Samaritan Health Center Atlanta | Chief Operating Officer
M. Rashad Massoud, MD, MPH, FACP, SVP
Americares | Chief Program Officer
Gina McCarthy
National Climate Advisor |
Doriane C. Miller, MD
University of Chicago | Professor of Medicine
J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Chief Health Equity Officer and Senior Vice President | Humana, Inc.
Vikram Patel, MBBS, PhD
Harvard Medical School | Pershing Square Professor
Brenda Rivera-García, DVM, MPH
Americares | Director, Latin America and the Caribbean
Christine Squires
Americares | President and CEO
Kristin Stevens
Americares | Director, Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction
Julie Varughese, MD
Americares | Chief Medical Officer