WCHQ Disparities Seminar 2023  

Community and Healthcare System Collaboration to Reduce Health Disparities
July 27, 2023  l  9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Best Western Premier Park Hotel                  
22 S. Carroll Street
Madison, WI 53703



Registration and Breakfast


Welcome and Introduction 
Gabrielle Rude, Ph.D.
WCHQ President and CEO


Keynote Address


Community Needs Assessment Data
Jenny Pritchett, Clinical Quality Improvement Manager, Wisconsin Hospital Association and Emily Holden, Healthcare Data Analyst, Wisconsin Hospital Association 

This presentation aims to combine education, data and resources surrounding social determinants of health in our communities. Learn about analysis of health disparity data and how it can impact your organization’s community needs planning and improvement. Review new CMS and Joint Commission regulatory requirements and how these may impact your healthcare organization.




Who is Taking Care of Our Children? 
Jennifer Kawleski, BSN, RN, LSN, NCSN 
Fort HealthCare School Nurse Coordinator 

A community approach to meeting the health needs of students. This conversation will focus on the data and benefits of having a school nurse in each school district available to meet the needs of students.  Information about Wisconsin state statutes as they relate to school health and requirements.  The concerns facing school-based health services throughout Wisconsin and how school nurses can help to reduce the disparities. 


Building a Healthier Wisconsin
Brian Chmura Strategic Sales Director Illinois, Minnesota & Wisconsin – Unite Us

Unite Us brings organizations and community members together through technology to ensure people’s needs are met. Unite Us has been driving the collaboration to identify, deliver, and pay for services that impact whole-person health for the past 10 years. 




Health Equity and Colorectal Cancer Screening
Travelle Ellis, MD, Ph.D. Director of Health Equity Education, Strategic Partnerships and Medical Integration 

Dr. Ellis will provide an overview of health equity and the importance of health systems and community partnerships to address disparities within vulnerable populations.  She will also highlight Exact Sciences’ commitment to WCHQ’s initiatives aimed to increase access to colorectal cancer screening for Wisconsin’s rural populations.   


Partner Speaker




Community Health Workers & Pathways Community HUBs: Improving Healthcare Access and Health Outcomes
Lindsey Purl, MPH Director, Great Rivers HUB Great Rivers United Way 

Great Rivers HUB, nationally certified by Pathways Community HUB Institute, is a program of community health workers (CHWs) currently serving LaCrosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Jackson counties in western Wisconsin. Lindsey Purl will showcase the HUB model and how CHWs, along with the HUB model, can decrease silos of care, support patients with health equity and share patient success stories. 


Closing Remarks
Abbey Harburn, MPH, Director of Practice Transformation and Analytics WCHQ


This conference is free charge

Registration deadline:
Wednesday, July 19, 2023


All Conference Inquiries
Carmen Craker
WCHQ Director of Membership
ccraker@wchq.org or 608-558-0474