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, PhD
President and CEO


Keynote Address
Health Equity: Aligning Health System Strategies
Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, MA, CDM, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, and Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity Transformation at UW Health and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Health Equity and Colorectal Cancer Screening
Travelle Ellis, MD, PhD
Director of Health Equity Education, Strategic Partnerships and Medical Integration
Exact Sciences

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.





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

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.  




Community Needs Assessment Data
Jenny Pritchett, Clinical Quality Improvement Manager 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. 


Partner Speaker
Joan Neuner, MD, MPH
Internal Medicine Specialist and Georgia Carroll Professor of Women’s Health
Department of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Joan Neuner, MD, MPH, is a board-certified physician specializing in internal medicine with a practice at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She also sees osteoporosis patients in the multidisciplinary MCW Osteoporosis and Bone Mineral Disorders Clinic. Her current roles include Georgia Carroll Professor of Women’s Health, Department of Medicine; MCW Cancer Prevention and Outcomes Program leader; and Center for Advancing Population Sciences Population Health Unit Leader. Dr. Neuner’s research is aimed at advancing equitable health delivery and improving decision-making in women’s health, particularly around medication use.





Community Health Workers & Pathways Community HUBs: Improving Healthcare Access and Health Outcomes
Lindsey Purl, MPH
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


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