With only 29 days left until our free February 7 conference, “Quality Health Care for All: Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities through Integrated Health Care,” there is quite a bit of excitement around the foundation. Registration is rolling in, speakers are being confirmed and the finishing touches are being made to the agenda. I am really looking forward to hosting this innovative event in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.

One of the things that I am most enthusiastic about is the impressive lineup of speakers that we have joining us. Experts from all over the United States will be at the conference sharing their insights about eliminating disparities through integrated health care. These speakers are the best of the best and I can’t wait to hear what they have in store to share with us.

Here are a few speakers I’d like to highlight:

Mouchuan Teddy Chen, LCSW, PhD: As director of the Mental Health Bridge Program at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York City and a New York state-licensed clinical social worker, Teddy has a wealth of expertise in this area. The Bridge Program is a nationally recognized service model integrating behavioral health into a primary health care setting and utilizing cultural based knowledge to enhance services to Asian American communities. His practice-based examples and approaches are highly generalizable to a variety of health care settings.

Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, MD, MPH, FAAFP: Tamarah serves as chief medical officer for Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC), a federally qualified health center in Georgetown, Texas where she oversees the provider team and ensures LSCC offers high-quality care through sustainable business practices, ranging from innovative clinical evidence-based practices to key partnerships with community and hospital systems. She is a board-certified

family medicine physician and an experienced educator who has practiced and provided leadership in both academic health centers and federally qualified health centers for over 10 years. The audience will benefit from her expertise in these integration activities.

Daniel E. Dawes, Esq.: A health care attorney and health policy advisor in Washington, D.C., Daniel is highly respected for his ability to advance policy changes in a politically charged climate. He currently serves on the Health Equity Leadership Commission that provides guidance on implementing health reform to members of Congress, the White House administration, and officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I look forward to hearing his insights and prospective on “what is ahead” as health reform is implemented throughout the country. I also

look forward to learning about the implications and opportunities for eliminating racial and ethnic disparities under the Affordable Care Act.

Last, but not least, I look forward to meeting YOU! To learn more about our other nationally recognized speakers, check our conference webpage. And don’t forget to register today – space is limited!