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Rush University Medical Center presents: Introduction to Health Equity, an interactive discussion to address health disparities in Chicago


May 15, 2019

Inspiration Kitchens
3504 W Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60624

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Rush University Medical Center is proud to partner with CommunityHealth to host this presentation and community discussion to address health equity.


(OPTIONAL) Receive 1 HOUR CREDIT OF CEU’s for Health Equity 101

In 2016 Rush changed its mission to “improve health” and subsequently adopted an anchor mission strategy and health equity as a pillar of the organization. Drawing on Rush’s expertise working to improve the health of those we serve, in this discussion based session, participants will consider and discuss historical and current events that impact the concept of health equity - especially in the urban setting.  In addition to defining the concepts of health equity, health disparities, and social/structural determinants of health, we will examine our own practices and discuss the importance of establishing clinical and nonclinical “norms” to incorporate equity concepts in our day to day work. Finally, participants will engage in ways to reframe their own ideas around equity and use their knowledge to inspire change in their own communities.


Featured Speakers

Christopher  Nolan, MPA is System Manager of Community Health and Benefit at the Rush University System for Health in Chicago. In his role, Christopher is responsible for several system-wide community health and benefit efforts including the Community Benefits Report and Community Health Needs Assessment, and implementation of the Community Health Improvement Plan. Christopher is also responsible for the implementation of a system social determinant of health screening tool. He represents the Rush System on the steering committee of the Alliance for Health Equity, the City/County hospital collaborative aimed at improving community health in the region. Christopher is an Instructor in the College of Health Sciences at Rush University, where he co-created and co-directs the interprofessional “Health Equity and New Models of Care” course. In addition, Christopher is a member of Rush’s Diversity Leadership Council, where he is co-founder and co-chair of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) Leadership Council.

Outside of Rush, Christopher is on the Associates Board of Respiratory Health Association, where he co-chairs membership, and the steering committee of United Pride – the LGBTQ leadership group of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. He is also active in the American College of Healthcare Executives Chicago Health Executives Forum, where he is the chapter liaison to the National LGBTQ Forum and the Association of Community Health Improvement, where he is on the national conference committee. Christopher holds his Master of Public Administration in Health Policy and Management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.


Shweta A. Ubhayakar, MBBS, MS-HSM  is the Manager for Anchor Mission Initiatives at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Ms. Ubhayakar manages the Anchor Mission organizational strategy across five functional areas including hire locally and develop talent; buy and source locally, volunteer locally, and invest locally. Her responsibilities include project management, financial management, and goal setting and evaluation, and reporting progress to senior leadership. She represents Rush on local and national collaboratives and has served as the first author for Rush’s Anchor Mission Playbook.

She is also responsible for the financial management of a $5 million fund focused on improving health and education on the South and West sides of Chicago. She is an Adjunct Faculty with the Department of Health Systems Management (HSM) and co-teaches graduate level course on Health Equity and New Models of Care. She serves as a career advisor and preceptor for HSM students. Ms. Ubhayakar has presented at various national conferences and served as guest speaker.

Ms. Ubhayakar completed her medical studies as a general physician in India and pursued her Masters in Health Systems Management at Rush University Medical Center.



5:30 pm Check-In & Networking

6 pm Presentation and Interactive QA

7:30 pm Adjournment


Light refreshments and appetizers will be provided. RSVP REQUIRED to be admitted at the door.

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