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WEBINAR: Building a Culture of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Antiracism on an Uncertain Foundation in Uncertain Times: Strategies for Learning, Living and Leading

January 21, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

This session will introduce attendees to the foundational principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Antiracism (DEIA) as they relate to the workplace, interpersonal and professional relationships and the impact they have on leading in an uncertain social and public health landscape.

Presenters: Dr. Ricky D. Allen and
Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Ricky D. Allen is a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University School of Public Health. He has taught leadership and ethics to executive master’s students and has been teaching in the program since its inception. His course on leadership focuses on “authentic, empathetic and purpose driven leadership”: how leaders can inspire and motivate employee performance by appealing to a shared vision, unity of purpose, authenticity and modeling valued behaviors. Further, his diversity interests focus on examining structural and interpersonal impediments to transforming healthcare organizations into workplaces that proactively establishes itself as a place that places diversity, equity and inclusion as one of its highest priorities.

Dr. Allen is conducting research on workplace bullying, leadership and diversity in healthcare organizations. His doctoral work on workplace bullying examined the dynamics of peers interfering with the success of another peer in the workplace—such as by the withholding of key information, avoiding making important introductions and undermining the peer’s efforts and work. As a practicing professional, he is currently Chief, Administrative Branch, in the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, Arlington Field Office, an Office within the Department of Health and Human Services. He previously worked at the Defense Health Agency in the TRICARE Health Plan (THP) and Market Integration Divisions as a Business Operations Specialist. Prior to joining the Defense Health Agency, Dr. Allen served as Associate Director of Conference Approval and Reporting at the Veterans Health Administration and was also Program Manager for the Navy’s $300 million Wounded Warrior Program. Dr. Allen was a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Strategic Medical Plans, Programs and Budget on the staff of the Air Force Surgeon General. While on active duty, he also served on the staff of the Navy Surgeon General as Deputy Director of Internal Communications; Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Health Care Operations; and Department Head, Dental Corps Plans and Analysis Branch. Other assignments included Medical Administration Officer and Radiological Health Officer aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). Additionally, earlier in his healthcare administration career, Dr. Allen served as Director, Operations Management, and Director of Admissions and Dispositions at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia.

Dr. Allen is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a Ph.D. in Health Services (Leadership) from Walden University. He also earned a Master of Health Administration (Policy) from the George Washington University, a Master of Divinity from Virginia Union University, and B.S. in Healthcare Management (magna cum laude) from Norfolk State University.

Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Ph.D., MPH. MA is currently the Director for the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston, and graduate program director for the Gender, Leadership and Public Policy graduate program. She has held faculty and senior scientist positions at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where she was affiliated with the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, and the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy.
In prior academic roles, Nsiah-Jefferson has headed efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Heller School, and was the concentration head for women, gender, and sexuality studies for the Master’s in Public Policy Program. Dr. Nsiah-Jefferson has served as affiliate faculty with the Health, Science, Society and Policy Program, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program, and the African and Afro-American Studies Department at Brandeis University. She is also an affiliate of the Intersectionality Institute for Policy and Research, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia. She also served a recent appointment of Associate Research Professor at the University of North Carolina, College of Health and Human Services.
Nsiah-Jefferson earned a PhD in social policy with a concentration in Health Policy/ Health Services from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and a Master’s in Women and Gender Studies from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis University. She also received a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Services Administration from Yale University School of Medicine, Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health. In addition, she holds a BA in African and Afro-American studies and politics from Brandeis University.
Dr. Nsiah-Jefferson had previously held positions in the academic and health care arena, in both the public and private sectors, including serving as Director of Health Disparities at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, health policy analyst at the Civil Rights Project at Harvard Law School, research scientist for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services; and senior research associate at Columbia University School of Public Health. All of these positions were inaugural and required leadership, innovation, and strong initiatives to move these organizations forward in addressing issues of diversity, inclusion, cultural competence and health and social equity.
Nsiah-Jefferson’s research interests relate to the simultaneous intersections between aspects of social difference and identity, and forms of systematic oppression, at micro and macro levels, and their impacts on various social outcomes. She is also interested in the relationship between health and wealth inequities and its impact on the well-being of women of color and young children; the role of racial and ethnic discrimination on health status and well-being; inequities in health care quality and services, and more broadly integrated community development and growth, taking into consideration the social determinates of inequity.



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January 21, 2021
8:30 am - 9:30 am
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