Webinar Addresses Differences Between DEI and Health Equity

Often the phrases “diversity, equity and inclusion,” or DEI, and “health equity” are used interchangeably. While they do overlap and there is synergy between the two, the terms are not synonymous.

In a free webinar hosted by the MHA Keystone Center and the Michigan Public Health Institute from 10 to 11 a.m. July 15, Lynn Todman, PhD, and Ovell Barbee of Spectrum Health will share how diversity, equity and inclusion and health equity are distinct but overlapping and mutually supportive bodies of work.

Todman and Barbee will use patient “personas” to illustrate the differences and points of overlap. Additionally, Barbee will cover Spectrum Health’s framework for DEI strategy, and Todman will provide an overview of the guiding principles, goals and strategic framework of health equity work. 

Todman is the vice president of health equity at Spectrum Health Lakeland, where she leads efforts to advance health equity. She is also the catalyst behind Community Grand Rounds, which aims to educate and share the impact of structural racism on health and stimulate community and health system action to address racial health inequities.

Barbee, senior vice president, human resources, and chief diversity officer, Spectrum Health, leads and directs various workplace strategies in the health system, including talent acquisition, DEI and employee relations. 

The webinar is offered free of charge, but registration is required. Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.