Diversity, Inclusion and Equity: Empowering Change within our Organization

February 23, 2021
5:30 PM EST - 7:00 PM EST
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  • Have you addressed Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in your organization? 
  • Have you created policy, produced online training, and checked the box, done? 
  • How can Healthcare IT promote and sustain positive changes within and outside our organization?
  • Our panel speakers will answer questions on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity to empower change within your organization. 

Alexis Balingcongan, MSN, RN, CAPA

Alexis Balingcongan is the Clinical Solutions Manager at Connexall where she leads a team to identify, qualify and develop a strategical plan to resolve hospital integration and workflow needs. In addition, the team focuses on enterprise architectures and application platforms required for successful implementations of best practices.  Alexis is an experienced Registered Nurse with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry for over a decade.  A Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse skilled in Inpatient Acute Critical Care and Surgical Ambulatory Services.  Alexis obtained a master’s degree in Nursing Informatics from New York University and sat as an Executive Board member to the Advanced Nursing Student Organization and Nursing Informatics Student Organization.  She has also utilized her skills, experience, and expertise to build and grow Regional Anesthesia Block Programs during her time at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Alexis absolutely loves nursing, her patients, technology, and the value of innovation to improve all aspects of care to them.


Kevin Moore, BSN, RN 

Kevin Moore is the LGBTQ+ Clinical Coordinator and Patient Liaison for NYU Langone Health.  He is a resource expert in gender affirming care and the pre- and post-management of gender affirming surgeries.  He has been a nurse for 9+ years, in multiple capacities such as emergency and trauma care, critical care, and post anesthesia care.  He educates all new nursing staff at all campuses and does a number of in-services at our ambulatory sites.  He educates ancillary staff, and additionally has developed a training specifically for NYU Langone Health Human Resources staff.   He is a clinical and cultural resource for MD’s, PA’s, NP’s, RN’s, PT’s, in addition to ancillary non-clinical staff regarding LGBTQ+ cultural and clinical sensitivity.  He has been the team leader in building the Transgender Center of Excellence (TGCE) for NYU Langone, infrastructure updates with SOGI data collection in EPIC and EHR systems, development of transgender bed policy, development of guidelines for transitioning at work for NYU Langone Health staff, updates for HRC HEI certification, development and co-chair of the transgender and gender non-binary patient and family advisory council, transition of gender inclusive bathroom signs at all NYU Langone Health campuses, and is a patient navigator for LGBTQ+ patients searching for proficient and affirming providers. Most recently, NYU received both a Magnet exemplar and a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) exemplar for the work of the gender affirming team and Kevin’s nursing leadership around gender affirming care. Currently he is actively enrolled in the Post Baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Leadership at Rutgers University School of Nursing.


Pam Saechow, CEO of Ellit

Pam Saechow has 25 years of experience in healthcare, serving at top Integrated Delivery Network organizations serving in leadership positions from strategic advising, forming/shaping governance structures for effective decision-making, implementation to training and optimization enabling clinical/business capabilities and creating competitive advantages to the way care is delivered in today’s digital journey.   She has served as CIO for a healthcare start-up system in Philadelphia; an associated CIO for Cleveland Clinic, 2nd healthcare organization in the world; Vice President, EHR Enterprise at New York City Health + Hospitals, the second largest public health system in the world; and Sutter Health in Northern California. She is a trusted advisor for healthcare executives in her ability to translate healthcare needs into technology delivery.  Some of her key accomplishments include helping Sutter Health lead their $1B EHR implementation across the continuum of care for 55,000 care providers; reviving a $764M EHR implementation at one of the most extensive public health care organization in the country and gaining credibility to add $276M for revenue cycle; and modernizing Cleveland Clinic’s EHR capabilities and creating a scalable enterprise IT platform to revolutionize how care is delivered across the globe.

Mary Joy Garcia-Dia, DNP, RN, FAAN

Mary Joy Garcia-Dia is the president of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA), and currently works as the program director for Nursing Informatics in the Information Technology Department and the Center for Professional Nursing Practice at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. In her professional career, Mary Joy has remained passionate and active in the nursing community.  Mary Joy is the Immediate Chair of Kalusugan (Health) Coalition and a member of the National Advisory Council on Research for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Health.  Her community engagement, advocacy in urban health and partnership with academic, non-profit and community organizations addressed under-representation of minority health in research, equitable health policies and access to health care services.

Anthony Fortenberry, RN

Anthony Fortenberry has been a registered nurse for over fifteen years and is currently the Chief Nursing Officer for Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, which provides healthcare services for New York’s LGBTQ+ community. In his role as CNO, Anthony oversees nursing, care coordination, and quality programming. His efforts extend to health advocacy and DEI initiatives, with a focus on delivering health equity and social justice. He is the Co-Chair of the National LGBTQ+ Primary Care Alliance, and Co-Chair of the LGBT Task Force for the National Association of Community Health Centers.  

Michael Wheeler

Michael L. Wheeler is known globally as an influential Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) thought leader, innovator, executive, researcher, author and entrepreneur with significant contributions to the field of work. Named a “Pioneer of Diversity” by Profiles in Diversity Journal, he has extensive experience working with Fortune 500 companies as well as with government and not-for-profits. The work is his passion. Thought Leader: Michael envisioned, built and led the Diversity & Inclusion Center of Expertise for The Conference Board, a globally respected think-tank serving the world’s organizations and leaders. His pioneering work comprised establishing the nation’s first Fortune 500 corporate executive Council on Workforce Diversity; Conducting original research; Authoring seminal research reports (Including what DEI professionals have called their “Diversity Bible.”); and, Launching and leading one of the nation’s top annual Diversity and Inclusion conferences.


Event Sponsor: 

This event is sponsored by Ellit Groups.

Ellit Groups is a team of seasoned operational leaders who have been responsible for some of the largest, most complex implementations in integrated healthcare delivery networks. Click here to learn more.


The event will be hosted by HIMSS New York State.