Keynote Speakers

Ayanna Bennett, MD, MSPH, FAAP

Ayanna Bennett, MD, MSPH, FAAP

Director, DC Health

Dr. Bennett is a health care and public health executive with more than 20 years of experience in clinical practice, clinical service design, system integration and quality improvement. Dr. Bennett most recently served as Chief Health Equity Officer and Director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity, where she focused on quality improvements and sustaining systemic change through policy improvement.

Dr. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, a Master of Science from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate of medicine and pediatric residency from the University of California, San Francisco.

Christopher G. Myers, PhD

Christopher G. Myers, PhD

Associate Professor of Management & Medicine Faculty Director, Center for Innovative Leadership, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Christopher is the Associate Professor of Management & Organization at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (with a Joint Appointment in the School of Medicine), where his research and writing explore the ways people learn and lead at work, with a particular emphasis on how people learn vicariously and share knowledge in health care organizations.

His teaching and speaking focus broadly on topics of leadership and organizational behavior, and at the Carey Business School he is the Faculty Director of the Center for Innovative Leadership, the school’s hub for cutting-edge research, developmental learning experiences, and practical business engagement focused on leading modern organizations.

Featured Session Descriptions

  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

    Designed for professionals who seek to understand the intersection between quality improvement and equity, diversity, and inclusion work. The feature will explore internal quality improvement practices and tools used to improve patient outcomes and create a culture of inclusion within health care settings.

  • Workforce Support

    Designed for all professionals working in a health care setting and will explore strategies, new ideas and best practices to prevent harm to staff and promote a safe culture in the workplace. The feature will also address wellness strategies for health care workers to provide a protective factor against burnout, and other negative outcomes related to the job.

  • Infection Prevention

    Designed for infection preventionists, professionals who work to identify and prevent health care acquired infections or those who are hoping to increase their subject matter knowledge. This feature will bring insight into healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) prevention strategies and initiatives to address antimicrobial stewardship in the health care setting.

  • Maternal & Child Health

    Designed for health care professionals who support maternal and child health, seeking to reduce morbidity and mortality. This feature will include presentations from hospitals using the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) bundle through participation in the DC Perinatal Quality Collaborative. The track will also highlight initiatives and best practices that demonstrate the positive impact of patient safety and quality improvement in maternal and child health.

  • Compras basadas en el valor

    Focuses on the landscape and outcomes associated with value-based payment arrangements as the health care field continues to move toward value-based care delivery models. This feature will also highlight components of value-based programs across different payers and how other states are approaching payment structures specific to the Medicaid population.

  • Patient Safety & Quality

    Designed for health care professionals interested in quality improvement initiatives that seek to drive positive health outcomes for patients, staff, and the community. This feature will delve into data-driven approaches to health care improvement and highlight best practices to facilitate learning and innovation among hospitals and health systems in the District.

  • Technology & Artificial Intelligence in Health Care

    Designed for health care professionals seeking to explore the implications of technological advances on patient care. As technology aims to offer convenience and improved access to care, there may also be unintended consequences impacting patients and staff. This feature will highlight the implementation of technology and artificial intelligence on health care, along with strategies to avoid unintended consequences and support improvements in care delivery.

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