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White House Briefing on “Advancing Health Equity through Health IT Innovation and Collaboration”
On the morning of April 22, 2015 the White House hosted the "Advancing Health Equity through Health IT Innovation and Collaboration" briefing on behalf of the NHIT Collaborative. The briefing featured opening remarks from Julie Chavez Rodriguez, White House Deputy Director of Public Engagement, and Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health at HHS, who focused on the opportunities for health equity that have persisted in the 30 years since Margaret Heckler’s landmark report on health disparities in underserved and minority communities. A panel discussion with Obama Administration officials including Dr. DJ Patil, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Dr. Thomas Mason, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at ONC/HHS, Bryan Sivak, Former Chief Technology Officer at HHS, and Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox, Former Acting Director at National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), spurred participants from the public and private sectors to use open data and technology to achieve health equity and to eliminate health disparities.​


The National HIT Collaborative for the Underserved, Inc. (NHIT®),  along with Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett, Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon convened a Congressional Briefing titled: “Disaster Preparedness: Building An Innovative National Response Network in Underserved Communities - Building a 21st Century Health and Healthcare Infrastructure for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, underserved and rural communities nationwide.” The briefing covered Lessons learned from California, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In light of our nation’s experiences with the California Wildfires, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and their particular impact on underserved populations nationwide, we will examine the responses and the need for better awareness and preparedness at the Congressional Briefing.  The briefing will also explore how the combination of federal investments such as the FCC Lifeline Program and other technology will allow officials to notify and communicate with millions in the Lifeline program, including sending alerts, tracking patients in "hot spots" and teaming up with federal partners during disasters for communications.  NHIT and its partners are working to leverage and link with other federal initiatives such as the ASPR Empower Model and Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies, or PULSE to create an immediate ALERT network for the most vulnerable populations.

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​​​NHIT®, convened the USVI Health Innovation Summit on Monday, November 4, 2019 at the University of the Virgin Islands Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, USVI.  The Summit was supported by a grant from the Department of Interior, and in collaboration U.S Virgin Islands Department of Human Services and U.S Virgin Islands Department of Health.

The purpose of the NHIT - Virgin Islands Health Innovation Summit was to foster discussion and ideas relative to USVI residents accessing Health Information Technology (HIT) in proportions similar to the population at large in the Mainland U.S.

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LifeLine and Healthcare: “LifeLine and Healthcare: Leveraging Mobile Health to Address Health Disparities in All Communities”
On September 10, 2015, the NHIT Collaborative convened a roundtable of experts to build awareness of how the FCC’s LifeLine Program is being used to improve health and to formulate an action agenda around how proposed LifeLine reforms could contribute to the elimination of health disparities, especially in poor, multicultural and other underserved populations. We were very pleased that Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, joined us for this important discussion.

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nhit summit

The NHIT Summit, is an education program for health executives to interact with innovators and world-class thought leadership.  The Summit will focus on the organization’s mission to engage underserved populations in the development and use of health information technology (HIT) to support and sustain health equity and economic viability based on NHIT’s five pillars: Workforce, Innovation, Policy, Research, and Community.

*Examine disparities in technology access and literacy impacting rural and underserved communities, including the challenges and opportunities raised during the COVID-19 pandemic.*Understand how broadband infrastructure, access, and digital literacy are super-determinants of health with profound impacts on health outcomes.  *Evaluate current initiatives and explore inclusive program models that leverage digital innovation to ensure health access for all, including rural and underserved communities. *Review funding opportunities generated by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and generate community support for a national agenda focused on addressing health equity through socially conscious infrastructure and healthcare spending.