Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Meetup: Dismantling Racism in Healthcare – A Path Forward

August 26, 2020
5:00 PM EDT - 6:15 PM EDT
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Join the Triangle Healthcare Executives' Forum of North Carolina (THEF) chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) in a discussion of strategies for addressing racial disparities in healthcare.   We welcome you to a space where health care leaders can share ideas about strategies that have been successful in dismantling systemic racism and generate thought leadership for new solutions.


  1. Share strategies and tools for dismantling systemic racism across healthcare organizations.

  2. Evaluate internal measures for diversity and inclusion within healthcare organizations.

  3. Identify assessment tools that can be used to determine measures of success.

  4. Address healthcare disparities facing marginalized groups and identify systemic issues that drive these disparities.

  5. Identify strategies and interventions that can be employed to address the systemic issues associated with health care disparities

  6. Explore avenues for connecting the health care workers to key stakeholders and change agents as a means of accountability.

  7. Identify inequitable and racist policies/programs which limit access to care and restrict resources for marginalized groups.

Focus Questions:

  1. Share what your organization has done to address racial disparities, and in doing so, what methods have you utilized to meaningfully approach the conversation surrounding systemic racism?

  2. We need a way to measure if we are being successful in our diversity and inclusion efforts.   What does great look like? What are the domains of an essential scoring tool? What behaviors do we need to see modeled?

  3. As community partners, how do we ensure that our efforts are reflective of the needs of the community? What are some of the best ways to capture the voice of marginalized groups and affected patient populations?

  4. How do we hold CEOs and leaders accountable to ensure lasting change?   What does a diversity strategic plan for engaging all stakeholders look like?

  5. What are some of the racist ideas and racist policies that are embedded in the system? How do we deconstruct those ideas and policies?




Sarah A. Wolfe, M.D., Associate Professor of Dermatology and Director of the Infectious Disease-related Dermatology Clinic, Duke University Medical Center

Sarah Wolfe is an Associate Professor of Dermatology and Director of the Infectious Disease-related Dermatology Clinic at Duke University Medical Center.  An Oklahoman, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin followed by a doctorate of medicine from the University of Oklahoma. After completing an internship in Internal Medicine through the University of Texas Medical Branch at Austin program she completed residency training in Dermatology at Duke University Medical Center.  Following graduation she took a faculty position both at Duke Dermatology and the Durham Veterans Affairs Hospital where she has remained since 2011.  Her specialty clinical interests are in HIV-related dermatology, global health and in addressing bias in clinical interactions. 

In 2018 she assumed the role as Lead for Diversity and Community Engagement for Duke Dermatology. In this role she helps to coordinate the Diversity and Skin of Color curriculum for the residency program as well as organize community engagement activities with underserved communities for the department.  She has additional teaching roles in the Duke School of Medicine as a faculty facilitator in the first year medical student course “Clinical Determinants of Health and Health Disparities.” 


Mark Dunn, MSL CPC, Vice President, HR/Organization & Leadership Development, Vidant Health

Mark Dunn serve as Vice President, HR/Organization & Leadership Development at Vidant Health. He supports various Workforce Development, Talent Pipeline and Organization & Leadership Development programs that are driven by his outstanding team. With other key partners in the Vidant Health system, he also engages in work in areas of Inclusion, Workforce Culture and Change. Mark is an energetic, committed, and inspirational leader with 10+ years of progressive leadership experience advising on human capital matters, M&A integration management, talent acquisition, learning and development, and performance management within for-profit, non-profit, and higher education organizations.

Pamela Bivens, MA, Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion, Duke University Health System

Pamela Bivens has served as the lead Diversity Educator  and Instructional Designer at Duke University Health System (DUHS) in the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) since June 2015. During her tenure, over 8,500 clinical and administrative health professionals have gained competency on how implicit bias counterproductively impacts culturally competent care, patient safety, and patient-centered care. During her prior service at the DUHS Patient Safety Office & Research and Training Center, Pam served as Administrative Coordinator/Center Administrator for the Team Resource Center of Excellence to manage training for the U.S. Department of Defense, Patient Safety Office, on the Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS™) training curriculum. She also has research experience dedicated to the elimination of health disparities while serving as Associate Director for Health Policy & State Government Relations at the National Medical Association (NMA) in Maryland. Ms. Bivens served as Assistant Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. She received a B.A. at Hampton University and a M.A. from the George Washington University.

Kevin Ragin, MSM, Senior Organizational Development & Diversity Specialist - WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Kevin Ragin, a native New Yorker, earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from the Grambling State University (Grambling, Louisiana) and earned his Master’s of Science in Management at Troy University (Troy, Alabama).  He began his career working in corporate media relations for the Limited, Inc. (now known as Limited Brands) before joining the team at H.E.L.P. USA, one of the nation’s largest providers of housing, job training and social services for the homeless and victims of domestic violence.

In 2003, Kevin joined Bon Secours Health System in Virginia, holding positions as Executive Coordinator in Nursing, Human Resources and the Information Services departments. In 2007, he relocated to Memphis, Tennessee where he joined a non-profit organization The Memphis Challenge, Inc. to serve as Program Manager where he provided leadership development training to high achieving High School students and academic development for at-risk youth of the Memphis City area.   During this time, he was an active member of the National Black MBA Memphis, TN Charter.  In 2011 he relocated to North Carolina to manage the Education Department at Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City before moving into Organizational Development at Vidant Health in Greenville. Kevin currently holds a position as Senior Organizational  Development & Diversity Specialist  at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, NC. 

Yvette Lynne Bonaparte, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor, School of Business at North Carolina Central University

Yvette Lynne Bonaparte is an Assistant Professor in the department of business administration in the School of Business at North Carolina Central University. Prior to her academic career, she amassed over twenty years of corporate marketing experience with some of the world’s leading corporations working on brand franchises in the consumer-packaged goods and health care industries.  During her corporate marketing career, she and her teams successfully launched and managed numerous products and programs targeting various audiences. Through her consulting practice (Bonaparte Consulting, LLC) Yvette is focused on helping companies reach their goals related to strategic marketing, leadership training and diversity and inclusion. 

Yvette’s research in the areas of transformative leadership, pharmaceutical marketing practices, along with social and cause-related marketing has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at both national and international conferences.  Yvette holds an MBA degree with a concentration in marketing from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a PhD in leadership studies from North Carolina A&T State University.


THEF has been approved to offer 1 ACHE Qualified Education Credit to participants in this program that may be applied toward fellowship advancement or recertification with the ACHE. Participants in this program should list their attendance in their ACHE profile to have the credits applied.



$0.00 All Attendees (ACHE Member & Nonmember)