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Conference Agenda

8:00am: Check-In and Breakfast

Check in at the kiosks and enjoy a continental breakfast!

9:00am - Welcome



Mark Thompson, MPH

Senior Program Coordinator, Digital Health Initiative, AIDS Institute, New York State Department of Health

AIDS Institute Welcome and Opening Remarks

Joseph Kerwin, MAppPsych, MDiv 

Director, AIDS Institute, New York State Department of Health

9:30am - Exploring Disparities in Digital Health Spaces


Digital Health Equity – Foundations, Ongoing Work & the Path Forward

Safiya Richardson, MD, MPH 

Assistant Professor and Director of Digital Health Equity, Department of Health Informatics and the Institute for Excellence in Health Equity, NYU Langone Health

In the last decade we’ve witnessed the digital transformation of healthcare. Access to digital health has become an increasingly important determinant of health. There has been a growing recognition of access as just one of several determinants in the digital environment that impact outcomes. These digital determinants of health (DDoH), including access to technological tools, digital literacy, and community infrastructure like broadband internet, likely function independently as barriers to and facilitators of health as well as interact with the social determinants of health (SDoH) to impact outcomes. In this presentation we’ll discuss a framework for approaching work in this space based on the leading health disparities research framework, the importance of “upstream” and multi-level interventions, a few exciting examples of ongoing work in this field and the path forward to achieving digital health equity.


Accelerating Solutions for Cascading Public Health Crises

W. Michael Short 

Managing Director, Firefly Innovations, CUNY School of Public Health & Health Policy

In the face of cascading public health crises, entrepreneurship emerges as a transformative force, igniting innovative solutions to multifaceted challenges. This presentation explores how entrepreneurial initiatives not only address immediate community health concerns but also pave the way for long-term resilience and sustainability in healthcare systems. By harnessing the creativity and agility of entrepreneurs, we can accelerate impactful solutions that address the complexities of interconnected public health crises.


Questions & Answers

10:50am - How Artificial Intelligence Has Impacted the Public Health World


Trustworthy AI for Advancing Health Equity

Mark Freeman, MPA

Chief Data Scientist, Public Market, IBM Consulting 

Beth Schneider, MBA

Analytics Lead, Government Health and Human Services, IBM Consulting

Artificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionize healthcare practice. But this potential also comes with risks, in particular health equity risks. Trustworthy AI is a framework to manage risk in the design, development and deployment of AI solutions. This presentation will introduce the Trustworthy AI framework and demonstrate its application to AI solutions in healthcare.  Applying Trustworthy AI practices will enable the enormous potential of AI to improve health outcomes and advance health equity.


Questions & Answers

12:00pm - Lunch, Networking, and Poster Walkthrough 

1:00pm - Stretching/Mindfulness Exercise 


Stretching/Mindfulness Exercise

Ghylian Bell

Founder & Director, Urban Yoga Foundation

1:15pm - Applying Digital Tools to Current Health Care Systems  


Harnessing Healthcare Quality and Safety Functions to Promote Digital Equity 

Komal Bajaj, MD, MS-HPEd 

Chief Quality Officer, New York City Health + Hospitals/Jacobi

Digital Equity and Healthcare Quality are fundamentally linked. For a healthcare organizations to deliver its promise of improving health for all, they must leverage existing infrastructure so patients and staff can participate in digital equity improvement work. This presentation will demonstrate broadly applicable ways that healthcare quality & safety functions can promote digital equity


Health in the Digital Age: Empowering Children, Adolescents, and Families

Natalie Pageler, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer, Stanford Children's Health

In this talk, we explore the intersection of digital health and the unique needs of children and adolescents, particularly within vulnerable populations. Special focus will be applied to the ethical, regulatory and technical considerations related to the confidentiality of adolescents' sensitive health information. By the end of the talk, attendees should be better able to identify and navigate the opportunities and challenges in harnessing digital health solutions to empower children, adolescents, and their families in their health journey.


Addressing Disparities with Digital Tools

David Berger, MD, MHCM

Chief Executive Officer, SUNY University Medical Hospital at Downstate

The number of companies pitching to health systems has ballooned with the rise of AI. However, there is a need for an easy-to-use framework for evaluating startups to make this process easier for the executives. This presentation will provide a framework highlighting what health systems should look for in evaluating and what vendors should make sure they are prepared to speak to.


Questions & Answers

2:35pm - Session 4: The Impact of Digital Tools on Communities


Fireside Chat: The Impact of Digital Tools on Communities

Moderator: Cheryl Smith, MD

Associate Medical Director for Clinical Services, Digital Health Initiative, AIDS Institute, New York State Department of Health 


  • Jorge Rodriguez, MD, Brigham & Women's Hospital

  • Angelina Soll, LCSW, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Time for questions and answers will be included in the session.

3:20pm  - Closing Remarks


Closing Remarks

Beatrice Aladin, MD, MPA 

Director of Digital Health Initiative and Clinical Education Initiative, AIDS Insitute

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