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JHHS Health Equity Operations

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity (ODIHE) has developed an infrastructure to identify and outline the operational needs to promote and address health equity across Johns Hopkins Health System. We have assembled a team with expertise in health equity research, data analysis, and implementation.

JHHS Health Equity Team

  • Sherita Hill Golden, M.D., M.H.S.

    Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
    Johns Hopkins Medicine

    Sherita Hill Golden
  • Panagis Galiatsatos, M.D., M.H.S.

    Lead for Health Equity Data
    Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
    Co-Director, Medicine for the Greater Good
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Panagis Galiatsatos
  • April Lugo

    Program Specialist for Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity
    JHM Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity

    April Lugo
  • Cheri Wilson, M.A., M.H.S., C.P.H.Q.

    Program Director
    JHM Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity

    Cheri Wilson

JHHS Executive Champions

  • Robert S. D. Higgins, M.D.

    Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
    JH-School of Medicine
    Robert S. D. Higgins
  • Renee Demski, M.S.W., M.B.A.

    Vice President of Quality for JHH, JHHS, and Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality

    Renee Demski
  • Sherita Golden, M.D., M.H.S.

    Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, JHM
    Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism

    Sherita Golden

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Equity Advisory Committee

  • Assist in developing operational workflows to ensure accurate sociodemographic data collection across JHM
    • REaL (race, ethnicity, language)
    • SOGI (sexual orientation, gender identity)
    • Disability status
    • Social determinants of health
  • Determine how health equity should be structured, resourced, and operationalized for data analysis and intervention delivery across JHM
Catherine AxeExecutive Director, Student Disability Services, JHU
Darrell Gaskins, Ph.D.Director, Center for Health Disparities Solutions
Jennifer ReevesDiversity and Inclusion Consultant, National Capital Region
Jonathan Efron, M.D.Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians
Josh Sharfstein, M.D.Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, School of Public Health
Kai Shea, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.-CSenior Director for Care Management, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Lisa Ishii, M.D.Senior Vice President for JHHS Integration
Michelle Spencer, M.S.Associate Director, Bloomberg American Health Initiative, School of Public Health
Nancy Edwards Molello, M.S.B.Program Director, Urban Health Institute
Paula Neira, J.D., M.S.N., R.N., C.E.N.Clinical Director, Center for Transgender Medicine
Phyllis Sharps, M.S.N., Ph.D.Associate Dean for Community Programs and Initiatives, School of Nursing
Raquel Hernandez, M.D.Co-Lead, Program in Health Equity Research, All Children’s Hospital
Renee Blanding, M.D.Vice President of Medical Affairs, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Renee Demski, M.S.W., M.B.A.Vice President of Quality for JHH, JHHS, and Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
S. Diane Iverson, B.S.N.Nurse Case Manager, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Sarah Szanton, Ph.D.Director, Center for Innovative Care in Aging, School of Nursing
Suzanne Hoffman, MS, MATHPatient & Family Advisory Council Representative

Tina Cheng, M.D., M.P.H.

Director, Department of Pediatrics
Tina Tolson, R.N., M.S.N, NE-BCSenior Director of Operations, JHM Language Services
  • JHM Social Determinants of Health Work Group
  • JHM Language Services Advisory Council
  • JHM Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Work Group

COVID-19 Pandemic Support Framework

During the COVID-19 Pandemic our health equity team has implemented the following operational strategies to support the most vulnerable populations:

  • Launched “Juntos,” a Clinician Spanish Language Care Group led by Dr. Kathleen Page and Mrs. Tina Tolson. The goal is to improve the communication with Spanish-speaking patients diagnosed with COVID-19, by deploying bilingual and culturally competent clinicians who can work together (Juntos) with the primary team to optimize clinical care communication, engage family members as appropriate, and address relevant issues that may impact recovery and safe discharge.
  • Participated in the Scarce Allocation Resource Work Group to incorporate health equity principles into the framework, develop literacy-adapted patient handouts, and perform unconscious bias training for triage and secondary review teams.
  • Collaborated with JHU/JHM COVID-19 Pandemic Anchor Strategy Work Group led by Ms. Alicia Wilson, VP for Economic Development
  • Co-led the JHM/JHU Latinx COVID-19 Anchor Strategy Committee to support Latinx COVID-19 patients in the community
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