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Monday, May 23, 2022



9:00 am - 9:10 am ET


Opening Remarks

9:10 am - 9:20 am ET


  • Associate Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Spaulding

Introduction to Keynote

9:20 am - 9:25 am ET


  • Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

Inclusion in Research

9:25 am - 9:55 am ET

This keynote talk will highlight the importance of representation in all aspects of research. In particular, disability should not be an afterthought and can strengthen the research being done. Key aspects about intersectionality and designing research with intentionality will be discussed.


Harnessing the Power of Universal Design to Achieve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Research

9:55 am - 10:25 am ET

This session will discuss the applicability of Universal Design to enhance equity and inclusion in research. Discussants will address the current state of universal design in research from the perspective of disability inclusion in research, barriers to increasing a universal design approach in research, and potential solutions to overcome these barriers.


Universal Design: Live Q & A including Dr. Forber-Pratt

10:25 am - 10:40 am ET


Let’s Talk about Trust

10:45 am - 11:00 am ET


  • Senior Vice President of Communications, American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
  • Senior Director and Regulatory Counsel, AAMC, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • Executive Vice President and COO of the ABIM Foundation, American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIMF)

Health Equity Matters: A Foundation of Trust

11:00 am - 11:30 am ET

Trust at all levels is necessary for the U.S. health care system to deliver the high-quality care all patients deserve. During this session, attendees will learn how they can help advance the conversation based on evidence to support action both locally and nationally to build trust. The ABIM Foundation has fostered a national conversation around health equity and the importance of trust between all relationships in health care and provides physician certification so patients trust that they are receiving the best care. The AAMC provides education, promotes research, and advocates for community collaboration in order to restore and build trust across the U.S.


Community Voice — Bringing Research Into the Relationship

11:30 am - 12:00 pm ET

Equitable and effective clinical research requires diverse stakeholder input from conception through dissemination. In this panel we will ask researchers and a local community leader about their experience with community engaged research and their advice for forging healthy and respectful research partnerships between researchers and community organizations.


  • Director, Associate Chief, BWH Division of General Internal Medicine & Primary Care, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Chief Engagement Officer, National Institutes of Health, All of Us Research Program
  • Executive Director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH), Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
  • Director of the UNC Center for Health Equity Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Social Justice through Partnership: Organizing Community-driven Health Equity Research

12:30 pm - 1:20 pm ET

There is an urgent need to invest in community partnerships and community-based organizations to lead research and action to improve health. This session will feature the collaborative health equity and social justice work of Community Campus Partnerships for Health, led by CEO Mr. Al Richmond, and the Center for Health Equity Research at the University of North Carolina, led by Professor Giselle Corbie-Smith. Dr. Karriem Watson, Chief Engagement Officer for the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program, will moderate this panel to highlight examples of what can be achieved through authentic partnerships, and what work needs to be done to invest in real community-driven change.


  • Director of Diversity Recruitment, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Science Reporter and Associate Editorial Director of Events, STAT News
  • Executive Director of the Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Founder/Executive Director Asian Women for Health, Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Research Center, MGH
  • Associate Professor of Community Practice at the Boston University School of Social Work, Co-Director the Community Engagement Core of the BU Clinical Translational Science Institute, Boston University

A Local Perspective on Community Partnership

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm ET

This session highlights the challenges and opportunities in creating community partnerships to drive forward cutting-edge clinical research. Local leaders and researchers will offer practical advice for those who are looking to create community partnerships in research beyond the Community Advisory Board model.


The Clinical Trial Participant Perspective

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm ET


  • Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard (MRCT Center) Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center and Harvard Medical School
  • Director, Diversity & Inclusion at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Director, Diversity & Inclusion in Clinical Trials, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
  • Clinical Group Lead, Rare Diseases Executive Director, Pfizer

Extending Engagement — Informed Consent

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm ET


Extending Engagement — Protocol Design

3:30 pm - 4:10 pm ET

It is critical that protocols are written specifically to account for the demographics and patient characteristics of those impacted by the illness being studied. There are ample examples in study literature documenting the “blind spot” we often have to this, leading to biases in study design which limit inclusion of specific patients, and stifling appropriate diversity in the trial. This is not only a scientific concern of appropriate representation regarding disease burden, but is an ethical issue when considering clinical trials as part of the healthcare continuum.


Equity Research in Action

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm ET

This session will focus on specific researchers who have dedicated their careers to using the results of their DE&I research to take action in and impact clinical care. The discussants will provide specific examples that resulted in public reactions and how institutional commitment and support is required to successfully implement evidence-based changes in how we provide equitable health care.


Day 1 Close

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm ET

Tuesday, May 24, 2022



9:00 am - 9:10 am ET


  • Director, Genomes2People Research and Preventative Genomics Clinic; Professor of Medicine (Genetics), Brigham and Women's Hospital, Mass General Brigham, Broad Institute, and Harvard Medical School
  • Chair, Department of the History of Science; Professor of History of Science and of African and African-American Studies, Harvard University

Conversation with Evelyn Hammonds and Robert Green: Medical Research in Genomics—Theory Meets Practice

9:10 am - 9:35 am ET


  • Co-Founder, Black Coalition Against COVID; Former Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group, Tuckson Health Connections, LLC
  • Acting Deputy Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • Director, Genomes2People Research and Preventative Genomics Clinic; Professor of Medicine (Genetics), Brigham and Women's Hospital, Mass General Brigham, Broad Institute, and Harvard Medical School
  • Research Assistant Professor of Human Genetics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Race and Ancestry: The Special Challenges of Research in Human Genomics

9:35 am - 10:35 am ET

The science of genomics adds additional complexity to efforts to achieve greater diversity in medical research and medical care. This multi-disciplinary panel of medical, computational, legal and policy experts will discuss how population genomics can recognize diverse human ancestries groupings, and how these do and do not map onto the social construct of race in the US and around world.


Advancing Community-Based Research Through an Inclusive Research Infrastructure

10:45 am - 11:30 am ET

This session will present the history and framework of a community research program at a major community health center, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Chelsea HealthCare Center, in the Mass General Brigham health system. The mission of the MGH Chelsea Community Research Program is to support research across the lifespan from an inclusive, interdisciplinary perspective. The Program provides a venue for highlighting and engaging with community-based research and aims to integrate community voices of community organizations and residents. Panel members will describe the mission and objectives of the Research Program, its outputs, and its ongoing evolution. Key Program pillars will be described including a monthly Research Roundtable discussion forum, an annual Research Day/Week, Research Council, Advisory Board, and a proposed community Advisory Board for Clinical Research (ABCR).


Fireside Chat

11:30 am - 11:45 am ET


  • Director of Research Strategy and Operations, Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Mass General Brigham

Intro to AI

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm ET


Considerations for Equity and Inclusion in Medical Imaging AI

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm ET

More than 160 Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) healthcare products that are related to radiology and other medical imaging specialties are currently FDA-cleared. While there is excitement around the promise of AI in healthcare to improve diagnosis, increase efficiency and save cost, there remain concerns about bias in the mathematical models, lack of diversity in the workforce and in patient cohorts each of which can impact AI tool results. In this session we will hear a high-level introduction to AI in medical imaging, a description of the processing pipeline involved in creating machine learning models, where risk of inequities can appear, and thoughts for addressing these challenges.


Addressing Challenges to Equity & Inclusion for AI in Clinical Use Today

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm ET

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being implemented into many aspects of the daily workflow of clinical practice. Examples include AI algorithms that adjust the number of imaging studies that can be ‘overbooked’ into a schedule to adjust for no show appointments, to automated ‘pop-up’ reminders and warnings in a patient’s medical record, to automated, prioritized, triaged work lists for Radiologists to read studies with potential life-threatening findings. These AI algorithms profoundly change the practice of medicine. Development of these AI tools must carefully consider the myriad ways in which healthcare disparities can be exacerbated before and when they are deployed. In this panel we will consider the key issues facing AI developers, regulators and those on the front lines doing the implementation.


  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Associate Chair, MGB Radiology Equity, Inclusion and Community Health, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Radiology Resident , Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Attending Emergency Radiologist, Mass General Hospital Faculty, Harvard Medical School Clinician-in-Residence, Mass General Brigham Innovation Executive Director, the MESH Incubator Inventor, Entrepreneur, and CEO, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Chief Executive Officer, Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)
  • Digital health equity researcher and hospitalist in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Techquity: Narrowing the digital divide and catalyzing digital equity

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Through an interactive fireside chat approach with panelists, this session will be focused on discussing the digital divide and telehealth barriers that were underscored by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to drive technological equity (techquity) through novel digital research recruitment and digital care delivery transformation that promotes trust and inclusion among diverse communities.


Equity-Based Implementation Research

2:05 pm - 2:35 pm ET

This session will provide an overview of the principles and practice of equity focused implementation research. We will first provide an overview of the core components of an equity-focused approach to implementation of evidence-based practice consisting of reframing implementation science to address inequities in health care, including focusing on reach from the beginning, involving stakeholders in the design and adaptation, and using an equity lens for evaluation implementation outcomes. We will then provide a local example of a pragmatic, equity-focused implementation process, methods, and evaluation approach conducted by Harvard researchers partnering with community health center providers in the Boston-area.


  • Health Disparities Chief, Disparities Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Vice President for Programming, Society for Research on Adolescence, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Associate Professor, Director of the Great Lakes Hub, Johns Hopkins University
  • Director, Geriatric Psychiatry and Director, MGH Psychiatry Center for Racial Equity and Justice in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; and Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Implementing Clinical Trials with an Equity Focus

2:35 pm - 3:05 pm ET

This session will provide an overview of strategies for equity-based Implementation & Delivery Science. We will begin with a background on equity in implementation science, what does it mean to implement with equity and what is needed to sustain it. The speakers will then share several conceptual models for the implementation of equity in research, including methodological problems in how race is used as a moderator and attributed differential effects based on the intervention as well as examples from their own research experiences. They will explore practices to ensure that equity goals are being met and share strategies for implementation efforts using an equity lens. The panel will present problems in how Implementation Science tends to operate without considering the life circumstances of people of color and other major issues that detract from long term adoption and sustainability of these strategies.


Pipeline to Research: Impact of Mentorship

3:10 pm - 3:25 pm ET


A Pipeline Towards a Diverse Workforce

3:25 pm - 4:05 pm ET


  • Associate Chief, Div. Nephrology; Deputy Editor NEJM, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Dean for Clinical and Academic Affairs, Harvard Medical School
  • Chief Academic Officer, Mass General Brigham
  • Professor, Department of Neurology, Columbia University Irving Medical Center GH Sergievsky Center, and the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Recruitment and Retention to Support a Diverse Workforce

4:05 pm - 4:55 pm ET


Day 2 Closing

4:55 pm - 5:00 pm ET

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