SDOH & Health Equity: How to Break Barriers and Take Action
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August 24, 2021 12:00 pm ET

SDOH & Health Equity: How to Break Barriers and Take Action

As new solutions emerge to help overcome common SDOH barriers, considering how health plans fit into the larger picture comes into focus. This roundtable of healthcare leaders will discuss new ideas and approaches to health equity in government programs, including broadband access, food access programs, and more.



R.J. Briscione

Senior Director, Social Determinants of Health Strategy & Execution, CVS | Aetna

R.J. Briscione leads the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) team for CVS Health, scaling SDoH Strategy across the CVS Health Enterprise for all lines of CVS and Aetna Businesses in support of the company’s “Destination: Health” platform to focus on community health and address social determinant gaps. Prior to this role, R.J. led Medicaid Business Development for Aetna’s East Region, leading teams in all stages of proposal response for multi-year, Medicaid managed care contracts. Recent successes included winning proposals in West Virginia, Kentucky and Florida for multiple lines of business. He joined Aetna in 2016, bringing more than 10 years of experience in healthcare services for government programs as well as large-scale management of political campaigns. Prior to joining Aetna, R.J. served as director of Medicaid and Duals Operations in multiple states for Anthem Inc. Prior to working in healthcare, R.J. worked for the Georgia House of Representatives, and spent 10 years with Delta Air Lines in various operational roles. He holds a BS in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Lora Alexander

VP, Engagement & Design, Icario

An accomplished insights architect, Lora Alexander is the VP, Engagement & Design at Icario. In this role, she leads the Engagement teams, including UX and UI design, product strategy,  research, content and creative to influence all aspects of the healthcare member journey and drive engagement for clients. Lora holds a master’s degree in research from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and an BA from the University of Minnesota. Before joining Icario she was the Director of Donor Experience at Be The Match.

Tejaswita Karve, PhD

Director, Quality Improvement, Johns Hopkins HealthCare

An experienced healthcare strategist and analytics expert with experience across Payers, Providers, Integrated Delivery System and PBM, Tehaswita has previously held roles at several Fortune 500 companies, including Accenture and CVS Health, as well as with Presbyterian Healthcare Services and most recently at UPMC Health Plan in Pittsburgh. She is a Certified ARIS Business Process Professional with experience in business process modeling, solution architecture documentation and creating customized business dashboards. Tejaswita holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology from Georgetown University.

Creshelle R. Nash, M.D., M.P.H., CHIE

Medical Director for Health Equity and Public Programs, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

In this role, Dr. Nash provides leadership for developing, implementing, and evaluating health equity initiatives to help create a more inclusive and non-discriminatory healthcare system throughout Arkansas.

She provides oversight and guidance on public programs and products to improve health equity for all Arkansans. This role includes a position on the leadership committee for the Vaccinate the Natural State initiative, a combined effort from a diverse set of organizations working to increase the adoption of COVID-19 vaccines across Arkansas and ensure equitable access and distribution. Dr. Nash is passionate about addressing health disparities in Arkansas’ most vulnerable communities and takes action as a leader throughout the state.

In addition to her role at Arkansas Blue Cross, Dr. Nash is adjunct faculty in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Public Health, where she is also the co-director of the Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Service Learning Course.

Prior to her work with Arkansas Blue Cross, Dr. Nash served as the medical director for the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, where she developed and implemented community outreach and advocacy programs and partnerships. She also practiced primary care internal medicine for 15 years in the Department of General Internal Medicine at UAMS, mentored students and faculty and engaged in health disparity research and advocacy efforts.

Dr. Nash completed medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and served her residency in the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. She received a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University School of Public Health and completed a fellowship in Minority Health Policy from Harvard University School of Public Health, also in Boston, MA.

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