The Ethics of Access to Care and Care Disparities

A program funded in part by the Foundation of ACHE’s Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership

This program is currently sold out.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Even as health reform decreases the number of uninsured and defines mandated benefits, access to affordable care is challenged by limited community-based resources that provide preventive services, primary care access and ongoing care for the chronically ill. Healthcare providers and their organizations grapple with the need to increase the capacity to serve more patients, reduce health disparities and deliver better outcomes.

This seminar will focus on the challenges of redefining services to provide greater access to healthcare and more equality in the outcomes of that care. Key elements of this program include:

  • The impact of millions of newly insured entering the healthcare delivery system
  • The connection between care disparities and cost, quality and safety
  • Adapting our systems to meet the healthcare needs of diverse populations
  • Striving to create equity in a time of rapid healthcare transformation

Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, directs the Disparities Solutions Center, which works with healthcare organizations to improve quality of care, address racial and ethnic disparities, and achieve equity. He is also senior scientist at the Institute for Health Policy and program director of multicultural education at Massachusetts General Hospital–Harvard Medical School. His primary research areas reside in the challenges many Americans face in receiving care and the differences in medical outcomes for certain segments of the population. He believes that culturally competent care is a potential strategy to improve quality and eliminate racial/ethnic disparities in healthcare.

For those already attending the New York Cluster, continue your professional growth with this important session. Or, just participate in the morning workshop and leave with a renewed sense of commitment.

A select panel of healthcare leaders will react to Dr. Betancourt’s remarks and share their experiences with the ethical challenges of increasing access to care and care equity.

Schedule of Events
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–8:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

8:15 a.m.–9:20 a.m. Access to Care and Care Disparities

9:20 a.m.–9:45 a.m. Questions and Discussion

9:45 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Panel Presentation: Identifying and Confronting the Ethical Challenges of Access and Disparity

11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Questions and Discussion With Panelists

11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Summary and Closing Remarks

Healthcare Executive Panel

J. Emilio Carrillo, MD
Vice President
New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Christopher M. Dadlez, FACHE
President and CEO
Saint Francis Care

Rachel Klein
Director of Navigator and Assistance Program
Families USA

ACHE members—$295

Includes: breakfast, registration fees and course materials

Continuing Education Credits

Participation in this workshop qualifies for 4 ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits.

To enroll, please register online at or call the ACHE Customer Service Center at (312) 424-9400.

Healthcare management ethics is identified as a key area of focus of the Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership. In this regard, the Fund supports ACHE’s long-standing commitment to promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct in the field. Your attendance at this program will not only benefit you and your organization but will serve to further elevate and strengthen healthcare leadership as a whole.

For more information on the Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, visit