Health Equity Summit

September 12, 2022
Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
September 28, 2022

Be Part of Important Community Conversations About Health Equity

At Independence Blue Cross (Independence), we are focused on whole-person health and health equity. We believe that everyone should have the same chance to live a longer, healthier life. To achieve this goal, we are inviting you, our members, to help shape this important work.

Register below for the upcoming 2022 Independence Health Equity Summit, and consider joining our new Health Equity Community Advisory Board.

2022 Independence Health Equity Summit

The first-ever Independence Health Equity Summit will take place on Monday, September 12, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. This one-day event will be held at the Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. We would love for you to attend!

The schedule will include:

Space is limited. Please register by Monday, September 5, 2022.

Register now

Can’t attend in person? A virtual Summit will be held online on September 28th, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register for the virtual Summit.


Health Equity Community Advisory Board

Our Health Equity Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a volunteer group of Independence members that will meet with our Health Equity department for honest discussions about health equity and disparities. These discussions will guide Independence’s future actions and programs with the goal of positively impacting communities and improving health outcomes in our area.

In our region, as in many parts of the U.S., zip code is a greater determinant of your health than your genetic code. We believe that engaging with our community offers us the best opportunity to help achieve more equitable health outcomes.

Independence is committed to continually improving to better meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve. As a CAB member, you will represent your community to help us identify and prioritize opportunities for improving health outcomes.

We hope to develop deep, ongoing community relationships, so we are asking for a minimum of a one-year commitment to attend all meetings (four per year) and fully participate in the review of materials.

We hope you will agree to be our partner.

If you are interested in having a voice in this important work, please consider applying today.*

Join the CAB

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Dorothy E. Roberts, JD

University of Pennsylvania

Dorothy Roberts is the founding director of the Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society. An internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate, she has written and lectured extensively on race, gender, and class inequities in U.S. institutions and has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive freedom, child welfare, and bioethics. Roberts is the author of three books including Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty; Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare; and Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century.

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Bon Ku, MD

Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University

Bon Ku is the director of the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University, where he created the first design thinking program at a medical school. He is the Marta and Robert Adelson Professor of Medicine and Design, the Associate Dean for Health & Design, and a practicing emergency physician. His work toward redesigning healthcare has been featured in The New York Times, CNBC, Architectural Digest, and Fast Company. Dr. Ku has spoken at conferences, academic medical centers, and universities around the world: SXSW, TEDx, Yale School of Management, American Institute of Architects, and Singapore Design Week. Dr. Ku is the host of the Design Lab Podcast, co-wrote the book Health Design Thinking with Ellen Lupton, and was a regular panelist on the prime-time medical TV show Chasing the Cure with Ann Curry.

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Morgan Hutchinson, MD

Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University

Morgan Hutchinson is director of education for the Jefferson Health Design Lab, where she leads the first curricular design thinking program in a U.S. medical school. Dr. Hutchinson is passionate about applying human-centered design to reimagining products, services, and spaces in healthcare. She developed Jefferson’s COVID-19 Mobile Unit to increase access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines in Philadelphia’s vulnerable communities. She leads innovative programs to improve healthcare in her hospital and community and has advised physician leaders across the country on creating similar programs.

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Eugenia C. South, MD

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Eugenia (Gina) South is the faculty director for the Penn Urban Health Lab. Her research agenda is focused on dismantling structural racism and promoting environmental and economic justice. Her lab develops and tests individual and neighborhood-level interventions to improve health and well-being for residents in Black and other minoritized communities. Dr. South has studied a variety of place-based interventions including vacant lot greening, abandoned house remediation, tree planting, and structural repairs to homes. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Gail Carter-Hamilton, MSN, RN, CSN

City of Philadelphia

Gail Carter-Hamilton was named the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s first-ever chief racial equity officer in January 2022. Before that, she served as the pediatric partnerships manager in the COVID-19 Containment Division from August 2020, serving as the primary coordinator for the implementation of the City’s COVID-19 guidance and regulations at all schools and early childcare settings in Philadelphia. Carter-Hamilton completed her bachelor’s degree at La Salle and her master’s at Wilmington University. She has served as a school nurse for the Philadelphia city schools and has had the opportunity to care for various populations at local hospitals.


Kathleen Reeves, MD

Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

Dr. Kathleen Reeves serves as Director for the Temple University Center for Urban Bioethics (CUB), Professor and Chair for the Department of Urban Health and Population Science, and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She has worked towards a career dedicated to urban health equity in diverse, distressed spaces. Her research work has centered on health disparities that have been identified by local neighborhood focus groups and includes violence prevention, trauma-informed programming, credible messengers, community-engaged community health workers, substance misuse community-based treatment, food insecurity, and, most recently, an equitable response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She has successfully secured over $15 million in funding from national, state, and city sources that centers on programming to improve health equity in urban communities.