Empowering Students to be Agents for Change in Promoting Health Equity: A Reconvening
This is the second health equity convening focused on Empowering Students to be Agents of Change in Promoting Health Equity, and it serves as a bookend to the first one that took place in spring 2022. The convenings grew out of a Regents’ work group on health equity and represent opportunities for invited teams to come together and work on campus action plans, engage in cross-institutional learning, and grapple with key issues related to making education for health equity pervasive and intentional for students.
This convening brings together institutional teams in a facilitated workshop-style event to discuss ways we might advance the work that USM institutions are doing –individually and collectively– to empower graduates of our healthcare programs to be agents of change in promoting health equity. The event will also invite participants to explore the ways in which, as a system, we can enhance our impact in relation to that goal.
This event is by invitation only. Please use the Registration Tab above to register.
University of Maryland, Baltimore
SMC Campus Center
621 W Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
April 19, 2023 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH is the inaugural Chief Health Equity Officer of the 12 campus, 30,000 team member University of Maryland Medical System. He previously served as tenured Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the Howard University College of Medicine, and as Senior Vice President at the Children's National Hospital, where he provided strategic leadership for the organization’s advocacy mission, public policy positions, community partnership initiatives. He maintains appointments as adjunct professor of emergency medicine and health policy at the George Washington University, and teaches as professor of health policy and management at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. He served 17 years as the inaugural state pediatric medical director within the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, in addition to 8 years as a principal investigator within federally-funded Emergency Medical Services for Children program.
Academically, Dr. Wright is among the nation’s original cohort of board-certified pediatric emergency physicians with scholarly interests that include injury prevention, prehospital pediatrics, and the needs of underserved communities. He has contributed over 120 publications to the scientific literature, served two dozen visiting professorships, and was principal investigator of the NIH-funded DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities. Dr. Wright is an elected member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (medicine) and Delta Omega (public health) honor societies, the Academy of Medicine of Washington, and the American Pediatric Society for which he co-chairs the Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.
Dr. Wright chaired the AAP Task Force on Addressing Bias and Discrimination and is immediate past chair of the AAP Board of Directors Committee on Equity. Dr. Wright has been recognized by the Academy for long-standing leadership as recipient of two AAP career achievement awards for distinguished contributions to injury prevention and emergency medicine, respectively, as well as the Academy’s inaugural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award. He is recipient of the 2023 George Armstrong Award, the Academic Pediatric Association’s highest honor, and the 2023 Terrapin Award for outstanding community service, the highest honor conferred by the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
Dr. Wright provides national leadership through advisory and governance service to several health and human service entities including the Association of American Medical Colleges, the March of Dimes and Safe Kids Worldwide. He previously served as an Obama administration appointee to Food and Drug Administration’s Pediatric Advisory Committee, and is an appointed study committee member on the National Academy of Sciences’ report on Addressing the Long-Term Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children and Families. Dr. Wright regularly presents invited testimony before Congress, state and municipal legislative bodies, has made numerous media appearances, and lectures widely to both professional and lay audiences.
Dr. Wright earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, his M.D. from Rutgers University, and a Master of Public Health in Administrative Medicine and Management from George Washington University.