By partnering with The Office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, the Center for Health Equity Advancement (CHEA) at Penn sets system-wide health equity priorities for both patients and Penn employees to create a learning health system dedicated to achieving equitable patient outcomes and better value, that promotes data-driven solutions to achieve health equity.

The team is led by Jaya Aysola, MD, MPH (Executive Director), Rosemary Thomas, MPH, CHES (Director of Operations), and members of the Health Equity Alliance — an interdisciplinary team of staff, faculty, house staff, administrators, and health care providers representing Penn Medicine and the Penn Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Social Policy and Practice. The Alliance works in partnership with CHEA leadership to actualize the center's mission across Penn Medicine.

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Center for Health Equity Advancement Leadership Team

Dr. Aysola's headshot

Jaya Aysola, MD, DTMH, MPH

Executive Director, Penn Medicine Center for Health Equity Advancement
Assistant Dean for Inclusion and Diversity, Perelman School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hospital of the University Of Pennsylvania

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HEATHER KLUSARITZ, PHD, MSW

Heather Klusaritz, PhD, MSW

Director of Community Health Services
Associate Director, Center for Community & Population Health

ROSEMARY THOMAS, MPH, CHES

Rosemary Thomas, MPH, CHES

Director of Operations, Penn Medicine Center for Health Equity Advancement
Associate Director, Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health

CHANG XU, MS

Chang Xu, MS

Statistical Analyst, Health Economics Data Analyst Pool (HEDAP)
University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Executive Sponsors

Patrick J. Brennan, MD

Patrick J. Brennan, MD

Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania Health System
Professor of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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Headshot of Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD in white coat

Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD

Vice Dean, Inclusion & Diversity
Professor, Ophthalmology at Perelman School of Medicine
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

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Health Equity Alliance

Designated by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, the Health Equity Alliance aims to ensure high quality patient and family-centered care for all populations, promote workforce diversity, and cultivate safe and inclusive learning and clinical environments through collaboration with internal stakeholders and community partners.

Membership

Health Equity Alliance members include a diverse and interdisciplinary team comprised of staff, faculty, medical trainees, administrators and health care providers representing the health system and Perelman School of Medicine, Penn Nursing and the School of Social Policy & Practice.

For questions or a complete list of Alliance Membership, please contact Rosemary Thomas at rhthomas@pennmedicine.upenn.edu or 215-573-8499.

Advisory Board

  • PJ Brennan, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Pat Sullivan, PhD, Chief Quality Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Neil Fishman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Hospital of the University Of Pennsylvania
  • Regina Cunningham, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer, Hospital of the University Of Pennsylvania
  • Kevin Fosnocht, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Jim Ballinghoff, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer/Associate Executive Director at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Dan Feinberg, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Karen Pinsky, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Chester County Hospital
  • Michael Ripchinski, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAFP, Chief Clinical Officer, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
  • Steven Bergmann, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Penn Medicine Princeton Health
  • Beth Johnston, Executive Director, Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Ron Barg, MD, Physician Executive, Penn Primary Care
  • Eve Higginbotham, SM, MD, Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Suzanne Rose, MD, MSEd, Senior Vice Dean for Medical Education Perelman School of Medicine
  • Jeffrey Berns, MD, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
  • Roy Rosin, MBA, Chief Innovation Officer, Penn Medicine
  • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Population Health and Health Equity Professor
  • Kevin Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Phil Okala, Chief Operating Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Frank Caldera, DO, MBA, Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Horace Delisser, MD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Perelman School of Medicine
  • Maryam Behta, MBA, PharmD, Chief Operating Officer, Office of the CMO at Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Maria Oquendo, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Judith Long, MD, Sol Katz Professor of Medicine; Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
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