NHIT Events

​The NHIT Collaborative is the premier organization bringing together thought-leaders to look at health IT as the catalyst for reducing health disparities.​  Below, you will find a listing of our upcoming and past events. Click on each event for more details and to register online.

Upcoming Events:

  • NHIT Collaborative Hack4Health Caribbean Innovation Summit
    “NHIT Collaborative Hack4Health Caribbean Innovation Summit”, will take place on April 30th and May 1st.  Healthcare Hackathons are used "to accelerate innovation by bringing together a diverse group of interdisciplinary professionals from different industries who work collaboratively in teams and learn from each other" (Healthcare Hackathons Provide Educational and Innovation Opportunities). The purpose of the innovation summit is to work directly with the community to learn what innovative solutions they would create themselves. By working together, we will increase participation and establish what is most important to the community. 

  • Wall Street Summit - June 20018

Past Events:

First Annual Conference​ 

NHIT Collaborative Brings Thought Leaders Together to Improve Health Care Options for Underserved Populations

​On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative) hosted the first in a series of annual conferences to present cutting-edge strategies that use health IT (HIT) tools to advance healthcare and ultimately improve health in underserved populations.

Wall Street Roundtable - December 3, 2014​

Wall Street Roundtable and Innovating for the Underserved Challenge Last December, in collaboration with the Chief Technology Officer of Department of Health and Human Services and the HHS IDEA Lab, we convened the Wall Street Roundtable to discuss investments in health IT solutions involving and benefiting underserved populations. This first-of-its-kind meeting brought together key leaders from private foundations, technology firms, non-profit organizations, financial institutions and US and British federal agencies to initiate investment strategies for health IT solutions for underserved populations. This meeting served as the catalyst for the NHIT Collaborative to secure funding and launch the “Innovating for the Underserved” Business Plan Challenge, announced in April at our White House Briefing and HHS Spring Summit. We are proud to have led and brought this initiative to fruition!

White House - April 22, 2015

​White House Briefing on “Advancing Health Equity through Health IT Innovation and Collaboration”
On the morning of April 22, 2015 the White House hosted the "Advancing Health Equity through Health IT Innovation and Collaboration" briefing on behalf of the NHIT Collaborative. The briefing featured opening remarks from Julie Chavez Rodriguez, White House Deputy Director of Public Engagement, and Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health at HHS, who focused on the opportunities for health equity that have persisted in the 30 years since Margaret Heckler’s landmark report on health disparities in underserved and minority communities. A panel discussion with Obama Administration officials including Dr. DJ Patil, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Dr. Thomas Mason, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at ONC/HHS, Bryan Sivak, Former Chief Technology Officer at HHS, and Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox, Former Acting Director at National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), spurred participants from the public and private sectors to use open data and technology to achieve health equity and to eliminate health disparities.

Spring Summit - April 22, 2015

​Spring Summit at HHS: “Health Disparities and the Heckler Report: 30 Years in Focus- Game Changing HIT Solutions”
Following the morning White House Briefing, the NHIT Collaborative held its Spring Summit at the Humphrey Building, headquarters for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Heckler Report, leaders from federal agencies, industry and academia set an action agenda for use of health IT to accelerate progress: Health Disparities and The Heckler Report: 30 Years in Focus- Game Changing HIT Solutions.

Lifeline Roundtable - September 9, 2015

​LifeLine and Healthcare: “LifeLine and Healthcare: Leveraging Mobile Health to Address Health Disparities in All Communities”
On September 10, 2015, the NHIT Collaborative convened a roundtable of experts to build awareness of how the FCC’s LifeLine Program is being used to improve health and to formulate an action agenda around how proposed LifeLine reforms could contribute to the elimination of health disparities, especially in poor, multicultural and other underserved populations. We were very pleased that Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, joined us for this important discussion.

Second Annual Conference

​NHIT Collaborative’s Second Annual Conference: “Advancing Health Equity through Precision Medicine and Innovation”
On October 6, 2015, Dr. Perez-Stable, Director of the NIMHD and Dr. Gary Gibbons of NHLBI keynoted a daylong summit of leaders from across the federal government, academia and industry at the NHIT Collaborative’s Second Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Interactive panels described how the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative, and other health IT activities could impact the health and lives of people in underserved and medically underserved communities. The NHIT Collaborative, in collaboration with the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) Resource Center, announced the “Hepatitis Awareness Initiative” at the Conference. This initiative will be launched in January.

PMI Challenge Announcements

​On November 9, 2015, the NHIT Collaborative and partners announced the “Advancing Health Equity through Precision Medicine Tools” Challenge at the HIMSS Connected Health Conference. With seed support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Healthcare’s Medical Device Plug and Play Program (MD PnP), the NHIT Collaborative, Howard University College of Medicine, TracFone, HIMSS North America and Intel Corporation launched a challenge to advance health equity through precision medicine tools. The Challenge serves to inspire entrepreneurs to build digital health tools to connect the underserved to President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The PMIChallenge.org announcement has received over 13,000,000 hits!

Diversity Workforce: “Health IT: Diversity Workforce Development Initiative" 

On November 24, 2015, the NHIT Collaborative, in collaboration with UST Global, convened a Roundtable discussion entitled, “Health IT: Diversity Workforce Development Initiative.” This meeting brought together leaders in the federal and private community to discuss and develop a strategy to recruit, train, and place 5,000 African-American women, Latina women, and veterans in health IT jobs.

Wall Street Summit - June 15, 2016


 In late June, leaders from the private, public and community sectors convened in New York at the second annual "Wall Street Summit – The Business of Health," hosted by National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative), in partnership with HIMSS and the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), to address healthcare disparities and technology opportunities in the United States.

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