Expert Coronavirus Updates with Duane Reynolds | Session 33
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As the COVID-19 vaccine begins to roll out across the nation, every American must have confidence in the technology and the system administering it to overcome this deadly virus. 

Given the dark history of mistrust and abuse in our communities of color with the healthcare system, I asked Duane Reynolds to come back onto the podcast to discuss this mistrust and its direct and indirect impact on these communities accepting the vaccine.

Duane is the CEO of Just Health Collective and is a national expert and leader who has helped shape the industry’s conversation and thinking around diversity, inclusion, and health equity, illuminating new perspectives and assisting others in connecting the dots between value transformation and belonging.

Join us for this timely, insightful, and needed discussion as we continue to work together to overcome the most significant public health crisis of our lifetimes. 

Episode Highlights:

  • The history of mistrust in the healthcare system in communities of color
  • The history of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study
  • Microaggressions in the healthcare systems against communities of color
  • Actions that need to be taken to instill confidence in the healthcare system for communities of color
  • Actionable steps to ensure communities of color take part in the COVID-19 vaccine

About our Guest: 

Recognized by countless organizations as a change-maker within his field, Duane Elliott Reynolds, MHA, has helped to lead the national conversation around diversity, inclusion, and health equity, illuminating new perspectives and helping others connect the dots between value transformation and belonging.

As 2018 Modern Healthcare and Business Equality Magazine up and comer, Reynolds’ ideas have led mission-driven organizations to boost consumers’ access to care and have also enabled clients to realize millions of dollars in savings, while driving top-line revenue growth. But more importantly, since the onset of his more than two-decade career, Reynolds has actively created space for diversity, inclusion, and health equity advancement where none before existed.

As a healthcare consulting leader for The Advisory Board Company, Reynolds developed the division’s first inclusion and diversity department — and served as its first chief executive. Reynolds was most recently the president and CEO of the American Hospital Association's Institute for Diversity and Health Equity and has held leadership positions at other prominent organizations including Johns Hopkins Medicine, Emory Healthcare, OhioHealth, and Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company. His work for the latter earned the organization recognition as a 2017 and 2018 “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign. During his graduate studies, Reynolds pioneered the development of an academic course centered on diversity in health care leadership and also co-founded the health services management and policy diversity committee at The Ohio State University. In that same year, he was published in the Journal of Healthcare Management and won first place in the National Association of Health Services Executives national case competition.

As founder and CEO of Just Health Collective, Reynolds and his team discover hidden opportunities to drive organizational change and uncover diverse points of view, which lead businesses to breakthroughs once considered out of reach.

Reynolds’ empathy, business savvy, and knack for building trust enable him to diagnose cultural blind spots and work fluidly across teams. He passionately makes a case for why organizations must recognize him.

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