University of Nebraska Medical Center

Department of Pediatrics Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference

Native American baby held up with sky in the background

Join us for the Department of Pediatrics Antiracism Committee's third annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference on Friday, May 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Children's Nebraska in the Glow Auditorium. 

The Conference theme this year is -  
Indigenous Health, Policy and Equity: Implications for Child Health and Wellbeing. 

Register here.


8:00-8:05 a.m.               

Welcome and Acknowledgment (in-person and Zoom)

Kari Simonsen, MD, MBA - Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Sharon Stoolman, MD - Vice Chair for DEI

Sheritta Strong, MD, DFAPA - Assistant Vice Chancellor of Inclusion

8:05-9:00 a.m.

Keynote speaker / Pediatric Grand Rounds (in-person and Zoom)

Donald Warne, MD

Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health

Presentation title: American Indian Child and Family Health Equity

9:00-10:00 a.m. 

Invited speaker (in-person and Zoom)

Heather Sauyaq Jean Kwamboka Gordon, PhD

Iñupiaq, citizen of the Nome Eskimo Community
Research Scientist II, Youth Development & Indigenous Children and Families, Child Trends

Presentation title: Policies that contribute to racial and ethnic health inequities and potential solutions for Indigenous children, families, and communities

10:00-10:10 a.m. Break
10:10-11:00 a.m.

Panel Discussions (in-person and Zoom) moderated by Geetanjali Rathore, MD

Indigenous health care in Nebraska and the Great Plains Region

Misty Flowers, MA

Executive Director, Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition, Inc.

Regina Idoate, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dustin Lovejoy

Counselor Aide, Umoⁿhoⁿ Nation Public Schools, Culture bearer for the Umon'hon Nation and leader of the White Eagle Club, youth group

Shannon Maloney, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Mona Zuffante, PhD(c), MPH, CPH

Winnebago Chief Public Health Officer, Winnebago Public Health Department, Winnebago Comprehensive Healthcare System

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lunch, Antiracism Committee Updates & Small Group Discussions (in-person in the Hubbard Center for Children LL3 Conference Room)