Planning committee

Collaborative Planning

The 15 member non-profit Planning Committee is dedicated to reducing health disparities and promoting health equity through the domains of research, prevention, clinical care, and policy.  

All Planning Committee members contribute equally to the formation of the conference. However, one organization serves as the strategic and logistical lead for 3 years, and then will rotate to a planning member only as another organization on the Planning Committee, allowing for greater collaboration, distribution of responsibility, and sustainability. 

Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care/Mercy Care Plan* is serving as the lead organization for 2017-2019 (Mayo Clinic served as lead organization in 2014-2016). Planning Committee members include:

Angela Allen, PhD, RN, CRRN (Banner Alzheimer's Institute)  

Kim Barnes, MPH (University of Arizona College of Public Health)  

Lauriane Bellot-Hanson (Equality Health) 

Shayna Diamond (Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association)  

Shawna Green,  MFT, MAOM, ITIL-Certified (Dignity Health)     

William Lester, MPH (Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care/Mercy Care Plan)*

Tiffany Luu (Esperanca)
Marica Martinic, MPH (North Country HealthCare/Northern Arizona Area Health Education Center)
Toni Means, MBA, HCM (Arizona Department of Health Services)  

Jill Moore (ASU Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center)  
Emily Oake, MHA (Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers)

Farhia Omar, MPH (Mayo Clinic)  

Teresa Peña, M.Ed., CHI (Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care/Mercy Care Plan)*  

Katharine Cole Sanderson (Northern Arizona University)
Maribeth Schade (HonorHealth)

Kate Whelihan, MPH, CPH (A.T. Still University)  

Toby Urvater, MSW  (Maricopa County Department of Public Health)

Special Advisor: Charlton Wilson, MD (Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care/Mercy Care Plan)

About Us


  • Understand current health equity research, outreach, and policies taking place in Arizona
  • Connect with partners who are working in the field of health equity or interested in reducing health disparities


  1. Raise awareness about health equity and disparities through topics focused on research, clinical applications, behavioral health, prevention, public health, and policy
  2. Provide meaningful networking opportunities
  3. Leave with clear outcomes, new partnerships, and new ideas for research
  4. Identify paths to improve community health and create systems change

Event includes:

  • Local and nationally recognized speakers
  • Innovative networking
  • Breakout tracks: Research, Prevention, Clinical, and Policy
  • Posters


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