When COVID-19 hit low-income Black, Latino and Native American communities disproportionately hard, it became clear that social justice efforts must address the current lack of access to quality, affordable health care. Access to health care is clearly a social justice imperative.
Low income, low education communities face structural barriers that create low access to quality health care. This creates a vicious generational cycle of untreated chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, heart disease – that create enormous challenges for individuals, families and the greater community. Individuals, health care and insurance organizations acknowledge that people are trying to address these conditions, but the barriers often seem insurmountable with solutions that seem too hard.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) shouldn’t be health care’s blind spot. Hear from diversity and health care experts on changes and solutions you can implement now.
President and CCO
Busy Burr is a cross-industry executive who has made a career creating innovation strategy and operationalizing commercial initiatives in some of the largest, most complex organizations in the world with functional roles spanning finance, marketing and operations. Most recently, she served as Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Humana, a $40 billion US healthcare company. In this role, she led a 60+ person team driving the design, build, and adoption of new product platforms in digital health, provider experience, care in the home, and telemedicine.
Before joining Humana in 2015, Busy held leadership positions at Citi Ventures, Gap and eBay, and spent seven years in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston, executing IPOs and M&As for companies in the technology space.
Busy is a sought-after speaker and collaborator, and a long-time performing member of the Bay Area improv troupe ‘Subject to Change’. She holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA in Economics from Smith College. She was named one of Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence and has been honored as Frost & Sullivan’s Innovator of the Year.
Adimika Arthur is a successful healthcare executive with significant leadership commitment to serving vulnerable populations — a visionary and strategic business thinker who partners with colleagues, teams and businesses to create and drive value, optimize performance, and inspire high-growth companies to serve those most in need.
Trained as a clinical epidemiologist, Ms. Arthur has a proven record of developing innovative strategies to improve the delivery and quality of health services, increase access to care, and stabilize struggling organizations. Affectionately known as “Madame Medicaid” for being able to turn any conversation into one about the health program that serves more than 79 million people nationwide, she is a dynamic thought leader with progressive experience providing insight in the fields of public health care.
Her specialties include healthcare cost containment, revenue cycle enhancement, budget and leadership development, with expertise in outpatient services and patient- and employee satisfaction.
David Utley, MD
CEO & Founder
Dr. Utley graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his surgical training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, as well as facial plastic & reconstructive surgery, at Stanford University Medical Center, where he was subsequently appointed to the faculty as clinical assistant professor of surgery. He has written or co-authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications related to GI, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and otolaryngology.
Prior to starting Carrot, Dr. Utley was the first employee and Chief Medical Officer for BARRX Medical (acquired by Covidien in 2012) from 2003 to 2014.
He has had additional roles as founder, chief medical officer, or member of the board of directors with several start-up medical device companies, including Somnus Medical Technologies, Curon Medical, Aetherworks, BAROnova, Freedom-2, and CoAlign Innovations, and is the inventor on more than 65 issued US patents and 100 published US patents.
Esther Dyson is executive founder of Wellville, a 10-year project to nudge society towards long-term health and equity by showing the social and financial value of investing in health for all.
A longtime tech analyst and investor, Esther is now exploring the etiology of addiction and the path to both individual and institutional behavior change. She has had a long-time interest in philanthropy and social change, and believes implementation beats innovation. The Wellville team of six coaches leaders in five U.S. communities with a population of 200,000 or less, who are working to improve the physical, mental and financial health of those residents.
Through 2024, Wellville will measure progress both year-by-year and at the end of the project, using both specific program-based metrics and also overall population-health metrics. Its mission is not just to help five small communities get healthy, but to scale by inspiring other communities and funders to copy its example. Its motto is “Don’t rent your health. Invest in it!”
VP Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Tyronne is a nationally recognized executive, experienced in advancing diversity and inclusion. His unique talent creates extraordinary strategic networking opportunities for the benefit of individuals and organizations. He develops strong inside tracks and grassroots movements, troubleshoots, reengineers and turns around poor or underperforming organizations and business units in the space of diversity & inclusion (D&I).
He works in highly productive ways with officers, CEOs, executive leadership teams and line employees on unique and complex issues. His ‘head knowledge’ on diversity translates into heart actions. His connection with the Obama network has been particularly valuable, as is his work with the United Negro College Fund, The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), National Urban League, National Hispanic Executive Summit, Menttium 100, Chicago-United, Diversity Best Practices, Working Mother Media, Congo Square, Fraser-net, Music Institute, and Historically Black Colleges & Universities.