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12.04.2018 / Press Release

ADVISORY: Families USA to Launch Health Equity Action Center

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2018—Families USA will launch the first and only national entity dedicated to the advancement of U.S. health system transformation policies designed to reduce racial, ethnic and geographic inequities at the national, state and local levels.

Each year, the United States loses $93 billion in avoidable health care costs and $175 billion due to premature births stemming directly from racial, ethnic and other health care inequities. Achieving a more equitable health care system is both a moral imperative and vital to the success of the U.S. economy.

Today, the majority of all children in the U.S. under the age of 10 are from communities of color. By 2020, the majority of all children under 18 will be of color and by 2045, the majority of Americans will be people of color. Thus, the men, women, and children of color are critical to the nation’s shared prosperity.

“Trying to improve our health care system without putting health equity in the center of the process is a recipe for failure,” said Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, director of the Center on Health Equity Action for System Transformation at Families USA. “It is essential that leaders from the most affected communities be a part of this work. Our mission is to help raise those voices and assist them to be as effective as possible. The excellent work in this area that has been done so far must be translated into policy action.”

At a special event on December 5, 2018, at 9:00-10:00 AM EDT, Families USA and the Health Equity Task Force for Delivery and Payment Transformation will launch the Center on Health Equity Action for System Transformation and release the report: National Priority Agenda to Advance Health Equity Through System Transformation. At the launch, leading national thought leaders on how to eliminate U.S health care inequities will discuss the new center’s activities, its national priority agenda and answer questions from the press.

Wed., December 5, 2018
8:30-9:00 am EDT Breakfast
9:00-10:00 am EDT Program

1225 New York Avenue, Rooftop Conference Center
Washington, DC 20005


  • Frederick Isasi, Executive Director, Families USA
  • Andrea Ducas, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Francys Crevier, Executive Director, National Council on Urban Indian Health
  • Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Director of the Center on Health Equity Action for System Transformation, Families USA
  • Sarah de Guia, Executive Director, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN)
  • Charlie Alfero, Executive Director, Southwest Center for Health Innovation
  • Daniel Dawes, Director, Health Equity Leadership & Exchange Network(HELEN)
  • Ellen Albritton, Senior Policy Analyst, Families USA
  • Amina Ferati, Senior Director of Government Relations and Policy, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum(APIAHF)
  • Tekisha Everette, Executive Director, Health Equity Solutions

CONTACT & RSVP: Shawn Gremminger, 202-628-3030,