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Improving the Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data for Health Plans to Advance Health Equity

Data on health plan enrollees’ races and ethnicities remain incomplete and inconsistent, making it difficult to track and evaluate efforts to reduce health inequities. Join the Urban Institute, the American Benefits Council, and Deloitte’s Health Equity Institute for an event exploring key insights on solutions to improve the collection of self-reported race and ethnicity data. The event will feature a discussion of the opportunities for improved data collection to advance health equity and findings from a  forthcoming report on key barriers and solutions to more complete data collection. A panel of experts will reflect on the tools and strategies needed to propel further action. 


Welcome and Keynote

  • Jim Taylor, Chief Equity Officer, Urban Institute
  • Ali Khawar, Acting Assistant Secretary, Employee Benefits Security Administration, US Department of Labor

Presentation of Study Findings

  • Jennifer Haley, Senior Research Associate, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • James Klein, President, American Benefits Council
  • David Rabinowitz, Senior Manager, Monitor Deloitte 

Panel Discussion

  • Shantanu Agrawal, Chief Health Officer, Elevance Health
  • Nicole Evans, Project Director, Population and Public Health, National Academy for State Health Policy
  • Shyloe Jones, Senior Manager, Health Equity, Families USA
  • Carole Mendoza, Vice President of Benefits, Voya Financial
  • Brian Smedley, Equity Scholar, Health Policy Center and Office of Race and Equity Research, Urban Institute (moderator)




ABC and Deloitte


Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including one booster shot, is required to attend this event in-person. Please be prepared to show proof of your vaccinations upon arrival.

Support for this event is provided by Elevance Health. For more on Urban’s funding policies, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Date & Time Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Urban Institute 500 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington , DC , 20024-2131
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In-person registration begins at 1:30 PM EDT. 

  • Principal Research Associate
  • Senior Fellow
  • Chief Equity Officer
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