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Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable Discussion

January 26, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable Discussion

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diversity-and-inclusion-roundtable-discussion-tickets-41284346592

Length: 1.5 hours Face-To-Face Credits

Target Audience: All healthcare executives

Lunch will be served

***New Orleans VA employees must register from VA email.

***Student attendees must register from school email.

Description: The communities for which healthcare organizations operate are rapidly diversifying. Not only do they provide care for a diverse community of patients and families, but their workforce is also growing more diverse. This diversity is exhibited in a number of ways, including nationality, race, religion, language, age, sexual orientation and physical ability.

The business implications and imperatives healthcare organizations face concerning diversity and inclusion are immense. Diverse communities will demand different care needs, improved quality, new or modified operational processes and services, strategic planning for a diverse patient demographic and continuum of care.

It is incumbent on healthcare organizations and their leaders to both understand and embrace the needs of diverse populations. Their ability to respond to the needs and preferences of a broader customer base will be critical to their financial and operational survival.



Dr. Tiffany Love


Deputy Associate Director of Patient Care Services

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center

Veterans Affairs appointed Dr. Tiffany A. Love, Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services (DADPCS) at Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Medical Center (OBVAMC) in October 2013. As the Deputy ADPCS, Dr. Love has championed diversity in the healthcare workforce. She is currently serving in a detail assignment with the Office of Community Care, Clinical Integration in Veterans Affairs Central Office, assisting with the implementation of the new VA Care legislation enterprise wide.

Dr. Love is an active board member of several prestigious organizations. She currently serves as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Healthcare Diversity Council, an Executive Director of the Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Alumni Association, and Director for District 4 of the Louisiana American College of Healthcare Executives(ACHE).

Dr. Love has advanced the accomplishments of ACHE, creating two inaugural diversity and inclusion committees, for the state of Louisiana and nationally for the Veterans Affairs ACHE Regent’s Advisory Council. As Director for District 4, she has contributed to the Executive Diversity Career Navigator website, offering mentoring advise to diverse healthcare executives.

Dr. Love speaks nationally on the importance of diversity in healthcare leadership. She serves as faculty for the Harvard Medical School Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare Leadership workshop. She has spoken at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting and the National Institute of Health serving as a subject matter expert providing recommendations for mentoring diverse healthcare researchers. And she routinely speaks for ACHE, speaking at the ACHE Chapter Leader Conference after receiving the Regent’s Award for chapter accomplishments in diversity, on national webinars to boost chapter efforts in diversity and is scheduled to speak at ACHE Congress on mentoring diverse healthcare Executives. Dr. Love has truly dedicated her career to promoting diversity in healthcare leadership.

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Tiffany Love, PhD (@TiffanyLovePhD) | Twitter

Tiffany Love


Roderic F. Teamer, Sr.

Director of Diversity Programs and Business Development

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Inc.

Currently, Rod Teamer oversees Blue Cross’ award-winning diversity and inclusion program. The diversity and inclusion program touches each department where there is opportunity to diversify the employees, business partners or clients of the company, including human resources, supply chain management and corporate responsibility.   In addition, the D&I program under Teamer’s leadership, partners with local non-profit organizations to impact health disparities in minority communities across the state of Louisiana.

Teamer also works with the Blue Cross Marketing team to build their corporate presence and sales in the New Orleans region. Teamer joined Blue Cross in Aug. 2005 as Director, Metro Area Business Development.

Teamer has nearly 20 years of experience in resource development, marketing, project management, human resources, budget and finance, strategic planning, employee recruitment, training and career development. He came to Blue Cross from INROADS/Louisiana, Inc., where he had been managing director since 1994. Under his leadership, INROADS/Louisiana, a nationally acclaimed non-profit career development and placement organization for minority college students, experienced double-digit growth and achieved its highest level of intern placement.

Teamer received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing, from Louisiana State University. He began his career in 1986 as a campaign manager for the United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area. He held roles of increasing responsibility within United Way, leading to his appointment as assistant vice president of campaign for the Capital Area United Way in Baton Rouge in 1993.

Teamer is married to Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer, Ph.D. They have two daughters and a son (Tai, Tia and Roderic Jr.) ages 22, 20 and 19 years.

Learn more on the company’s website at www.bcbsla.comor on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/bluecrossla. Follow Blue Cross on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BCBSLA and Dr. Steven Udvarhelyiat www.twitter.com/DrSteveU


Marcos Pesquera, R.Ph., MPH

System Vice-President

Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion


Marcos Pesquera is the System Vice-President for Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at CHRISTUS Health. CHRISTUS Health is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost 350 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 175 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures; with the mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. In this capacity, he leads the integration of D&I strategies, cultural competence and community partnerships to impact population health and achieve health equity.

Prior to joining CHRISTUS Health, Marcos was the Executive Director of the Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity and Wellness. Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery organization based in Maryland. In this capacity, Mr. Pesquera created and implemented initiatives that eliminate barriers to enable health equity in health status, health care access, treatment, and outcomes within the health care system and the community.

Pesquera also served as senior director of Diversity Programs for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States. Under his leadership they implemented initiatives that aided in bridging the gap between our Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients and their providers of care. Initiatives around ethnicity, race and language preference data collection were implemented. Training of healthcare providers and support staff around provision of culturally competent care and awareness of healthcare disparities, educating our communities concerning the importance of health insurance, prevention and a healthy lifestyle were also implemented. Under his leadership the Diversity Programs Department received several awards for initiatives including serving the uninsured on Martin Luther King Day, The Latino Center of Excellence, and the NCQA Disparities Award for the Qualified Bilingual Staff Program. He also served as a Medical Center Administrator and Director of Pharmacy Operations.

In 2010, Marcos was recognized as a Health Care Hero by the Daily Record News. He received the Health Equity Award from the “National Dialogue on Diversity” in 2014. In 2015 he received the Distinguish Healthcare Leadership Award from the National Association of Health Services Executives for the Washington DC. Region. In 2017, Marcos received the Diversity First Leadership Award from the Texas Diversity Council and the Excellence Healthcare Diversity Award from the National Diversity Council.

Marcos lives in the Dallas, Texas area with his wife Kinny of 32 years. He served on various committees and boards, including: Chair of the Commission on Health and Governor appointed to the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council among others. He also served as Commissioner, Interagency Coalition for the Homeless, Community Advisor, University of Maryland, School of Public Health and Board member for Mercy Health Clinic and Leadership Montgomery. He currently serves in the Advisory Board for the Association for Community Health Improvement American Hospital Association.



January 26, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Veterans Affairs Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
2400 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
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