Don’t miss this unique learning experience on May 14 with dynamic speakers from Meridian Health, NJ Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, NJ Islamic Networks Group, RWJUH, Saint Peter’s Hospital & More

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Of New Jersey’s 8.9 million residents, more than 20 percent are foreign born and more than 30 percent speak a language other than English. The Garden State is among the top states in terms of overall diversity.

To help best serve NJ residents, the American Conference on Diversity will hold the 6th Healthcare Equity Conference on Thursday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Princeton. The American Conference on Diversity hosts this annual conference to work with professionals and organizations directly connected to the healthcare industry in “Responding to the Needs of a More Diverse Culture of Care.” The conference showcases promising practices and provides an opportunity for dialogue related to concerns and challenges faced in creating more inclusive healthcare environments. Our goal is to ultimately increase our capacity to provide the best quality care for people of all cultures, religions, and ethnic backgrounds. The conference provides excellent opportunity to learn, grow, and create lasting change.

The keynote speaker will be Wayne Boatwright, MHA, CDM, Vice President of Cultural Diversity at Meridian Health, who will discuss “Healthcare Disparities: Expanding Competency for Diversity Preparedness.” With over 13,000 employees and having been named as one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” Meridian Health has become one of New Jersey’s premier not-for-profit health care providers. As Vice President of Cultural Diversity, Mr. Boatwright leads the company’s diversity initiatives for six hospitals and Meridian Partner Companies, which include home health services, skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities, ambulance services, physician practice management and support services, and ambulatory care and services located throughout central New Jersey.


Mr. Boatwright has more than 20 years of experience partnering with senior management in ensuring the most productive use of human assets. His areas of focus include diversity management, employee relations, strategic planning, and fostering a culture that makes growth possible. Because of this expertise, Mr. Boatwright  is often called upon for speaking engagements and interviews. He has appeared as a keynote speaker at the National Leadership and Education Conference for the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, and as a guest speaker for the Massachusetts Hospital Association’s annual conference, the New Jersey State Association Medical Staff Services Education Conference, the MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit, the South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association’s Annual Dinner and the Connecticut Hospital Association’s Regional Health Equity Council. Mr. Boatwright’s interviews have appeared in various publications, including the 4th edition of Tyler’s Guide: The Healthcare Executive’s Job Search, Modern Healthcare, The Diversity Factor and Bridges, a newsletter published by the American Hospitals Association.

Mr. Boatwright holds, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Francis Marion University, and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Phoenix and is a doctoral student in the school of Health Sciences at Walden University He is also an adjunct professor at Georgian Court University, in Lakewood, N.J. Mr. Boatwright is a Board member of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, the United Way of Monmouth County, and the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. He is a commissioner with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters and chair Emeritus of the American Leadership Council for Diversity in Healthcare.

Other conference speakers will include Seham Abdala, Officer of the NJ Islamic Networks Group; Dr. M. Carolyn Daniels, Executive Director of the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, New Jersey Department of Health; Ryan Parker, Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant VP of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; Dr. Eddie Santiago, who specializes in internal medicine; and Anna M. Trautwein, RNC Practice Administrator, Women’s Ambulatory Care Services, Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

Highlights of this full-day learning experience will include:

Dynamic speakers covering topics that intersect healthcare and health management

Promising practices implementing D&I initiatives

Insightful and interactive panel discussions

New healthcare and diversity trends

Networking opportunities

Resource materials to take back to your team

The conference, which is sponsored by the Horizon Foundation for NJ, will be held at the NJ Hospital Association (NJHA) Conference and Event Center at 760 Alexander Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540.

“Healthcare equity is a critical part of creating a just society,” says American Conference on Diversity President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley. “This event unites practitioners and administrators and provides the information and cultural diversity insight they need to improve the health and care of our communities throughout the state.”

The $35 non-refundable registration fee will include a continental breakfast and lunch. To register, please visit

Partnering agencies include HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Meridian Health, New Jersey Department of Health Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, and Specialty Hospital of Central New Jersey.

About the American Conference on Diversity

The American Conference on Diversity was founded in 1948 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Today, the programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing our workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities. The American Conference on Diversity builds on an historic mission and creates programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It is a journey we can all take together. The American Conference on Diversity operates Regional Community Networks covering all of New Jersey. Visit to learn more.



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