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Innovation in Healthcare Summit:


Becoming Compassionate and Involved Citizens


Tuesday, October 11th, 2016


 6:00  pm - 9:00 pm


Predolin Humanities Center 


Edgewood College


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

-Margaret Mead

Americans have witnessed the effects of a health care system with worsening problems. Even with the passage of the most extensive health reform since Medicare (The Affordable Health Care Act) in 2010, we are confronted with burgeoning problems in our health care system including unsustainable high costs of care, too many health errors, inadequate access to care, significant disparities in health care outcomes, and inadequate focus on prevention and primary health care.

The remedy for many health care system problems is a course correction directed by new or revised policy. Concerned community members and health care workers can influence critical and needed changes in the health system and society through being involved in policy making and political action.

This summit will focus on the importance of being involved citizens in our political process, inspire us to think about political involvement and advocacy as an essential part of our work in health care and hopefully breathe new life into what it means to be a democratic citizen-compassionate, thoughtful, realistic and accountable.

The summit will take place in the Predolin Humanities Center on the Edgewood College campus. Campus Map

Advanced registration is encouraged and food will be provided. The Third Annual Innovation in Healthcare Summit is co-hosted by Edgewood College and Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin as part of the $1,000,000 gift to Edgewood College to engage and enlist Edgewood nursing students and graduates in innovative and progressive care delivery. 

 This event is free and open to the public. Edgewood College faculty, staff, students and GHC-SCW employees and members are particularly encouraged to attend.



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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Predolin Humanities Center

Edgewood College 







6:00 – 6:30: appetizers and check in - Predolin 115

6:30 – 7:15: keynote speech - Anderson Auditorium 

Keynote Speaker: Shiva Bidar, MA, CHI™, CDM UW Health- Director, Community Partnerships

7:15 – 7:30: Break and refreshments - PRD 115

7:30 – 8:15: breakout session 1 - PRD 307 and 308

8:15 – 9:00: breakout session 2 - PRD 307 and 308


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Predolin Humanities Center
Edgewood College 





Keynote Speaker: 

Shiva Bidar, MA, CHI™, CDM

Shiva Bidar is the Director of Community Partnerships at UW Health, an integrated health system serving 618,000 patients each year in Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and beyond with 1,400 physicians, six hospitals, and 80 outpatient sites. In this capacity, Ms. Bidar is responsible for diversity & community partnership programs as well as the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Her experiences have included the development and management of relationships with key community groups and organizations, planning outreach and community partnerships, all facets of personnel management, budget creation and management, as well as diversity and inclusiveness training. She is the chair of the UW Health Council on Equity & Inclusion formed in 2014. Ms. Bidar is a founding member and vice-chair elect of the Madison Area Diversity Roundtable, a coalition of employers committed to diversity and inclusionary practices. She is the co-chair of the Latino health Council of Dane County. Ms. Bidar serves on the Madison Area Technical College Board of Trustees and the Madison Community Foundation Board.

Ms. Bidar is nationally recognized for her work in the area of diversity and inclusion and has been a frequent speaker at national conferences on cultural competence and health care interpreting.  She has been instrumental in the development of language access policies & practices and the field of medical interpreting in the US. Ms. Bidar was a founding member of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC) and as co-chair of its Standards, Training and Certification Committee co-authored the NCIHC Medical Interpreter Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. She was a founding commissioner of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI.)

Ms. Bidar also serves on the City of Madison Common Council. She was first elected in 2009. She has serves as the Common Council President Pro-Tem and President.

Ms. Bidar is actively engaged in many philanthropic and community based events, holding multiple board appointments and supporting numerous community causes. Her work in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion has been recognized with the following awards:

  • 2016 “15 of Madison’s Most Influential People” In Business Magazine
  • 2016 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient
  • 2010 City-County MLK Jr. Humanitarian Award
  • 2005 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award
  • 2002 "One of the 50 most influential Madisonians" Madison Magazine
  • 2000 City of Madison/Dane County Public Health Award for Multicultural Health Care


  • BA, Universit√© du Hainaut, Mons, Belgium
  • MA, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California 
  • Certificate in Diversity Management in Health Care (CDM), Institute for Diversity in Healthcare/Georgetown University

Breakout Session Presenters: 

Anne Gargano Ahmed

HungerCare Coalition Coordinator at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin


Lane Hanson, MSW

Child Advocacy Project Coordinator at the Center for Patient Partnerships


Steven Rush, PhD, RN

Vice President, Workforce and Clinical Practice at the Wisconsin Hospital Association


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Predolin Humanities Center
Edgewood College 




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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Predolin Humanities Center

Edgewood College