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Inside Health Care #71: Dr. Chere Gregory and Dr. Nneka Sederstrom on Beginning the Journey of NCQA’s Health Equity Accreditation Programs

January 19, 2022 · David J. Smolar

NCQA launched its Health Equity Accreditation program late last year. In another exciting development, it’s  launched a pilot version of Health Equity Accreditation Plus, designed for organizations that already have an equity program but are looking for advanced ways to measure and boost existing efforts.

Both programs provide a thorough framework to measure progress and inform new disparity-eliminating strategies.

But there’s more.

These programs are not limited to NCQA’s traditional health plan partners. With the aim of attacking disparities wherever they may be found, the Health Equity Accreditation Programs now both accept health system applicants. So, as the Health Equity Accreditation Plus pilot program was formed, two major health systems agreed to participate. And they join us for this episode of Inside Health Care to share their insight.

In this special episode of “Inside Health Care”, to kick off 2022, we talk with two dynamic leaders heading two dynamic teams: Dr. Chere Gregory, Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer for Novant Health, covering providers across three states, and Dr. Nneka O. Sederstrom, Chief Health Equity Officer for Hennepin Health, focusing on Minnesota’s most populous county, Hennepin County, whose county seat is Minneapolis.

Dr. Chere Gregory

Dr. Chere Gregory

Dr. Nneka O. Sederstrom

Dr. Nneka O. Sederstrom


Later on in this episode, we get a download from NCQA’s education director, Jennifer D’Alessandro, catching us up on training and certification coursework coming up this year, as well as the Big Summit.

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