Highmark Health and AHN to Host Internationally Renowned Public Health Leader Daniel E. Dawes for Lecture on Health Equity

Updated on March 1, 2023

Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network (AHN) are pleased to host Daniel E. Dawes, JD, internationally recognized leader in health equity, as part of its Enterprise Equitable Health Institute’s (EEHI) lecture series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The lecture and book signing will be held at Highmark Penn Avenue Place on March 28th from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The event is open to the public and free of charge to attend. Pre-registration is required.  

Dawes is a widely respected health care and public health leader, health policy expert, educator, and researcher. His pioneering research has sparked modern awareness of the social and political determinants of health. His latest book, The Political Determinants of Health examines how policy and politics influence the social conditions that generate health outcomes.  

Daniel Dawes

Dawes currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Health & Executive Director of the Global Health Equity Institute at Meharry Medical College.  His extensive resume includes shaping the Affordable Care Act, serving as an advisor for the White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, and co-founding the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN). In addition to the Political Determinants of Health, Dawes has authored the groundbreaking book, 150 Years of ObamaCare.

“One of the keys to creating a more inclusive and equitable culture in the workplace, in health care and in our society at large is education. As a nationally respected voice in the health equity movement, we are delighted to have Daniel join us to help us better understand the root causes of disparities so that we can make meaningful changes for our patients and the community,” said Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew. 

The Enterprise Equitable Health Institute (EEHI) at Highmark Health and AHN is an enterprise-wide effort dedicated to advancing a comprehensive internal and external strategy to promote a culture of equity and inclusion. 

“From our  organization’s recruitment, hiring, professional development and workplace culture practices and standards, to the quality of care and service we provide across every touchpoint to every patient, member, customer, and community, the EEHI plays a  fundamental role in helping us bring our Living Health vision and model to life,” Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew said. 

Contact Highmark for more information.

About Highmark Health 

Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh, PA-based enterprise that employs more than 37,000 people who serve millions of Americans across the country, is the parent company of Highmark Inc., Allegheny Health Network, enGen, and Helion. Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates provide health insurance to approximately 6.8 million members in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, and New York, as well as dental insurance, and related health products through a national network of diversified businesses. Allegheny Health Network is an integrated delivery network in western Pennsylvania comprised of 14 hospitals, more than 2,600 affiliated physicians, ambulatory surgery centers, an employed physician organization, home and community-based health services, a research institute, a group purchasing organization, and health and wellness pavilions. enGen is focused on meeting the information technology platform and other business needs of the Highmark Health enterprise as well as unaffiliated health insurance plans by providing proven business processes, expert knowledge, and integrated cloud-based platforms. Helion works with payers to cultivate high-performing networks while empowering providers to operate at their best. To learn more, visit www.highmarkhealth.org

About Allegheny Health Network


Allegheny Health Network (AHN.org) is an integrated health care delivery system serving the greater Western Pennsylvania region. The network is composed of 14 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, Health + Wellness Pavilions, an employed physician organization, home- and community-based health services, a research institute, and a group purchasing organization. AHN provides patients with access to a complete spectrum of advanced medical services, including nationally recognized programs for primary and emergency care, cardiovascular disease, cancer care, orthopedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, women’s health, diabetes and more. AHN employs approximately 22,000 people, has more than 2,600 physicians on its medical staff, and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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