2023 Annual NMQF Leadership Summit

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In 2003, NMQF hosted its first-ever National Annual Summit on Health Disparities. The Summit works with healthcare providers, professionals, administrators, researchers, lawmakers, policymakers, community and faith-based organizations in educating and delivering quality care to diverse populations. With over 700 attendees from across the nation, the Summit works to educate the nation’s top leaders across the healthcare continuum.

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Summit Spotlight: Aquarius Gilmer

Booker T. Washington Award Luncheon Master of Ceremonies Aquarius Gilmer of Gilead Sciences was responsible for leading and organizing Regional OASH efforts around HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and LGBTQ health in the five mid-Atlantic states and within the District of Columbia.


Aquarius Gilmer is the former Regional Resource Consultant (RRC) within the Regional Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH) in the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Region III. Representing the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP), Aquarius was responsible for leading and organizing Regional OASH efforts around HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and LGBTQ health in the five mid-Atlantic states and within the District of Columbia.

Aquarius is a graduate of Tuskegee University where he studied Political Science and Bioethics. His undergraduate thesis is entitled "HIV/AIDS in Black Belt Counties: A Public Health Crisis" explored the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Black Belt counties of rural Alabama. Desiring to learn and understand an appropriate faith-based response to the social and moral crisis of HIV- Aquarius was admitted to Candler School of Theology on an academic scholarship. During his matriculation at Candler he explored the intersections of theology, civil and human rights, science and public health. Aquarius worked and lived in Mozambique assessing community based organizations that provided home-base care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Also while in seminary Aquarius served as a Chaplin at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA providing pastoral care and counseling to patients, visitors and hospital staff Aquarius became well acquainted with disparities in treatment and care for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Before joining the RRNP Aquarius served as program manager at the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS in Harlem NYC. In this position Aquarius led several multi-site health and social justice awareness programs and public policy forums primarily for African Americans living in Tampa, FL; Atlanta, GA; Washington, DC; New York, NY and Detroit, MI. Upon his departure from NBLCA Aquarius co-organized NBLCA's first LGBTQ Summit in Tampa, Fl entitled: and wrote a white paper and strategic plan entitled "The Fierce Urgency of Now! " it was a roadmap complete with public policy recommendations for the organization and leadership within the African American community. As the RRC within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region III Aquarius is a member of the Health Equity, Clinical Preventative Services and Communications OASH teams. Here Aquarius worked to build rapid response networks of faith and lay leaders, community stakeholders and private-public partnerships to mitigate health disparities. In the Fall of 2017 he hosted a two day public policy forum and capacity building summit entitled "Equipping and Empowering Faith-Based organizations to Meaningfully address HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and Heal Equity through Private-Public Partnerships"

Before coming to Gilead, Aquarius led the government relations and advocacy portfolio at the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC), a Gilead COMPASS grantee. Here he successfully launched Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and was a community stakeholder informing the development of the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America which is 10-year initiative to end the U.S. HIV epidemic. Prior to joining the SAC worked in DHHS’ Region III office distilling federal HIV and HCV policies to the state and local levels.

2023 Award Winners

These outstanding individuals were honored at the 2023 Annual Leadership Summit

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    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

    U.S. Representative for the 18th Congressional District of Texas

    Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

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    Dr. Donna Christian-Christensen

    Fmr. U.S. Virgin Islands Delegate to the United States House of Representatives

    Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

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    Crystal Riley, PharmD, MHA, MBA

    Director, Federal Government Affairs at AbbVie

    Congressional Award Winner Outstanding Corporate Leadership

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    Amber Ray, PharmD, MPH

    Deputy Legislative Director U.S. Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester

    Congressional Award Winner Congressional Staff Leadership

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40 Under 40 Leaders In Health

“The 2023 winners are doing amazing things that both better and diversify the healthcare marketplace. They serve as positive role models for our next generation of leaders in minority health.”

— Gary A. Puckrein, PhD, President and CEO
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The 40 Under 40 Fund

A campaign we’ve launched to support future honorees and the mission of NMQF.

We want to build on the success of 40 Under 40 to create programming and events—like mentoring and career development workshops-- that help cultivate the next generation of healthcare leaders of color. We also want to provide need-based stipends for young minority healthcare professionals to attend the NMQF Summit.
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Visit Our Youtube Channel For More Videos From The Summit

2018 NMQF Leadership Summit on Health Disparities and Spring Health Braintrust: Welcome and Remarks

2018 NMQF Leadership Summit and Spring Health Braintrust: Policy & Advocacy Opening Plenary

2018 NMQF Leadership Summit and Spring Health Braintrust: Policy & Advocacy Plenary

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Thank You To Our Annual Summit Sponsors.

Your contributions make this event possible.

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News & Updates

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April 25, 2023 -

By Gary A. Puckrein

National Minority Quality Forum convenes Corporate Roundtable to address critical challenges in the era of health care reform

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