Director - Health Equity IntegrationCompany: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Role: Session Presenter Session: Promising Strategies to Advance Health Equity, Myth or Reality? How Can We Engage Diverse Patient Populations to Address the Social Determinate of Health? (S2-I)
Rosemond Sarpong Owens is the Director Heath Equity Integration and Diversity and Inclusion at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and about equity in general. Her specific interests include improving diversity and improving equity for populations experiencing inequities. A Public Health/Health Equity Practitioner by training, she understands the struggles of underserved and priority populations. As part of her role, she is responsible for leading Blue Cross’s enterprise-wide focus on building health equity into Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota’s mission and business practices. She holds primary accountability for catalyzing and supporting work across the enterprise to implement the health equity strategic plan.
Prior to her role at Blue Cross, Rosemond served as Health Literacy/Cultural Competency Specialist at CentraCare Health where for about 8 years, she developed a strategic plan related to Health Equity and where she provided expertise and support to leaders and staff in all areas of the company to ensure equitable care for all patients.
Rosemond was born in Ghana, West Africa and loves her native country and prides herself on being a true African at heart.
A graduate of both University of Ghana, University of Madrid, Rosemond holds undergraduate degrees in French and Spanish and Linguistics. In 2007, she received her MPH in Public Health from University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health with emphasis on Maternal and Child Health and Health Equity.
Rosemond has served on the Boards of of several organizations including the Books for Africa, Create CommUNITY, and Maternal Child Health Task Force.
Rosemond is a Paul Harris Fellow, who was recognized on 2015 for her contributions to literacy in Africa and to ending the Book Famine in Africa.
Rosemond is a certified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) and also a Spanish Interpreter.
Rosemond has lived in three continents and brings a broad, transnational perspective to her life.