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David Hunt

Senior Director of Health Equity

Company: BCT Partners, LLC
Role: Session Presenter

David Hunt is the senior director of Health Equity at BCT Partners and specializes in cross-cultural healthcare. A former employment law and civil rights attorney, David is nationally known for his expertise in:

• Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Other Health Equity Issues – In 2017, David was selected by the American Hospital Association as its national consultant for the #123forEquity program. More than 1,800 American hospitals are now participating in this program to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. In 2019 and again in 2020, he was selected by America’s Essential Hospitals to train up-and-coming hospital leaders from over 50 leading urban hospitals on health equity issues.
• Cultural Competence in Health Care – In 2017, David was one of a handful of national experts selected by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Minority Health to participate in an evaluation of the effectiveness of the National CLAS Standards. In 2013 and again in 2015, he was selected by the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association as their national consultant on cultural competence in health care. Together with physicians from Harvard Medical School, David created, licensed, and sold the nation’s first Continuing Medical Education (CME) accredited e-learning program on cultural competence for doctors and nurses. More than 180,000 providers have now been trained on this program. More recently, he collaborated with leading physicians to create a Provider Cross-Cultural Medical Assessment. This tool has now been administered to over 4,000 providers across six states and can be used to benchmark the performance of hospital systems and physicians in treating a variety of minority patient populations.
• The Law of Language Access – David is one of the nation’s leading experts on the law of language access in healthcare. He has delivered keynote addresses on this topic for both the ABA and the AMA, published articles in leading medical journals and textbooks and regularly conducts language access audits for leading hospital systems. David created the nation’s first CME accredited e-learning program on the law of language access. More than 2,000 Anthem and Highmark Blue Cross providers have been trained on this product and were found to have substantially increased their use of qualified medical interpreters as a result.
• Global Medicine – In the aftermath of the Ebola virus epidemic, David partnered with Anthem and leading medical experts to create the nation’s first CME accredited e-learning program on global medicine. More than 2,000 physicians have improved their clinical skills after taking this program. In 2019-2020, he partnered with the University of Minnesota’s Global Health Pathways Program to test whether physicians who have received graduate medical training on global medicine are demonstrably better prepared than other physicians to treat immigrants, refugees, Limited English Proficient patients, and international travelers than conventionally trained physicians. The results of this research were published in American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in fall 2021.

BCT Partners is a national multi-disciplinary consulting firm that delivers a full range of research, consulting, training, technology, and analytics services. BCT’s mission is to provide insights that lead to equity. BCT has been recognized by 1) Forbes as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms, 2) Manage HR magazine as a Top 10 Firm for Diversity & Inclusion, and 3) the Black Enterprise BE 100 list as one of the nation’s largest African American-owned businesses.

BCT Partners’ national healthcare client base includes The Joint Commission, Children’s Mercy, MaineHealth, Mayo Clinic, Virtua Health, Emory Health, and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). They have worked with leading healthcare organizations such as American Red Cross, University of California School of Medicine, and RWJBarnabas Health on efforts to combat structural racism and become antiracist institutions.

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