Javay Walton is Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Vituity Physician Partners. As a leader in the healthcare industry for more than 15 years, he has a rich background in developing and supporting organizational practices, processes, and policies that ensure equity and address systemic issues affecting historically marginalized communities. In his work at Vituity, Javay believes that the infinite DEI goal is Zero Barriers—a call to action to eliminate limitations that prevent people from achieving their full potential and leading healthy lives. Therefore, his work is narrowly focused on building inclusive workplaces that promote allyship, education, equity, and cultural competency. Javay holds a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from San Jose State University and is a Certified Diversity Professional through the National Diversity Council. In addition to his work at Vituity, Javay is active in his local church, is a mentor to serval young adults, and his motto is "Be You. Inspire. Empower." He resides in Houston, Texas with his wife and two children.
Allen Hsiao MD, FAAP, FAMIA, is Professor of Pediatrics and of Emergency Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and serves as the Chief Health Information Officer (CHIO) for the Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health System. He received his BA in Biomedical Ethics and MD from Brown University, then completed residency training in Pediatrics at Yale before completing fellowships and board certifications in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Medical Informatics. He has served on numerous medical informatics-related committees for the Hospital and University, as well as nationally for groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, Health Information Management Systems Society, and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. Dr. Hsiao has published many articles in the pediatric and healthcare informatics literature and regularly presents nationally and internationally on leveraging informatics and the electronic health record (EHR) to support research, optimize systems, and improve transitions of care. He has also served as primary investigator or co-investigator on several NIH and AHRQ-funded grants examining the ways health information technology can impact and improve healthcare. Allen also co-directs the Informatics Core for Yale’s Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health. In this capacity, he works closely with the Yale Center for Clinical Investigations leadership to equip investigators with the tools and information needed for translational and clinical research. This includes leveraging the industry-leading functionalities of the EHR (Epic) system and the clinical trials management system (OnCore) for investigators and patient focused research, with particular emphasis on expanding clinical trials participation by patients from diverse backgrounds to improve health equity and inclusion in clinical research. As the CHIO, Dr. Hsiao leads the medical informatics and data and analytics teams for the School and System, including an experienced group of physician informaticians and the Joint Data and Analytics Team. He and team provide leadership of the EHR and technology to provide the functionality, clinical decision support, and innovation needed to deliver the best healthcare possible. His Joint Data and Analytics Team includes the database administrators, data architects, and a team of over 60 analysts that provide the reporting and analytics for the System and the School, supporting operational, clinical, and research reporting and data needs and is led by a talented Chief Data & Analytics Officer. Current priorities for Dr. Hsiao and team include supporting COVID-19 informatics needs, predictive analytics, innovating with large language models, strategies to address growing physician burnout, patient engagement, population health, and supporting genomic medicine.
Sady is responsible for all matters related to workforce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and accountable for creating and sustaining a Diverse Workforce and an Inclusive Culture. In 2019, she created and implemented the IDEA Mindset—which became one of the company’s 7 core values in 2022—and leads the organization’s efforts to create spaces for all people to be valued, seen, and empowered. Under Sady’s leadership, the company accomplished several “firsts.” To name a few: 1) In 2021, Excellus BCBS applied for the first time to the Disability Equality Index (DEI) and was named one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion, receiving a top score of 100 percent. The company has done so again in 2022 and 2023. 2) That year, Excellus BCBS also released their first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion report. This is now an annual report for the organization, released every December. 3) In 2023, Excellus BCBS was named one of Forbes’ “Best Employers for Diversity.” Her work has received several local, state, and national awards, and she was most recently honored on the Power List of LGBTQ+ Business Leaders by the Rochester Business Journal. When she’s not trying to shift perceptions and break through stereotypes, you can find her spending quality time with her wife, Leslie, and their 3 children.