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Bryant University hosts inaugural Healthcare Summit on Saturday, May 6
Apr 20, 2023, by Staff Writer
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SMITHFIELD, RI: Bryant University hosts its inaugural Healthcare Summit on Saturday, May 6, 2023. The overarching theme of the full-day event is “Collaboration Fosters Innovation.”

The current fragmented healthcare system is an impediment to achieving affordable, quality care. This disjointed structure, combined with several key systemic challenges — including access to care, a shortage of talent, complexity of healthcare delivery, cost, and lack of adequate behavioral health and lifestyle management services — places even more strain on the system. In an effort to bridge industry-wide gaps, Bryant University’s Healthcare Summit draws together stakeholders across sectors to connect on these key issues and identify data-driven solutions to build a better healthcare system for all.  

“Bryant University is on the frontline of the nationwide healthcare crisis,” explains Kirsten Hokeness, Ph.D., director of Bryant University’s School of Health and Behavioral Sciences. “There are too many barriers to affordable, quality care; it’s going to take a village to overcome these challenges. Collaboration across all sectors of the industry is needed to rethink our current healthcare model and drive it toward a more equitable future.”

The event features keynotes that directly address these issues facing healthcare providers from leaders in the sector: David Ahern, PhD, Founder and Senior Scientist of Abacus Health Solutions, Dr. Rayford Kruger, MD, CEO of Southcoast Health, Dr. Creagh Milford, Senior Vice President of Retail Health, and Dr. Jessica Pelletier, DO, Emergency Medicine Education Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Collaborative breakout sessions offer deep dives into specific topic areas such as physician assistant integration to alleviate talent shortages; racial and socioeconomic barriers to healthcare; taking a biopsychosocial approach with chronic pain care; the specific challenges facing the mental health profession; using informatics and analytics to improve quality of care delivery; and more. The full-day event ends with a networking reception. Attendees can receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. For more information, visit

About Bryant University  

For 160 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. The university delivers a uniquely integrated academic and student life experience with nationally recognized academic programs at the intersection of business, liberal arts, and health and behavioral sciences.  

Located on a 428-acre contemporary campus in Smithfield, R.I., Bryant enrolls approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students from 38 states and 49 countries. Bryant is recognized as a top 1% national leader in student education outcomes and ROI and regularly receives high rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, College Factual and Barron’s. 

The Vision 2030 strategic plan sets an exciting trajectory for Bryant University. Priorities include an ecosystem of academic excellence, vibrant student life, competitive athletics and facilities, and championing access and economic mobility.

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