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Spring Summit Welcome Letter
Luis Belen

April 22, 2015

Dear Summit Participants:

It is my honor and privilege to welcome you to the NHIT Collaborative Spring Summit. Our theme - Health Disparities and The Heckler Report: 30 Years in Focus - concentrates on health IT solutions that will accelerate our efforts to achieve health equity across the nation. 

Today’s summit builds on the momentum that the NHIT Collaborative has driven over the past year, with events like our Annual Conference, and Wall Street Roundtable.  At today’s event, panelists and speakers will focus on practical solutions and innovations that can have a tangible impact on health status and outcomes - things like business development, strategic investments and HIT-related workforce development.  We will learn about strategies to engage health providers, consumers and entrepreneurs in the development and vetting of culturally and linguistically appropriate HIT applications. 

I know that you share my vision for a bright future - one where all individuals in the United States ultimately have the tools, and use them, to attain and maintain their highest level of health and wellness. 

I know that everyone who attends this summit can and will make a meaningful contribution as we work in partnership to use health IT to reduce disparities in health and health care, and I look forward to working with you in the weeks and months ahead as we kick off these exciting new initiatives.

Best Regards,


Luis Belen
Chief Executive Officer
National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved