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Addressing Colorectal Cancer Disparities Design Sprint

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Addressing Colorectal Cancer Disparities Design Sprint

Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Boston, MA

Why is the Colorectal Cancer mortality rate higher for minority patient populations?

About the Design Sprint

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one of the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. While rates of colorectal cancer have been dropping in recent years, disparities in incidence and mortality are still heavily prevalent along racial and socioeconomic lines.

  • Between 2010 and 2014, the colorectal cancer mortality rate for Non-Hispanic blacks was 40% higher than the mortality rate for non-Hispanic whites.

  • Socioeconomic status is inversely related to colorectal cancer mortality. Behavioral factors associated with colorectal cancer, such as smoking and diet, are also used as predictors in socioeconomics.

  • Non-Hispanic blacks and American Indian/Alaska Natives have the highest incidence and mortality rates of colorectal cancer, respectively.

  • In 2015, screening prevalence was 65% in non-Hispanic Whites, 62% for non-Hispanic Blacks, 54% for American Indian/Alaska Natives, 50% Hispanics, and 49% Asians.

  • Patients with Stage III colon cancer who have Medicaid or are Medicaid-Medicare dual eligible are 43% and 51% less likely to receive adjuvant chemotherapy compared to privately-insured patients.

Why Attend?

This ½ Day design sprint session to understand how to address Colorectal Cancer disparities in communities of color. The design sprint session will bring together patient groups, providers, pharma, policymakers, and other key stakeholders in a collaborative session to brainstorm on how to lower mortality rates in the most vulnerable, underserved, and at-risk patient populations.

What is a Design Sprint

Planning Committee (in alphabetical order)


Phil Dawes, MBA, MS

Principal at Korn Ferry

Phil Dawes is a Principal in Korn Ferry’s Boston office and a member of the firm’s Global Healthcare Services and Supply Chain Practices. He leads the recruitment of CEOs and other C-Suite executives for providers, health plans, and healthcare suppliers and digital health companies. Previously, Mr. Dawes served as Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales and Value-Based Care at MedAssets, a publicly-traded company that provided performance improvement solutions in the areas of revenue cycle and supply chain. He led the sales of cross-segment solutions that leveraged technology, managed services and consulting services to help providers lower costs and align reimbursement to address value-based care. Previously, Mr. Dawes worked for well-known publicly-traded management consulting firms, where he most recently co-founded a value-based care practice that helped clients operationalize new care delivery and reimbursement models. He also founded and led a healthcare analytics practice, which grew to include 30 professionals who used advanced analytics and developed software applications to drive healthcare business transformations for over 100 clients. Mr. Dawes started his healthcare career at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare in Chicago, where he turned around and led strategic sourcing and procurement functions. Mr. Dawes earned his M.B.A. and Masters in Engineering Management from Northwestern University and his B.S. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University.


Joseph Gaspero

CEO & Co-Founder of the Center for Healthcare Innovation

Mr. Joseph Gaspero is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for Healthcare Innovation, an independent, non-profit research and educational institute dedicated to making healthcare more equitable for all patients. CHI’s mission is to bring together experts and ideas from all over the world to improve healthcare for everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, race, ethnicity, or other social determinants. Joseph is a healthcare executive, strategist, and researcher. He leads CHI’s research and education initiatives focusing health equity, health disparities, social determinants of health, diversity and inclusion, health literacy, culturally competent healthcare, lack of diversity in clinical trials, and other pressing healthcare issues. He has designed and organized over 50 research symposia, executive roundtables, and workshops around the U.S. that convene many of the country’s leading health equity advocates. His leadership stems from a wide array of experiences, including founding and operating several non-profit and for-profit organizations and serving in the U.S. Air Force in support Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has lived and worked in multiple countries around the world.


Robin Glasco, MBA

Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Bambü Global Healthcare Advisors

Robin Glasco is a healthcare strategist, innovator and entrepreneur. With nearly 25 years experience in healthcare including leadership accountability in strategic planning, business development, market strategy, and product development, Robin most recently was the chief innovation officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.  In her role overseeing innovation, Robin was responsible for establishing the innovation function, introducing the science of innovation to the organization and deploy new solutions that allow more people of Massachusetts to have access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Robin holds an MBA and an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.  She serves on four boards: American Telehealth Association, Boston Harbor Now, Community Servings and BUILD and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. 


Dr. Michelle Taylor MD, MBA, FACS

Surgeon, speaker, and consultant

Dr. Michelle Taylor M.D., M.B.A., is a surgeon, speaker, and consultant. As a surgeon, she served as chief of general and vascular surgery, where she developed new service lines, optimized new electronic health record systems, and lead clinical quality initiatives. She has acted as the medical director for quality and health policy within a managed-care organization, where she helped design value-based benefits, partnered with accountable care organizations, and helped to draft healthcare quality legislation. As an advocate for eliminating healthcare disparities, she's had state and federal appointments to collaboratives that focused on health equity and population health. As a consultant and physician advisor, she helps physicians and healthcare organizations develop strategies that define their unique market position and grow revenue. Dr. Taylor received her doctorate in medicine from the University of Chicago. She holds a master’s degree in business and health administration from the University of Colorado. Her bachelor's degree in chemistry is from Harvard University.





8:00 AM
Registration & Networking

8:30 AM
Distinguished Opening Remarks

8:45 AM
Design Sprint Module 1

10:15 AM

10:45 AM
Design Sprint Module 2

11:55 AM
Distinguished Closing Remarks