Addressing Disparities in the Health Care System


Moderator: Shiva Bidar
UW Health Chief Diversity Officer

Shiva Bidar is Chief Diversity Officer at UW Health. In addition to being a statewide leader in health care equity, Shiva has served as a City of Madison alder for nearly 10 years. She is also a member of the Madison College Board of Trustees, Madison Community Foundation board member and United Way of Dane County Vision Council member. She has been recognized for her work with the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, the City of Madison/Dane County Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, and the Athena Leadership Award and was named one of the “15 of Madison’s Most Influential People” by In Business Magazine in July 2016.


Dr. Amy DeLong
Medical Director, Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Health

Dr. Amy DeLong is a Ho-Chunk tribal member who has worked at the Ho-Chunk Nation House of Wellness Clinic for nearly thirteen years in the capacity of family physician; she also serves as the Medical Director for the Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Health. She received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Michigan, completed medical school at the University of Minnesota and completed her training in family medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned her Master’s in Public Health in the Maternal Child Health track while completing an Adolescent Health Fellowship through the University Of Minnesota Department Of Pediatrics. Her passions include public health efforts to prevent chronic disease and promote wellness in the families and community she serves.


Erika Villafuerte
Bilingual Community Engagement Specialist, UnitedHealthGroup

Erika Villafuerte, Milwaukee, leads UnitedHealthCare's statewide efforts to help people live healthier lives - especially underserved populations. She also runs Salud First, offering wellness workshops and a social media platform for reminders to help people prioritize and achieve their best possible health. Erika is also the Founder of Professional Amistad Network where she hosts meetings to connect professionals and community members for sharing information, resources and referrals to aid each other in reaching personal and career oriented goals. Erika is also a member of the Board of Directors with several organizations, including: Centro Hispano Milwaukee, which advocates on behalf of Latinos and the socially and economically challenged. The Milwaukee Food Council, which  develops intentional, positive strategies for a healthy, affordable, equitable food system that nourishes our community and respects the environment. "Mi Pueblo" Hispanic Community Center, which is dedicated to empowering Hispanic families and assist to improve their quality of life by creating, implementing and referring to programs of education, health, job opportunities and facilitate access to existing community resources. Erika is also on the Advisory Council for The Salvation Army Milwaukee and works together with them on statewide efforts with a a special interest in multicultural outreach.


Lisa Peyton Caire
Founder, Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness

Lisa Peyton-Caire is the founding director of The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, a Wisconsin-based non-profit organization committed to eliminating health disparities and other barriers impacting the lives of African-American women and girls. Spurred by her mother’s untimely death from heart disease in 2006, Peyton-Caire established Black Women’s Wellness Day in 2008, an annual health summit that aims to inform, inspire, and empower women and girls of African descent to build and sustain healthy, wellness-centered lives. She recently made the Foundation her full-time job. Before that she was also Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness at Summit Credit Union, and also an educator, writer, women’s health advocate, non-profit leader, and change agent. Her driving focus in all that she does is to empower and expand opportunity and access to children, youth, adults, families and communities; and to build strong communities where all members are positioned to thrive.


Damond Boatwright
Regional President, SSM Health

Damond Boatwright is Regional President for SSM Health. He oversees all three SSM Health hospitals in Wisconsin. Damond has helped to lead the rebranding of St. Mary’s to SSM. He serves on the boards of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and the Wisconsin Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He also is a man whose priorities are his faith and his family. In his spare time he enjoys competition in cooking contests.