2017 Summer Conference Plenary Sessions



Opening Plenary Session
SUNDAY, JULY 16                               
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  
Featured Speaker:
Dr. Gloria Wilder
Social Justice Advocate

Growing up poor, Gloria Wilder dreaded doctor visits—clinics were overcrowded and impersonal. So she became a pediatrician. She was Director of Community Pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and Chair of Mobile Health Programs at Children's National Medical Center.  In 2005, Dr. Wilder founded CORE HEALTH, a community-driven social justice solutions company that is dedicated to helping health providers in underserved communities improve their quality of service. The company's mission promotes strengthening individual health and wellness by enriching entire communities. CORE HEALTH's Wellness Doctrine recognizes that a well community provides strong quality healthcare, education, housing, food, and economic opportunities for its residents.

Dr. Wilder has become a nationally recognized speaker and expert on poverty and economic segregation in healthcare. She serves as a consultant to numerous foundations and nonprofit organizations specializing in implementing outcome-driven community programs and assisting foundations in analyzing effective community initiatives.  Dr. Wilder believes strongly in the power of service. She was awarded a 2005 Caring Award, joining the company of Jimmy Carter and Mother Theresa; this award is given annually to a select group of individuals who demonstrate exceptional generosity and commitment to service.