Adtalem Global Education brought together the nation’s nursing and HBCU leaders and policy makers to advance equity in healthcare: A Nursing Summit

The virtual summit included discussions on advancing health equity and how to fill the pipeline of critical nursing shortages with diverse graduates

CHICAGO, May 12, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a leading health educator, in collaboration with two of its institutions – Chamberlain University and Walden University – organized Advancing Equity in Health Care: A Nursing Summit on April 20 with nearly 300 virtual participants. Bringing together an impressive roster of national health care experts, including leaders from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), nursing educators, employers and policymakers, attendees gathered for discussions critiques of how to advance health equity through access and representation in nursing education.

As the first education company to join the HBCU Congressional Caucus Partnership Challenge in 2019, Adtalem is committed to increasing public-private partnerships while advancing diversity in healthcare, and Adtalem institutions are at the forefront of this important work.

“As the leading provider of professional talent in healthcare, Adtalem, in partnership with the National Nursing League and HBCUs, has the opportunity to advance educational justice and impact communities in which our graduates continue to serve,” said Steve Beard, President and CEO of Adtalem. “This Nursing Summit has been a forum to advance our work as a collective and make a positive difference in the world. As we expand access to education and increase diversity in healthcare, Adtalem and its institutions are deeply committed to being part of the solution.”

The agenda included fireside chats focusing on justice in education and its impact on health equity, as well as the business case for transformation, policy development and economic reforms needed to help minority-serving institutions and students advance health equity. Opening remarks were led by Beard and Tonya Smith-Jackson, PhD, CPE, Acting Provost of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, along with other notable speakers:

  • U.S. Representative Alma Adams, Founder and Co-Chair of the HBCU Bipartisan Caucus and Co-Chair of the Black Maternal Health Caucus

  • Lisa Wardell, Executive Chair, Adtalem Global Education

  • Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FANN, President and CEO, National League for Nursing

  • Katie Boston-Leary, PhD, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, Director of Nursing Programs, American Nurses Association (ANA)

  • Adriana Perez, PhD., ANP-BC, FAAN, FGSA, University of Pennsylvania

  • Roberta Waite, EdD, PMHCNS, ANEF, FAAN, New Dean of School of Nursing, Georgetown University

  • Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FACHE, FAAN, President, Chamberlain University

  • Sue Subocz, PhD, Director of Studies and Provost, Walden University

Justice in education and its impact on health inequalities is an important issue that needs to be continually addressed in collaboration with key partners to keep the conversation going and take action. A follow-up action in development is a white paper authored by a committee of nursing leaders from Chamberlain University and Walden University, HBCU leaders, and authors interested in contributing and is expected to be published in the coming months. The document will present policy suggestions and recommendations that capture the collective voices of HBCUs, community partners, and other institutions that serve minority nursing students and will become a roadmap for overcoming barriers related to HBCU institutions.


Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE) is a leading healthcare educator and professional talent provider for the healthcare industry. With a focus on delivering strong outcomes that increase workforce readiness, Adtalem empowers a diverse population of learners to achieve their goals and make inspiring contributions to their communities.

Adtalem is the parent organization of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Chamberlain University, Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Walden University. Adtalem and its institutions have over 10,000 employees and a network of over 275,000 alumni. Adtalem was named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021 by Newsweek and one of America’s Best Diversity Employers 2021 by Forbes. Follow Adtalem on Twitter @adtalemglobal, LinkedIn or visit for more information.


Chamberlain University is part of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE). Chamberlain University’s mission is to educate, empower, and encourage diverse health professionals who advance the health of individuals, families, communities, and nations. Chamberlain includes the College of Nursing, which offers a three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and flexible post-graduate programs such as the RN to BSN option, Master of Science in Nursing program, Doctor of Nursing Practice program . and graduate certificates, and the College of Health Professions, which offers Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, and Master of Physician Assistant Studies programs. Chamberlain University is accredited by the Higher Education Commission, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. For the most up-to-date accreditation information, visit To learn more, visit


More than 50 years ago, Walden University was founded to help adult learners achieve their academic goals and have a greater impact on their professions and communities. Students from across the United States and more than 115 countries pursue a certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate online at Walden. The university offers over 100 degree and certificate programs with over 260 specializations and concentrations. Walden University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, For more information, please visit

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Kelly Finelli