Connecting for Better Health to Share Leadership Insights on Advancing Data, SDOH and Health Equity During HIMSS 2024 Panel Discussion

Connecting for Better Health executive director Timi Leslie will join industry leaders March 13 to share insights on advancing interoperability for better patient health outcomes

LARKSPUR, Calif. – March 7, 2024 – Connecting for Better Health (C4BH), the nonprofit coalition dedicated to advancing data exchange in California, today announced executive director Timi Leslie will join a panel on Wednesday, March 13 at HIMSS 2024 to discuss modernizing health and human services data infrastructure through policies and standards that support social determinants of health (SDOH) and health equity. 

The panel will share insights and lessons learned based on C4BH’s launch of the Data Exchange Framework (DxF) Sandbox. This first-of-its-kind virtual testing environment, launched in collaboration with technology and innovation leader EMI Advisors and key public and private partners in February 2024, allows health and social service organizations participating in California’s DxF to seamlessly plan, design and adjust workflows to fully realize the value and promise of the initiative.  

HIMSS Panel Presentation 

What: Session titled, “Modernizing Health & Human Services Data Infrastructure through Policies and Standards that Support SDOH and Health Equity”

When: Wednesday, March 13 • 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. ET 

Where: Leadership Theater | Hall B | Booth 3760

Panel Description:  In today’s complex healthcare landscape, achieving interoperability and breaking down data silos are paramount for delivering efficient and comprehensive health and human services. This panel session brings together industry experts and leaders who have navigated real-world implementation experiences in modernizing data infrastructure to support integrated health and human services while not losing sight of the essential elements of Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity and how they affect health outcomes. Panelists will share their firsthand challenges and bright spots for the future in implementing mechanisms to utilize the best innovations and bridge the divide between technology and real-world impact. 


  • Moderator Evelyn Gallego, chief executive officer and founder at EMI Advisors LLC
  • Panelist Timi Leslie, executive director of Connecting for Better Health the president of BluePath Health
  • Panelist Joy Doll, owner, Hello Better Healthcare, Program Director of Health Informatics at Creighton University
  • Panelist Matt Bishop, chief executive officer & president at Open City Labs


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About Connecting for Better Health (C4BH)

Connecting for Better Health is dedicated to advancing health and social data sharing to improve the health of all Californians. Our nonprofit coalition of diverse stakeholders have a shared vision that every Californian and their care team will have the information and insights they need to make care seamless, high quality, and affordable. To realize the full potential of data sharing, we provide a forum for members to discuss policy developments, share the latest innovations, and develop a collective outlook to bring awareness to and influence policy at the state and federal levels. For more information, visit and follow us on LinkedIn.

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Kaitlin Rebella
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