APG formed the Health Equity and Social Justice (HESJ) Collaborative to support APG member and partner organizations in addressing the systemic issues that create challenges and barriers for individuals from underserved communities to access quality, affordable healthcare. This Collaborative, open to all APG members and partners, creates a forum with opportunities for education, problem-solving, and collaboration. Group discussions include health equity’s impact on patient care, social determinants of health, organizational culture, and diversity in staffing, including leadership.

Members of the HESJ Collaborative meet quarterly via webinar. Guest speakers are invited to offer insight through keynote presentations.

The Collaborative is led by a Steering Committee that includes two APG members and two APG partner representatives.

Staff Coordinator: Lura Hawkins, MBA, Vice President of Member Services

APG Member Co-Chairs

Optum Pacific Northwest

Adrianne Wagner, MHSA, FACHE

Adrianne Wagner, MHSA, FACHE

Regional Vice President, Quality and Patient Safety for Employed Groups

Cigna Medical Group

Sheila Sudhakar, MD

Sheila Sudhakar, MD

Senior Medical Director, Practice Excellence, Population Health, Epic

APG Partner Co-Chairs


Pete Fronte, MBA

Pete Fronte, MBA

President and CEO

Oscar Health

Alyssa Canter

Alyssa Canter

Director, Government Affairs & Policy

The goals of the Collaborative:

  • Share ideas and priorities within APG member and partner organizations.
  • Create an environment where issues and ideas can be shared without judgement
  • Foster collaborations between organizations and individuals with similar goals and priorities
  • Share successes, challenges, and best practices

Articles & Resources

Advancing the Health Equity Movement Forward 

By Adrianne Wagner, MHSA, FACHE

The Journal of America’s Physician Groups, Summer 2021

New APG Collaborative Addresses Health Equality and Social Justice

By Lura Hawkins, MBA

The Journal of America’s Physician Groups, Spring 2021


A Physician’s Practical Guide for Culturally Competent Care

Available from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Minority Health


2022 HESJ Collaborative meeting schedule:

 August 18, 10:00 am – 12 pm PT (virtual)

November 2 (Washington, D.C.)*

Click here for Upcoming or Past events.

(*This will be an in-person meeting held in conjunction with the Transitions 2022, APG’s Fall Conference and Colloquium.)

To participate in the Collaborative, please contact Lura Hawkins, MBA.