OnDemand: NCQA Health Equity Accreditation: A Deep Dive

OnDemand: NCQA Health Equity Accreditation: A Deep Dive

Cost: $310
Duration: 2.5 hours

NCQA’s Health Equity Accreditation is a new program that gives health care organizations—including health plans, managed behavioral healthcare organizations, health systems, hospitals and wellness and population health programs—an actionable framework for creating the structures and processes to begin working toward addressing health equity. Organizations who earn Health Equity Accreditation distinction will be better positioned as a high-quality business partner with an ongoing commitment to health equity.

View the recording from this live discussion to gain in-depth knowledge from the architects of the new NCQA Health Equity Accreditation program.

For organizations interested in learning more about the Health Equity Accreditation standards and guidelines, this webinar is an opportunity to hear more about the program and its requirements, and ask your questions live.

Target Audience

  • Health plans
  • Health systems
  • Hospitals
  • Managed behavioral healthcare organizations
  • Population health organizations
  • Wellness organization leveragers within federal, states, and employers

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, participants will have the knowledge they need to:

  • Outline fundamental principles and scope of Health Equity Accreditation.
  • Describe data collection and use expectations for race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Explain expectations for demonstrating Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS).
  • Discuss analyses and interventions for identifying and addressing health disparities.
  • Identify evidence appropriate for demonstrating compliance to standard requirements.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 3.00 PCMH CCE
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Amelia Bedri
Program Content Engineer, Product Development

Amelia Bedri is currently a Program Content Engineer in Product Development at NCQA. In this position, Ms. Bedri works collaboratively to organize the direction, structure and delivery of NCQA’s Accreditation and Certification Standards and Guidelines, from concept to launch. Ms. Bedri has led the development cycle for NCQA’s Health Equity Accreditation program and acts as the subject matter expert for the product. As part of the development cycle, Ms. Bedri employs an iterative framework when drafting standards which includes continuous engagement with NCQA advisory committees, customers, and other stakeholders to inform market need, content specification and determine standard feasibility. Prior to this role, Ms. Bedri was a Policy Manager for Accreditation Policy where she served as the product and context expert for designated Accreditation products and was responsible for providing clarification of content-specific issues for internal and external customers. This role allowed Ms. Bedri to gain a thorough understanding of how to interpret NCQA Accreditation Standards and Guidelines, the product development and maintenance cycle, and the importance of customer input.

Prior to joining NCQA, Ms. Bedri worked as the lead researcher for MedStar Health Corporation in Washington, DC, in the development of their community health needs assessment. Ms. Bedri was responsible for performing research, analyzing primary and secondary data, leading community engagement meetings, and providing recommendations for hospital resource allocation. Ms. Bedris’ experience in the health care industry is unique, she has held numerous positions in a variety of settings: from the hospital environment to managed care, with personal home care agencies and consulting for start-ups, health systems and state health departments. Ms. Bedri earned her MHSA from Georgetown University and graduated with summa cum laude.


Elizabeth Ryder
Manager, Product Development

Liz Ryder (she/her) is manager in Product Development at NCQA. In this role, she ensures that NCQA’s portfolio of Accreditation and Certification programs meet the needs of the health care market and NCQA customers’ needs. Ms. Ryder currently leads NCQA’s cross-functional health equity team, which is tasked with identifying opportunities to embed health equity into all NCQA programs and developing new programs to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the market. She also co-authored NCQA’s Population Health Management Resource Guide for Behavioral Health guide, which focuses on the use of NCQA’s population health management framework to manage populations with behavioral health conditions. (Download it for free at https://www.ncqa.org/behavioral-health-resource-guide/.)

This live course grants 3.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) points for PCMH Certified Content Experts.  

* Please note – You must attend the entire program to be eligible for total number of contact hours.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) endorses the Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education which specify that sponsors of continuing medical education activities and presenters at and planners for these activities disclose any relevant financial relationships either party might have with commercial companies whose products or services are discussed in educational presentations.

For sponsors, relevant financial relationships include large research grants, institutional agreements for joint initiatives, substantial gifts, or other relationships that benefit the institution.  For presenters or planning committee members, relevant financial relationships include the receipt of research grants from a commercial company, consultancies, honoraria, travel, or other benefits, or having a self-managed equity interest in a company; or having an immediate family member or partner with such a relationship.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.

Relevant financial relationships exist with the following companies/organizations:


Amelia Bedri: None

Elizabeth Ryder: None

Additional Planning Committee Member:

Crissy Crittenden: None

This program was developed in part by NCQA staff.

This program received no commercial support.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation
  • 3.00 PCMH CCE


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