Projects That Use Telehealth to Reduce Inequities

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 • 2:00—3:20 pm CT

Nonprofit Supporting Organizations

Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois

Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois
Illinois Association for Behavioral Health

Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys

Illinois Health and Hospital Association

Illinois Medical District
Illinois State Medical Society 

Mental Health Summit
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center



Ruby Mendenhall is an Associate Professor of Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Gender and Women’s Studies and Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an affiliate of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology; Women and Gender in Global Perspectives; the Cline Center for Advance Social Research; Epstein Health Law and Policy Program; Family Law and Policy Program and the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Mendenhall is the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Mendenhall’s research examines how living in racially segregated neighborhoods with high levels of violence affects Black mothers’ mental and physical health using surveys, interviews, crime statistics, police records, data from 911 calls, art, wearable sensors and genomic analysis. She examines the role of the Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) in social mobility and health outcomes and the medicalization of poverty. She is interested in how families use their EITC to secure affordable and safe housing. She studies the effects of racial microaggressions on students of color health and sense of belonging on predominantly white campuses. She also employs big data to recover Black women’s lost history using topic modeling and data visualization to examine over 800,000 documents from 1740 to 2014. She is currently directing the STEM Illinois Nobel Project, funded by NSF, which provides unprecedented access to computer science and other STEM fields. The Nobel project is also a pathway program to medicine. The Nobel Scholars will be trained to become high school youth community health workers.


Maulik M. Trivedi, M.D., is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician in practice for over 20 years.  Dr. Maulik has served as the chairman or associate chair of several emergency departments.  He has also been an integral part of the core leadership of Emergency Medicine provider groups in the region.  He is a founding partner of StationMD and has been instrumental in helping the organization achieve its mission of improving the quality of care for the IDD population.  He is a recognized national speaker and thought leader on the use of technology and telehealth solutions to positively impact an individual’s medical care and foster independence.  He continues to practice as an ER doctor in the NYC area.  He has a special interest in applying tech solutions to keep both individuals and staff safe during the COVID-19 crisis.  He and his family currently live in midtown Manhattan.










Abner Mason is a healthcare technology leader who’s dedicated to creating a more just, equitable, and effective healthcare system. As the founder and CEO of ConsejoSano, a multicultural patient engagement company, he leads a team of diverse professionals who strive every day to improve outcomes and lower costs on behalf of health plans. He’s also the founder and chair of HealthTech 4 Medicaid, a nonprofit composed of innovative leaders working to radically change the pace of innovation to improve care quality and access. He serves on the boards of the California Black Health Network, and Manifest MedEx (, California’s largest health information exchange (HIE), and he is a member of the American Medical Association’s External Equity & Innovation Advisory Group. Abner was also a member of the Biden-Harris Policy Committee. A federal and state government policy veteran with deep experience fighting the HIV/AIDS crisis, Abner knows how to tap people’s unique talents and innate sense of compassion to achieve big goals