2020 CAPH/SNI Annual Conference Speakers

Below are confirmed keynote speakers for the 2020 CAPH/SNI Annual Conference.  We will be updating this page over the next few weeks so check back for additional information!


Heather McGhee is an expert in economic and social policy, racial healing, and transformative organizational change. As the former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos, she drafted legislation, testified before Congress, and became a regular contributor on shows like Meet the Press and Real Time with Bill Maher. She also led Demos’ own racial equity organizational transformation, resulting in a doubling of the organization’s racial diversity and growth across all measures of organizational impact.

Now a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, McGhee holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. McGhee is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation, and serves on multiple boards of trustees, including the Rockefeller Brother Fund and Indivisible. Her role as a national thought-leader on addressing racism led to Starbucks founder Howard Schultz asking her to offer guidance and feedback to Starbucks as it develops a training curriculum for its employees in countering racial bias.


Dr. Joy Angela DeGruy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication, a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW), a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and a PhD in Social Work Research. Dr. DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher and educator. For over two decades, she served as an Assistant Professor at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Joy DeGruy Publications Inc. Dr. DeGruy’s research focuses on the intersection of racism, trauma, violence and American chattel slavery. She has over thirty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work. She conducts workshops and trainings in the areas of intergenerational/Historical trauma, mental health, social justice, improvement strategies and evidence based model development. Dr. DeGruy has published numerous refereed journal articles and many esteemed leaders have praised the book including Randall Robinson. In addition to her pioneering work in the explanatory theory and book, Dr. DeGruy has developed evidence-based models for working with children, youth, and adults of color and their communities.


Dr. Nwando Olayiwola is Chair & Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, where she is also the Founding Director of the Center for Primary Care Innovation and Transformation and Chief of Family Health Services in one of the nation’s largest academic family medicine departments. She also serves as a family physician at OSU’s Outpatient Care East clinic, serving a largely medically underserved patient population. Additionally, Dr. Olayiwola serves as a faculty advisor on anti-oppression, health disparities and health equity research for multiple colleagues and trainees.  She was recently appointed as the co-Chair of the OSU Medical Center’s Anti-Racism Action Plan Oversight Committee, and has published several articles in Health Affairs and The Lancet. In October 2020, Dr. Olayiwola was given the prestigious award, Family Physicians who are Changing our World, by the Family Medicine Education Consortium.

Dr. Olayiwola is one of a very small number of physicians and women of color bridging academic, healthcare and health technology leadership. She previously provided clinical care to underserved patients at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital for many years, including the Newcomer’s Program for refugees and asylees in the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Dr. Olayiwola served as an Associate Physician and Clinical Instructor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) until July 2019.