External Advisory Committee


Aetna’s Racial and Ethnic Equality (REE) External Advisory Committee (EAC) focuses on enabling members of certain racial and ethnic backgrounds to access culturally appropriate care. This group has vast experience to evaluate Aetna’s racial and ethnic data.

The committee’s experience also provides insight for assisting Aetna in identifying new initiatives focused on targeted results for specific populations.

Joseph R. Betancourt   

Joseph R. Betancourt, M.D., M.P.H. – Aetna’s Racial and Ethnic Equality Initiative External Advisory Committee (EAC) Chairman
The Disparities Solutions Center Massachusetts General Hospital, Institute for Health Policy (Boston, MA)


Jorge A. Girotti   

Jorge A. Girotti, Ph.D., M.A. 
Associate Dean and Director, Special Curricular Programs | Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence in Medicine (Chicago, IL)


Karen Graham   

Karen Graham     
Director of Benefit Plan Quality Management, Marriott International (Bethesda, MD)


Linda D. Green   

Linda D. Green, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.      
Green & Urribarri, LLC (Coral Springs, FL)


Carol R. Horowitz   

Carol R. Horowitz, M.D., M.P.H.      
Departments of Health Policy and Medicine (New York, NY)


James Huffman   

James Huffman      
Senior Vice President at Bank of America (North Carolina)


Elizabeth A. Jacobs   

Elizabeth A. Jacobs, M.D., M.A.P.P., F.A.C.P.      
University of Wisconsin – Madison (Madison, WI)


Martha A. Medrano   

Martha A. Medrano, M.D., M.P.H. 
CommuniCare Health Centers (San Antonio, Texas)


John A. Rich   

John A. Rich, M.D., M.P.H.    
Drexel University, School of Public Health Friends Center (Philadelphia, PA)


Thomas Sequist   

Thomas Sequist, M.D., M.P.H.       
Brigham & Women’s, Department of General Medicine (Boston, MA)


Barbara Staggers   

Barbara Staggers, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.      
Children’s Hospital and Research Center (Castro Valley, CA and Oakland, CA)



James Walton   

James Walton, D.O., M.B.A.    
Baylor Health Care System (Dallas, TX)


Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities
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