Charting the future of health care

General | August 01, 2022

There’s no shortage of workforce challenges in health care and there are many innovative leaders with ideas on how to address them.

On Aug. 25,  Arizona State University’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation will host an event to discuss both challenges and potential solutions at the ASU Center in California.

Innovation in Health Care: Charting the Future is bringing together trusted industry experts with decades of health care experience for a robust conversation focusing on education, innovation and clinical partnerships. 

“This is an exciting time for ASU and for our college to be expanding opportunities in downtown Los Angeles. The LA community has been very welcoming and we are eager to contribute to the ecosystem by leveraging our local relationships to advance innovative approaches for workforce development and entrepreneurial training,” says Edson College Assistant Dean and Clinical Professor of Health Entrepreneurship and Innovation Rick Hall.

The event will also give local health care industry professionals, higher ed leaders, ASU alumni and even prospective students and their families an opportunity to learn more about the college. 

“It presents a unique opportunity to hear from leaders in health care innovation, to network with high-level professionals in the field and to fully understand the benefits of Edson College and ASU having a greater presence in Southern California,” Edson College Dean Judith Karshmer said.

Innovation Executive and three-time ASU Alumnus Dan Weberg will provide the keynote and serve as moderator for the discussion that follows.

He’ll be joined on the panel by:

  • Judith Karshmer, dean and professor at Edson College and ASU chief wellness officer. 
  • Diane Drexler, vice president of patient care and system chief nursing officer for Community Memorial Health System in Ventura, CA and an ASU alumna.
  • Anita Girard, chief nursing officer and vice president of nursing at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and president of the American Nurses Association of California. 

Edson College’s leadership team, including Associate Deans Kathy Kenny and David Coon, along with Directors Craig Laser and Joe Russo, will also be at the event to discuss academic programs, research and training initiatives for California as the college readies opportunities for students on the Los Angeles campus and explores community partnerships in the region.  

“Having an increased presence on the West Coast allows Edson College to better serve students and alumni who live and work in the area,” says Karshmer. “Connecting with our industry colleagues in Los Angeles and finding ways to proactively support their workforce needs – it just makes sense.” 

The event will take place Thursday, Aug. 25 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at ASU’s California Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Register: