The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on marginalized groups has reignited interest in improving health care disparities across socially vulnerable communities. This is particularly true in Texas, which has a diverse population that faces notable disparities in health coverage, access and outcomes. What role could hospitals play in improving community health and addressing the underlying social determinants of health?
At this event, Dr. Jose F. Figueroa, assistant professor of health policy and management at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, will discuss his research into strategies used by United States hospitals to address social need during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, he will focus on his findings for Texas hospitals, which are falling behind when it comes to building strong community partnerships.
Carol Paret, former senior vice president and chief community health officer at Memorial Hermann, and Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst, chief medical director for Medicaid and CHIP Services at Texas HHSC, will join Dr. Figueroa for a panel discussion on actionable next steps.
This event is co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences and the Episcopal Health Foundation. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter, and join the conversation with #BakerPolicy.
4:00 pm — Panel Discussion
5:30 pm — Reception
This event is free, but registration is required. Registration will open closer to the day of the event. If you are unable to attend, a recording will be available on this webpage following the event.
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Elena Marks, J.D., MPH
Senior Fellow in Health Policy, Baker Institute
Jose F. Figueroa, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Former Senior Vice President and Chief Community Health Officer, Memorial Hermann
Ryan Van Ramshorst, M.D.
Chief Medical Director for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Texas HHSC
Shao-Chee Sims, Ph.D.
Nonresident Fellow, Baker Institute; Vice President for Research, Innovation and Evaluation, Episcopal Health Foundation