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Webinar: How can the Covid-19 experience help the U.S. improve health, not just health care?

Webinar: How can the Covid-19 experience help the U.S. improve health, not just health care?

The Covid-19 experience is highlighting long-standing weaknesses in the U.S. health system, the most expensive in the world. Such flaws include a lack of attention to the social and economic factors that create strong, resilient families and communities; overreliance on an expensive health care delivery system that is still inaccessible to many; and disinvestment in public health infrastructure. This has left hospitals, individuals and communities more vulnerable as the Covid-19 pandemic — and any future outbreak — unfolds. At this webinar, health experts explored these factors and imagined what a reformed U.S. health system might look like.

This event was sponsored by the Center for Health and Biosciences. Follow @BakerCHB on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerHealth.

For more information: Download Elena Marks' PowerPoint slides.



12:00 p.m.



Opening Remarks

The Honorable Linnet F. Deily
Chair, Program Committee, Baker Institute Board of Advisors; Executive Chair, Episcopal Health Foundation; Former U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization; Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

12:10 p.m.




Elena Marks, J.D., M.P.H.
Nonresident Fellow in Health Policy, Baker Institute; President and Chief Executive Officer, Episcopal Health Foundation 

12:40 p.m.



Moderator: Vivan Ho, Ph.D., James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics; Director of the Center for Health and Biosciences, Baker Institute

1:00 p.m.



Featured Speaker

Elena Marks, J.D., M.P.H., is the president and chief executive officer of the Episcopal Health Foundation, a $1.3 billion nonprofit based in Houston, Texas. The foundation works to improve the health and well-being of the 11 million people of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, which covers 57 counties in east, southeast and central Texas and includes Austin, Houston, Beaumont, Lufkin, Tyler, Waco and Bryan-College Station. Marks is also a nonresident fellow in health policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, where her work focuses on health reform and access to care for low-income and uninsured populations. She serves on the boards of Grantmakers in Health, the largest national organization serving the field of health philanthropy; Harris Health System, an integrated health delivery system serving over 300,000 patients annually; and Community Health Choice, a nonprofit, community-based health insurance company with over 400,000 members. Her previous professional experience includes serving as the director of health and environmental policy for the City of Houston, consulting in the health care industry with large systems and community-based providers, starting and directing a successful legal placement firm, and practicing trial and appellate law with major Texas law firms. Marks holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and a Master of Public Health from The University of Texas School of Public Health.





Thu, April 23, 2020
noon - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


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