On Thursday, October 6, Health Affairs will hold a briefing to release its October 2011 issue, “Agenda For Fighting Disparities.”  The issue explores the relationship of social and economic determinants to health disparities; the role of specific environmental factors; disparities in the quality of health care delivered at hospitals; and other relevant topics.

The overall message of the volume is that, although considerable progress has been made in identifying and raising awareness about disparities in health and health care, much remains to be done to narrow and, ultimately, to eliminate them.  Health Affairs received support for the issue from the Aetna Foundation.

Please join us for a briefing at the W Hotel on October 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. as we unveil the issue.

WHEN:………….Thursday, October 6, 2011
……………………8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

WHERE:………..W Hotel
……………………515 15th Street NW (Metro Center)
……………………Washington, DC

RSVP:……………Register Now!

Among the authors and others who will be speaking are:

  • Howard K. Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dennis P. Andrulis, Senior Research Scientist, Texas Health Institute, and Associate Professor, University of Texas School of Public Health, on opportunities and challenges from national health reform
  • J. Emilio Carrillo, Vice President, Community Health, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, on the NY Presbyterian Regional Health Collaborative’s “Medical Village” and its benefits to poor Hispanic patients
  • Peter Cunningham, Senior Fellow and Director of Quantitative Research, Center for Studying Health System Change, on the role of patient activation
  • Margaret Takako Hicken, Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar, University of Michigan, on environmental health disparities as manifested in interactions among lead, stress and hypertension
  • Renee Yuen-Jan Hsia, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of California San Francisco, on geographical access to trauma centers
  • Maxine Brings Him Back-Janis, Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University College of Health and Human Services, on remedying poor oral health in Indian Country 
  • Ashish K. Jha, C. Boyden Gray Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard University School of Public Health, on the differences between hospitals and the implications for disparities in care
  • Janice Probst, Director, South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, University of South Carolina, on disparities affecting rural minority populations
  • Thomas D. Sequist, Associate Professor of Medicine of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, on innovations at the Indian Health Service
  • Robin M. Weinick, Associate Director, RAND Health, on the opportunities and challenges in quality improvement in reducing disparities
  • Steven H. Woolf, Director, Center on Human Needs, Virginia Commonwealth University, on social and economic determinants of health that lead to disparities, and the risks of exacerbating them that are inherent in current policies and proposals
  • Stephen Zuckerman, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute Health Policy Center, on insurance of undocumented immigrants and health reform
  • Anne Beal, President, Aetna Foundation
  • Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs