Accelerating the Future: The Changing Face of Health in America
This event took place on Tuesday, April 19, 2011
- Explore strategies that target the underlying causes of health disparities in minority, immigrant, and low-income populations.
- Examine policy level strategies to reduce health disparities. We will specifically focus on the intersection of immigration and health care reform in reducing health disparities.
- Examine institutional and other level strategies to reduce health disparities. We will focus on strategies at the institutional (i.e. health care system) and other levels to reduce cancer disparities.
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- Download PowerPoint by Dr. Lynn Blewett
- Download PowerPoint by Dr. José Pagán
Video: Watch the Roundtable sessions
Registration check-in and light breakfast for attendees
Location: CMU Theater
Introduction to morning session and speakers
- School of Public Health Roundtable
- “Intersection of Health and Immigration Reform”
Speaker José Pagán
Speaker Lynn Blewett
Q&A about morning session
Closing remarks and introduction to afternoon session
Poster session and lunch
Location: CMU Great Hall
Introduction of afternoon speakers
Location: CMU Theater
- Addressing Disparities in Cancer
Speaker Durado Brooks
Speaker David Purdue
Q&A about afternoon session and closing remarks
Poster take down
About the speakers
José A. Pagán, PhD
José A. Pagán, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Dr. Pagán is also Adjunct Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD in economics from The University of New Mexico.
His research work centers on the effects of uninsurance on health care access and quality in local health care markets. He was a consultant on community uninsurance and health care quality for the 2009 report by the Institute of Medicine on the consequences of uninsurance. Dr. Pagán was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico, a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, and the recipient of a 2007 Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the RWJF Health and Society Scholars Program and the RJWF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative NAC.
Durado Brooks, MD, MPH
As Director of Prostate and Colorectal Cancers at the American Cancer Society’s national office, Dr. Brooks is involved in the development and implementation of strategies to impact the behavior of the public and health care providers around the prevention and early detection of these deadly diseases. Dr. Brooks has spent much of his career working to improve care for medically underserved populations, both as a direct provider of care and in a variety of administrative roles.
He began his career as the medical director of a community health center in Dayton, Ohio and spent 10 years as an assistant medical director in the Community Oriented Primary Care Program at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX. His experience in these settings allowed him to develop expertise in a number of areas, including: disease prevention and health promotion; disparities in disease treatment and outcomes; cultural competency of health care providers and systems; HIV/AIDS treatment and policy; and the impact of managed care on vulnerable populations.
Dr. Brooks received his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine as a National Health Service Corps Scholar in 1982. He trained in internal medicine and served as chief resident at Wright State University Affiliated Hospitals. He completed the CFHU Fellowship and received an M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health in 1999. He also served a one-year Senior Health Policy Internship in the Dallas Regional Office of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Lynn Blewett, PhD
Lynn Blewett, PhD is a Professor in the Division of Health Policy & Management at University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She directs the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to conduct research and provide technical assistance to states on efforts to measure and monitor health insurance coverage and inform state health policy.
Additional research interests include studying the impact of the growing Midwest Latino population on the delivery of health care services; studying the impact of SCHIP implementation; understanding elements of underinsurance and evaluating the future of the safety-net in meeting the needs of the growing number of uninsured.
David Perdue, MD, MSPH
David Perdue, MD, MSPH is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and divides his time between clinical practice and research aimed at decreasing colorectal and other gastrointestinal cancer disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native populations. He is Medical Director of the American Indian Cancer Foundation. Dr. Perdue is also a member of both the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center and the Mayo Clinic’s Spirit of Eagles Cancer Research Network. He currently has active research projects involving reservation and urban cohorts in the Northwest, Northern Plains and Alaska.
- Center for Health Equity
- Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations
- Program in Health Disparities Research
- School of Public Health
- Dean’s Office
- Health Disparities Work Group
- Midwest Center for Life-Long-Learning in Public Health (MCLPH)