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Featured Speakers

Christopher Cross, PhD

Managing Director and Founder, Cross River Strategies

Bianca Frogner, PhD

Professor, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington

Director, UW Center for Health Workforce Studies

Deputy Director, Primary Care Innovation Lab

Andrey Ostrovsky, MD

Former Chief Medical Officer of the US Medicaid Program

Managing Partner, Social Innovation Ventures

Ian Tong, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Included Health

Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN 

Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership

Sacoby Wilson, PhD

Associate Professor, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health

Director, Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health Initiative

2022 Symposium Agenda

Opening Remarks

Mark Masselli
Founder/CEO, Community Health Center, Inc.

Margaret Flinter, APRN, PhD, FAAN
Founder Emeritus, Weitzman Institute
SVP/Clinical Director, Community Health Center, Inc.

April Joy Damian, PhD, MSc, CHPM, PMP
VP and Director, Weitzman Institute

Keynote

The Fight for Health Justice: Old and New Challenges in the Syndemic of Racism, Climate Change and COVID-19 

Sacoby Wilson, PhD
Associate Professor, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health
Director of Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health Initiative

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Apply a syndemics framework to understand the converging pandemics of COVID-19, climate change, and structural racism
  • Describe environmental justice using examples of environmental health disparities in the DMV region and across the U.S.
  • Examine the importance of partnerships with community-based organizations to study and address environmental justice and health issues
  • Give examples of approaches for how to successfully translate research to action

Panel Presentation

Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership

Bianca Frogner, PhD
Professor, Department of Family Medicine in School of Medicine, University of Washington
Director of the UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
Deputy Director of the Primary Care Innovation Lab

Christopher Cross, PhD
Managing Director and Founder, Cross River Strategies

Wandy Hernandez-Gordon, AA, CD (DONA), BDT (DONA), CLC, CCE (ACBE), CHW
President, Founding Board of the National Association of Community Health Workers

Panel Chair/Moderator

Thomas Kenyon, MD, MPH
Chief Health Officer, Project HOPE

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the role of primary care in promoting the health and human rights of marginalized populations, domestically and globally
  • Identify approaches for training and educating health professional to address health equity and social determinants of health
  • Examine the current sociodemographic makeup of the primary care workforce
  • Compare and contrast barriers and facilitators to recruiting and retaining a diverse primary care workforce

Keynote 

Moving Upstream: Barriers and Opportunities to Optimizing and Creating a More Equitable Healthcare System

Kameron Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP

Chief Health Officer, Cityblock Health

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of primary health model optimization and payment transformation in order to address barriers to access to care and health equity concerns that impact marginalized communities.
  • Describe trust and community engagement as critical ingredients to improve whole person health and experience within the transformation of health care models.
  • Identify solutions for broader workforce development and innovation in order to meet the needs of marginalized communities.

Panel Presentation

Connie Hwang, MD, MPH

Associate Chief Medical Officer, Twin Health

Ian Tong, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Included Health

Sanjay Basu, MD, PhD

Co-Founder, Waymark

Sofia Noori, MD, MPH

Clinical Instructor, Yale Department of Psychiatry

Panel Chair/Moderator

Andrey Ostrovsky, MD

Former Chief Medical Officer of the U.S. Medicaid Program

Managing Partner, Social Innovation Ventures

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define and distinguish health systems transformation from optimization
  • Discuss the importance of digital health in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic
  • Identify current innovations that are promoting health systems optimization, as well as transformation and disruption of the field, particularly through the digitalization of healthcare
  • Examine implications of the digitalization of healthcare on both the primary care workforce as well as on the delivery of care for marginalized populations

The Weitzman Institute Primary Care Awards recognize innovative leaders in primary care research, translated research, developing health professional training programs, and policy impact.

Co-Chairs of Primary Care Awards Selection Committee

Karen Ashley, EdD
Director of Education, Weitzman Institute

Jermane Bond, PhD
Director of Research, Weitzman Institute

Symposium Learning Objectives

By the end of the Symposium, participants will be able to:

  • Apply a syndemics framework to understand the converging pandemics of COVID-19, climate change, and structural racism
  • Recognize the role of primary care in addressing the health and human rights of marginalized populations, domestically and globally
  • Examine barriers and facilitators to recruiting and retaining a diverse primary care workforce
  • Identify current innovations that are promoting health systems optimization (tightening up current systems), as well as transformation and disruption of the field, particularly through payment reform and the digitalization of healthcare

Continuing Education Credits

For a nominal fee, CME, CNE, CPE, and CEU credits will be provided for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, dentists, social workers, and dietitians by Community Health Center, Inc., an accredited provider through Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.