HES III Speaker Abstracts
Sandra Brooks, M.D., MBA, and Health Equity Summit III: Equipping Ourselves for Action Overview
It has been nearly a decade since the publication of the Institute of Medicine report, "Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care." Given reports indicating the elimination of disparities in preventable hospitalizations would avoid potentially one million hospitalizations and save $6.7 billion in health care costs each year, examining and acting on these issues are vital to our ability to thrive as a healthy community.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will directly address the goal of reducing disparities in health and health care by increasing access to health coverage. However, it is acknowledged that insurance coverage alone will not reduce disparities in outcomes. Success stories do exist, however significant challenges remain- many of Louisville Metro Key Health Indicators fall short of the Healthy People 2010 goals.
During this, our third Health Equity Summit, we will explore how we harness our community to integrate our current knowledge of our health status, what works and what does not work to equip ourselves for action for the future.
Brenda Henry-Sanchez, PhD, MPH, “Promoting and Preserving Population Health.”
Despite spending more money on health care than any other nation, health and life expectancy of the United States population lags behind many nations. While many recognize the looming crisis of escalating health care costs for the U.S. economy, there is very little to no discussion on what needs to occur to both slow rising costs and improve the health of the population. Similarly, little attention is paid to the changing demographics of the United States the implications of those shifts to the health profile of the U.S. This session will provide an overview of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed to as it pertains to population health and the paradigm shift we need as a nation if we want to ensure the vitality of the population.
Paula Braveman, M.D., MPH, “The social determinants of health equity – We know enough to act now.”
Over the past two decades, attention has been drawn increasingly to the social determinants of health – the factors apart from medical care that can be influenced by social policies and shape health in powerful ways. The social determinants of health include where and how we live, learn, work and play, and the policies and programs that influence those conditions. Awareness has gradually been increasing that medical care alone cannot adequately improve health overall or reduce health disparities without also addressing the social determinants of health. A critical mass of relevant literature has accumulated, documenting associations, exploring plausible pathways and biological mechanisms, and providing a previously unavailable scientific foundation for appreciating the role of social factors in health. This talk will provide a lightning-quick overview of current knowledge of the social determinants of health and will argue that, although much is unknown, we know enough to act now.
Nat Irvin II , DMA, MA. “Challenging Our Imagination: Healthcare 2025 Seeing the Future of Health Through New Eyes . The emergence of the quantified self”
An interactive multimedia experience designed to provide participants with a provocative look at the world of 2025 and how some of today’s intriguing social, political, economic, technological and environmental trends will dramatically change how we think about our health and well being in the future. What new businesses startups can we expect to see as more consumers assume personal responsibility for their own health? What happens when consumers have instant access to their own personal Merck Manuals i.e. IBM’s Watson and not just the medical practitioners? And what role will our new mobile digital devices play in helping consumers to monitor and manage their health, instantly measuring all sorts of health related data from wireless blood pressure cuffs, caloric intakes, early detection of cancer, sleep, etc. And what about the power of digital games i.e. gamification where instead of physicians prescribing pills, they will recommend the downloading of a certain apps—data from which they can access? And by the way, who owns that data? We are entering a world where consumers are learning how to successfully integrate the use of biomedicine information through technologies that are becoming smarter each day. We will soon live in a world where individuals will have access to their own personal sequenced genome analysis, shared not only with their healthcare providers and insurers but also with their neighbors at places of worship! Many of our assumptions about the way we are practicing health may reflect the past more than the future. In the US we are experiencing healthcare policy reform but at the same time we are also experiencing a gradual shifting from the mind of how to treat people who are sick to one where individuals seek to prevent themselves from being sick in the first place. Expect to see new markets developed reflecting these changes as user generated data i.e. Jaw bone, all kinds of apps, tracking our every moves, devices that can even track our personal bacteria in our guts, where we will know so much about ourselves, leading to the emergence of the quantified self.