Department of Health Policy Symposium: Advancing Health Equity


McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center


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Stanford Medicine's new Department of Health Policy held its inaugural departmental symposium on October 6, convening thought leaders and experts in medicine, law, economics and data science. Speakers discussed innovative policy work and scalable solutions for improving health equity. Panelists addressed how to reduce persistent health disparities from three angles: social determinants of health, technology and innovation, and access and affordability.

Discover the powerful role health policy can serve in ensuring the health of all people, not just a privileged few.



Keynote Speaker: Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD

Talk Title: Building Equity in the Research Enterprise

Editor in Chief, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and JAMA Network

Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Medicine, University of California, San Francisco






Opening Remarks by Stanford Medicine Dean Lloyd Minor

Terrance Mayes, Associate Dean for Equity and Strategic Initiatives



Panel 1 — Social Policy: Strategies for Addressing Structural Determinants of Health




Alyce Adams, Stanford Health Policy
Alyce Adams, Stanford Medicine Innovation Professor, Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, Professor of Health Policy


Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert
Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert, Professor of Health Policy


Gilbert Gonzales, Vanderbilt
Gilbert Gonzales, Assistant Professor at the Center for Medicine, Health & Society at Vanderbilt University


Adrienne Sabety, Stanford Health Policy
Adrienne Sabety, Assistant Professor of Health Policy




Panel 2 — Technology: Optimizing Innovation for Health Impact and Equity



Joshua Salomon of Stanford Health Policy
Moderator: Josh Salomon, Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Prevention Policy Modeling Lab




Joshua Makower, Stanford
Joshua Makower, Boston Scientific Applied Biomedical Engineering Professor, Director of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign

Grant Miller Stanford Health Policy
Grant Miller, Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. Professor, Professor of Health Policy


Sherri Rose Stanford Health Policy
Sherri Rose, Associate Professor of Health Policy, Co-Director of the Health Policy Data Science Lab




Panel 3 — Access & Affordability: How to Finance and Deliver Health Care Innovations Equitably



Michelle Mello
Moderator: Michelle Mello, Professor of Health Policy, Professor of Law



Nicole Cooper, UnitedHealth
Nicole Dickelson Cooper, Senior Vice President at UnitedHealth Group 


Stacie B. Dusetzina, Vanderbilt
Stacie Dusetzina, Associate Professor of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Maria Polyakova Stanford University
Maria Polyakova, Assistant Professor of Health Policy



Vindell Washington Verily Life Sciences

Vindell Washington, Chief Clinical Officer of Verily Health Platforms and CEO of Onduo





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In support of improving patient care, Stanford Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

Credit Designation 
American Medical Association (AMA) 

Stanford Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.