Department of Health Policy Symposium: Advancing Health Equity

Thursday, October 6, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Pacific)

McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

1:00-5:00 p.m. | Keynote and Panel Presentations

5:00-6:00 p.m. | Reception and Student Poster Session

McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center

Please join Stanford Medicine’s new Department of Health Policy for its inaugural departmental symposium—convening thought leaders and experts in medicine, law, economics, and data science—to  discuss innovative policy work and scalable solutions for improving health equity. Panelists will address 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 the privileged few.

Panel 1

SOCIAL POLICY | Strategies for addressing structural determinants of health

Health policy research has traditionally focused on access to care and care quality as modifiable drivers of disparities in health care outcomes. However, the COVID pandemic has magnified the importance of social factors—environment, economic stability, and education—as critically important barriers to health. This panel will discuss promising social policy approaches to promoting health equity. 

Panel 2

TECHNOLOGY | Optimizing innovation for health impact and equity

Biomedical and information technology have the potential to produce major benefits for global longevity, health, and wellbeing, but these benefits are likely to be distributed unequally. Maximizing the health returns on investments in innovation, and minimizing unintended harmful consequences including worsening of disparities, requires careful prioritization and a multidisciplinary approach to designing, developing, and evaluating new technologies. This panel will examine key policy issues to optimize new and emerging technologies.

Panel 3

AFFORDABILITY & ACCESS | How to finance and deliver health care innovations equitably

Several decades of medical advances have created enormous opportunities for new treatments. But innovation comes at a cost—often stressing health care financing and insurance systems, creating uneven access to new therapies, and further exacerbating health disparities. This panel will examine how policy can ensure access to affordable, high quality and innovative care.

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