Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, MD
Keynote Address: Architects of the Future
The COVID-19 pandemic, with its profound social and economic consequences, has exposed not only the depth of the racial, ethnic, and health disparities in our nation, but also the consequences of our failure to embrace a policy of universal coverage, and the fundamental flaw in a reimbursement model based on volume rather than value. Addressing these problems is complicated by the serious revenue shortfall faced by the State of Oregon over the next three years. While not minimizing the enormity of these immediate challenges, embedded in this crisis is an opportunity to redesign old models that are no longer serving their purpose, and to accelerate the transition towards goals we already recognize are necessary (e.g. telemedicine, value-based payment). There is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to better align our systems with caring, compassion, and the goal of improving the health of the nation and no one is more qualified to lead that effort than the people who have dedicated their lives to the healthcare profession.
Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer and Group Vice President
American Medical Association
The Impact of Racism on Public Health
Racism is a public health issue with significant impacts to health and well-being. Public health officers, physicians, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals know firsthand the impacts that long-standing discriminatory structures and institutionalized racism have on health outcomes. This has been particularly pronounced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and documented by federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Maybank will discuss the roles institutions have played in fostering, exacerbating, and perpetuating racism and other forms of oppression, and how the medical profession can work with other professionals and communities to make significant and lasting change.
Stewart Decker, MD, Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center
Jennifer Little, MPH, Public Health Director, Klamath Falls
Public Health and the Individual Clinician: How Healthcare Providers Can Find Their Way into Community Health
The director of public health and a community physician talk about how to create a partnership between clinicians and public health while developing a "community of health" in their rural city, and how that foundation functioned when faced with the Coronavirus pandemic.
Patrick Allen, Director
Oregon Health Authority
No New Normal: Promoting Health Equity in a Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the inequities of our nation’s healthcare system. In his talk, the chief executive of the Oregon Health Authority will discuss actions the OHA is taking in partnership with providers and community partners to suppress the COVID-19 virus, save lives, and achieve greater health equity in our state.