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Monday, March 5, 2018 
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Bayshore Ballroom 

Keynote Presentation

A Troubling Prognosis: Disparities and Health Outcomes
Garth Graham, MD, MPH, President, Aetna Foundation

By every measure — including life expectancy, infant mortality, and rates of heart disease and cancer — minorities have worse outcomes, even after controlling for education and income. Social policies that foster segregation, discriminatory employment and housing practices, and inequities in the justice system can all have dire health consequences. Pediatric populations from minority groups have had persistently poor outcomes despite earlier state and federal policies targeted at improving access. In light of ongoing changes in health and healthcare delivery, how do we identify key programs and policies that can potentially improve these outcomes and change the course for the future of minority children?  

About the Presenter

grahamGarth Graham, MD, MPH, is president of the Aetna Foundation. In his role, Dr. Graham is responsible for the Foundation’s philanthropic work, including its grant-making strategies to improve the health of people from underserved communities and increase their access to high-quality health care.

Dr. Graham previously served as deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he also led the Office of Minority Health. His numerous achievements include implementing key health equity provisions of the Affordable Care Act and guiding the development of the first federal action plan to eliminate health disparities under the Obama administration.

Immediately prior to joining the Aetna Foundation, Dr. Graham was the assistant dean for health policy and chief of health services research at the University of Florida School of Medicine in Gainesville. There he was the principal investigator on a number of grants related to improving health outcomes in underserved populations.

Dr. Graham is a widely recognized researcher, writer and editor on health disparities. He has authored articles that have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs and Circulation. He has served on the faculty of the University of Florida School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. He has also served on a number of boards including Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, World Health Organization Scientific Group on Equity Analysis and Research, Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights and he was appointed to the Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. He was also named the Distinguished Millennium Visiting Scholar at Columbia University.

Dr. Graham holds a medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, a master’s in public health from Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor of science in biology from Florida International University in Miami. He completed clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins where he trained in cardiology and interventional cardiology. He holds three board certifications including internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology. He also serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine.

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