No Better Time: Rethinking routine in a post-COVID-19 world and how we are addressing the impact of racism and racial inequity in health care

Coinciding with the online release of our 2020 Bold Goal Progress Report, Humana, in partnership with the National Press Club, will livestream three individual discussion panels to focus on “No Better Time: Rethinking Routine in a Post-COVID-19 World and how we are addressing the impact of racism and racial inequity in health care” on our Humana YouTube channel.  We invite you to view these events, taking place in 45-minute sessions on three separate days, detailed below.

There’s no better time than now to share learnings and the progress we’ve made and opportunities we still need to tackle as we think about the future. Our goal for these virtual events is to show how a wide variety of organizations are working together to address health-related social needs in a time of pandemic and societal unrest.

Please join us in learning more from our partners who are tackling these important issues and be inspired as we move forward, collaborating for the future.

Tuesday, June 16, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern

What is really being done to address how health-related social needs such as loneliness and food insecurity are affecting seniors in Medicare Advantage?

Structure: Caraline Coats, VP, Bold Goal & Population Health Strategy, Bold Goal, Humana, will moderate the 45-minute virtual panel, which will include Philip M. Oravetz, MD, MPH, Chief Population Health Officer, Ochsner Health System; Andrew Parker, Founder and CEO, Papa; and Lucy Theilheimer, Chief Strategy and Impact Officer, Meals on Wheels America.

Description: “The COVID-19 pandemic isolated tens of millions of seniors from their loved ones, exacerbating their medical conditions. Prior to the pandemic, research has shown that there was a 45 percent increased risk of mortality in seniors who report feeling lonely. While government and industry know this is a risk and are taking steps to address it, how can the health care industry better protect the mental health of seniors for whom physical distancing is not going away? What can we do to address how racism and racial inequity are affecting the ability of communities to address health-related social needs? How can government and industry better work together to help improve mental and physical health outcomes? The panel also will explore how the challenges stemming from COVID-19 are creating new partnerships.”

Wednesday, June 17, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern

How is the COVID-19 pandemic shaping the education of tomorrow’s physicians and clinicians?

Structure: Tray Cockerell, Director, Strategy Advancement, Bold Goal, Humana, will moderate the 45-minute virtual panel, which will include Greg Moore, MD, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Health; Stephen J. Spann, MD, MBA, founding dean of the College of Medicine and vice-president for Medical Affairs at the University of Houston; and Yolangel (Yogi) Hernandez Suarez, MD, Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs and Associate Professor, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

Description: “Health care needs a 21st century workforce that enables primary care physicians and clinicians to become population health managers, leveraging artificial intelligence, data analytics and other technologies to address behavioral and physical health. Yet workforce development for an industry that has been reluctant to change is a major barrier. What types of educational and policy changes will need to take place to build a true 21st century health care workforce? How can we address the impact of racial inequities in education? The panel also will explore how technology is helping reinforce positive health behaviors and how data is shaping evidence-based policy.

Thursday, June 18, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern

It’s time to address racial inequity in population health

Structure: Andrew Renda, MD, MPH, Associate Vice President, Bold Goal and Population Health Strategy, Humana, will moderate this 45-minute virtual panel featuring Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, Immediate Past President of the American Medical Association; William Shrank, MD, MSHS, Chief Medical and Corporate Affairs Officer, Humana; Brandy Kelly Pryor, PhD, Foundation Lead, Humana Foundation; and Shantanu Agrawal, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Quality Forum.

Description: Social determinants of health, from food insecurity to social isolation, have had a collective impact on economically challenged communities due to COVID-19. Racism and racial inequality reach much farther, having an impact on every community in the country.  Where there are severe underlying health disparities, this is also exacerbating physical and mental health. As we have seen from the devastating tragedies in Minneapolis and Louisville, there is a long way to go. How can industry, communities and government better work together to address the health impacts of racial inequity and racism, not only on these challenged communities but also on all communities? What can be done to foster a population health approach that addresses inclusion and diversity? How can we better measure physical and mental health so racial inequity is part of the conversation?

There will be time for questions after each session. After the panel discussion on June 18, Humana will release its 2020 Bold Goal Progress Report in its entirety at Our virtual panels will air on Humana’s YouTube channel.

I’m hoping you will be able to join us for this important discussion.

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