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Release Date: September 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST
- Megan Douglas, JD (facilitator);
- Dominic Mack, MD, MBA, Director, National Center for Primary Care
- Eric Conner, Co-founder, Healthify
- Marquesa Finch, Co-founder, P2Health
Health disparities have persisted for decades, but health information technology (HIT) has tremendous potential to advance health equity. As part of HIT week, this webinar will highlight four ways in which technology is being used to address health disparities. Following the presentations, the speakers will discuss challenges, policy impacts and future directions for their work.
1) Identify specific examples of health IT being leveraged to address health disparities.
2) Identify policy facilitators and barriers to maximizing health IT’s potential to advance health equity.
This course should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.
Dominic Mack MD, MBA, Principal Investigator
Dominic Mack, a native of Augusta, Georgia, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Paine College in Augusta, GA and his Medical Doctorate from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta GA. Dr. Mack practiced at Southside Community Health Center in Atlanta for eleven years where he served as Chief Medical Officer during his tenure, then returned to Morehouse School of Medicine in 2001 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. While at Morehouse he served as the Medical Director for the Family Medicine Department and later became the Associate Chair of Clinical Affairs. Dr. Mack currently serves as Director of the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine, and as the Executive Medical Director and Principal Investigator of the Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITEC).
Megan Douglas, JD
Megan Douglas is the Associate Project Director of Health Information Technology Policy in the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, GA. She is a licensed attorney and focuses on health policy and its impact on individuals from underserved communities. She was a 2012-13 Health Policy Leadership Fellow in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at MSM. Megan has worked on health policy issues related to neuro-developmental disabilities, HIV and AIDS discrimination, racial and ethnic health disparities, and individuals identifying as LGBT. With the TCC, she is studying the impact of Health Information Technology (HIT) policies on health disparities and is identifying ways to improve these policies to advance health equity.
Marquesa Finch, MPH
Marquesa is cofounder of P2Health and was previously at the Kapor Center for Social Impact and Kapor Capital, working on improving diversity and inclusion in tech through entrepreneurship.
Marquesa’s introduction into tech began after graduate school while working with a global health organization in the Middle East to leverage technology in the refugee crisis–a milestone experience solidified her dedication to digital health for social impact. Upon returning from the Middle East, she continued to work in digital health at Kaiser Permanente building their first mobile analytics program and subsequently at various digital health earlystage startups. She is an active member of the tech community, especially within groups for women and underrepresented persons, and in 2012 cofounded Movement50, a new leaders group promoting diversity and social good in Oakland and San Francisco.
Marquesa studied Art History and Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned her Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Global Health at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, D.C. Marquesa is a Bay Area native, a classical pianist, and a former ballerina.
Eric is focused on providing value to Medicaid managed care organizations, hospital systems, and safety net providers by addressing social determinants of health. Social determinants like food insecurity, substance abuse, and housing instability cost increase Medicaid costs by $85 billion due to avoidable hospitalizations. Eric works with healthcare companies to help them use Healthify in an effective manner that allows staff to track Medicaid beneficiaries’ social and behavioral health needs and connect them with the appropriate community services for care.
Eric was named one of the 97 most innovative entrepreneurs for his work on Healthify at TEDMED 2013. In 2014, he won the Health Initiative Matter Community Innovation Award from the Clinton Foundation along with the InvestMaryland Challenge on behalf of Healthify. This year, he is speaking at Health 2.0 about a project in South Carolina to screen uninsured patients for social determinants. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and is an Eagle Scout.
Leveraging Health IT to advance Health Equity
Funding disclosure statement - The project described was supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Grant Number U54MD008173, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NIMHD or NIH.