Connecting Public Health, Policy, & Equity in COVID-19: An Executive Conversation

October 20, 2020

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About the Webinar

The racial health disparities of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with one of the most significant modern movements for social justice, have made 2020 a year for leaders and policymakers to ask tough questions about equity and commit to meaningful action.

In a live conversation with Adaeze Enekwechi, Mary Pittman, and Lisa Simpson, hear firsthand how leaders from across the spectrum of research, policy, and practice are grappling with issues of health equity during the COVID-19 crisis and where they see opportunities for progress.

This 30-minute session kicks off Equity in COVID-19: Bridging the Gap Between Public Health and Policy, a new web forum series brought to you by the Public Health Institute and IMPAQ. The series will explore in-the-news topics such as mental health, housing and health outcomes, and environmental health and climate change, to provide actionable insights for addressing issues of equity by translating research into policy and practice. Those who join the Executive Conversation will have a chance to provide input on our upcoming sessions.


Adaeze Enekwechi, PhD, MPP
Former President, IMPAQ

Dr. Adaeze Enekwechi is working to ensure our nation evolves beyond its current piecemeal, short-term approach to big health problems, to create an equitable health care system that makes meaningful changes in people’s quality of life. Prior to her time at IMPAQ, she served as the Associate Director for Health Programs at the White House Office of Management and Budget under President Obama, where she provided policy, management, and regulatory oversight for over $1 trillion in spending on all domestic federal health programs.

Mary Pittman, DrPH
President and CEO, Public Health Institute

Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, is president and chief executive officer of the Public Health Institute (PHI). A nationally recognized leader in improving community health, addressing health inequities among vulnerable people and promoting quality of care, Pittman assumed the reins at PHI in 2008, becoming the organization's second president and CEO since its founding in 1964. Her primary focus has been guiding the development of a strategic plan that builds on existing PHI program strengths to achieve greater impact on public policy and practice in public health.

Lisa Simpson, M.B., M.Ch., M.P.H., FAAP
President and CEO, AcademyHealth

Dr. Lisa Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Her research, and over 100 articles and commentaries in peer reviewed journals, focuses on the role of evidence and data to improve health and healthcare, particularly for children and vulnerable populations.




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This webinar is made possible by IMPAQ and the Public Health Institute.