You're Invited to a Health Affairs Briefing on Children's Health: Improving Equity & Access

  • Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Online meeting details to be shared with registrants in advance of the event

Debbie Boylan
Phone: 301-347-3910

A defining feature of children's health in the US is tremendous disparity by race and ethnicity, undercutting the goal of providing all children with equal opportunities for success. The October 2020 issue of Health Affairs explores children's health and provides a road map for future improvement.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 21, when Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil hosts a panel of authors to discuss their scholarly contributions to the issue. His special guest will be Mayra Alvarez, President of The Children's Partnership.

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Place: Online meeting details to be shared with registrants in advance of the event


Mayra Alvarez
President, The Children's Partnership, Former Director, State Exchange Group, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, CMS, HHS, Former Associate Director, Office of Minority Health, HHS, Former Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform, HHS

Debbie Chang, MPH
President, Blue Shield of California Foundation

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia
Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, and Director, Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, Brandeis University, on Racial And Ethnic Inequities In Children's Neighborhoods: Evidence From The New Child Opportunity Index 2.0

Neal Halfon
Professor of Health Policy and Management, Fielding School of Public Health; Public Policy, Luskin School of Public Affairs; and Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, on Measuring Equity From The Start: Disparities In The Health Development Of US Kindergartners

Katie Jajtner
Assistant Scientist, Center for Demography and Aging, University of Wisconsin-Madison, on Childhood Origins Of Intergenerational Health Mobility In The United States

Linda Susan Sprague Martinez
Chair of Macro Practice & Associate Professor, Boston University School of Social Work, on Changing The Face Of Health Care Delivery: The Importance Of Youth Participation

James M. Perrin
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, on Principles And Policies To Strengthen Child And Adolescent Health And Well-Being

Health Affairs thanks Christopher Forrest of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Lisa Simpson of AcademyHealth for serving as theme issue advisers. We also thank Nemours, Blue Shield of California Foundation, Children's Hospital Association, the Episcopal Health Foundation, and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for financial support of this issue and briefing.


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