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CHCI 2020 ALL VIRTUAL HEALTH SUMMIT
Tuesday & Wednesday, November 17 & 18, 2020
11:45AM – 5:00PM ET
CHCI will convene a Health Summit to raise awareness about health and healthcare issues, policies, practices, and trends in the Latino community in an environment that facilitates solution-oriented dialogue. As Latinos in the US continue to grow in number and influence, it is important for the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to think critically about addressing the needs of the Latino community. Based on the success of the 2019 Health Summit, this two-day summit will bring together Members of Congress, thought leaders, corporate sponsors, healthcare advocates, pharmaceutical, medical and health insurance experts, CHCI program participants and alumni, and other stakeholders for high-level discussions.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
11:45AM to 12:00PM: Welcome Remarks, TBD
Opening Plenary: 12PM – 1:30PM
RACIAL JUSTICE, THE STATE OF LATINO HEALTH AND WHAT LIES AHEAD
Today, the biggest threats to the health and longevity of Latinos are preventable diseases, which are crippling the community, including with the financial burden of medical bills. The root causes of many of these preventable health threats are inextricably linked to the conditions that shape peoples’ opportunity to attain good physical, mental, and economic health and adopt healthy behaviors. They also include long-standing systemic racism and discrimination that have put many Latinos at increased risk of getting COVID-19, or suffering from more severe effects of it. This session will start with a discussion on the current state of Latino health in the US and what lies ahead, and will be followed by a discussion on effective strategies to address systemic racism, discrimination, and bias. Experts will uncover the biggest and the unique health care challenges facing the U.S. Latino population today and outline solutions-based policies and practical approaches to increase health outcomes and mitigate discrimination, bias, and racism that have perpetuated generational cycles of poor health and risky health behaviors.
Break-out sessions: November 17, 2020 – 2PM – 3:00PM
Break-out 1: DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY WORKFORCE
Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the healthcare sector is as important to fostering innovation and boosting performance as it is in other sectors. From C-suite executives, doctors, nurses, caregivers, to IT staff, the industry has faced challenges in finding and retaining diverse talent. It is more imperative than ever that our healthcare workforce have the diversity and cultural competency to treat some of the most affected by health challenges effectively. Join this session to learn what the healthcare industry is doing to elevate Latino and other minority groups into the industry’s top echelons and approaches to providing equitable and accessible healthcare for all.
Break-out 2: INNOVATION FOR DETECTING AND TREATING LATINO MORTALITY
Technological advances have the potential to improve and save the lives of Latinos through early detection and treatment of cancer and heart disease, the leading causes of death for Hispanics in the US. This session will examine how we can save lives through early adoption of safe, innovative, and effective technologies that facilitate early detection and treatment. It will also include a discussion on what policymakers can do to ensure new and safe technological innovations can be made widely available, affordable, and accessible to Latino patients who need them most.
Break-out 3: PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY FOR UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
Prescription drugs can treat many previously untreatable and rare illnesses, leading to improved health and higher life expectancy. Unfortunately, while medically promising, these innovations are out of reach for many Latinos, who are likely to suffer disproportionately from health conditions such as: asthma, cancer, liver disease, tuberculosis, obesity, HIV, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. In the wake of several drug pricing reforms on the horizon, including recently passed legislation to lower drug prices, session speakers will discuss policy recommendations that promote innovation in the pharmaceutical industry while at the same time improving access and affordability for life-saving medications.
Afternoon Plenary: November 17, 2020 – 3:30PM to 5:00PM
ADDRESSING SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH IN LATINO CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES
Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are the leading cause of health disparities in underserved Latino children, youth, and families. Factors including socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, and access to health care impact long-term health. Learn from experts who will discuss promising programs designed to address SDOH such as: addressing the holistic needs of children, youth and families, ensuring access to nutritious food, increasing access to quality and comprehensive healthcare services, and exploring ways of leveraging technology to address SDOH.
Morning Plenary: November 18, 2020 – 12PM – 1:30PM
EQUITABLE VACCINE DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRIBUTION
COVID-19 is a stark reminder of how effective vaccines can help reduce morbidity and mortality if developed in a way that meets the needs of communities of color. As we grapple with a pandemic that disproportionately impacts Latinos, we are seeing a growing anti-vaccine movement fueling the mistrust of a COVID vaccine in communities of color that could lead to disparities in COVID vaccination rates. This session will start with a discussion about the pivotal role that vaccines can play in preventing infectious diseases and mortality and will be followed by a discussion about equitable and ethical development and distribution of vaccines, clinical trials, and the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Break-out sessions: November 18, 2020 – 2PM – 3:00PM
Break-out 1: MATERNAL HEALTH: ACHIEVING HEALTH EQUITY IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY
Latinas experience high rates of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS. They also face challenges in accessing contraception that is affordable and available. And Latinas face additional obstacles including cultural and linguistic barriers, as well as hurdles based on immigration or economic status, and geographic location, which prohibit many of them from obtaining comprehensive and quality maternal health care. Join session speakers to learn about proven practices and recommended policy solutions to achieve maternal health equity for Latina mothers and prevent avoidable maternal morbidity and mortality in an era of rapid demographic and epidemiological transition.
Break-out 2: THE FUTURE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE LATINO COMMUNITY
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Latinos experienced large gains in coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that reduced disparities in healthcare coverage. The percentage of Latinos with no health insurance coverage dropped from 30% in 2010 when the ACA was enacted to 19% in 2017. However, these gains reportedly stalled or began reversing and are now at significant risk because of state and federal policies and the Trump Administration’s efforts to invalidate the ACA, including a Supreme Court case currently being considered. In light of these current trends, experts will discuss the future of the ACA and its implications for the Latino community, including the potential impact of a Supreme Court decision striking down the law.
Closing Plenary: November 18, 2020 – 3:30PM to 5:00PM
DIGITAL HEALTH: ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF UNDERSERVED LATINO COMMUNITIES
Latinos represent a significant and growing segment of our nation’s population. Sadly, many Latinos are caught in a cycle of vulnerability with declining access to healthcare. Although digital health is not a solution in and of itself for eliminating the systemic factors that perpetuate health disparities for underserved Latinos, it has wide-ranging potential to reduce the disparities caused by economic, social, environmental, and other factors. From the introduction of telehealth services, cloud computing, and mobile devices, to remote monitoring with peripheral devices and care management coaching, technology has the potential to transform access to healthcare and medical treatment for Latino communities. Speakers in this session will discuss proven ways of leveraging technology to connect some of the most vulnerable Latino populations to better access to healthcare.
5:00PM to 5:15PM: Closing Remarks: Marco A. Davis, CHCI CEO and President