The 2012 CBC Fall Health Braintrust-Friday, September 21, 2012
Protecting the ACA – But We Are Not THERE Yet!:
Navigating the Stony Road Ahead Together
Friday, September 21, 2012
from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Washington Convention Center
9:00 am – 9:20 am Welcome Remarks and Greetings
Congresswoman Donna Christensen, other Members of Congress and friends of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust will welcome and greet everyone to the 2012 Fall Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust. Following the morning greetings, Larry Lucas, who leads WLL Government Affairs, will briefly talk about the importance of Medicare Part D, which is a key component in eliminating health disparities. Lastly, Connie Bush the Director of Strategic Programs at Abbott Laboratories, will talk briefly about a new initiative that leverages the role that some OB/GYNs are playing to increase rates of screening for heart disease and related conditions among women who are at greatest risk.
9:20 am – 10:45 am Session I: Bullying, Youth Violence and Suicide: Public Health Challenges Threatening the Nation’s Future Leaders
This session will open with a special presentation by Congressman Bobby Scott, who will discuss his efforts to dismantle the “Cradle to Prison Pipeline” and replace it with a “Cradle to College and Career Pipeline” through the use of targeted, evidence-based prevention and intervention efforts for at-risk youth. Rather than a so-called “tough on crime” policy approach, the United States should employ a smart on crime approach that engages youth and communities in building a better tomorrow, while saving money that would otherwise be spent on incarceration and welfare programs.
Additional panelists will include:
Rachel Davis, the Managing Director at the Prevention Institute, who will focus on youth violence as a preventable problem which fundamentally impacts young people and their communities. Solutions and successes in preventing violence will also be highlighted.
Dr. Sherry Molock, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, George Washington University. Dr. Molock will focus on suicidality, cultural factors in suicide, and issues that need to be more consistently and delicately addressed as it pertains to suicide in racial and ethnic minority communities, particularly among young people.
Dr. Joseph L. Wright, Professor and Senior Vice President, Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Wright will focus on bullying, will provide an overview of who is at risk for being bullied in the African-American community, the health repercussions of bullying to both bullies and those who bully, and the link between bullying and youth, as well as adult violence.
Ms. Diarra Molock, College student at Elizabethtown College. Ms. Molock will share her experiences being bullied in high school and the impact it had on her, as well as her ideas about how to better prevent bullying.
Following the panelists’ presentations, Timothy Porter, CEO of Appddiction Studio – a company specializing in Smartphone application development – will deliver a special presentation about a new application, entitled StopBullies. This application allows bullying victims and bystanders to anonymously alert school administrators, parents and public safety officials to bullying activity. The application also provides helpful information and resources about bullying, such as warning signs and where to find help, and also tackles cyberbullying.
10:45 am – 11:55 pm Session II: Chronic Diseases and Health Equity Nearly a Decade After the IOM Unequal Treatment Report: How Far Have We Come?; How Much More Must We Do?
Moderator: Dr. Ken Thorpe, Chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
Dr. Marjorie Innocent, Vice President for Programs and Policy, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Dr. Innocent will set the stage for this moderated panel by providing an overview of current and emerging racial and ethnic, gender, geographic and other health disparity trends, with a particular focus on access to preventive care and treatment for and information about chronic diseases and conditions.
Following Dr. Innocent’s presentation, a moderated discussion will include presentations on various perspectives on this topic from the following expert panelists:
Dr. Warren Jones, Mississippi Institute for the Improvement of Geographic Minority Health
Grace Ting, WellPoint
Dr. Millicent Gorham, National Black Nurses Association, Inc.
Dr. Ikenna Okezie, DaVita
11:55 am – 12:00 pm Angela Reimer from Pfizer will introduce a very short video that shares some of the health equity efforts that the company has launched to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Session III: The Minority Health Impact of the United States Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations: The Importance of Cancer Prevention, Screening and Early Detection to Health Equity Efforts
Dr. Louis Weiner, Director of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, will briefly highlight the USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer, and will provide an overview about how the recommendations may exacerbate racial and ethnic cancer disparities. Dr. Weiner also will speak about lung cancer screening, will share findings from a recent lung study, and will highlight the importance of early screening as well as who is at risk for lung cancer.
Chris Draft, former Washington Redskin. Mr. Draft, whose wife never smoked cigarettes, but tragically passed away from lung cancer, will talk about the importance of early screening and early detection in populations that currently are not routinely screened.
Barbara Haber, MD will discuss the need for the USPSTF guidelines to be updated regarding HCV screening and testing. Dr. Haber will also touch on the recent updated CDC guidelines regarding HCV testing for baby boomers, and the potential impact of increased HCV testing and screening on communities of color given the disproportionate impact of the disease.
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm The 2012 Fall CBC Health Braintrust Luncheon and Awards Ceremony
The 2012 Fall CBC Health Braintrust Luncheon – which will be moderated by Bev Smith of the Bev Smith Show – will open with a short presentation by Ms. Equilla Wainwright, the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Ms. Wainwright will highlight the lessons learned and positive health equity impact of a partnership with providers in urban areas to create patient-centered medical homes and bolster care coordination for under-served individuals. The second presentation will be given by Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola, a family practice physician, will focus on text4baby, the nation’s largest free mobile health initiative that is made possible through a broad public-private partnership. Dr. Olayiwola will explain how text4baby provides moms – particularly those facing disproportionately high risks of poor birth outcomes and infant mortality – with free, accurate, and easy-to-understand health information via text message, text4baby is helping to connect more moms to the resources, care, and knowledge they need to make the best possible choices for their babies. The final special presentation will be delivered by Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, who will discuss the efforts undertaken in Maryland to achieve health equity. Following the special presentations, the 2012 CBC Health Braintrust Leadership Awards award ceremony will follow and recipients of the following awards will be honored:
¨ The 2012 CBC Health Braintrust Congressional Leadership Award
¨ The 2012 CBC Health Braintrust Leadership Awards in Advocacy
¨ The 2012 CBC Health Braintrust Leadership in Journalism Award
2:15 pm – 4:00 pm Session IV: Separating Fact From Fiction: The Supreme Court Ruling on
the ACA and Why We Must Save Medicaid
This panel – which also will be moderated by Bev Smith of the Bev Smith Show – will focus on the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act and what the ruling will mean to minority health and health equity. The discussion also will focus on the vulnerable position of Medicaid programs following the ruling and how and why we can and should leverage resources, expertise and momentum to not only save, but strengthen Medicaid programs across the country. Panelists will include:
Dr. Kavita Patel, Fellow, the Brookings Institution. Dr. Patel will set the stage by: highlighting the projected Medicaid growth in 2014 and beyond; providing an overview of potential policy opportunities and proposals to modify or change the Medicaid program; and sharing important information about critical areas of concern and potential effects of variable Medicaid expansion in communities of color, immigrant communities and other vulnerable populations.
Dr. Brian Smedley, the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Dr. Smedley will highlight the findings from a new Health Policy Institute report on what Medicaid means not only to health equity, but to racial and ethnic minorities living with chronic conditions.
Ms. Sonia Madison, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies. Ms. Madison will share the role that Medicaid managed care can and should play in order to leverage the Medicaid expansion provisions in the Affordable Care Act to help reduce racial and ethnic, gender, and geographic health disparities.
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Closing Remarks and Final Q&A Session
Congresswoman Christensen will lead the closing remarks and the will moderate the Q&A session that adjourns the 2012 CBC Fall Health Braintrust.