Penn LDI Presents: Rural Health in America During COVID-19

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Friday, May 29, 2020
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A Conversation with Lisa Davis, MHA, Cara James, PhD, Mark Holmes, PhD, and Karen Murphy, PhD, RN

A program from the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at Penn

Many rural areas are becoming “hotspots” for the COVID-19 pandemic. New evidence suggests that rural populations are at heightened risk for contracting the virus due to factors such as age, race/ethnicity, and prevalence of underlying health conditions. Compared to metropolitan areas, rural communities face even greater shortages of hospital capacity, resources, and protective equipment. Join our panel of experts as they discuss the unique challenges the pandemic poses for the health and economy of rural America, potential policy options to bring relief to rural areas, and the innovative solutions communities and health systems are pursuing to mitigate the pandemic’s effects. 

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Lisa Davis, MHA
Director, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Outreach Associate Professor of Health Policy and Administration, The Pennsylvania State University​

Cara James, PhD
President and CEO, Grantmakers and Health and former Director of the Office of Minority Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Mark Holmes, PhD
Professor, Health Policy and Management and Director, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Karen Murphy, PhD, RN
Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Founding Director, Steele Institute for Health Innovation, Geisinger

 Joanna Hart, MD, MSHP (moderator)
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine


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