Connecticut Health Foundation to Host Health Equity Event on September 25, 2013

September 17, 2013

The Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) is hosting an event that focuses on the cross-cutting issues of health equity/disparities facing the state and their connection to health reform. Speakers range from the most well-respected and smartest reporter who has written on the topic, and is coming in from CA, to the most outspoken and interesting surgeon general—Dr. Joycelyn Elders.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The event will be held at the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care and Innovation, 260 Ashley Street, Hartford, CT.  Free onsite parking available.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  The event is free.  Please RSVP to  by Friday, September 20th so that we can prepare accordingly. The journalism portion of the event is open to journalists only.


7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.       

Media Presentation for Health Leaders:  The 10 Commandments for Dealing with The UnGodly Press

  • Presenter:  Larry Tye is the manager of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Health Coverage Fellowship for journalists, an award-winning former Boston Globe medical reporter and Harvard Nieman Fellow. Tye is author of Superman, and other bestselling books, including Satchel, The Father of Spin, Home Lands, and Rising from the Rails, and Shock with Kitty Dukakis. He is now writing a biography of Robert F. Kennedy.

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  

Presentation for Journalists: Breakfast Keynote for Journalists

  • Presenter:  Suzanne Bohan is the former health/science writer for the Bay Area News Group. Bohan co-wrote an award-winning series on health disparities: “Shortened Lives: Where You Live Matters,” and is now writing a book on initiatives in California and nationwide to shrink the gap in health/lifespan between ZIP codes.  

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.
Presentation for Journalists: 
Panel Discussion moderated by Larry Tye

  • The Honorable Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, State of Connecticut. Lt. Gov. Wyman chairs the state Health Care Cabinet and Access Health CT board
  • Beth Jones, PhD, MPH, Research Scientist at Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Jones’s scholarship focuses on racial, ethnic, and geographic inequities in the treatment of breast cancer
  • Grace Damio, MS, Director of Research and Service Initiatives, Hispanic Health Council in Hartford
  • Bruce Gould, MD, Medical Director of the Hartford Department of Health and Human Services and Associate Dean for Primary Care, UConn School of Medicine
  • Patients (invited) who have experienced bias and inequity in health care

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote for Journalists, CT Health Board, Grantees, Fellows and Invited Guests

  • Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders is a dynamic speaker who cares deeply about eliminating health disparities. She was the first person in Arkansas to become board certified in pediatric endocrinology, the first African American and only the second woman to head the U.S. Public Health Service.

Please RSVP to  by Friday, September 20th so that we can prepare accordingly and specify which event you plan to attend:

  • 8:00 a.m. Health Leaders Presentation
  • 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 Journalists Session (open to journalists only)
  • 12:30 p.m. Keynote Luncheon with former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders

2 Responses to Connecticut Health Foundation to Host Health Equity Event on September 25, 2013

  1. I hope to be able to attend the majority of these sessions. I had not been aware of the late morning or early afternoon presentations.

    • chf_admin says:

      Hi Howard,
      We’re looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. We only just recently opened up all the sessions to all attendees, which may explain why you hadn’t heard about them. Please do help us spread the word.


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