Virtual Health Webinar Series Part 1: The Political Determinants of Health

June 2, 11:30am, EDT - 1:00pm, EDT



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During the past decade, the idea that health issues need to be brought into the political arena to advance population health has become part of mainstream public health.   The political determinants of health are key to understanding the myriad factors that contribute to inequities faced by underserved and marginalized communities.  How do policies and politics influence the social conditions that generate health outcomes?  

We will explore the impact of politics on the adoption of Virtual Care and how the recent pandemic has begun to reshape how our legislators think about the current regulations that have to impact the adoption of these technologies.   In addition, highlight the ways in which political determinants of health have a far greater impact on our ability to achieve health equity than we may realize, and how the long-lasting impact of decisions made by our political leaders can influence the health of generations to come.  

Topics include:

  • What current legislation has had a positive or negative impact on the adoption of virtual care?
  • What political outputs including the laws, taxes, social security benefits, public services, etc. that will ultimately impact public health and other societal outcomes of interest?
  • What inequities currently exist in the adoption of virtual care in underserved communities?
  • What technology advances are being denied/derailed adoption due to outdated policies or special interest groups? 
  • The policies should are legislators consider adopting in a post-Covid-19 world? 


Panel discussion:

Kyle Faget | Partner & Business Lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP

Lloyd Sirmons | Director of the Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center (SETRC)

Michael Petersen, M.D. | VP Consulting | Chief Clinical Innovation Officer

Dr. Kameron Matthews | Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer of the Veterans Health Administration