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Healthcare Leadership Summit: Social Determinants of Health

Monday, April 29, 8 am - 1 pm, Merrimack College (Rogers Center)

Registration Details

To register for this free event, please RSVP by Tuesday, April 23. 
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Keynote Speaker

Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH
The Future of Population Health: Addressing the Social Determinants
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Dr. Howard K. Koh is the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School. He has previously served as the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2009-2014) after being nominated by President Barack Obama, and as Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1997-2003) after being appointed by Governor William Weld. A graduate of Yale College and the Yale University School of Medicine, he has trained at Boston City Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, has earned board certifications in 4 medical fields, held major academic positions at Boston University and Harvard University, published more than 250 articles in the medical and public health literature and has received over 70 awards for accomplishments in public health, as well as five honorary doctorate degrees. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, The Network for Public Health Law and New England Donor Services.

Robert Sege, MD, PhD
DULCE:  Healthcare as a platform to address Social Determinants of Health for Infants
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Robert Sege, MD, PhD, is nationally known for developing health systems approaches to preventing child abuse and neglect by better supporting families. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington and serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Children’s Trust and Prevent Child Abuse America. Dr. Sege has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. He is a graduate of Yale College, received his PhD from MIT and his MD from Harvard Medical School.

Davida Schiff, MD
Perinatal Substance Use: Targeting Equity
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Davida Schiff, MD, is a general academic pediatrician and health services researcher focused on understanding how substance use in pregnant and parenting women impacts the health of children and families. She is the medical director of the HOPE Clinic (Harnessing Support for Opioid and Substance Use Disorder in Pregnancy and Early childhood) at Massachusetts General Hospital, a multidisciplinary program caring for women and families with substance use disorder from the time of conception through the first two years postpartum. Dr. Schiff completed her undergraduate training at Columbia University, medical training at the Boston University School of Medicine, pediatrics residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital, general pediatrics research fellowship at Boston Medical Center, and master’s program in health services research from the Boston University School of Public Health. She is an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Vilma Martínez-Dominguez, Community Development Director, City of Lawrence
Local Approaches to Health Disparities Through Partnerships and Interdepartmental Collaborations
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In her role as Community Development Director for the City of Lawrence, Vilma Martínez-Dominguez provides administrative oversight to a robust Community Development Block Grant and a HOME Funds program, both funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as a Lead Abatement Program from the Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Program. Additionally, she supports the Office of Planning and Development in the implementation of other programs related to economic development, community development, and housing activity in the City of Lawrence, and provides oversight to the Mayor’s Health Task Force. Martínez-Dominguez is also actively involved in a number of community organizations focused on social justice, gender and health equity.

CME/CEU Credits

The Continuing Medical Education Committee of Lawrence General Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Lawrence General Hospital CME Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Parking and Directions

315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845

From Boston and Points South:Take I-93 North to I-495 North. Take Exit 42A off 495 (Rt. 114 towards Middleton). After exiting highway, go 1.1 miles. Stay on 114 and take the first driveway to your right, Walsh Way, onto campus. The Rogers Center will be directly in front of you. Bear left, and the Rogers Center will be on your right. Guests must follow signs to park in Lot M.

From Points North: Take I-93 South to I-495 North. Exit 42A (Rte. 114 Middleton). After exiting highway, go 1.1 miles. Stay on 114 and take the first driveway to your right, Walsh Way, onto campus. The Rogers Center will be directly in front of you. Bear left, and the Rogers Center will be on your right. Guests must follow signs to park in Lot M.

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