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Addressing Health Inequity Calls for Innovation

John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics

Shifting Action and Innovation Mindsets to Embrace Social Determinants of Health — Ethical and Practical Considerations for All

Sunday, September 13, 1:00 – 2:00 pm (ET)


Anand K. Devaiah, MD

Social determinants of health—such as education, economic stability, physical environment, access to food, and social and community context—and the resulting health inequity is not a new concept. But the global COVID-19 pandemic is exposing some of the injustices in healthcare while simultaneously changing the way physicians can practice.

It’s in this climate that Anand K. Devaiah, MD, is delivering this year’s John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics. Dr. Devaiah is the director of the Biomedical & Health Technology Development & Transfer Domain at the Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy and an associate professor at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center.

How we address social determinants of health, he says, is critical.

“The intersection of innovation, ethics, and social determinants of health can take many different paths,” said Dr. Devaiah. “I hope that my lecture will impart to the audience a way of looking at this intersection, and in the different social determinants, as less of a series of silos and more of a continuum. In that way, I plan to discuss a spectrum of different social determinants and health equity.”

“These have certainly been important prior to 2020, but we have faced unprecedented challenges on a national and global scale this year,” he said. “This has brought especially sharp focus to the health of our nation and the global population, exposing how social determinants have an important role in health, and how health equity needs to figure more prominently in our actions.”

If you miss this live hallmark event, it will be available in the on-demand library of education content within 48 hours following the presentation.