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Join us for the next Point of Care speaker series on Wednesday, January 22. The session will feature Keynote Speaker Dr. Leana Wen.

About the event

  • The session will take place from 8:45 am to 10:15 am on Wednesday, January 22.
  • You can register to attend in person at the Fuqua School of Business or via webcast.
  • The event is open to the public. Please forward the information to those that might be interested in attending - and fee free to promote it through your social media channels. 
  • The session is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) and Duke-Margolis.
  • Please see the details below about the topics that will be discussed, and information on Dr. Wen.
About the Session

Moving the Needle for the Public's Health: Innovative Approaches to Improving Health and Advancing Equity

  • In her presentation, Dr. Wen will draw upon her experience as Baltimore's Health Commissioner to highlight critical public health issues for women and families, including substance use and the opioid epidemic, maternal and infant health, and mental health.
  • Women’s healthcare is in a state of emergency. The maternal mortality rate is higher today than it was 30 years ago, and 19 million women live in areas that lack access to contraceptive care. Key points of agreement about women’s healthcare can serve as starting points to end the politicization of this care.
  • It's critical to not only improve health but to focus on health equity. Dr. Wen will share ideas for how health professionals can center equity in their work to ensure that innovations reach underserved communities with the greatest need.
About the Speaker

Leana S. Wen, M.D., M.Sc. FAAEM

  • Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician, public health leader, and a passionate advocate for patient-centered health care reform. The author of the critically-acclaimed book, When Doctors Don’t Listen, her TED talk on transparency in medicine has been viewed nearly 2 million times. In 2019, Dr. Wen was named one of TIME 100’s Most Influential People.
  • Dr. Wen is currently a Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University School of Public Health, where she is also the Distinguished Fellow at the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute of Health Workforce Equity. She has served as President/CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. As the first physician to lead Planned Parenthood in nearly 50 years, Dr. Wen’s worked to expand comprehensive healthcare for vulnerable women and families. Previously, she was the Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore, where she led the nation’s oldest continuously operating health department in the U.S. to fight the opioid epidemic, treat violence and racism as public health issues, and improve maternal and child health.

About the Point of Care Speaker Series

This is a monthly speaker series that provides a national stage for thought leaders in health care delivery, payment, and reform to share their ideas, discuss new approaches, and comment on emerging health reforms. The series is sponsored by Duke-Margolis and Blue Cross NC.