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Howard Koh, MD, to Serve as Keynote Speaker at Healthcare Leadership Summit Focused on Social Determinants of Health

On Monday, April 29, from 8 am to 12:30 pm, Lawrence General Hospital will bring together a range of national and regional thought leaders to discuss the social determinants of health and the impact they have on vulnerable patient populations. The keynote speaker for this event is internationally renowned public health expert Howard Koh, MD, MPH. Sponsored by Merrimack College, the event is free and open to the public.

The social determinants of health are the economic and social conditions that influence the health status of both individuals and entire communities. They are the health factors related to living and working conditions (such as distribution of income, housing, and personal power), rather than the individual factors that influence the risk for a disease, such as family history, cigarette smoking, or high blood sugar.

Keynote Speaker

  • Howard Koh, MD, MPH, former United States Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services during the Obama administration, currently Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School. Title of presentation: The Future of Population Health: Addressing the Social Determinants.

Additional Speakers

  • Davida Schiff, MD, Medical Director, MGH Hope Clinic; Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School. Title of presentation: Perinatal Substance Use: Targeting Equity.
  • Vilma Martínez-Dominguez, Community Development Director, City of Lawrence. Title of presentation: Local Approaches to Health Disparities Through Partnerships and Interdepartmental Collaborations.
  • Robert Sege, MD, PhD, Center for Community-Engaged Medicine, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies; Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine. Title of presentation: Developmental Understanding and Legal Collaboration for Everyone: Healthcare As a Platform to Address Social Determinants of Health for Infants.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Visit to register!

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