|Washington, DC—Last November, the Hatch Center—the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation— joined Utah’s Intermountain Healthcare to host a health symposium focusing on “America’s Social Determinants of Health.”|
The University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute authored a report highlighting the event. The report summarizes information presented at the symposium, outlines key observations, and poses next steps for consideration. Click here for PDF [LINK].
“From the Children’s Health Insurance Program to helping design Medicare Part D, I have long fought for sensible reforms to improve our healthcare system,” said Hatch. “We designed this event to help policy and healthcare leaders better understand and make informed decisions about addressing social determinants of health. By creating smarter policies, we are delivering better healthcare for Americans today and equipping future generations with the necessary tools to answer difficult medical challenges they’ll face.”
“The inaugural symposium of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation set the tone for our mission going forward—to forge commonsense solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems,” said Scott Anderson, Chairman of the Board. “By convening the biggest names in healthcare under one roof, we were able to facilitate meaningful discussion on the health challenges facing everyday Americans. Our discussion generated genuine breakthroughs, including Secretary Azar’s proposal to expand Medicare Advantage to assist with housing, nutrition, and other social needs. The new report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute weighs in on this and many other groundbreaking ideas.”
The symposium focused on strategies and innovations for addressing social determinants of health— the conditions in which people are born, live, work, and play that affect their health risks and outcomes.
Keynote speakers included:
Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services; Orrin G. Hatch, then President Pro Tempore of the US Senate; Adam Boehler, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of HHS, CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Innovation Center; Karen DeSalvo, MD, Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Health at HHS and Co-Convener of The National Alliance to Impact the Social Determinants of Health; Marc Harrison, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Intermountain Healthcare; Mikelle Moore, Senior Vice President, Community Health Intermountain Healthcare; Vince Ventimiglia, Chairman, Leavitt Partners, Board of Managers.