Social Determinants of Health Take Center Stage

This panel discussion, sponsored by Oregon Health Forum, will be held April 27.

What’s being done to tackle how our social and emotional environment impact health outcomes?

Oregon Health Forum is bringing together health policy experts to examine that topic on April 27. The forum gets underway with breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by a panel discussion from 7:20-9 a.m. The event is being held at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland.

National studies have shown that socio-economic factors play a major role in driving up healthcare costs and also result in higher rates of disease, poor quality of care and limited access to care. In the U.S., social factors account for over one-third of total deaths every year.

Housing and nutrition, adverse childhood events and employment opportunities impact quality of life and health outcomes.

Join us for this interactive discussion. Our panelists include:

  • David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, founding dean, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

  • Colin Cave, MD, medical director for external affairs, government relations and community health, Northwest Permanente P.C.

  • Rebecca Ramsay, chief executive officer, Housecall Providers

  • Jennifer Stoll, vice president, government affairs and public relations, OCHIN

  • Dr. Kent Thornburg, OHSU's Lowell Edwards chair, professor of medicine, director of the Center for Developmental Health at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute, and director of the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness. 

Our moderator will be Jesse Ellis O’Brien, policy director for OSPIRG.

Anyone interested in sponsoring this forum should contact Diane Lund-Muzikant at diane@oregonhealthforum.org