Main Stage Events
COVID-19: The Great Revealer and Accelerator in Transforming Our Delivery Systems
Speaker: Jean Accius, PhD, Senior Vice President, AARP Global Thought Leadership
As we embrace the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and look to an end to the pandemic crisis, the thought of getting back to normal is on all our minds. But any desire to get back to normal must be accompanied by the recognition that normal excluded many in our pre-COVID world. We all have a role to play in advancing equity and addressing systematic disparities in healthcare.
However, we must be intentional. We have an opportunity to set a new course and do the hard work to change systems, create new structures, and challenge those who say it all can’t, or shouldn’t, be done. So, where do you stand within the continuum of change? The future awaits.
In this session you’ll learn to recognize how disparities hurt us all. This is not just a social or moral issue – there is an economic cost to preserving the status quo, which impacts our collective prosperity as a nation. Let’s reimagine a future that embraces equity and closes the opportunity gaps so people can live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Last, we’ll discuss your unique role, responsibility, and opportunity to address systemic inequity and advocate for more equitable solutions and policies impacting people as they age.
Mina Starsiak Hawk
With a keen real-estate acumen, Mina Starsiak Hawk is the host of HGTV’s popular show “Good Bones,” now in its fifth season. Married with two kids under the age of three, she’s dedicated her life to the art of raising a family while saving old homes in Indianapolis. From talking about her journey with IVF treatment in People Magazine to helping Today Show viewers with DIY projects, Mina’s always on the go. Live from AAPA’s 2022 host city, Indy, Mina will talk about parenting, health, work-life balance, and not-to-miss experiences when you race into the city next May.
Chef Jennifer Carroll
Founder/Chef – Carroll Couture Cuisine
Partner/Chef – Spice Finch
Chef Jennifer Carroll’s passion and purpose is making memorable culinary moments. The Philadelphia-native combines her expertise in French technique from nine years at Le Bernardin and 10 Arts Bistro under Chef Eric Ripert with the skills learned working alongside Chef Marcus Samuelsson at Red Rooster, where she honed in on elevated comfort food coupled with down-to-earth hospitality. These cumulative experiences tied to her passion for spices and clean eating helped shape the menu for her Philadelphia restaurant, Spice Finch, where she displays her knowledge and appreciation of Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Driven by the spirit of merit and competition she’s embraced on multiple seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef, Carroll channels that standard into creating cool culinary experiences for Carroll Couture Cuisine. With mastery of a diverse range of styles—from light, fresh West Coast to classic, luxe European—Carroll personalizes fun, experience-focused meals, classes & demos for both virtual and in-person events. Become a member of the Carroll Crew on Patreon & support her cooking in the digital world. Follow & join her in her home, studio & kitchens during CrowdCast virtual classes, one-on-one hangouts & more. Or shop to support here. Watch her in action on the most current season of Top Chef All Stars on Bravo and stay tuned for her new role as a judge and mentor on Bravo’s Top Chef Amateurs airing in the summer of 2021!
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PAs Are the Catalyst of Change To Close the Health Equity Gap
Health inequities existed long before COVID-19. But the intersection of social media, the 24/7 news cycle, and significant national events have highlighted the inequities that have affected large portions of the population. This presentation will help broaden our views of health inequities and help us recognize the privilege that we have as clinicians to enact change while supporting our colleagues, patients, and communities. The discussion will engage the panelists in a conversation about health inequities and their effects on multiple populations, and what we as clinicians can do to positively impact this crisis.
This session will help participants define health inequities; recognize the social determinants of health and the effects of bias and racisms; examine what the PA role is in addressing health inequities; and provide ways for PAs to become agents of change.
Robert Wooten, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Assistant Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of PA Studies
Andrea Lowe, PA
Director of Employer Strategy and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Business
Partner at AAPA
Robin Hunter-Buskey, DHSc, PA-C, senior PA at the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (FBOP) Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina
Moral Injury is Not Burnout: Recognizing, Acknowledging, and Healing Moral Injury in Healthcare Professionals
What is moral injury in healthcare professionals – and how is it different from burnout? Join this discussion led by theologian Rita Brock, PhD. She leads her organization’s effort to deepen understanding about moral injury in combat veterans and others. She has offered trainings for VA mental health providers, for professional chaplains, and for veterans and their families. PA Heather M. Hylton, Director of Advanced Practice Providers at K Health, will help guide this discussion. Continue the conversation after this session with Dr. Brock and PA Hylton in the Virtual Ballroom!
Rita Brock, PhD
Senior Vice President & Director of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America
PA Heather M. Hylton
Director of Advanced Practice Providers at K Health
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, where he oversees an extensive research portfolio focused on infectious and immune-mediated diseases. As the long-time chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, Dr. Fauci has made many seminal contributions in basic and clinical research and is one of the world’s most-cited biomedical scientists. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world.