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O-13 - Addressing Health Care Disparities Through the PETAL Framework

Tuesday, May 1
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: E253AB

Examine the costs of health care inequities and explore one novel multipronged approach for confronting the problem—PETAL (prioritize health equity, engage the community, target health disparities, act on the data and learn and improve). Work collaboratively to practice these steps and see their effectiveness when applied to a fictional problem scenario. Develop practical strategies, tips and techniques to address health disparities in your own system and community.

Learning Objectives:

Danielle J. Brooks

Founder and CEO of Bridges and Director of Engagement WiseConnect
Morehouse Medical/Bridges

Danielle J. Brooks, J.D. serves as the founder and owner of Bridges LLC, a boutique health and technology consulting firm, and as the Director of Engagement Experience, for the healthcare consulting organization WiseThink Health.

Mrs. Brooks has spent the last decade designing, leading and managing research, project development, strategy and implementation programs across a variety of industries including healthcare, media and communications, human rights, policy, and law. She prides herself on bridging creativity with strategic approaches that result in true impact. 

Danielle began her career as a policy fellow for former governor, and Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack where she designed community building initiatives for the aging members in the state of Iowa. She then followed this work by participating in a variety of positions including managing coalitions to influence the development of key health IT policies; serving as an Executive Editor for the award-winning blog Disruptive Women and Health Care; and leading the development of the Iowa Accountability Program, Judicial Training Institute (IAPJTI). The IAP JTI is an initiative that works to improve the judicial handling of domestic violence cases, through innovative approaches focused on judicial leadership, community/judicial relations and the elimination of procedural bias. She also serves on the Health IT advisory board for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research at Morehouse School of Medicine and on the PCORI Advisory Panel for Improving Health Systems and Addressing Disparities.   A native Iowan, Danielle studied at Oberlin College and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics. She then attended William and Mary School of Law, achieving her Juris Doctorate.


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Megan Douglas

Interim Director, Health Policy Leadership Fellowship, Satcher Health Leadership Institute Associate Project Director, Health IT Policy, National Center for Primary Care Course Director, Health Policy & Advocacy Rotation
Morehouse Medical College

• Megan Douglas is the Interim Director of the Health Policy Leadership Fellowship in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI), Associate Director of Health Information Technology Policy in the National Center for Primary Care and an Instructor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is a licensed attorney and health policy researcher. Megan received her law degree from Georgia State University (GSU) College of Law with a focus on health care law and policy. She was a joint fellow with the SHLI Health Policy Leadership Fellowship program and the Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND) program at GSU. Megan is course director for the Health Policy and Advocacy rotation offered to Morehouse School of Medicine medical students and residents, which teaches them about the policymaking process and ways to leverage clinical experience to inform policy. Her research interests include developing and evaluating state and federal policies for their impact on health equity. Her work has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Psychiatric Services and the Learning Health System Journal. Megan serves on the Advisory Committee for the Disparities Interest Group of AcademyHealth, the Advisory Council for the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) and the Community Advisory Council for the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University.


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