City Club: The Economic Cost of Health Disparities

Submitted by Amin Varghai on Thu, 04/28/2005 - 11:27.
05/25/2005 - 11:00

Dr. Kenneth E. Thorpe
Professor and Chair, Health Policy and Management, Emory University

Sponsor: The St. Luke’s Foundation and the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation


is the economic impact of health disparities on individual businesses,
local government, and the community? Dr. Kenneth E. Thorpe, the Robert
W. Woodruff professor and chair, Health Policy and Management, Rollins
School of Public Health at Emory University, will discuss the economic
repercussions and identify methods for addressing them at the next
program in the year-long series, “Prescriptions for Change: Reducing
Health Disparities in Our Community.� The series is presented by the
Roundtable Community Council, a program of the Greater Cleveland
Partnership, and the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, a
collaboration between MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western
Reserve University.

Dr. Thorpe, who was deputy assistant secretary of Health and Human
Services in the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 1995, is widely
sought after as a policy resource for government and private entities,
as well as for national media. While in Washington, he served as the
U.S. representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development conference on health reform. He also has served on the
health policy faculty at the schools of public health at the University
of North Carolina, Harvard and Columbia.

In addition, he has authored and co-authored more than 80 articles,
book chapters and books on issues of health care financing, insurance
and health care reform at health care conferences, television and the
media. He has worked with several groups—the American College of
Physicians, American Hospital Association, National Coalition on Health
Care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Service Employees
International Union, and the United Hospital Fund and others—as well as
policymakers, including several U.S. Senators, to develop and evaluate
alternative approaches for providing health insurance to the uninsured.


The City Club of Cleveland: 850 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH
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