No Better Time: June 18

Thursday, June 18, 2020

2:00pm- 3:00pm EST

It’s time to address racial inequity in population health

Social determinants of health, from food insecurity to social isolation, have had a collective impact on economically challenged communities due to COVID-19. Racism and racial inequality reach much farther, having an impact on every community in the country. Where there are severe underlying health disparities, this is also exacerbating physical and mental health. As we have seen from the devastating tragedies in Minneapolis and Louisville, there is a long way to go. How can industry, communities and government better work together to address the health impacts of racial inequity and racism, not only on these challenged communities but also on all communities? What can be done to foster a population health approach that addresses inclusion and diversity? How can we better measure physical and mental health so racial inequity is part of the conversation?

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Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA

Immediate Past President
American Medical Association

Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, was the 174th president of the American Medical Association, and the organization’s first African-American woman to hold this position. Dr. Harris has diverse experience as a private practicing physician, public health administrator, patient advocate and medical society lobbyist.

Dr. Harris currently spearheads the AMA’s efforts to end the opioid epidemic and has been chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force since its inception in 2014. Dr. Harris continues to lead the task force as it works across every state to eliminate barriers to treatment, provide patients with access to affordable, non-opioid pain care, and fight the stigma faced by those with substance use-disorders.

Having served on the AMA Board of Trustees since 2011, and as chair from 2016 to 2017, she has long been a mentor, a role model and an advocate. Prior to serving on the board, Dr. Harris honed her broad knowledge and deep understanding of health care issues through various leadership roles. At the AMA these included having served for many years on the AMA Council on Legislation, including a term as chair, and on multiple AMA task forces on topics such as health information technology, payment and delivery reform, and private contracting. Beyond the AMA she has held positions of leadership with the American Psychiatric Association, the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association, the Medical Association of Georgia, and The Big Cities Health Coalition, where she chaired this forum composedof leaders from America’s largest metropolitan health departments.

Growing up in Bluefield, W. Va., Dr. Harris dreamt of entering medicine at a time when few women of color were encouraged to become physicians. Dr. Harris spent her formative years at West Virginia University, earning a BA in psychology, an MA in counseling psychology and, ultimately, a medical degree in 1992.

It was during this time that her passion for helping children emerged, and she completed her psychiatry residency and fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Two themes that govern Dr. Harris’s professional life are a passion to improve the lives of children and service to others. A recognized expert in children’s mental health and childhood trauma, Dr. Harris has led efforts on both local and national levels to integrate public health, behavioral health and primary care services with supports for employment, housing and education.

A fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Harris continues in private practice and currently consults with both public and private organizations on health service delivery and emerging trends in practice and health policy. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and an adjunct clinical assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Morehouse School of Medicine.


William Shrank, MD, MSHS

Chief Medical and Corporate Affairs Officer

Dr. William Shrank is Humana’s Chief Medical & Corporate Affairs Officer. His responsibilities include implementing Humana’s integrated care delivery strategy, with an emphasis on advancing the Company’s clinical capabilities and core objective of improving the health outcomes of our members, while also developing and strengthening the Company’s relationships with key partners in state and federal government to meaningfully impact public health policy for better health outcomes. He is a member of the Management Team, which sets the firm’s strategic direction, and reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Broussard.

Dr. Shrank came to Humana from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) where he served as Chief Medical Officer, Insurance Services Division from 2016 to 2019. At UPMC, Dr. Shrank oversaw approximately $9 billion in annual health care expenditures for approximately 3.5 million members in Medicare, Medicaid, behavioral health, Managed Long Term Social Supports and commercial lines of business. He also developed and evaluated population health programs to further advance the medical center’s mission as an integrated delivery and financing system.

Previously, Dr. Shrank served as Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, and Chief Medical Officer of Provider Innovation at CVS Health from 2013 to 2016. Prior to joining CVS Health, Dr. Shrank served as Director, Research and Rapid-Cycle Evaluation Group, for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, part of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) from 2011 to 2013, where he led the evaluation of all payment and health system delivery reform programs and developed the rapid-cycle strategy to promote continuous quality improvement.

Dr. Shrank began his career as a practicing physician with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. His research at Harvard focused on improving the quality of prescribing and the use of chronic medications. He has published more than 200 papers on these topics.

Dr. Shrank received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University and his fellowship in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also earned a Master of Science degree in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

Brandy Kelly Pryor, PhD

Foundation Lead
Humana Foundation

Dr. Brandy N. Kelly Pryor joined The Humana Foundation in May 2018 as the Senior Director of Programs. In this role Dr. Kelly Pryor oversees the Foundation’s strategy, research and impact for the over $14 million grants portfolio. She is excited about bringing an ethnographer’s lens to the Foundation, as they seek to co-create solutions leading to greater health equity for all in the Humana Bold Goal communities in which they serve.

Before joining the Foundation, Dr. Kelly Pryor was the inaugural professor to be jointly appointed as the Director of the Center for Health Equity (CHE), a division within the Louisville Metro/Jefferson County’s Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW), and as an Assistant Professor with the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, where she continues to teach graduate classes. As CHE director, she developed participatory, skills-based learning for undergraduate and graduate students, built community capacity across all 26 districts and systematically incorporated health equity into all functions of LMPHW.
With expertise in various frameworks of youth development, community based participatory research and advancing equity, Dr. Kelly Pryor’s transdisciplinary research focuses on the perception and performance of hope in marginalized communities; development of domestic and international social policy regarding youth; and the relationship between gender and race/ethnicity in the development of health narratives over the life course.

Dr. Kelly Pryor has had the opportunity to work with a variety of governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including consultation for the United Nations regarding strategies for community action. She credits much of her learning to the stories she heard growing up and her experience serving as an AmeriCorps member in Washington, D.C. These are the memories that help her advocate for engaging people as the experts of their own lived experiences.

Dr. Kelly Pryor holds a PhD in recreation, park, and tourism sciences with a concentration in youth development, prevention science, and African studies from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in education administration and human development with a concentration in education policy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs with concentrations in global public health and Africa, both from The George Washington University.

Shantanu Agrawal, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer
National Quality Forum

Shantanu Agrawal, MD, MPhil, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Quality Forum (NQF). A board-certified emergency medicine physician who has worked in both academic and community settings, Dr. Agrawal is the former Deputy Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Director of one of its largest centers, the Center for Program Integrity (CPI).

At CMS, Dr. Agrawal led an effort to improve the physician experience with Medicare. He also was one of the main architects of CMS’s strategy and action plan to address the national opioid epidemic. His main focus at CPI was lowering the cost of care through the detection and prevention of waste, abuse, and fraud in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. From 2012 through 2016, CPI’s prevention efforts saved Medicare and Medicaid over $50 billion.
Dr. Agrawal previously served as CPI’s Chief Medical Officer and was instrumental in launching new initiatives in data transparency and analytics, utilization management, assessment of novel payment models, and stewarding a major public-private partnership between CMS and private payers, the Health Care Fraud Prevention Partnership.

In addition to leading NQF, Dr. Agrawal serves on the board of the Grameen Foundation, the Presidential Advisory Council of Brown University’s School of Public Health, and the editorial board of the journal, Population Health Management. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and an Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Agrawal has testified numerous times before Congress and is a frequent national speaker on healthcare quality and value. He is a well-published author with articles in Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Emergency Medicine, among others. He has served on numerous national committees, including for the Veterans Administration, National Academy of Medicine, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Agrawal completed his undergraduate education at Brown University, medical education at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and clinical training in Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has a master’s degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.


Andrew Renda, MD, MPH

Associate Vice President, Bold Goal and Population Health Strategy
Office of Health Affairs and Advocacy

Dr. Andrew Renda is Humana’s Associate Vice President of Bold Goal (Population Health). His work includes leading strategy, pilots, metrics, research, knowledge management tools and communications related to making progress towards Humana’s Bold Goal of improving community health by 20%. CDC’s Healthy Days survey instrument is used as the primary means of assessing population health. This is supported by clinical leading indicators, business performance metrics and a robust research agenda that drives insights on how best to improve community health. He is a published author and speaker in the fields of population health, social determinants of health and chronic disease.

Previous roles have included advancing clinical models of care through development, implementation and evaluation of population health initiatives aimed at preventing and delaying progression of chronic disease. This included product and benefit design, as well as health projects ranging from messaging campaigns and self-care interventions to clinician-led disease management programs. Significant initiatives include: Chronic Condition Special Needs Plans (C-SNP), Metabolic Syndrome Support Service, Asthma and COPD disease management and self-care programs, Sleep Apnea diagnostics and management strategy, Flu and pneumonia campaign, Tobacco cessation service integration and outreach.

He also serves on several Humana clinical and research committees, including: Humana’s Clinical Leadership Network, Clinical Quality Metrics Alignment Governance Committee, Comprehensive Health Insights Joint Research Governance Committees, and Humana Publication Committee.

Dr. Renda has a B.S. in psychology and biology from the University of Kentucky where he was a National Science Foundation Undergraduate Fellow. He received his medical degree and a diploma in clinical psychiatry from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, followed by a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University.