SDOH and Health Equity: What Has COVID-19 Taught Us and Where Do We Go From Here?


Join Manatt for a Cross-Sector Panel Discussion Examining the On-the-Ground Impact of COVID-19—and How States, Local Governments and Communities Are Changing Their Policies, Priorities and Programs to Respond to the Pandemic.

Long before COVID-19, evidence was mounting that social determinants of health (SDOH)—the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age—have a significant impact on health outcomes and healthcare costs. The pandemic has now put a glaring spotlight on the connection between SDOH and health—and the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on low-income people and communities of color. At the same time, the events of recent weeks have led to new conversations across the country focused on the significant health disparities among races.

In a new webinar—the second program in Manatt’s SDOH series—a cross-sector panel explores the critical issues that COVID-19 is bringing to the forefront and how states, local governments and community-based organizations are responding. During our first SDOH webinar, Manatt Health laid the foundation for the discussion, examining how the pandemic—and its disproportionate effects based on race and income—has changed the way we think about the interconnections between race, socioeconomics, social services and healthcare. During this webinar, our panelists will address key questions, including:

  • How are stakeholders experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic on the ground?
  • How is the pandemic affecting SDOH policies and programs?
  • How have COVID-19 and protests against systemic racism and structural barriers to advancement changed conversations, policies or considerations at the panelists’ organizations?
  • What types of innovations and partnerships are vital to sustaining momentum and focus on integrating healthcare and social services to deliver “whole person” care?
  • What are the next steps for moving forward as we transition to a post-pandemic environment? What changes are likely here to stay—and which will likely end with the crisis?

Panel Moderator:

Melinda Dutton, Partner, Manatt Health


Marya Gingrey, Director of Equity and Community Partnerships, HealthierHere
Lauran Hardin, MSN, CNL, FNAP, FAAN, Senior Advisor; National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs and Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Thea James, MD, Vice President of Mission & Associate Chief Medical Officer at Boston Medical Center

Date and Time

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

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This program does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. Views expressed by presenters are strictly their own and should not be construed to be the views of Manatt or attributed to Manatt.



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