E.R. Brown Symposium

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2020 E.R. Brown Symposium

Healing a Fractured Society:
Health Care as a Right

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. PT
(1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. mentoring for current students and recent graduates only)

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Can we heal our broken health care system? What role does social justice and equity play in achieving health care for all? Join the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and leading experts from around the country for an important conversation on the fractures the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare in our health systems and the strategies for change in addressing health equity.


The free symposium will bring together public health leaders, community advocates, policymakers, researchers, faculty, students, and more for critical discussions on the past, present, and way forward.


10:00 a.m. PT
Welcome: Michael V. Drake, MD
University of California President

Overview: Ninez A. Ponce, MPP, PhD
Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

10:20 a.m.–11:30 a.m. PT
Panel: Putting Social Justice and Equity at the Front Line in Health Care

  • Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH
    Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
  • J. Nadine Gracia, MD
    Executive Vice President and COO, Trust for America’s Health
  • Sandra Hernández, MD
    President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation

Moderator: Michael Rodriguez, MD, MPH
Founding Director, Health Equity Network of the Americas; Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; and Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

11:40 a.m.–12:50 p.m. PT
Panel: Repairing a Fractured Health Care System to Fulfill the Promise of Health Equity

  • Lanhee Chen, PhD
    David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH
    President and CEO, AcademyHealth
  • Anthony Wright
    Executive Director, Health Access California

Moderator: Mark A. Peterson, PhD
Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

12:50 p.m. PT
Closing remarks: Robert K. Ross, MD
President and CEO, The California Endowment
Introduction: Ron Brookmeyer, PhD
Dean, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. PT
Mentoring/networking breakouts
For current students and recent graduates only

If you would like to help support the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research provide evidence-based research and responsive policy analysis to policymakers, advocates, and the public, and produce events like the E.R. Brown Symposium, you can make a gift to the E. Richard Brown Health Policy Impact Fund. The E.R. Brown Symposium, named after UCLA CHPR founder E. Richard "Rick" Brown, is an annual event that honors the life of Rick Brown, who spent his life advocating strongly for a health-care-for-all system that would ensure health services for every Californian.