Special Interest Group for Health Disparities and Health Equity Event with Baligh Yehia, MD, MPP

Special Interest Group for Health Disparities and Health Equity Event with Baligh Yehia, MD, MPP

Baligh Yehia, MD, MPP, is Chief Medical Officer of Ascension Medical Group where he leads and implements the national medical group’s clinical direction. He has extensive experience in building and leading change in complex health systems and markets, including the deployment of population health strategies.

Dr. Yehia previously worked at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, where he led enterprise-wide initiatives to improve community health and clinical integration across Johns Hopkins Medicine's hospitals, physician network, home-care group, and health plans. Prior to his role at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Yehia served as Community Care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Washington, D.C. where he established the VA Office of Community Care. He also oversaw the VA's Community Care Network, which includes over 550,000 partners who deliver outpatient, inpatient, telehealth and extended care services to over 2 million Veterans annually.

Dr. Yehia is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He received his bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Florida, completed internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and infectious diseases fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Masters in Public Policy from Princeton University and Masters of Science in Health Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania.


The presenter will be Kevin Jenkins, PhD. Dr. Jenkins is a dynamic speaker and scholar who serves as a Vice-Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. After obtaining his bachelor’s (NC Central University) and master’s (Florida A&M University) degrees focused in medical and legal history, Dr. Jenkins earned a Ph.D. in Sociology and Criminology & Law from the University of Florida. This two-time national journalism award winner examines the influence of race, racism, and law within medicine. Using Critical Race Theory, Jenkins is currently working on three book projects: (1) Hue Process: The Quantitative Measurement of Racism in Medicine, (2) Refund My Freedom: How the Law Created Health Inequity in the Black Community, and (3) Branding Jezebel: Black Women, Law, and Medicine in Antebellum America.

Presentation Title: Engaging the Biopsychosocial Process of Racism: How does renal function associate with the relationship between general psychosocial stress, racism-induced psychosocial stress, and sympathetic outflow in patients living with chronic kidney disease?

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