Explore an archive of our 2020-21 virtual seminars below. To watch, click on the video play button, or view a full seminar recap by clicking the headline below each video.

Racial Justice in National Drug Policy
A University of Pennsylvania seminar looks at the contrast between the "War on Drugs," which devastated Black and Latino communities through mass incarceration, and today's public health approach to opioids in white communities. With Michael Botticelli, MEd, Kasandra Frederique, MSW, Helena Hansen, MD, PhD, and Eugenia South, MD, MSHP (moderator).

Health Care After the Pandemic: What Will Change?
COVID-19's impact on health care was the theme of this panel of experts at the two-day University of Pennsylvania 2021 Alumni Weekend. With Kathryn Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI; Krisda Chaiyachati, MD, MPH, MSHP; Carladenise Edwards, PhD; Christian Terwiesch, PhD; and Rachel Werner, MD, PhD (moderator).

The Promise of Health Reform and a Public Option in the Biden Administration: Keynote Conversation
The current political polarization in Congress makes it unlikely that the Biden Administration will consider major structural changes in health care, this conference was told. With Senator Tom Daschle and Penn Professor Ezekiel Emanuel.

Expanding Coverage Through Medicaid
This hour-long panel focuses on the Medicaid program’s impact on health and wellbeing and options to increase coverage to low-income populations in expansion and non-expansion states. With Joseph Benitez, PhD, MPH; Lanhee Chen, PhD, JD; Sara Rosenbaum, JD; Laura Wherry, PhD; and Paula Chatterjee, MD, MPH (moderator).

Improving Private Health Insurance Markets
Five top experts discuss the impact and feasibility of proposed reforms aimed at addressing health insurance coverage gaps in the current marketplaces. With Darrick Hamilton, PhD; Christopher F. Koller, MA; Jeanne Lambrew, PhD; Stephen Parente, PhD, MPH, MS; and David Grande, MD, MPA (moderator).

Balancing Innovation and Access: Can We Lower Drug Prices in a Pandemic?
Has the pharmaceutical industry's success with COVID-19 vaccines affected the public's opinion of it, or has it set back the push for federal government action to reduce overall drug prices? Those were central questions addressed in this University of Pennsylvania seminar. With Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, and Dan Gorenstein.

A Nourishing Prescription: Food as Medicine to Promote Health & Health Equity
Food prescriptions for undernourished patients is a growing field with great potential for underserved communities but faces many challenges.  With Sarah Downer, JD, Benjamin Perkins, MA, MDiv, Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS, and Christina Roberto, PhD (moderator).

Value-Based Payment: False Hope or Future of Health Care?
Top experts from Penn LDI and the Healthcare Transformation Institute (HTI) discuss the first decade of alternative payment model (APM) experiments and recommendations for the next ten years of APM development. With Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, Amol Navathe, MD, PhD, Mai Pham, MD, MPH, and Rachel Werner, MD, PhD (moderator).

Addressing Social Needs to Improve Health
This LDI seminar explored the issues involved in more comprehensively integrating solutions to social determinants of health needs into the daily logistics of health care delivery. With Jorge Delva, PhD, MSW, Caroline Fichtenberg, PhD, Kathleen Noonan, JD, and Rachel Werner, MD, PhD (moderator).

Voting, Structural Racism, and Health Inequities
The often non-obvious connections and entangled synergies of the U.S. voting process, structural racism, and health disparities were the subjects of LDI's first virtual seminar of 2021. With Nicole Austin-Hillery, JD, Javier Rodriguez, PhD, Daniel Dawes, JD, and Antheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD (moderator).

Coronavirus Vaccine: Addressing Challenges in Distribution and Uptake
As two COVID-19 vaccines proceeded toward likely FDA approval, an LDI seminar brought together five top national and international vaccine experts to provide an update on the U.S. situation. With Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, Paul Offit, MD, Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, Caroline Johnson, MD, and Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA (moderator).

Post-Election Panel: What’s Next for Health Care Reform?
How can a new President make meaningful health policy changes if his party doesn't control the Senate? That was the focus of this seminar to discuss prospects for the ACA and other aspects of health care. With Allison Hoffman, JD, Daniel Hopkins, PhD, Mark Pauly, PhD, and David Grande, MD, MPA, (moderator).


The Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Health Care Providers
The financial toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health care system has been enormous and, in many cases, threatens institutions' and practices' fiscal health and survival. With Kevin Mahoney, MBA, DBA, Farzad Mostashari, MD, Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH, MS, ScM, Andie Martinez Patterson, MPP, and Rachel Werner, MD, PhD.

Recognizing and Addressing the Effects of Structural Racism on Health
The consequences of structural racism — sometimes referred to as "racial trauma" — for individuals, families, and communities of color, have important repercussions on health and wellbeing. With Courtney Boen, PhD, MPH, Sara Jacoby, PhD, MPH, Jamila Michener, PhD, John Rich, MD, MPH, and Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD.


Prospects for Health Care Reform: Pandemics, Politics, and Public Opinion
COVID-19 highlights the need for affordable health care as never before. This LDI seminar explored the potential paths forward for health care reform and health care equity. With Daniel Dawes, JD, Erika Franklin Fowler, PhD, Andy Slavitt, MBA, Rodney Whitlock, PhD, and Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD.

Policing, Race, and Health: Prospects for Reform
Police brutality and racism have uniquely impacted the health of Black communities, resulting in renewed calls for police reform, including defunding or abolishing police departments. With Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH, Edwin Lindo, JD, John MacDonald, PhD, Charles Ramsey, MS, and Therese Richmond, PhD, RN.

Health Insurance Coverage in the Aftermath of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken our health insurance system to its core, with nearly 27 million people potentially losing their job-based insurance. How do Medicaid and the ACA fit into this? With Larry Levitt, MPP, Mark Pauly, PhD, Jamila Taylor, PhD, Hemi Tewarson, JD, MPH, and David Grande, MD, MPA.

Rural Health in America During COVID-19
New evidence suggests that rural populations are at heightened risk for contracting coronavirus due to factors such as age, race/ethnicity, and prevalence of underlying health conditions. With Lisa Davis, MHA, Mark Holmes, PhD, Cara James, PhD, Karen Murphy, PhD, RN, and Joanna Hart, MD, MSHP.

Health Care Innovation During COVID-19
The coronavirus has hastened the pace of technological changes in health care delivery and prompted creative new approaches to remote monitoring and treatment. With David Asch, MD, MBA, Krisda Chaiyachati, MD, MPH, MSHP, Raina Merchant, MD, MS, Sindhu Srinivas, MD, MSCE, and Rachel Werner, MD, PhD.

Are We Ready to Reopen the Economy?
There are many uncertainties about whether we are ready to reopen the economy and what the tradeoffs with the public’s health will be as the coronavirus continues its spread. With Kristian Lum, PhD, John Ricco, David Rubin, MD, MSCE, Kent Smetters, PhD, and David Grande, MD, MPA.

Battling the Opioid Crisis During COVID-19
Individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) are particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the systems of care upon which they rely have been severely constrained. With Colleen Barry, PhD, MPP, Zachary Meisel, MD, MPH, Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH, Joshua Sharfstein, MD, and Jeanmarie Perrone, MD.

Caring for Patients after Hospital Discharge during a Pandemic
How can we minimize the risk posed of coronavirus transmission from post-acute patients to vulnerable long-term residents in nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities? With Nina O'Connor, MD, Ashley Ritter, PhD, CRNP, Joshua Uy, MD, Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, and David Grande, MD, MPA.

Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Communities During the COVID Pandemic
The health and economic effects of COVID-19 on poor and under-resourced areas is likely to be severe and long-lasting. What can we do to meet the needs of vulnerable communities during this crisis? With Dennis Culhane, PhD, Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP, Eugenia South, MD, MSHP, and Rachel Werner, MD, PhD.

Recessions and Health in the Time of COVID-19
We face two unprecedented disasters: a pandemic the likes of which we have not seen in a century, and projections for an economic downturn and unemployment that will rival the Great Depression. With Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD, and Rachel Werner, MD, PhD.

So You've Socially Distanced, Now What?
How long do we need to continue with social distancing? How will we know when we can gradually lift measures that have put our economy in a stranglehold? With Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Susan Ellenberg, PhD, Michael Levy, PhD, Richard Prisinzano, PhD, and Dan Gorenstein.