Addressing Primary Care for Vulnerable Populations During COVID
Recorded on Feb. 10, 2021

Primary care delivery has been dramatically altered by COVID-19, worldwide. Primary care in-person visits were nearly eliminated in most countries during shelter-in-place periods, with variable movement to telemedicine, and variable abilities of patients to engage in virtual care. This series will cover relevant topics in today's primary care landscape. 

The recording below of our recent webinar dives into the topic of Addressing Primary Care for Vulnerable Populations During COVID.



Kathleen Page, MD

Kathleen PageDr. Kathleen Page, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her work focuses on improving access and quality of care to underserved communities in Baltimore.

She is Medical Director of Johns Hopkins TAP (The Access Partnership), whose aim is to ensure access to healthcare among uninsured or underinsured residents of East Baltimore. She provides HIV, HCV and substance use disorder care at the Bartlett Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital and at Baltimore City Health Department STD clinics. She co-founded Centro SOL (Center for Salud/Health and Opportunities for Latinos), which is developing novel strategies to meet the health needs of Latino migrants through research, education, community advocacy, and clinical care. She is also the Baltimore City Health Department’s Director of STD/HIV/HCV/TB Clinical Services.

Courtney Lyles, PhD

Courtney LylesCourtney Lyles, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. A trained health services researcher, she uses quantitative and qualitative methods to examine quality of care, health behavior, and health outcomes. She is also an Associate Director of the UCSF program Implementation Science program based in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Finally, she holds an affiliate investigator appointment at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.

Her research specifically focuses on harnessing health information technology to improve patient-provider communication for chronic disease self-management to ultimately reduce disparities in health and healthcare outcomes for low-income and racial/ethnic minority populations.

Elaine Khoong, MD, MS

Elaine Khoong-1Elaine Khoong, MD, MS is a general internist and assistant professor of medicine based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She is interested in leveraging informatics and implementation science to operationalize research findings to reduce health inequities. Dr. Khoong is a mixed methods researcher, with experience in qualitative methods and implementation science, and ultimately aims to develop, pilot, and implement interventions that improve care for vulnerable populations. Dr. Khoong's research interests are driven by her experiences as a Cantonese-speaking clinician providing primary care to diverse patients within a safety-net setting.

Dr. Khoong received her medical degree and MS in Clinical Investigations from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

Bram Wispelwey, MD, MPH, MS

Bram WispelweyBram Wispelwey, MD, MPH, MS is a Hospitalist and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Wispelwey is Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Health for Palestine, a community organizing initiative in Palestinian refugee camps that seeks to maximize wellness and address health barriers via social accompaniment and creative integration with existing facilities. Dr. Wispelwey’s research and writing focuses on structural racism in hospital triage, ethics, community health worker impact, social and political barriers to health, and colonial violence. Before the start of his medical career, Dr. Wispelwey pursued LGBT-rights activism, which informed his health approach at the bedside and in advocacy.

Dr. Wispelwey holds a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University, Doctor of Medicine degree from Ben-Gurian University, Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Columbia University, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University.


Sanjay Basu, MD, PhD

Sanjay Basu-1Sanjay Basu, MD, PhD, is a primary care physician and epidemiologist. He is the Director of Research at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, as well as Vice President of Research and Population Health at Collective Health. Dr. Basu received his education from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and Yale before completing his residency in internal medicine at the University of California in San Francisco. He has previously worked with organizations to create a supply chain to deliver high-cost medicines to low-income patients, mitigate the spread of drug-resistant infections in hospitals, and build a rural hospital and community healthcare worker network. He had published over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, been named to the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” List by Foreign Policy Magazine, and awarded the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. His work has focused on preventing and treating chronic diseases, reducing the health effects of financial shocks and other adverse social determinants of health, improving access to essential medicines, and developing primary healthcare infrastructure. He co-founded Possible Health and serves on advisory boards for Columbia University's GRAPH Center, the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the American Heart Association, and the Global Burden of Disease Project.


Other Pre-Recorded Sessions

Session Three:  International Experiences of Primary Care Delivery During COVID
Speakers: Raj Panjabi, Asaf Bitton, Ami Waters
Moderator: David Duong
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Session Four: Financing Primary Care During COVID
Speakers: Chris Koller, Aaron Baum, Lauren Block, Bruce Landon
Moderator: Russ Phillips
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