Health Policy Institute | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Health Policy Institute | School of Law | SIU

Health Policy Institute

Since 1999, SIU's School of Law, School of Medicine, and Southern Illinois Healthcare have sponsored the annual Health Policy Institute. Attendees hear presentations from national experts and discuss current regulatory and public policy issues in health care.

Twenty-First Annual
Southern Illinois Healthcare/Southern Illinois University Health Policy Institute

This is a virtual event

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Health Policy: A Renewed Focus on Healthy and Equitable Communities

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Credit information for other professionals is detailed in conference program guide.
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Jointly Provided by Southern Illinois Healthcare and Southern Illinois University

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Draft Agenda 


The 21st Annual SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute will focus on the intersection of medical, legal, and policy efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic and their impact on health policy. To promote health equity – the achievement that every person has the opportunity to attain his or her fullest health potential and is not restricted by social position or other socially determined circumstances – we seek a renewed focus on healthy and equitable communities.

Achieving health equity is limited by health disparities. Health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially
disadvantaged populations. Populations can be defined by factors such as race or ethnicity, gender, education, income, disability, and geographic location.

Health disparities result from multiple causes including poverty, environmental threats, inadequate access to healthcare, individual and behavioral factors, and educational inequalities.

The SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute will bring together national, statewide, and local leaders researching and engaging in innovative practices that are addressing health disparities and aiming to achieve greater health equity.


At the conclusion of this educational program, participants will be able to:

• Identify populations suffering from health inequity
• Define “who owns health equity”
• Identify innovations that can be used to improve health equity in their communities
• Determine how health policy affects health equity
• Participate in dialogue about health equity policies on the local, state and national levels

The speaker panel for the 21st Annual SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute (HPI) is both extremely robust and tremendously impressive.  Presenters for the day-long, continuing education program include the following experts: 

      • The Honorable Eric D. Hargan, former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
      • Alan Morgan, MPA, Chief Executive Officer - National Rural Health Association
      • Pat Schou, MS, Executive Director - Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
      • Amanda Walsh, JD, Director - Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership
      • Heather Alderman, JD, President - Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation
      • Sharon Bush, MPA, Executive Director - Grand Victoria Foundation
      • Colleen Healy Boufides, JD, Deputy Director, Mid-States Region - The Network for Public Health Law

Co-sponsored by SIU School of Law, Southern Illinois Healthcare, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, Illinois State Medical Society, SIU School of Medicine - Center for Rural Health Social Service Development, SIU Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and SIU School of Medicine - Department of Population, Science and Policy.