As the nation responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers, community residents, and leaders from all sectors are being called upon to deal with multiple needs in their communities. In addition to the health consequences of the pandemic, the economic impacts have exacerbated and further exposed gaps in meeting basic needs, including nutrition, housing, and education—all of which impact overall health and well-being. Children are among those at greatest risk from gaps that have existed for generations but are deepened by the pandemic. The disparities that existed at baseline in our health and social service systems for children are intensified as both systems are stretched to their capacity, thereby creating a more urgent need to address the needs of children and their families.

This Web Forum will include 2 panel discussions focused on caring for children in the COVID era. The first panel will focus on advancing health care delivery and financing to promote whole child care. It will include a discussion of efforts underway across the country and will offer proposals for additional steps the federal government could take to promote whole child and family care. The second panel will explore strategies at the local, state and federal level in the context of COVID-19 to promote health equity and reduce health disparities among children and their families.

Presenters

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD

Founding Director

Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

Durham, NC

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, is Director and Robert J. Margolis, M.D., Professor of Business, Medicine and Policy at the Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. He is a physician-economist who focuses on quality and value in health care, including payment reform, real-world evidence and more effective drug and…

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R. Lawrence ‘Larry’ Moss, MD, FACS, FAAP

President & Chief Executive Officer

Nemours Children’s Health System

Washington, DC

Dr. Larry Moss is president and CEO of Nemours Children's Health System. He is one of the country's leading voices for payment transformation and the advancement of value-based care in children's health. His passion and clarity in focusing on the overall health of children-above and beyond simply treating illness-has been…

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Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, FAAFP

Senior VP & Chief Population Health Officer

Nemours Children’s Health System

Washington, DC

Dr. Kara Walker is Senior Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer of Nemours Children's Health System. From January 2017 to August of this year, Dr. Walker served as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services under Governor John Carney. Dr. Walker holds an MD from Thomas…

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Mayra Alvarez, MHA

President

The Children’s Partnership

Los Angeles, CA

Mayra E. Alvarez is President of The Children's Partnership, a nonprofit children's advocacy organization committed to giving every child, no matter their background, the resources and opportunities they need for a bright future. Mayra came to TCP in late 2015 after serving several roles in the Obama Administration in the…

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Danny Avula, MD, MPH

Director, Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments

Virginia Department of Health

Richmond, VA

Dr. Danny Avula is Director of the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments. He is a public health physician board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine, and he continues to practice clinically as a pediatric hospitalist. After graduating from the University of Virginia, he attended the VCU School of…

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Moderator

Charlene Wong, MD

Pediatrician, Executive Director of NC Integrated Care for Kids

Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

Durham, NC

Dr. Charlene Wong, MD MSHP is an associate professor of pediatrics and public policy at Duke University and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.  She is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Integrated Care for Kids (NC InCK) model.  As a pediatrician and health services researcher, her research explores…

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Daniella Gratale, MA

Director, Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy

Nemours

Washington, DC

Daniella Gratale is the Director of the Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy at Nemours Children’s Health System (Nemours). In this role, she oversees policy development and advocacy to advance Nemours’ federal agenda through engagement with Congress, the Administration and national experts. Daniella and her team partner with national…

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