On Wednesday, June 1, Axios hosted an Expert Voices roundtable discussion in Little Rock, Arkansas, featuring state and local health care leaders, government officials and medical experts. Guests offered their perspectives on combating barriers to quality health care access and proposed solutions for bridging long-standing equity gaps. Axios’s senior health care editor Adriel Bettelheim and health care editor Tina Reed led the conversation.
How state health leaders are thinking about bridging the health care divide
Arkansas Department of Human Services secretary Cindy Gillespie speaking to fellow attendees.
Cindy Gillespie, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, discussed what she is doing to meet the health needs of Arkansans, particularly those who are uninsured.
Telehealth as a solution for closing health care gaps in rural areas
Dr. Joseph Sanford speaking to the Axios roundtable group.
Dr. Joseph Sanford, chief clinical informatics officer at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, said he is concerned about telehealth remaining accessible to patients as appointments and consultations return to in-person clinical settings.
Provider says funding is an impediment to making health care more equitable
Troy Wells, Baptist Health president & CEO, speaking to guests.
Troy Wells, president & CEO of Baptist Health, said he believes a major barrier to health equity and greater health care access is funding.
Health equity expert encourages holistic thinking around health equity solutions
Dr. Keneshia Bryant-Moore sits at the Axios table between Marico Howe, left, and Craig Wilson.
Dr. Keneshia Bryant-Moore, associate professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, said health equity is much broader than access and care. Bryant-Moore also shared a personal story of navigating the healthcare system as an African American.
Thank you Delta Dental for sponsoring this event.
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