Al Día's Disrupting Disparities roundtable discussion will focus on barriers to healthcare across Pennsylvania, including the Latinx community. The digital divide, workforce shortages, pharmacy deserts, and medically underserved areas are a few factors impacting equitable access to healthcare.
Moderated by NBC 10 and Telemundo 62's anchor Lucy Bustamante, this discussion will feature a well-versed panel of state officials, medical professionals, researchers, and community partners.
Lucy Bustamante is a morning news anchor for NBC10 and breaking news anchor for Telemundo62. Fluent in Spanish, Lucy is the daughter of Cuban refugees who migrated to the U.S. in 1969. She was born and raised in New Orleans in a home that only spoke Spanish. The skills she learned as a child, of translating between Spanish and English as a first generation American, formed her foundation for her vibrant role as a bilingual anchor at NBC10 and Telemundo62.
Dr. Hector Colón-Rivera
Dr. Hector Colón-Rivera is a distinguished quadruple board-certified adolescent, adult, and addiction psychiatrist of the Pennsylvania medical community. He has broad experience in community-based programs, emphasizing those that help increase access to severe mental illness and substance use disorders treatments in minorities. He is the Medical Director of the Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc Behavioral Health Program (APM), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving Hispanic communities' quality of life through direct behavior and substance use disorder services in the Philadelphia region.
Dr. Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili
Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD is the Associate Dean for Inter-professional Research and Development and a Professor of Nursing, with courtesy appointments in the nutrition science department and School of Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University. She is a Geriatric Nurse Scientist and her continuously funded interdisciplinary program of research focuses on integrating nutrition and novel technologies to improve health outcomes and quality of life for older adults with acute (e.g., cardiac surgery) and chronic (e.g., heart failure, chronic wounds, dementia) conditions across the care continuum.
By combining his authentic experience with a passion for communication and service, George Fernandez helps clients build positive, profitable, and sustainable connections within the Latino community. Latino Connection has served millions of Latinos and helped hundreds of organizations maximize their reach and protect their core operations. George Fernandez is a pillar in the Latino community who has been recognized with many unique opportunities and prestigious honors including the Jefferson Award, the Harrisburg Chamber’s Business Diversity & Inclusion Champion, and the Central Penn Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” as well as “Game Changers Award” for the most-loved CEO.
Dr. Laura N. Gitlin
Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D, FGSA, FAAN, an applied research sociologist, is a distinguished Professor and the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. She is also the Executive Director of the AgeWell Collaboratory of the College and leads the Age Friendly initiative at Drexel, the first University in the city with this international designation. Gitlin is nationally and internationally recognized for her research on developing, evaluating and implementing novel home and community-based interventions that improve quality of life of older adults. As Dean, Dr. Gitlin continues to lead a robust externally funded program of research and has initiated various initiatives in the College of Nursing and Health Professions that integrates a life course perspective, health equity lens and provides students with an understanding and exposure to social and structural determinants of health.
Angela Foreshaw Rouse
As Manager of Operations and Community Outreach for AARP Pennsylvania, Angela Foreshaw Rouse manages the largest non-profit, nonpartisan membership organization in Pennsylvania, with over 1.8 million members statewide. Since joining the organization in 2001 and serving as statewide manager since 2014, she has lent her talents to help transform AARP Pennsylvania into a leader of social change, dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live and age. A fearless champion for education and community engagement, Foreshaw Rouse is lauded for her ability to inspire community partners and elected officials toward working on behalf of the 50+ populations in breakthrough and innovative ways.
In May of 2016 David Saunders joined the Pennsylvania Department of Health as the Director of Health Equity. In addition to more than 30 years of non-profit management experience, David brings with him extensive knowledge in the fields of education, public health, disparities and youth development. He has collaborated on health disparity reduction initiatives, developed cutting edge programs targeting underserved communities, and established state training institutes; collaborating with state, county and local officials. In April 2020, David took on the massive task of developing a collective response to COVID 19 and the implications of the pandemic on vulnerable populations in the Commonwealth.
Dr. Neha Vapiwala
Neha Vapiwala MD, FACR, is a professor and Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania who specializes in the management of patients with genitourinary cancers. Her research focuses on biological and technological improvements in the delivery of radiation and systemic therapies to improve outcomes and help preserve quality of life for patients. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator of multiple therapeutic trials for prostate cancer patients, including a large national phase III cooperative group trial investigating the use of PET imaging to guide local and systemic therapy intensification. Dr. Vapiwala is also passionate about her team’s research efforts to explore and address disparities in health care, specifically prostate cancer, and modifiable barriers to care that impact patients and their communities.