Jack A. Gerster Memorial Lecture: Kara Odom Walker, DE Dept. of Health & Social Services

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"When an Engineer-Turned-Doctor Takes on Health Issues for the State: The View from Delaware's Secretary of Health and Social Services"


Delaware’s Cabinet Secretary of Health and Social Services, Kara Odom Walker, an UD ChE '99 alum and family physician will discuss three top priority state health issues in DE—3rd most expensive health care state, high youth homicide in Wilmington, and the opioid epidemic.  Through storytelling and data sharing, she will explore how her experiences and sensibilities as an engineer-turned-family physician have helped address these issues.  Finally, the conversation will land on how engineers can contribute to the solutions.


Learning objectives:


Attendees of this session will be able to:

1. Describe how engineering principles are critical in approaching statewide population health

2.Discuss key examples of state health challenges -- from controlling health care spending to the opioid crisis to reducing youth violence

3.Identify specific ways that new process design and broad leadership can influence public health challenges

Friday, September 14, 2018 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

Perkins Student Center, Gallery
Perkins Student Center, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19717, USA

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Academics, College of Engineering



Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


ENGR - Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
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Chil Alba

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