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The first event in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Health Care Forum series, “No One Left Behind,” will cover health care equality, including demographic changes and racial, ethnic, and other disparities. The panelists for the September 21 Pittsburgh forum are:

Larry Davis, PhD (Pittsburgh)
Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh and director and founder of the Center on Race and Social Problems, which conducts applied social science research on race, ethnicity and color. Professional interests include interracial group dynamics and the impact of race, gender and class on interpersonal interactions. Has written, edited or co-authored five books, including “Ethnic Issues in Adolescent Mental Health and Measuring Race and Ethnicity.”

Leon J. Leach, PhD (Houston, TX)
Health care leader responsible for the business and financial functions of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and previously with Prudential Financial, where he started 18 managed care organizations. Served on the board of Baylor College of Medicine Restructuring Oversight Committee and was a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Health and Human Services Council.

Laurie Martin, ScD, MPH (Detroit, MI and Boston, MA)
Senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, with expertise in health literacy, health disparities and health policy. Particularly interested in how these issues play out in the context of health care reform. Has been working with federal, state and local leaders to identify ways to better support consumers as they select a health plan, navigate the health care system to find a provider, and remain engaged over time.

Richard Stone, MD (Boston, MA)
Professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Adult Acute Leukemia Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he has performed numerous laboratory and clinical studies on acute leukemia and related disorders, and frequently participates in grand rounds worldwide. Also serves on the Medical Oncology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD (Pittsburgh)
President and chief executive officer of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and a leading voice in patient safety, health care quality and related workforce issues. Founded JHF’s two operating arms, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative and Health Careers Futures, and was a leader in the formation of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement.