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April 1, 2003

UMBC Center for Health Program Development and Management Presents Symposium on Minority Doctors and Socially Vulnerable Populations in Maryland

The relationships among managed care, minority physicians, and the provision of health care services to vulnerable populations, including racial minorities, in Maryland will be examined at a half-day symposium sponsored by the Center for Health Program Development and Management at UMBC. National and Maryland-specific policy issues and alternatives drawn from Maryland Physician Survey data will also be examined. The symposium will be held on Wednesday, March 26, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the UMBC Technology Center.

The Maryland Study on Physician Experience with Managed Care (Maryland Physician Survey) is a comprehensive survey that measures the experience of over 3,000 Maryland physicians in the growing managed care environment. Subject areas covered in the survey include practice characteristics, reimbursement levels, administrative requirements, physician-patient relationship, perceptions of managed care, managed care contracts and physician commitment and satisfaction. The Center for Health Program Development and Management developed and conducted the survey on behalf of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in 2000 based on a request from the Maryland legislature.

The symposium consists of three presentation sessions: Managed Care and Physician Practice (9:30-10); Managed Care and Physician-Patient Relationships (10:15-11); and Managed Care and Socially Vulnerable Populations (11:15-11:45), to be followed by a keynote presentation by Marsha Lillie-Blanton, Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation and closing panels and participant reactions (11:45-2:30).

The day's presenters are:

Llewellyn Cornelius, Ph.D.
Llewellyn Cornelius is currently an associate professor and the associate director of theInstitute for Human Services Policy at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago, School of Social Services Administration and has extensive research experience in examining access to Medical Delivery and the Outcome of Care for African Americans and Latinos. Cornelius is a recipient of the University of Chicago's 1996 Elizabeth Butler young alumni award for his contributions to health care research on African Americans and Latinos and was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Mary Catherine Beach, M.D., M.P.H.
Mary Catherine Beach is an assistant professor of Medicine in the Johns Hopkins Schoolof Medicine, a core faculty member in the Phoebe R. Berman Bioethics Institute and a board-certified general internist. She currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Beach also completed a Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy, during which she worked for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on health policy issues in the U.S. Senate. Her research focuses on the ethical foundation for patient-physician interactions and on disparities in interpersonal aspects of care for ethnic minorities. She received her B.A. from Barnard, M.D. from Mount Sinai and M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins.

Marsha Lillie-Blanton, Dr.P.H.
Vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Marsha Lillie-Blanton directs the policy research on access to care for vulnerable populations. Prior to joining the foundation, she served as associate director of health services quality and public health issues of the U.S. General Accounting Office. She has over 15 years of work experience in health policy research and management positions. Lillie-Blanton currently holds an adjunct faculty position in the JHU School of Public Health, where she earned her master's and doctorate degree. Her primary research and policy interests are in the areas of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and minority health.

Lisa Cooper, M.D., M.P.H.
Lisa Cooper is an associate professor of medicine and health policy and management,a core faculty member in the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology & Clinical Research at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and an active full-time member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Staff. She is a board-certified general internist, health services researcher and medical educator. Cooper received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on patient involvement in medical decision-making and access to health care for African Americans, particularly as they relate to treatment of common problems in primary care settings. Her recent work has identified patient-physician communication as an important contributor to racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

Todd Eberly
Before joining the center, Todd Eberly was a policy analyst for the American Medical Directors Association. He has over six years of experience in public health program financing and policy. Eberly has been a primary or contributing author on several studies and was an editor and columnist for a bi-monthly industry newsletter. Eberly graduated cum laude from Clarion University with a bachelor's degree in political science. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in the Policy Sciences Graduate Program at UMBC.

Keith Elder, Ph.D.
Keith Elder is an NIH Minority Pre-Doctoral Fellowship recipient. His fields of interest include managed care, minority health and racial disparities as it relates to access and quality of care. Elder obtained his Ph.D. in policy sciences from UMBC and has a master's degree in public health and public administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His dissertation focused on managed care's impact on minority

Sipi Gupta
Sipi Gupta is a candidate for the M.A. degree in applied sociology at UMBC. She isa graduate of UMBC.

David R. Nerenz, Ph.D.
A professor in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU) and director of MSU's Institute for Health Care Studies, David Nerenz is responsible for directing a set of research and continuing education activities that have the ultimate goal of improving quality of care in the state's Medicaid program. He is a published author in the health care industry and his research interests include quality of care and performance measures for health plans and health care delivery systems; racial disparities in health care; risk adjustment models and use of patient surveys for obtaining data on quality of care. Nerenz obtained his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin and his master's degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego.

William G. Rothstein, Ph.D.
William Rothstein is professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at UMBC. He is the author of several books on the history of American medicine, including his forthcoming Public Health and the Risk Factor: A History of an Uneven Medical Revolution, to be published this spring by the University of Rochester Press. His interests also include cultural differences in health beliefs and other aspects of medical sociology.

Stephanie Sims-Boykin, M.D.
Stephanie Sims-Boykin is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and practices in an urban underserved community where she sees a large number of Medicaid and managed care patients. She completed a one-year faculty development fellowship at the University of California at San Diego in the Department of Family Medicine, focusing on “Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved.” Sims-Boykin is responsible for resident and medical student education and spends 40 percent of her time in direct patient care. She also holds interest in women's health and preventive medicine, with a focus on cancer health disparities. She is currently the principal investigator on an NCI sponsored pilot project, "Factors Affecting Mammograms by Race and SES."

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