“Social Determinants of Health”

Wednesday, Oct. 30 | 3:00-3:40 p.m. | Executive Track

Kim Schwartz, CEO, Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center
Malvise Scott, Senior Vice President for Partnership and Resource Development for the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Damon Taugher, Vice President, Global Programs, Direct Relief
Ignitor: Nancy Oriol, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care; Faculty Associate Dean, Community Engagement in Medical Education, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

Kim Schwartz currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center (RCCHC), a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in Eastern North Carolina. In this role, she champions the unique challenges of the health care needs of rural communities and has generated key collaborations and innovations towards improving the overall well-being of the residents of Eastern North Carolina. Kim leads RCCHC’s team as a member of the Institute of Health Improvement (IHI) Leadership Alliance, represents US Congressional District 1 on the North Carolina Medical Care Advisory Committee, and is a member and immediate past Chair of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Board and past Chair of the North Carolina Community Health Center Association.  In addition, Kim serves on several national boards including OCHIN and the American Cancer Society National Health Equity Advisory Board.

Prior to this role, Kim was a national clinical consultant with Magellan Health Services specific to public sector solutions and CEO of Guidance Center of Lea County, NM, a comprehensive community mental health agency. Under Kim’s leadership, the Guidance Center became a FQHC-Look Alike that integrated a primary care site into their scope of service.

Kim has many professional affiliations and frequently presents at national and regional conferences. Kim was a recipient of the Robert J. Greczyn, Jr. Community Health Center Leadership Award, the National Association of Community Health Centers – Cooke Advocacy Award and the BD Building Health Communities Award. She received her BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling Education from the University of New Mexico and is a National Board Certified Counselor.

Damon Taugher, Vice President, Global Programs, Direct Relief, began his career at Direct Relief in 2003 after graduating from the University of California Los Angeles, where he received degrees in Political Science and Geography. Damon founded Direct Relief’s program in the United States, which became the first nonprofit organization licensed distribute prescription medicines to all 50 states and is now the largest of its kind in the country. Today Damon oversees Direct Relief’s global programmatic initiatives for its network of healthcare facilities in 100 countries, through support from more than 120 healthcare companies and foundations.

Nancy Oriol is the 2019 recipient of the Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award, which the Gold Foundation presents annually a woman who exemplifies humanism and has advanced, through her scholarship, advocacy, leadership or work, the well-being of vulnerable or underserved populations in the healthcare arena. Learn more about Dr. Oriol’s work and impact.

Dr. Nancy Oriol is a renowned anesthesiologist who served as Director of Obstetric Anesthesia at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center—an HMS affiliate—for 15 years. She is an acclaimed innovator whose medical breakthroughs include: the “walking epidural”, a type of childpain relief that does not interfere with the progress of labor; as well as a novel technique for analyzing fetal heart rate variability; an ingenious device for newborn resuscitation; and the Family Van, a mobile health clinic along with MobileHealthMap, a collaborative research network of mobile clinics across the country. Her educational innovations include introducing the use of mannequin simulation to the curriculum for medical students, and co-creating HMSMED Science, a program that uses simulation to teach science and inspire critical thinking in high school students. As part of the HMS faculty since 1981, Dr. Oriol has served HMS students in a variety of educational and administrative roles. What inspires her students most, however, is her overriding passion for community service. And she is currently developing a Four-year curricular theme in community engagement and cultural humility as the inaugural Faculty Associate Dean for Community Engagement.  She is a dedicated educator and the recipient of numerous HMS teaching awards, the New England Women’s Leadership Award in Health Care, the Massachusetts Medical Society Special Award for Excellence in Public Health and the Louis Sullivan Award for Contributions in the Delivery of Health Care to Black Males.