Monday General Session

Is an Ounce of Prevention Really Worth a Pound of Cure?

Monday, Nov. 4, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Prevention is the centerpiece of public health practice yet is often undervalued and required to prove its fiscal value. This session will explore the debate between costs, savings and value in prevention and will answer the question "Is prevention a 'best buy?'" The session is moderated by former HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Karen Desalvo and features noted health economist Stuart Butler of the Brookings institute, Aaron Carroll, Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University, and Delaware Secretary of Health Kara Odom Walker.

Karen DeSalvoModerator — Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH
DeSalvo is professor of medicine and population health at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. DeSalvo is a physician executive working at the intersection of medicine, public health, and information technology to improve the health of all people. She served as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Assistant Secretary for Health (Acting) in the Obama Administration.  She is President of the Society of General Internal Medicine and Honorary Vice President, United States, for the American Public Health Association. Prior to joining HHS, DeSalvo served as New Orleans Health Commissioner. DeSalvo was previously professor of medicine and vice dean for community affairs and health policy at the Tulane School of Medicine. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and serves on the board of directors for Humana. She was inducted as a master of the American College of Physician and was awarded the Joseph F. Boyle Award for Distinguished Public Service.

Stuart ButlerStuart M. Butler, PhD, MA
Butler is a Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution and a Visiting Fellow at the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. Previously, he worked at the Heritage Foundation as vice president for economic and domestic policy studies and then as director of the Center for Policy Innovation. He is board chair of Mary’s Center, a Washington, D.C.-based community clinic system. Butler is also on the editorial board of  the journal Health Affairs and is an Advisory Group member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Culture of Health Program. His current focus is on health care and budget process reform. His PhD, in history, is from St. Andrews University in Scotland.

Aaron CarrollAaron E. Carroll, MD
Carroll is a Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Research Mentoring at Indiana University School of Medicine. His research focuses on the study of information technology to improve pediatric care and areas of health policy including physician malpractice, the pharmaceutical industry/physician relationship, and health care financing reform. He is a regular contributor to The Upshot at The New York Times and an Editor-in-Chief at The Incidental Economist, an evidence-based health policy blog. He also has a popular YouTube channel called Healthcare Triage, where he talks about health research and policy.

Kara Odom WalkerKara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS
Walker was sworn in as secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services in February 2017. Walker chairs the Health Fund Advisory Council, and is a member of the Delaware Health Care Commission and the Delaware Center for Health Innovation Board. She previously worked as the Deputy Chief Science Officer at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She is a board-certified practicing family physician and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Prior to joining PCORI, she was a faculty member of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Walker has been recognized for leadership by Harvard Business School's Program for Leadership Development, the American Medical Association and the National Medical Association. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2018. She completed her family medicine residency at the University of California San Francisco, graduated with a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Masters of Health Services Research from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health, where she also completed her fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program.