Online Program

Medicare, Title VI and the Children's Crusade

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

David Smith, PhD, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
With a four month deadline and a staff of five, the newly created Office of Equal Health Opportunity (OEHO) in the Public Health Service was charged with FULLY desegregating 6,000 hospitals that would apply for participation in the Medicare Program as of July 1, 1966.  They succeeded in transforming the nation’s most racially and economically segregated social institutions into its most integrated.  I will describe how it was done and the lessons it offers for current efforts to address health disparities.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the “out of the box” approaches used by OEHO to accomplish their goal and evaluate their current applicability towards eliminating health disparities.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Author of eight books and 40 journal articles related to the topic. I have taught and done research in health care management programs in Schools of public health and business for more than 40 years. Recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research investigator award, I have served as a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at university conferences in law, medical and public health schools.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.