Health Session Recaps

The Philanthropy Roundtable's Health Initiative seeks to unleash the innovation possible in a free society, drawing on the unique resources of individuals, families, markets, and communities. Here is the full recap of health sessions from our 2018 Annual Meeting:

The Digital Transformation of Healthcare and Its Implications for Philanthropy

Dr. Thomas Insel of Mindstrong Health developed technology that detects the onset of mental deterioration with a few swipes of a smart phone. Consumer-based technologies like these can foster long-held goals pertaining to patient empowerment, access, and costs. In this session, Dr. Insel detailed his experience transitioning from a seasoned government employee to working at Google. He also outlined how philanthropy can help tap into digital power to improve health, including balancing the need for preserving scientific rigor while moving with the urgent pace that has come to define the modern tech environment. Watch the full session here.

The Reinvention of the Hospital

Dr. David Feinberg left Southern California to accept the top job at Geisinger in Northeast Pennsylvania because he believes our most pressing health care problems can be solved in Everytown, USA. In this session, Dr. Feinberg explains Geisinger’s model of “concierge service for coal miners,” which offers a money back guarantee on its entire approach to care. Watch the short clip below of Dr. Feinberg explaining his belief that our current health care is shaped primarily by two factors: our genetic code and zip code. Understanding how to leverage those factors is re-shaping the future of health care delivery in our country. Watch the full session here.


Dramatic Innovations in Medical Education

The Flexner Report, published in 1910 by the Carnegie Foundation, ushered in the modern medical school and is counted among the greatest of philanthropic achievements. Over a century later, the medical school model championed by this influential report needs updating. Big data and sophisticated algorithms can sometimes tackle the complexity of modern medicine better than the best-educated doctors. More than book smarts, strong leadership skills are needed to inspire the multi-disciplinary workforce of the future. In this session, attendees learned more about the kinds of innovations we are seeing in medical education and how philanthropy can best equip our medical schools to prepare America’s future doctors. Listen to the audio here.


Left to right: James Rahn, Dr. Holly Humphrey, Gerald Solomon, Dr. John Raymond Sr. 
Photography by: LILA PHOTO

Resiliency Strategies for Mental Health

Second chances are essential to America’s meritocratic values. For the homeless, incarcerated, and chronically unemployed, the barrier to a second chance is often emotional wellbeing. In this session, two acclaimed social entrepreneurs, Leon Evans and Dr. Alan Glaseroff, presented their efforts to instill resilience and executive function to disadvantaged populations. Their success stories demonstrate the power of the human spirit to overcome the most difficult of experiences, including mental illness, substance abuse, and ongoing family trauma. Attendees learned how these successful models be replicated, and what philanthropists can do to help. Listen to the audio here.


Left to right: Andy Keller, Leon Evans, Dr. Alan Glaseroff
Photography by: LILA PHOTO