Local experts to address telehealth future

Cal Lutheran Corporate Leaders Breakfast is April 8

Dr. Keith C. Norris is executive vice chair for equity, diversity and inclusion for UCLA Health's Department of Medicine and a professor of medicine in the UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research. 

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — March 22, 2021) Doctors and executives with Los Robles Health System and UCLA Health will discuss the future of telehealth at California Lutheran University’s next Corporate Leaders Breakfast on Thursday, April 8. 

Dr. Keith C. Norris with the UCLA Health Department of Medicine and Dr. Gabriella Sherman with Los Robles Health System will be the panelists for the event, which will be held virtually from 8 to 9 a.m. on the Remo platform. Face-to-face networking that enables participants to move from “table to table” to talk to the people they choose will take place before the discussion.

The panelists will share the challenges and benefits of providing more health care virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic and the possible long-term impacts. Topics will range from strategies for preventing inequities in regard to technology access to whether the use of virtual health care will result in lower costs for employers and employees. Adina Nack, a medical sociologist serving as director of Cal Lutheran’s new public health minor, will moderate.

Norris is executive vice chair for equity, diversity and inclusion for UCLA Health’s Department of Medicine and a professor of medicine in the UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research. A health policy leader, he has made contributions to addressing EDI issues in society and researched hypertension and chronic kidney disease in disadvantaged populations. He was the founding principal investigator for a national research network dedicated to reducing health disparities. 

Sherman became the chief medical officer of the Los Robles Medical System a year ago, overseeing development and implementation of innovative clinical programs, regulatory compliance, patient safety, quality, and physician relations. She previously served as vice president of clinical innovation and performance improvement at Huntington Hospital. She earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on finance and strategic management.

Nack, who has a doctorate in sociology, is a sociology professor who previously served as director of Cal Lutheran’s Center for Equality and Justice. She has focused her research on social inequity, social psychology, sexual health, and gender and sexuality. A member of the HIV/AIDS Coalition of Ventura County since 2003, she chairs the county’s World AIDS Day Committee. 

Started in 2002, Cal Lutheran’s Corporate Leaders Breakfast Series brings members of the business and civic communities in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties together to network and hear from prominent leaders. Switched to a virtual format for the 2020-2021 series, the launch event in January drew 160 people.

Reservations are requested by Monday, April 5. To RSVP, go to callutheran.edu/clb. For more information, contact Sharon Nelson at smnelso@callutheran.edu

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