Health Disparities and the Response to COVID-19 in Wisconsin Conference

Held on October 6-8, 2020

This three-part series covered the current state of knowledge regarding health disparities and COVID-19 and activities in Wisconsin addressing disparities noted early in the pandemic.

Speakers from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the City of Milwaukee, and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation discussed response by the academic medical center, government, and community to COVID-19 and how we can work together to protect vulnerable populations as the pandemic continues.

Virtual Webinar Series

This series included three 90 minute sessions. Each session consists of three 20-minute presentations followed by a Q&A discussion.

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October 6, 2020 Session Video

Focus on the underlying biology and epidemiology of COVID-19 and how the pandemic is impacting existing health disparities.

Opening remarks by John R. Raymond, MD and Joseph E. Kerschner, MD.


  • Joyce L. Sanchez, MD, FACP
  • Kirsten Beyer, PhD, MPH, MS
  • Laura Cassidy, MS, PhD
  • Terri deRoon-Cassini, PhD, MS

October 7, 2020 Session Video

Focus on how projects funded by the Advancing Healthier Wisconsin Endowment to address health disparities noted early in the pandemic addressed gaps in screening, prevention, and care for vulnerable populations.

Opening remarks by Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, FAMIA, FASA


  • Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS
  • Jeffrey A. Kelly, PhD
  • Andrew Petroll, MS, MD

October 8, 2020 Session Video

Series conclusion with a discussion on the local government and community response to the pandemic.

Closing remarks by Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS


  • Heather Paradis, MD, MPH
  • Ben Weston, MD, MPH
  • Ian Bautista, Senior Director of Civic Engagement, Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Contact Information

Danise Celichowski

Contact with questions or for additional information.

(414) 955-8798

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