Changing the Landscape of Health and Healthcare Equity


Webinar Date




This webinar focused on ways to eliminate preventable health disparities and to achieve equitable healthcare. Presentations were followed by a Q and A from the moderator, Dr. Tara Cortes, and the audience.


Presentations included:

Jasmine Travers, PhD, RN: Dismantling Structural Inequities Behind COVID-19 Aging-Related Disparities

Jennie Chin Hanson, MS, RN: We Know What’s Right But It’s Also Good Business

Susan C. Lynch, JD, DrPh: Long Term Care Quality as a Pillar of Elder Justice for All

Learning Outcomes

Jasmine L. Travers, PhD, MHS, RN, AGPCNP-BC: Jasmine L. Travers is an assistant professor of nursing at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Her career is dedicated to designing and conducting research to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in vulnerable older adult groups using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Her current work focuses on mitigating disparities in appropriate access and use of in-home and facility-based long-term care for older adults. As a health services researcher, she has leveraged many datasets to investigate these issues. Dr. Travers has published widely on the topics of aging, long-term care, health disparities, workforce diversity, infections and vaccinations. She has presented her work at regional and national health services research, gerontological, nursing, and public health conferences.

Jennie Chin Hansen, MS, BS: Jennie Chin Hansen is the immediate past CEO of the American Geriatrics Society, the largest professional membership organization of gero-clinicians committed to the care of older adults living with care complexity. Prior to this position she completed her role as president of the 38 million member AARP during the negotiations and development of the Affordable Care Act. Her primary career includes nearly 25 years in San Francisco providing integrated, globally financed and comprehensive medical and community- based services for nursing home eligible older persons. Its groundbreaking fully capitated, integrated and coordinated service delivery system became the prototype for the 1997 federal law that incorporated the Program of All Inclusive Care to the Elderly (PACE) into the Medicare and Medicaid programs. PACE now operates extensively in California and in 30 other states.

Susan Carney Lynch, JD, DrPH: Susan C Lynch is Senior Counsel for Elder Justice at the Department of Justice where she has been civilly prosecuting healthcare fraud cases for over 20 years. Dr. Lynch is the Department expert on failure of care nursing home cases and is the National Lead for the Department’s 10 Elder Justice Task Forces across the nation. Dr. Lynch is also a national lead on the Department’s new Elder Justice Coordinator Training. She has resolved some of the Department’s most complicated nursing home cases, obtaining the Department’s largest civil settlements in these matters. Dr. Lynch also works extensively on the Department’s elder justice policy as part of the Department’s Elder Justice Initiative and has her Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on gerontology. Dr. Lynch also teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School.