Feb. 5, 2021

Vaccines + Health Equity

Vaccines + Health Equity

Underserved communities are at higher risk for COVID, but they’re getting vaccinated at a slower pace. How do we correct a healthcare system that fails to serve all Americans?

Dennis Johnson joins the show to share lessons learned from his time at the Children’s Health Fund and how to serve marginalized communities by lifting barriers to accessing care.

And Kate speaks with breast cancer survivor Megan-Claire Chase about encountering healthcare discrimination throughout her medical journey. 


Dennis Johnson

Managing Director for Strategy and Evaluation at Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

Dennis Johnson is part of the executive team at the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation as Managing Director for Strategy and Evaluation. The MCHF mission is to improve the health and wellness of economically disadvantaged and underserved populations in New York State. Mr. Johnson works to develop and direct the foundation's strategic planning and evaluation framework to inform and support effective, impactful grant-making.

Previously, Mr. Johnson was Executive Vice-President for Government Affairs at Children's Health Fund, a non-profit organization that initiates and supports innovative pediatric programs and policies designed to meet the complex health care needs of medically underserved, homeless and economically-disadvantaged children. Mr. Johnson was also Policy Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master's Degree in Political Management from the Graduate School of Political Management at Baruch College.


Dennis Johnson

Megan-Claire Chase

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