SIU School of Law

June 03, 2021

Virtual conference will look at COVID-19’s impact on health policy

CARBONDALE, Ill. – A virtual conference next week will examine medical, legal and policy efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and their impact on health policy.

“The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Health Policy: A Renewed Focus on Healthy and Equitable Communities” is the theme of the 21st SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute. The virtual event is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 8.

Eric D. Hargan, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will deliver the keynote address “COVID-19’s Impact on Health Policy – Federal Considerations.”

A panel presentation, “COVID’s Impact on Illinois,” will feature four state agency officials: Theresa Eagleson, director, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services; Paula Basta, director, Illinois Department on Aging; Colleen Callahan, director, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Grace Hou, secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services.

The conference includes breakout sessions on various topics such as children’s growth and development, mental health, and caring for an aging population and a moderated panel presentation on “COVID-19 Health Disparities: A Path to Revitalizing Communities.”

A symposium brochure provides additional details regarding speakers and topics.

The conference is intended for a variety of professionals, including physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, health care administrators, attorneys, law enforcement personnel, patient advocates, educators and students interested in health and health policy.

Continuing education credits are available where applicable. Registration information, including fees, is available at The registration deadline is 8 a.m. Monday, June 7.

Event sponsors include the SIU School of Law; Southern Illinois Healthcare; SIU School of Medicine Department of Population Science and Policy; the Illinois State Bar Association; Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys and the Illinois State Medical Society.