When the first wave of Covid-19 hit the U.S., America failed to protect older people living in long-term care facilities. Although only 0.5% of Americans live in nursing homes, nursing home residents accounted for a quarter of deaths from the pandemic. We gathered experts from across the country to discuss how our society can introduce better policies and technologies to safeguard vulnerable people from Covid-19 and other disease outbreaks.

Sponsor Introduction: Bob Stephen, vice president, caregiving and health programs, AARP

Featured Speakers:


  • Grace Y. Jenq, M.D., associate clinical professor, geriatric and palliative medicine, University of Michigan
  • Morgan Jane Katz, M.D., M.H.S., assistant professor of medicine, John Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Rachel Werner, M.D., Ph.D., executive director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI); Robert D. Eilers professor, health care management, Wharton School; professor, medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Matthew Herper, senior writer, medicine, editorial director of events, STAT (moderator)
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