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The US Healthcare Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities

David Brooks
The New York Times, New York, New York 

David Brooks has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion. A keen observer of the American way of life and a savvy analyst of the policy landscape, he will provide a thoughtful perspective on the state of healthcare, its challenges and opportunities.  According to Mr. Brooks,

“We have the illusion that in spending so much on health care we are radically improving the quality of our lives. We have the illusion that through advances in medical research we are in the process of eradicating deadly diseases. We have the barely suppressed hope that someday all this spending and innovation will produce something close to immortality.”

How can hospice and palliative care play a role in addressing healthcare’s challenges? Mr. Brooks will suggest opportunities for the hospice and palliative care field to increase its value to the US healthcare system. He will identify ways hospice and palliative care providers can expand the work to deliver more effective end-of-life care, provide high value services that reduce the overall costs to our beleaguered healthcare system and discuss the importance of family caregivers’ character on the end of life.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the US healthcare system’s current challenges
  • Suggest strategies for hospice and palliative care leaders to influence and participate in evolving healthcare policy dialogue
  • Describe how caregivers' character can help with the issues of last days of life

David Brooks
The New York Times, New York, New York

David Brooks holds several prestigious positions as a commentator: bi-weekly Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered. He currently teaches at Yale University.

David’s newest book, The Road to Character, “explains why selflessness leads to greater success. He tells the story of ten great lives that illustrate how character is developed, and how we can all strive to build rich inner lives, marked by humility and moral depth. In a society that emphasizes success and external achievement, The Road to Character is a book about inner worth.”

He holds honorary degrees from Williams College, New York University, Brandeis University and Occidental College, among others. In 2010, Brooks became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. David Brooks has worked at The Weekly Standard, joining the magazine at its inception and serving as senior editor. He has been a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for nine years in a range of positions, including op-ed editor.