SRU to host Population Health Expert Panel, April 25


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Slippery Rock University is hosting a panel discussion about population health, April 25.

April 15, 2024

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University is hosting a panel discussion with population health experts at 6 p.m., April 25, at the Smith Student Center Ballroom. The expert panelists will discuss how population health is transforming the health care sector.

The event is free and open to the public.

Population health is an approach that focuses on the health status and health outcomes within a group of people rather than considering the health of one person at a time.

All four panelists are leaders in the region's health care sector, including two SRU alumni. They include:

  • Michael Grace, '92, president of West Virginia University Hospitals and the WVU Health System's chief administrative officer.
  • Dan LaVallee, director of social impact at UPMC Health Plan and an SRU trustee.
  • David Tupponce, medical doctor.
  • Stacey Vaccaro, '99, president and CEO of Familylinks Inc., a non-profit human service and behavioral health provider in Pittsburgh.

The event is sponsored by SRU's Health Care Administration and Management Department, the College of Health Professions and the Future Health Care Leaders of SRU student organization.

"In today's health care environment, social determinants of health care have taken center stage," said David Jordan, SRU professor of health care administration and management, "Population health initiatives are inexorably intertwined with social determinants. That's why the topic of the panel is so important and we're grateful to have these leaders from our region on campus to discuss population health."

People who are interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP using an online registration form.

For more information about SRU's health care administration and management programs is available on the department's webpage.

MEDIA CONTACT: Justin Zackal | 724.738.4854 |