Confronting Healthcare Inequities Through Entrepreneurship and Innovation



About the Discussion

Inequities in access to care, services received, and outcomes have a long history prior to the current pandemic. However, the pandemic revealed stark healthcare differences by race, ethnicity, and socio-economic class. While there are attempts to eliminate these through national legislation, political divisions make the ultimate outcome uncertain.  

The energy of the private sector, particularly of entrepreneurs, demonstrates how specific disparities can harness the potential of technology, addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion even prior to legislative action.

Our speakers have the vision, energy, and courage to found businesses that can fill gaps and connect patients with culturally appropriate services and care.

Each panelist will give a 20-minute presentation consisting of the need their company addresses, their vision for what can be accomplished, and lessons learned so far, followed by an audience question-and-answer session.

Guest Speakers

  • Christopher Gibbons, M.D., M.P.H.
    digital health innovator, entrepreneur, physician and scientist
  • Michael Brown
    VP of sales, Hurdle
  • Yahya Shaikh, M.D., M.P.H.
    principal scientist, Connected Health Systems at MITRE Corporation
  • Ana Castillo-Nye, Ed.M.
    director, organizational development and community partnerships, Lutherville Pharmacy


  • Alan Lyles
    Henry A. Rosenberg Professor of Government, Business and Nonprofit Partnerships, The University of Baltimore

About the Series

The University of Baltimore's Henry A. Rosenberg Dialogue Series stimulates interactions among the public, private and nonprofit sectors on leading issues. Learn more about the series and read the speaker bios at

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Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request 10 days prior to a campus event and 30 days prior to an event requiring travel.

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