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The Power of One: Stories of Triumph During the Pandemic. People conversing and wearing face masks.

25th Annual Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture

The Power of One: Stories of Triumph During the Pandemic

Dr. Ala Stanford, Region III Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The 25th Annual Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture took place on Tuesday, April 11, 2023.

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Ala Stanford

About the speaker

Dr. Ala Stanford was appointed Region III Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by President Biden in April 2022, overseeing Children Youth and Families, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Office of Disabilities and Early Childhood Education. Region III includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Dr. Stanford is a practicing physician for over 25 years, and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in both pediatric and adult general surgery.

As Regional Director, Dr. Stanford prioritizes health equity, COVID-19 recovery and response, maternal health, opioid abuse and prevention, and mental wellness. She also works to address other public health concerns of our nation and those that specifically impact Region III.

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, Dr. Stanford recognized that a disproportionate number of people of color were being diagnosed, hospitalized and dying from COVID-19, largely because they lacked access to resources and health care. This was exacerbated by a medical system that has, unfortunately, been untrustworthy to Black Americans, both historically and current day.

In her presentation titled "The Power of One: Stories of Triumph During the Pandemic," Dr. Stanford discussed how to create a path forward to eliminate health disparities in the United States, and shared her journey on how the power of one vision can galvanize many to shared purpose, for the greater good of the most vulnerable.

25 Years Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture

About the Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture

The Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture is regularly conducted each Spring. The late Stanley P. Mayers, Jr. M.D., co-founded the Penn State undergraduate program in the Department of Health Policy and Administration. He was a member of the Mount Nittany Society, the University’s highest donor-recognition group, and gave his own personal resources to support outstanding students in the College of Health and Human Development. In honor of his late wife, he established the Virginia L. Mayers Memorial Scholarship Endowment in 1992.

HPA faculty members, staff, and alumni are committed to enlarging the endowment and have unanimously supported the initiative with their own private contributions. The fund enhances the education of students and expertise of faculty members in areas that continue to honor Dr. Mayers’ contributions as a professor, administrator and philanthropist. Today, the principal challenge for HPA is to stay abreast of changes in the industry while continuing to serve the public interest.

The endowment provides funds to enrich the department’s outreach activities, examples include: creating a public lecture series, enhancing field-based professional development for faculty members, and acquiring health care-specific teaching materials. Established as an endowment, the fund will provide income for the HPA department in perpetuity.

Stanley Mayers
Stanley Mayers
In Memoriam — Stanley Mayers, Jr.
Stanley P. Mayers, Jr. was one of the founders of the current Department of Health Policy and Administration and a long-serving faculty member in the College of Health and Human Development. Mayers served as the department head of Health Policy and Administration for nine years and as associate dean for undergraduate studies and associate dean for academic studies in the College of Health and Human Development. He brought extensive experience in public health and critical perspectives on the role of medicine in society to his students and colleagues. A tireless adviser and advocate for students, Mayers enhanced the Penn State experience for many graduates. Mayers, Jr., died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, at his State College home.
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The Health Policy and Administration department aims to accomplish its mission of developing leaders and knowledge to improve health and health care.

Past speakers:

  • 2022: Kevin Frick, professor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
  • 2021: Elena Hung, co-founder and executive director, Little Lobbyists
  • 2019: Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, editor-in-chief, Kaiser Health News
  • 2018: David Nash, founding dean, Jefferson College of Population Health,
  • 2017: Maureen Bisogano, president emerita and senior fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • 2016: Sorrel King, co--founder, Josie King Foundation
  • 2015: Eugene A. Woods, president and chief operation officer, CHRISTUS Health
  • 2014: James Kevin Stoller, MD, chairman of Education Institute at the Cleveland Clinic
  • 2013: Mary Naylor, professor, Gerontology, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • 2012: David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, founding director, Yale University Prevention Research Center
  • 2011: Craig Hillemeier, retired CEO, Penn State Health; E. Eugene Marsh, senior associate dean, Penn State college of Medicine; Alan Zuckerman, president, Health Strategies & Soluations, Inc.
  • 2010: David Nash, MD, MBA, Professor, health policy and medicine, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
  • 2009: Bruce Bagley, MD, medical director for quality improvement, American Academy of Family Physicians
  • 2008: Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, director, Center to Advance Palliative Care
  • 2007: Albert Wu, MD, MPH, professor, health policy and management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 2006: Carolyn Clancy, MD, director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
  • 2005: Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, clinical professor, George Washington University
  • 2004: William W. Sage, MD, JD, professor of law, Columbia University
  • 2003: David Leach, MD, executive director, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  • 2002: Bruce R. Korf, MD, Ph.D., medical director, Harvard-Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics
  • 2001: Peter A. Ubel, MD, associate professor of medicine, University of Michigan
  • 2000: Douglas L. Mayers, MD, division head, Henry Ford Hospital
  • 1999: John M. Esienberg, MD, administrator, Agency for Health Care Policy Research
  • 1998: Stanley P. Mayers Jr., MD, professor emeritus, health policy and administration, Penn State