Panel Discussion | COVID-19 in the U.S.: Disparities in Health and Wellness

May 20, 2021

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In this panel discussion, doctors from the fields of health care, health policy, and yoga discuss the intersection between health and social inequality and how this creates health disparities. Learn how yoga and meditation address these issues.

About the Presenters

Dr. Nadine Kelly is a retired physician, yoga instructor, American Council of Exercise certified Health Coach and Senior Exercise Specialist, founder of YOGI M.D., and host of the YOGI M.D. Podcast. She believes in making yoga accessible to mature women—or as she likes to call them, Wise Women—of all physical levels by offering yoga in the chair, on the mat, and in the water. Since 2012, Nadine has been helping her students manage the effects of cancer as well as a range of chronic conditions, maintain health and perform activities of daily living, and improve quality of life. Nadine promotes holistic health by coaching women to make every aspect of their health a priority.

Dr. Stephanie Epps is an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Professor of Nursing. She has worked in critical care for 12 years and as a Neurosurgery NP for six years. Dr. Epps has been a student of yoga for over 10 years and has taught yoga for six years. She owns Indigo Soul Yoga, LLC in Locust Grove, GA. Dr. Epps incorporates holistic health practices for her patients and students. Her research efforts focus on burnout in academia and the workplace. Most recently, she has been involved in discussion of the effects of COVID-19 on anxiety of nursing students and nurses.

Dr. McGregor's research focuses on health inequalities and the political determinants of health. She has done work on HIV/AIDS disparities, religion and public opinion, mental health and substance abuse policy, and urban health policies; and her research draws on multiple approaches including quantitative, qualitative, comparative, and survey analyses. Her doctoral dissertation analyzed the politics of health care providers in both the United States and Brazil. Currently, she is researching the drivers and consequences of hospital closures in the U.S. and the politics of drug treatment policy in the U.S. and Brazil. Outside of work, she enjoys bicycling, tennis, and anything outdoors.

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