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Assembly Series: Digital Transformation - Increasing the Public’s Access to Healthcare: Turning Failure into Performance with Jennifer Pahlka 

Monday, May 6 | 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Graham Chapel
Graham Chapel, St. Louis, MO 63105

How did the agency responsible for healthcare.gov not only recover from such a high-profile failure but transform into a high-performing institution? Public institutions are full of passionate, dedicated professionals who want to serve the public interest, but the very structures we put in place to manage their contributions can end up blocking them. Access to health insurance and healthcare is the key to the overall health of the US population. Technology can't fix problems of culture, but people can. Come hear how teams are taking charge and making change.   



Note: Jennifer Pahlka will also be part of a Fireside Chat at 3 p.m. at the EPNEC Center, on the medical campus. More information and to register



Assembly Series, Here and Next, Public Health
Digital Intelligence and Innovation Accelerator, Office of the Provost
Event Contact


Speaker Information

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder of Code for America and the former Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States. Code for America is a national nonprofit that brings the principles and practices of the digital era to the government. White US Deputy CTO at the Obama White House from 2013–14, she founded the United States Digital Services (USDS), which brings world-class technologists and designers to the government to improve digital service delivery. She is the winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the David Packard Award, the Oxford Internet Institute’s Technology and Society Award, the National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award, and was selected by Wired magazine as one of the people who have most shaped technology and society in the past 25 years. Her 2012 TED Talk, “Coding a Better Government,” has been viewed over 1M times. She also serves on the Tech Talent Project advisory board and served on the Defense Innovation Board. She holds fellowships with Ashoka, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the Volcker Alliance.

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