Two speakers have been added to the health care panel for The Connecticut Mirror’s annual event, “Small State, Big Debate: Race” on Oct. 6 at Fairfield University.

The panel, “Disproportionate Share: Latino Populations and the ACA”, now includes:

  • Michelle Doty – Vice President, Survey Research and Evaluation, The Commonwealth Fund
  • Maria R. Gonzalez Albuixech – Director of Communications and Marketing, HCFA – Massachusetts
  • Andrea Ravitz – Director of Marketing, Access Health CT

The panel will focus on Latino populations, which continue to have the highest uninsured rates among major U.S. racial or ethnic groups. It will also focus on what lies ahead the next five years in Connecticut, New England and nationally. A full list of the event’s topics can be found here and registration can be found here.

Also, the following three discussions are now full:

  • Data: The Cost of Racial Hostility on a Black Presidential Candidate – Using Google Search Data to Find What Surveys Miss
  • Education: School Choice — Adding Context to Sheff v. O’Neill
  • Income: Urban Disparities and the Racial Wealth Gap

The full event will feature New York Times columnist Charles Blow as the keynote speaker and also includes sessions on criminal justice and housing. The day will also feature a Mirror and TrendCT hackathon, focusing on Connecticut’s racial profiling data, which records every traffic stop in the state. A reception will cap the day’s event.

The event is sponsored by The Tow Foundation, The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, the Newman’s Own Foundation, The Melville Charitable Trust and the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut.

If you are a teacher or administrator and interested in bringing 20 students to the event, please contact Mirror Publisher Brett Orzechowski at for more information. Each sponsor has purchased tickets for classes in Fairfield County and across the state.