National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health

Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health

Kat Allen

Co-chair, Communities That Care Coalition and Co-coordinator, Partnership for Youth, Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Kat Allen has had served as co-Chair of the Communities That Care Coalition of Franklin County and the North Quabbin in rural Western Massachusetts for the last 10 years. During this time thCHAYAe coalition has realized substantial reductions in youth substance use, has been recognized nationally for these outcomes, has presented at the White House, and has been written up in the Stanford Social Innovation Review as a successful example of a Collective Impact initiative. Kat holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and has spent the past eighteen years working in public health. She is a firm believer in the power of collective impact to improve complex social problems.

John Auerbach

Senior Policy Adviser to The Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

John Auerbach is the Senior Policy Adviser to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Prior to his appointment at CDC, he was a Distinguished Professor of Practice in Health Sciences and the Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University from 2012 to 2014.
He was the Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2012. Under his leadership the Department developed new and innovative programs to address racial and ethnic disparities, to promote wellness (including the Mass in Motion campaign), to combat chronic disease and to support the successful implementation of the state's health care reform initiative.

David J. Bailey, MD, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Nemours Foundation

"Everything we do must be for the child. If it's not, then we need to reconsider why we are doing it."
David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, is president and CEO of Nemours Children's Health System. Nemours is a HIMSS Stage 7 integrated health system operating free-standing hospitals in the Delaware Valley and Florida, 40 primary- and specialty-care clinics in four states and KidsHealth, ranked the No. 1 website for children's health care information. Nemours is renowned for its research and medical education programs and under Dr. Bailey's leadership, has sharpened its strategic focus on becoming a pre-eminent voice for children's healthcare focused on the whole child and actively engaged in population health and children's health advocacy initiatives.

Raymond J. Baxter, PhD

Senior Vice President, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy, Kaiser Permanente

Raymond J. Baxter, PhD, is Kaiser Permanente's senior vice president for Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy, and President of KP International. He leads the organization's activities to fulfill its social mission, including care and coverage for low- income people, community health initiatives, health equity, environmental stewardship, and support for community-based organizations, as well as research, diversity and the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy.
Dr. Baxter has more than 35 years of experience including heading the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and The Lewin Group. He holds a doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

Andrew F. Beck, MD, MPH

Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine and Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Beck is an Assistant Professor in the Divisions of General and Community Pediatrics and Hospital Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Beck's research aims to improve child health outcomes by identifying and mitigating key social determinants of health. Specifically, he pursues quantitative and quality improvement studies that focus on population-level health disparities and academic-community collaborations. He formed partnerships with the Cincinnati Health Department to link asthma patients with environmental risks to code enforcement visits and with a large local foodbank to provide hungry infants with formula. He works, clinically, as a primary care and hospitalist pediatrician.

John W. Bluford III, MBA, FACHE

Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Truman Medical Centers

John W. Bluford lll is a nationally renowned, visionary leader that has spent his entire career building and shaping talented teams of healthcare professionals focused on developing a positive innovative culture that has transformed Public Sector and Safety Net institutions to create “Quality Net” assets for their respective communities.
Bluford has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Most Influential People in Healthcare. In 2011, John served as Chair of the American Hospital Association. He is also Past Chairman of the National Association of Public Hospitals, the Missouri Hospital Association and the greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Bluford was the recipient of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership - Gail warden Leadership Excellence Award.

Maureen Byrnes, MPA

Lead Research Scientist, Department of Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University (Moderator)

Maureen Byrnes has served in leadership positions in the federal government, philanthropy and the non-profit sector. She was Executive Director of Human Rights First, Director of the Health and Human Services program at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies. Maureen also served as the Executive Director of the National Commission on AIDS. Currently, Maureen is in the Department of Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, at the George Washington University. She also serves as the Senior Policy Advisor of PolicyLab at CHOP.

David C. Colby, PhD

Vice President, Policy, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ

Debbie I. Chang, MPH

Vice President, Policy and Prevention, Nemours (Moderator)

Debbie I. Chang, MPH is Enterprise Vice President of Policy and Prevention for Nemours, an operating foundation focusing on children's health and health care. Ms. Chang works to leverage Nemours' expertise and experience to spread what works through national policy and practice changes to improve the health and well-being of children nationwide. She co-directs Moving Health Care Upstream, a national collaborative network to test, develop, and spread innovative population health strategies. Debbie was founding Executive Director of Nemours Health & Prevention Services, a multi-sector, place-based model to improve children's health. Debbie has 27 years of government and private sector health experience.

Mary Ann Christopher, MSN, RN, FAAN

President and Chief Executive Officer, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Mary Ann Christopher is the President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY). VNSNY is the largest not for profit home health care agency in the United States, serving more than 140,000 individuals a year throughout all five boroughs of New York City, plus Westchester and Nassau Counties.
Christopher was previously the President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group. During Christopher's tenure as CEO, the organization has expanded geographically from a two-county regional provider to a statewide organization.
Christopher is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the Wharton Nurse Executive Program, and the Public Health Leadership Institute.

Patrick Conway, MD, MSc

Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS

Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, is the Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality, and the CMS Chief Medical Officer. He leads the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at CMS. CCSQ is responsible for all quality measures for CMS, value-based purchasing programs, quality improvement programs in all 50 states, clinical standards and survey and certification of Medicare and Medicaid health care providers across the nation, and all Medicare coverage decisions for treatments and services. The center's budget exceeds $2 billion annually and is a major force for quality and transformation across Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and the U.S. health care system. The CMS Innovation Center is responsible for testing numerous new payment and service delivery models across the nation. Models include accountable care organizations, bundled payments, primary care medical homes, state innovation models, and many more. Successful models can be scaled nationally.

Sue Dalelio

Senior Vice President of Accounts, Program and Expansion, Health Leads

Sue has over 20 years' experience building and developing teams, fundraising, managing programs, cultivating and stewarding comprehensive partnerships, and creating organization-wide tools and systems. At Health Leads Sue works closely with leadership to develop strategy, tools, and systems to enhance and implement national program delivery and build institutional partnerships. Sue's cross functional position also focuses on strategic thinking for desk expansion as well as external relationship management. A native of Boston, Sue ventured to University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she earned a B.A. in art history and economics.

Tracy Davidson

Chief Executive Officer, University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH

Thomas F. Zenty III is Chief executive Officer of University Hospitals, a comprehensive health system with more than $3 billion in annual revenues, almost 25,000 physicians and employees, and a reputation for providing the highest quality health care. UH is an integrated system with 14 medical centers, 26 outpatient health centers, eight urgent-care centers and more than 230 physician offices across Northeast Ohio. The system's nationally ranked academic medical center, UH Case Medical Center, is the primary teaching affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Susan Dentzer

Senior Policy Adviser to The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Health Policy Analyst, The PBS News Hour

Susan Dentzer is Senior Policy Adviser of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In this role, she works closely with foundation leaders to carry out the organizational mission of improving the health and health care of all Americans. One of the nation's most respected health and health policy thought leaders and journalists, she is also an on-air analyst on health issues on the PBS NewsHour. Dentzer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of both the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Hastings Center.

Helen M. DuPlessis, MD, MPH

chief medical officer, St. John's Well Child and Family Center

Helen DuPlessis is a general pediatrician with longstanding experience working to improve the health and healthcare system for children, youth and families in California and across the US.
She is currently the Chief Medical Officer at St. John's Well Child and Family Center, a network of federally qualified health centers serving low income, residents of Central and South Los Angeles, where she is utilizing her expertise to positively influence the outcomes of children and families in South Los Angeles, the community in which she was raised. She recently completed 9 years as Senior Advisor at the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities.

Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH

Commissioner of Health, State of Minnesota

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, to serve as Minnesota Commissioner of Health in Jan. 2011.
Ehlinger [el-in-gur] is responsible for directing the work of the Minnesota Department of Health. MDH is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.
The department has approximately 1,400 employees in the Twin Cities area and seven offices in Greater Minnesota.
Educational Background

  • MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • MSPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH

Assistant in Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital

Dr. Eric Fleegler is a pediatric emergency physician at Boston Children's Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. His research and work has focused on developing systems to improve families' social problems, including the development of HelpSteps.com, which is the backbone referral system for the Boston Public Health Commission and other organizations. He has also developed and evaluated web-based systems for the management of ADHD and other chronic diseases. Within the world of emergency medicine he has focused on violence and injury prevention with a particular interest in firearm injuries.

Reneé S. Frazier, MHSA, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer, Common Table Health Alliance (Moderator)

Reneé Frazier is an experienced leader in the health care management arena with expertise in hospital operations, managed care, multi-stakeholder coalition building, health promotion, strategic planning, and organizational excellence. She is known for her advocacy towards greater transparency of health care quality indicators and patient experience report cards. She is a strong leader in the Memphis Shelby County community addressing issues of health policy, environmental barriers, health equity and community engagement which will lead the region to better population health. Frazier currently serves on local and national committees which address quality improvement, health equity, public reporting, and consumer engagement.

Heather Gates

Executive Director, WNC Health Network

Mary Lou Goeke

Executive Director, United Way of Santa Cruz County

Mary Lou Goeke is the Executive Director of United Way of Santa Cruz County. She founded and staffs the Community Assessment Project, the internationally recognized, second oldest community progress report in the United States.
In 2013 United Way and its Santa Cruz County partners received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's inaugural Culture of Health Prize. Mary Lou is the Chair of the Board of United Ways of California and is a member of the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. Prior to joining United Way, she was CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, a three county human service housing and community development agency.

Yvonne Goldsberry, PhD, MPH

Vice President of Population Health and Clinical Integration, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

Yvonne Goldsberry, PhD, Vice-President of Population Health and Clinical Integration for Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. Dr. Goldsberry is responsible for oversight of the Department of Community Health, Department of Quality Improvement and the Pharmacy. She moves forward our mission and vision by directing and implementing the Population Health approach to patient care with a focus on prevention and wellness. She works with state and local community organizations to design and implement collaborative community health improvement initiatives. She previously served as Administrator of the Community Public Health Development Unit for the State of New Hampshire, Division of Public Health Services. With an extensive background in community health planning, she helped guide the development of the New Hampshire Public Health Network. Dr. Goldsberry is a graduate of Brown University and received her Masters' degrees in public health and urban planning from Columbia University and PhD in Public Policy from George Washington University.

Gary Gunderson, MDiv, DMin, DDiv

Vice President of Faith and Health Ministries, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Secretary, Stakeholder Health

Gary Gunderson leads the development of a new integration of spiritual care, behavioral health and congregational development through FaithHealthNC (similar to The Memphis Model), FaithHealth Innovation (built for research and creative program) and FaithHealth Academy (training and equipping of large networks). I am honored to serve as Professor of Faith and the Health of the Public at the School of Divinity and School of Medicine Division of Public Health Sciences.
He also functions as the "secretary" for Stakeholderhealth.org, a network of faith-based and community-serving health systems, many of which have strong roles as partners with global health systems.

Gary Hirsch

Senior Modeler, ReThink Health

Gary Hirsch, SB, SM Gary brings to ReThink Health his skills in system dynamics and systems thinking and is a co-developer of the ReThink Health Dynamics Model. His work in health care has focused on population health and improving the performance of health care delivery systems. Gary is the co-developer of several other simulation-based learning environments and the author of three books and numerous journal articles and conference presentations. He is a founder and former President of the MetroWest Free Medical Program. Gary holds SB and SM degrees from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Karen Ignagni

President and Chief Executive Officer, America's Health Insurance Plans

As President and Chief Executive Officer of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Karen Ignagni is the voice of health insurance plans, representing members that provide health care, long-term care, dental and disability benefits to more than 200 million Americans. AHIP was formed in late 2003 as a result of a merger between the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP) and Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA).
Ms. Ignagni led AAHP and, since joining the organization in 1993, she has won many accolades for her leadership. Washingtonian named her one of the Top Three "Top Guns" of all trade association heads. Modern Healthcare magazine routinely ranks her among the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. The New York Times wrote, "In a city teaming with health care lobbyists, Ms. Ignagni is widely considered one of the most effective. She blends a detailed knowledge of health policy with an intuitive feel for politics." Fortune described the political program Ms. Ignagni spearheaded at AAHP as "worthy of a presidential election bid."

Sherry Immediato, MPP, MBA

Director, ReThink Health, Fannie E. Rippel Foundation

C. Sherry Immediato, MPP, MBA, serves as ReThink Health's acting Managing Director and co-leads its Stewardship Practice. A founding practitioner in the field of organizational learning and an expert in using multi-stakeholder collaboration to address complex systems issues, Ms. Immediato was president of The Society for Organizational Learning, a global community of practice, prior to joining ReThink Health. She is an adjunct faculty member at St. Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice. She holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MPP from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Janine E. Janosky, PhD

Dean, College of Education, Health, and Human Services and professor, Department of Health and Human Services, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Janine E. Janosky, Ph.D. serves as the Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and as a Professor of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Janosky is an expert in achieving impactful health initiatives and in implementing higher education programs and initiatives.
Previously, Dr. Janosky served as the Vice President and lead of the Center for Clinical and Community Health Improvement at Austen Bio-Innovation Institute in Akron (ABIA).
Previously, Janine served as the Vice Provost for Research at Central Michigan University where she led the effort to facilitate research opportunities, administer intellectual property activities, direct university commercialization endeavors and technology transfer activities, and develop innovative educational programs

Sister Carol Keehan, DC, RN, MS

President and Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Health Association of the United States

Sister Carol Keehan, DC, is the ninth president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). She assumed her duties as of October 2005. She is responsible for all association operations and leads CHA's staff at offices in Washington, DC, where she is based, and in St. Louis. Sister Carol has worked in administrative and governance positions at hospitals sponsored by the Daughters of Charity for more than 35 years. Most recently, she was the board chair of Ascension Health's Sacred Heart Health System, Pensacola, FL. Previously, she served for 15 years as president and chief executive officer of Providence Hospital, which includes Carroll Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Washington, DC.

Robin Kilfeather-Mackey, MBA, CPA, MHCDS

Chief Financial Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and Affiliates

Robin Kilfeather-Mackey, MBA, CPA, MS is the Chief Financial Officer for Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Kilfeather-Mackey has worked for D-H in a variety of financial roles during the past 14 years, most recently as the Vice President of Corporate Finance, where she has had responsibility for all areas of our corporate finance function including audit, tax, accounting, treasury, and reimbursement. Prior to working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Kilfeather-Mackey worked for other NH/VT health care organizations, performing similar financial management functions, after working in the public accounting industry. She earned a bachelor of science degree in Accountancy from Bentley University, an MBA from the University of New Hampshire College System, and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New Hampshire. Kilfeather-Mackey is also a recent graduate of the Leadership New Hampshire 2009 Program.

Irene Krokos, MD

Senior Regional Medical Director, Molina Healthcare

Dr. Irene Krokos is currently Senior Regional Medical Director for Molina Healthcare, Inc. and previously served as Chief Medical Officer for Molina Healthcare of New Mexico where a Community Health Worker intervention was implemented state-wide and later expanded nationally. With more than eight years of experience in quality improvement and utilization management Dr. Krokos' current interests include payment reform and leveraging new technologies to transform and bring value to population health management.

Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN

Director, Bridging Health & Healthcare Portfolio, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Moderator)

Paul Kuehnert is a Senior Program Officer and Team Director for the Public Health Team at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
As an executive leader for the past twenty years, Paul has led both governmental and community-based organizations in order to help people lead healthier lives. Founder and later, CEO of Community Response, Inc. He was deputy director of the Maine state health department. Most recently Paul was the County Health Officer and Executive Director for Health in Kane County, Illinois.
Paul is a pediatric nurse practitioner and holds the Doctor of Nursing Practice in executive leadership as well as the Master of Science in public health nursing degrees from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Laura K. Landy, MBA

Trustee, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fannie E. Rippel Foundation

Laura K. Landy, MBA, is founder and chair of ReThink Health, and President & CEO of the Rippel Foundation. She provides strategy and oversight to the ReThink Health program and oversees the Rippel Foundation's strategic approach to mission-based philanthropy. Ms. Landy has more than 35 years' experience promoting social entrepreneurship and innovation, and creating models of change in banking, the arts, health, economic development and higher education. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and her MBA from NYU. She is a Fellow of New York Academy of Medicine and a trustee of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a position she has held since 2003. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation's largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health and health care.
With more than 30 years of personal experience as a medical practitioner, policy-maker, professor and nonprofit executive, Lavizzo-Mourey has built on the Foundation's 40-year history of addressing key health issues by adopting bold, forward-looking priorities.
A geriatrics specialist, Lavizzo-Mourey previously worked at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as director of the Penn Institute on Aging and chief of geriatric medicine. In government, she worked on the White House Health Care Reform Task Force, and the President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry.
Lavizzo-Mourey earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and holds an MBA from the Wharton School. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Jeffrey Levi, PhD

Executive Director, Trust for America's Health (Moderator)

Jeff Levi, PhD, is Executive Director of the Trust for America's Health, where he leads the organization's advocacy efforts on behalf of a modernized public health system. He oversees TFAH's work on a range of public health policy issues, including implementation of the public health provisions of the Affordable Care Act and annual reports assessing the nation's public health preparedness, investment in public health infrastructure, and response to chronic diseases such as obesity. In January 2011, President Obama appointed Dr. Levi to serve as a member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. In April 2011, Surgeon General Benjamin appointed him chair of the Advisory Group. Dr. Levi is also Professor of Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, where his research has focused on HIV/AIDS, Medicaid, and integrating public health with the healthcare delivery system. He has also served as an associate editor of the American Journal of Public Health, Deputy Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. Dr. Levi received a BA from Oberlin College, an MA from Cornell University, and a PhD from The George Washington University.

Stacy Lindau, MD, MA

Associate Professor, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Medicine-Geriatrics, University of Chicago Medicine (Moderator)

Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD, MA, is a tenured Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn, Medicine-Geriatrics, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the MacLean Center on Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. She directs the South Side Health and Vitality Studies, a family of inter-related community-engaged research efforts to inform investments and innovations in urban health and health care, especially for lower income populations.
Lindau is a graduate of the University of Michigan Honors College, Bryn Mawr College, Brown University School of Medicine, and of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.

Laurie Lockert

Manager, Health Resilience Program, Care Oregon

Laurie Lockert received her M.S. in Psychology at Portland State University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her work at CareOregon with the Health Resilience Program™, whose focus is serving the highest risk/high cost population within Primary Care, has provided the opportunity to raise awareness of the trauma-informed model of care thereby increasing patient and provider satisfaction.
Since starting the HRP 3 years ago, she has collaborated with 18 Clinics to embed Health Resilience Specialists and develop new to incorporate this unique workforce. She has 35 years' experience as a counselor, manager and consultant in the mental health field. She speaks on ‘Trauma Informed Care' both nationally and locally.

John Lovelace

President, UPMC for You and President, Government Programs and Individual Advantage

John Lovelace is president of UPMC for You, a managed care organization that serves Medical Assistance and Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan recipients in 40 counties in Pennsylvania. He is also president of Government Programs and Individual Advantage for the UPMC Insurance Services Division. In this role, he is responsible for UPMC Individual Advantage, UPMC for Life Advantage, UPMC for Life Special Needs Plans, UPMC for Kids, and operations for individual products on and off the Healthcare Exchange. In addition, Mr. Lovelace is chief program officer at Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, a behavioral health managed care organization that is part of the UPMC Insurance Services Division. Mr. Lovelace holds graduate degrees in rehabilitation counseling from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as in information services from the University of Pittsburgh.

Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH

Acting United States Surgeon General, Washington, DC

Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., is the Acting United States Surgeon General. RADM Lushniak articulates the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the nation. He also oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, comprising of approximately 6,800 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our nation.
RADM Lushniak served as Deputy Surgeon General from November 2010, until July 17, 2013, when he assumed the duties of Acting Surgeon General.

Nick Macchione, FACHE

Director, Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego

With 26 years experience in the delivery, management and policy of health and human services, Nick Macchione serves as San Diego County's Director of the Health and Human Services Agency. The Agency has a $2 Billion annual budget, 6,000 employees, and 1,000 service contractors. The Agency has earned national recognition for its innovative, cost effective solutions in improving the health, safety and well-being for its one million clients. As the key founder of the county's ten-year plan, "Live Well San Diego", the County is implementing a broad-based strategy to improve health outcomes, reduce costs and improve the customer experience.

James Macrae, MA, MPP

Associate Administrator, Bureau for Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS

Jim Macrae was appointed associate administrator for primary health care in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the summer of 2006. As head of the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), Macrae manages a $3.6 billion budget that supports the health care safety net for millions of underserved people across the country. Most of these funds support more than 9,200 health center sites. Located in communities nationwide, these sites provide comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care to more than 21 million people -- about one out of every 15 people nationally.

Giridhar Mallya, MD, MHSP

Director of Policy and Planning, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Giridhar Mallya, MD, MSHP, has been the Director of Policy and Planning for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health since October 2008. In this position, Dr. Mallya helps to define public health priorities for the City, coordinates the Department's research and data analysis activities, and works with key leadership -- including the Board of Health -- to set policies and develop regulations. He also leads the Department's Get Healthy Philly tobacco control and obesity prevention initiatives.

James S. Marks, MD, MPH

Senior Vice President and Director, Program Portfolios, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Moderator)

James S. Marks, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president, directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Portfolio Group, which includes work to catalyze demand for healthy places and practices, building bridges between health and healthcare, vulnerable populations and health-related disparity reduction.
Prior to joining RWJF in 2004, Marks retired as assistant surgeon general after serving as director of the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for almost a decade. Throughout his tenure at CDC, Marks developed and advanced systematic ways to prevent and detect diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, reduce tobacco use and address the nation's growing epidemic of obesity.

Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD

Senior Fellow and Director, Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative, Brookings Institution

Mark B. McClellan is director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His work at Brookings focuses on promoting quality and value in patient centered health care. A doctor and economist by training, McClellan also has a highly distinguished record in public service and in academic research. He is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy. These include the Medicare prescription drug benefit, the FDA's Critical Path Initiative, and public-private initiatives to develop better information on the quality and cost of care. Dr. McClellan chairs the FDA's Reagan-Udall Foundation, is co-chair of the Quality Alliance Steering Committee, sits on the National Quality Forum's Board of Directors, is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He previously served as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers and senior director for health care policy at the White House. He was also an associate professor of economics and medicine at Stanford University. McClellan holds an MD and an MPA from Harvard University and a PhD in economics from MIT.

Katharine H. McVeigh, PhD, MPH

Director, Special Projects Unit and Lead Epidemiologist for The NYC Macroscope Project, Bureau of Epidemiology Services, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Dr. McVeigh, who goes by Tina, is the Director of the Special Projects unit within the Bureau of Epidemiology Services at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. McVeigh has a master's degree in Public Health and a Doctorate in measurement, evaluation and statistics, both from Columbia University, and has worked research and surveillance projects in the domains of maternal, infant and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse , mental health, early childhood development and educational outcomes, and the use of electronic health records for population health surveillance

Chaya Merrill

Director, Child Health Data Lab, Child Health Advocacy Institute, Children's National Medical Center

I am the Director of the Child Health Data Lab within the Division of the Community Affairs and The Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children's National Health System. In that capacity, I am leading an effort to establish the data infrastructure needed to monitor, analyze, and report on community health, as well as evaluate existing and new health programs in the District of Columbia (DC). I am an epidemiologist with a strong background in data analytics. In 2013, I led the development of a citywide community health needs assessment on behalf of the DC Healthy Communities Collaborative Additionally, I co-chair the Clinical and Translational Science Institute -- Children's National (CTSI-CN) Community Advisory Board and am Assistant Director of the CTSI-CN Community-Engaged Research component. I hold a faculty appointment at The George Washington University within the School of Public Health and Health Services. Recently, I have taught graduate-level classes focused on child health advocacy and translational research.

Bobby Milstein, PhD, MPH

Director, ReThink Health

Bobby Milstein, PhD, MPH, directs ReThink Health's work in systems strategy and sustainable financing and stewardship. An expert in health system dynamics and policy, Dr. Milstein has overseen development of the ReThink Health Dynamics Model. He spent 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, where he founded the Syndemics Prevention Network and coordinated planning and evaluation activities for a number of public health initiatives. Dr. Milstein has a PhD in Public Health Science from Union Institute & University, an MPH from Emory University, and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan Honors College.

Karen Minyard, PhD

Executive Director, Georgia Health Policy Center (Moderator)

Karen Minyard has directed the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies since 2001. Minyard connects the research, policy, and programmatic work of the center across issue areas including: community and public health, long-term services and supports, child health, public and private health coverage, and the uninsured. Dr. Minyard is currently spearheading a team at Georgia State University dedicated to translating national health care reform.

Kimberly Monroe, MPA

Program Manager, Community Relations, Duke University Health System

Ms. Monroe is the Program Manager for Community Engagement for Duke University Health System. She helps plan and implement initiatives designed to address concerns identified by the community. Her "global citizen" background and focus on community collaboration has provided opportunities to serve the community through various leadership roles such as co-chair of the Partnership for a Healthy Durham.
Ms. Monroe received a BBA in Finance from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas and a MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Karen Murphy, PhD, RN

Director, State Innovation Models, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS (Moderator)

Karen Murphy is currently the Director of the State Innovation Models Initiative at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Dr. Murphy has an extensive career in healthcare administration and consulting. She was the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System. Prior to becoming CEO of Moses Taylor Health Care System, Dr. Murphy served in various roles in health care administration. As founder and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians Health Alliance, Inc. (PHA), Dr. Murphy also led an integrated medical group practice within Moses Taylor Health Care System. Dr. Murphy currently serves as a Clinical Faculty Member in the Medicine Department at The Commonwealth Medical College. Dr. Murphy earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration from Temple University's Fox School of Business, a Master of Business Administration from Marywood University, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton, and a diploma as a registered nurse from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing.

David B. Nash, MD, MBA

Dean and Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy, Jefferson School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University (Moderator)

David B. Nash, MD, MBA is the Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health where he is the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy. He is a board certified internist and is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development and quality-of-care improvement. He has authored more than 100 articles in major journals, edited 22 books, and is editor-in-chief of four major national journals.

Shari Nethersole, MD

Executive Director, Community Health, Boston Children's Hospital

Shari Nethersole is the medical director for community health at Boston Children's Hospital and a pediatrician in the Hospital's Primary Care Center. Dr. Nethersole oversees the hospital's community health mission, which addresses asthma, mental health, obesity, and child development. She works with community organizations, community health centers, schools and city and state agencies to address health disparities and improve the health of children and families in Boston. She established the Community Asthma Initiative and the Fitness in the City Program to address childhood obesity. Dr. Nethersole is an advocate at city and state levels for child health priorities.

Randy Oostra, DM, FACHE

President and Chief Executive Officer, ProMedica

Randy Oostra, DM, FACHE (59), is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ProMedica, a non-profit, mission based health system in Toledo. Prior to joining ProMedica, Randy served in myriad roles in health care leadership, including Executive Vice President, Saint Anthony's Health System, Alton, Illinois; and Vice President, Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Involved in myriad professional activities, Randy is a member of American Hospital Association, Ohio and Michigan Hospital Associations, and Bread for the World Development Committee, a fellow with American College of Healthcare Executives, and a Board Member of the Regional Growth Partnership, Toledo Symphony, Toledo Art Museum, Northwestern College, and AHA Association Regional Policy Board.

Anand K. Parekh, MD, MPH

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science and Medicine), US Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Anand K. Parekh is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science & Medicine) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, a position he has held since 2008. He has developed and implemented national initiatives focused on prevention and wellness and on care management for individuals with multiple chronic conditions. Briefly in 2007, he was delegated the authorities of the Assistant Secretary for Health overseeing ten public health program offices, including the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He is an internist, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

Sylvia Pirani, MPH, MS

Director, Office of Public Health Practice, NYS Department of Health

Sylvia Pirani is the Director of the Office of Public Health Practice in the New York State Department of Health. In this capacity she oversees the department's efforts to provide technical, fiscal and administrative support to the state's 58 local health departments, oversees efforts to make public health information more useful and accessible to public health providers and consumers, leads public health workforce initiatives, and directs the Prevention Agenda 2013-17, the state’s health improvement plan. Ms. Pirani also oversees an initiative to integrate performance management and quality improvement into the state’s public health programs and is the state’s accreditation coordinator.

Samuel L. Ross, MD, MS

Chief Executive Officer, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System

Samuel Ross, M.D., M.S., is the CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System. Along with managing an 88 bed acute care hospital, he is also responsible for a network of community outreach divisions that focus on housing, education, job skills, behavioral health, substance abuse and rehabilitation.
Under his leadership, Bon Secours and sixteen (16) partners were awarded one of five Health Enterprise Zone designations by the state of Maryland.
Prior to his arrival to Baltimore, Dr. Ross served at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas.

Deborah De Santis

President and Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for Supportive Housing

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. De Santis is responsible for the overall leadership of CSH, including oversight of fund development, public policy and advocacy work, financial and administrative systems, program development and implementation, and strategic planning. Under her leadership, CSH advances solutions that use housing as a platform for services to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources and build healthy communities. Since Ms. De Santis was appointed in 2007, she has led CSH in realizing a 10-year goal of creating 150,000 supportive housing units. She also spearheaded the re-organization of CSH to focus on innovation and thought leadership in areas that highlight the strong interrelationships between housing stability and health outcomes. She has championed groundbreaking programs that have positioned CSH as a pioneer in the integration of housing and healthcare, reducing the costs associated with high-utilizers of emergency healthcare. Prior to her current role, Ms. De Santis served CSH for nearly four years as the director of the New Jersey program, where she tripled CSH's lending portfolio and successfully advocated for the creation of New Jersey's $200 million Special Needs Housing Trust Fund. Previously, Ms. De Santis was the executive director and COO of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, where she oversaw the execution of its first strategic plan, which included developing new special needs housing programs, increasing investments in NJ's urban areas, streamlining loan servicing, and growing the agency's multi-family portfolio. Ms. De Santis was also the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Governor of New Jersey, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Governor's office, and served as liaison to the Cabinet. Deb earned a Bachelor's Degree from Babson College where she is on the Board of Trustees.

Shelly Schlenker, MPA


VP, Public Policy and Advocacy Dignity Health

Shelly Schlenker is Vice President of Public Policy, Advocacy and Government Relations for Dignity Health. She serves as chief advocate at the Federal level providing leadership, direction and guidance to public policy activities in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Dignity Health is one of the largest health systems in the West with 42 hospitals serving a population of 22 million people.

Previously, Shelly served as Regional Vice President for the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, a regional affiliate of the California Healthcare Association. In this capacity, she worked with 82 hospitals coordinating grass roots advocacy efforts and providing guidance on new laws and regulations.

Shelly serves on the Board of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and chairs its Health Care & Biosciences committee. She also is on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Catholic Health Care and is a member of the Catholic Health Association of the United States Policy & Reimbursement Committee and the Premier Healthcare Policy Committee.

Donald Schwarz, MD, MPH

Director, Catalyzing Demand for Healthy Places and Practices, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Moderator)

Donald Schwarz oversees the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's effort to identify, support, and spread the word about individual and community actions that promote lifelong health for all Americans. He joined the Foundation in July 2014 after a long career of health care service in Philadelphia, PA.
Previously, Schwarz served as Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity and Health Commissioner or the City of Philadelphia. As Deputy Mayor, he oversaw the Departments of Human Services, Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, and the Office of Supportive Housing. As Health Commissioner, he initiated successful anti-obesity and smoking cessation programs, introduced electronic health records to the city's eight federally-qualified health centers, and establish a public-private partnership to construct a new health center, recreation center, and library complex.

Anand Shah, MD, MS

Vice President, Clinical Services, Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation and Executive Director, Dallas IEP

Dr. Shah leads the Dallas Information Exchange Portal project and the clinical services division of PCCI. He received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Shah completed his residency and chief residency in Emergency Medicine at Brown University. He subsequently completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a VA Scholar and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Clinical Operations, Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, is the senior vice president and chief operating officer for clinical operations for Kaiser Permanente's Southern California region. He oversees health plan and hospital quality, service, accreditation, regulatory compliance, and licensure, as well as nursing, the continuum of care, and the effective use of technology, data, and analytics to produce better patient health outcomes. He also serves as a key liaison with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group for medical education, graduate medical education, and research.
Dr. Shah has been an RWJ Clinical Scholar at UCLA, attending physician at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, associate investigator at Geisinger Health in central Pennsylvania, and on the faculty of NYU Medical Center in the section of value and comparative effectiveness. Most recently, he served as commissioner of the New York State Department of Health.

Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD

Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene, State of Maryland

Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D., is the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Previously he served as principal deputy commissioner of the U.S Food and Drug Administration 2009-2011 and as the Commissioner of Health in Baltimore, Maryland from December 2005 to March 2009. From July 2001 to December 2005, Dr. Sharfstein served on the Minority Staff of the Committee on Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives, working for Congressman Henry A. Waxman. He serves on Health Information Technology Policy Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine, and the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Association. He is a 1991 graduate of Harvard College, a 1996 graduate of Harvard Medical School, a 1999 graduate of the combined residency program in pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital, and a 2001 graduate of the fellowship program in general pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Sharfstein lives with his family in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sarah Sjolie, MPA

Director, Healthier Communities and Community Benefit, Alegent Creighton Health

Sarah Sjolie has served in various health care management, communication and public health capacities over the past 10 years at CHI Health, the largest non-profit health care system in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. In her current role Sarah supports 10 hospitals in their collaborative assessment, public partnership and implementation efforts to improve documented community health issues. She also manages CHI Health's investments in key, system-wide strategies such as childhood obesity, active transportation, violence prevention and access to care. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a co-major in Biology from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Lyndia Wilson

Division Director, Spokane Regional Health District

Lyndia started her public health career in 1988 with the Nevada State Health Department in Maternal and Child Health and then in 1991 joined the Spokane Regional Health District. As the Disease Prevention and Response director for the past 13 years, Lyndia oversees the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response; Community Health Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation; Communicable Disease Epidemiology; Immunization Outreach; and HIV/AIDS/STDs programs. She works with diverse community agencies and individuals to facilitate community health assessment processes, currently participating on a steering committee to reduce the dropout rate in Spokane. She was a 2011 graduate from the National Public Health Leadership Institute.

Marcia Wilson, PhD, MBA

Assistant Director for Regional Support, Aligning Forces for Quality, The George Washington University (Moderator)

Dr. Wilson's primary work focuses on large-scale change efforts and quality improvement initiatives. She currently serves as associate director for Aligning Forces for Quality, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded initiative in which 16 communities across the U.S. are working to improve overall health care. Dr. Wilson has nearly 20 years of experience in health care working primarily with medical groups and clinics. Her experience in the financing of health care services includes third-party reimbursement, integrated networks and payment reform.

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS

Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness Officer, Henry Ford Health System

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS is the Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness & Diversity Officer at Henry Ford Health System. She is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and the Chair of the Gail and Lois Warden Endowment on Multicultural Health and Michigan's and the nation's First State-level Surgeon General. In 2012 she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. She focuses on health disparities/health care equity, diversity, infant mortality/maternal & child health, chronic disease, unintended pregnancy, physical inactivity, and healthy eating behaviors.

Thomas F. Zenty III, MHA, MPA

Chief Executive Officer, University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH

Thomas F. Zenty III is Chief executive Officer of University Hospitals, a comprehensive health system with more than $3 billion in annual revenues, almost 25,000 physicians and employees, and a reputation for providing the highest quality health care. UH is an integrated system with 14 medical centers, 26 outpatient health centers, eight urgent-care centers and more than 230 physician offices across Northeast Ohio. The system's nationally ranked academic medical center, UH Case Medical Center, is the primary teaching affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.