Philip M. Alberti, Ph.D. Senior Director of Health Equity Research and Policy
Association of American Medical Colleges
As the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Senior Director, Health Equity Research and Policy, Philip M. Alberti, Ph.D., supports the efforts of academic medical centers to build an evidence-base for effective programs, protocols, policies, and partnerships aimed at eliminating inequities in health. He joined the AAMC in 2012 to facilitate the conduct of community-partnered, health equity science and scholarship at AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals, and to make the case for policies and practices that explicitly have health and health care equity as a goal.
Dr. Alberti is Co-Chair of the National Quality Forum’s Disparities Standing Committee and has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop a systems approach to community health and health equity for academic medical centers. He regularly speaks at national forums on issues related to community and patient engaged science, consideration of social risk in quality measurement, hospital community benefit and needs assessment requirements, and the social determinants of health, and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and commentaries on these topics. He has served on committees, workgroups, and task forces convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the National Institutes of Health.
Previously, Dr. Alberti led research, evaluation, and planning efforts for a Bureau within the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that works to promote health equity between disadvantaged and advantaged neighborhoods. Dr. Alberti holds a B.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. degree in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University and was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow in the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program.
Chief of Special Projects at the Health Equity Institute
Christopher Ausura Chief of Special Projects at the Health Equity Institute
Rhode Island Department of Health
Christopher J. Ausura is the Chief of Special Projects for the Health Equity Institute at the Rhode Island Department of Health. In his role, Chris leads the implementation of the Health Equity Zone initiative, serves as the Department’s liaison to the Rhode Island Office of Medicaid for efforts related to health systems transformation, social and environmental determinants of health and community clinical linkages, and is the project lead for the Rhode Island Health Equity Measures.
Kristin Beck is the Director of Community Health Programs for Health Partners Plans (HPP), a not-for-profit health plan serving more than 259,000 Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP members. Ms. Beck oversees community programs with a focus on population health management, including physical and behavioral health integration and addressing the non-clinical needs (social determinants of health) of members. She is also charged with identifying new programming and opportunities in these areas. As a result, Ms. Beck works with all areas of HPP and with community-based organizations to ensure this work is embedded in all areas of the organization.
Ms. Beck is a veteran in the non-profit industry with more than 15 years’ experience in program development, implementation and sustainability. She has extensive knowledge of the southeastern Pennsylvania region with experience related to public health programming and preparedness. She also has expertise in working with underserved populations and is a champion of developing programs and partnerships to better address the needs of members of these populations.
Before joining HPP, Ms. Beck worked for Public Health Management Corporation and the American Red Cross Southeastern PA Chapter. In both roles, she was responsible for developing programs and working with cross-functional teams to better address the needs of vulnerable populations.
Senior Director of Social Determinants of Health Innovation
Haleta Belai Senior Director of Social Determinants of Health Innovation
Haleta Belai has led and learned from uncommon solutions to large-scale challenges in the healthcare, education, and nonprofit sectors. She currently serves as senior director of Social Determinants of Health Innovation at Centene, a leading healthcare enterprise that delivers government-sponsored and commercial health solutions for over 14 million individuals. In this role, she facilitates the design and execution of strategies to address critical socioeconomic barriers that meaningfully impact health outcomes. In prior roles, Haleta has worked on enterprise-wide strategic initiatives at Centene, education reform and public health in high-performing organizations in NYC, and a non-profit skill training program she co-founded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Haleta is from Los Angeles and holds a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business.
Dianna L. Benaknin, MSW, supports the Special Programs Department at WellSpan Health working with community partners to collaboratively impact Social Determinants of Health. Dianna has supported the work of the Omega Bed Program™, The Arches to Wellness programs, and the ALPHA program since February, 2016, building connections in the community to implement various components of reducing avoidable days associated with challenges to discharge for specific patient groups. Until February, 2015, Dianna served as the Administrator for the York County Area Agency on Aging, with more than thirty years of experience implementing and managing Aging service programs. Dianna received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Lock Haven University and a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University.
Ms. Benson serves LexisNexis Health Care as Senior Director, Market Planning. Her focus is on the development and execution of strategic planning for Member Identity and Socioeconomic Determinants of Health solutions. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in Strategy and Management from Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business.
Stuart Butler is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution. Prior to joining Brookings, Butler spent 35 years at The Heritage Foundation, as Director of the Center for Policy Innovation and earlier as Vice-President for Domestic and Economic Policy Studies. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. He is a member of the editorial board of Health Affairsand the board of Mary's Center, a group of Washington DC-area community health centers.
Butler also serves on several advisory councils, including for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the Aspen Institute's Family Prosperity Innovation Community, and the March of Dimes. He is also a member of the Advisory Group for the National Academy's Culture of Health Program.
Previously he was a member of the Board on Health Care Services of the National Academy of Medicine, and served on the panel of health advisers for the Congressional Budget Office. For over 10 years he taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy and in 2002 he was an Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard University. In 1990, he served as a member of Housing Secretary Jack Kemp's Advisory Commission on Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing.
Most recently, Butler has played a prominent role in the debate over health care and reform, arguing for solutions based on individual choice, state innovation, market competition, and social determinants of health. He has also been working on a wide range of other issues, including budget process reform, the future of higher education, economic mobility, and federal entitlement reform.
Stuart Butler was born in Shrewsbury, England and emigrated to the United States in 1975. He was educated at St. Andrews University in Scotland, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics in 1968, a Master of Arts degree in economics and history in 1971, and a Ph.D. in American economic history in 1978.
Ellyn Cowan is an experienced leader in healthcare quality and analytics serving as the Director of Informatics at i2i Population Health. In this role, Ms. Cowan provides guidance and leadership to measure, analyze, and drive adoption of i2i applications. Prior to joining i2i, she developed and managed a Research and Analytics Center at a non-profit in Des Moines, Iowa and led analytic efforts for several Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiatives. Ms. Cowan has over a decade of professional experience in the healthcare industry as well as a lifetime of learning as a daughter of a Nurse Practitioner. She received her BA from the University of Northern Iowa and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh. She is an accomplished grant writer, quality improvement professional, and research analyst.
Barbara Crider, JD, is the Executive Director at York County Community Action in southern Maine, which is both a Community Action Agency and a Federally Qualified Health Center. Barbara has an extensive history of involvement with the health and human services sectors Maine.
Prior to her tenure with YCCAC, Barbara was an attorney in private practice, representing clients in Maine’s District, Superior, and Supreme Judicial Courts. She is the Founder and first Director of the Penquis Law Project, which provides legal counsel and representation primarily to victims of domestic violence. Barbara is the recipient of several awards, including the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service and the Robert M. Howes Visionary Award.
Kelly Cronin Deputy Administrator, Innovation and Partnership
HHS Administration for Community Living
Kelly Cronin serves as Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Innovation and Partnership at HHS’ Administration for Community Living. She has been with the HHS since 2001, in a variety of roles at the FDA, CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, which she helped establish as its first employee. For several years, she coordinated health IT programs and policies with health care payment and delivery system reform. In her current role, she oversees programs to support Medicare beneficiaries access to low income subsidies, health insurance counseling on their benefit options, as well State No Wrong Door systems to enable access to long-term services and supports and the state efforts to enable access to assistive technologies. Her Center also leads efforts to develop and integrate networks of community based organizations into health care delivery to address social determinants of health. She holds a master of public health with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics and a master of science in health policy from the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University.
Kristen Daugherty, LCSW, LISW, MBA Chief Executive Officer
Emergence Health Network
Kristi Daugherty, CEO for Emergence Health Network, has over fifteen years of experience in the behavioral health arena. As chief executive for El Paso County’s Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities Authority for El Paso County, Ms. Daugherty is responsible for all clinical and oversight services delegated through performance contracts with Texas Health & Human Services.
Previously, Ms. Daugherty served as Chief Clinical Officer for Emergence and as Director for Sun City Behavioral Health Care, Emergence’s non-profit subsidiary. She also has extensive experience in the private behavioral health sector, serving as Director of Clinical ServicesUniversity Behavioral Health in El Paso and Director of Outpatient ServicesMesilla Valley Hospital in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Ms. Daugherty is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Texas and a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of New Mexico. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University and is a graduate of the Executive MBA Program at theUniversity of Texas at El Paso.
Krista Drobac has twenty years of experience in federal and state government, and in public affairs. She now provides strategic advice on a broad range of state and federal legislative and regulatory issues around Medicaid, Medicare, accountable care, commercial insurance, digital health, public health and other areas. She was previously the director of the Health Division at the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices where she directed technical assistance for governors’ health advisors. Prior to NGA, she was a Senior Advisor at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) working in Medicaid and private insurance regulation. She also served as Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services where she worked on policy related to Medicaid and state employee health benefits programs. Krista spent five years on Capitol Hill where she was a health advisor to the Minority Whip Senator Dick Durbin, and a John Heinz Senate Fellow for health care for Senator Debbie Stabenow, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Krista holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MPP from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Kimberly Dull is the Operational Performance Manager for Community Engagement at Novant Health, a not-for-profit integrated system of 15 medical centers and 640 clinics throughout the South East. Wanting to use her powers of empathy and intellect for good, she has held various leadership roles in not-for-profit higher education and healthcare, excelling in strategic planning, data analysis, collaborative communication and metric-based performance enhancement for 13 years.
In her current work, she utilizes data analysis and direct relationships to strategically target needs and elevate assets for maximum health, social, and financial impact. She and her team share a vision of health equity and upward mobility in all communities.
She earned her B.A. in Broadcasting, B.S. in Political Science, and M.B.A. from Appalachian State University. Kimberly lives in the North Carolina mountains with her husband and international adventure partner, Matt.
Kathleen is a pioneer in bringing the best of consumer marketing and data-driven methodologies to healthcare to motivate better health decisions. As Managing Director of Engagys, Kathleen leverages the best of behavioral economics, the latest in evidence-based communications combined with the insights from over a billion consumer interactions in health to help healthcare organizations close the last mile of consumer engagement.
Kathleen has been recently named as a consultant to the first ever FDA Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC). She received Stevie awards for highlighting opportunities for improving the lives of people with chronic conditions. She speaks regularly on the national stage on many topics including: driving consumer health engagement, creating better consumer experience in healthcare, motivating and inspiring consumers, and using data to drive consumer behavior. Kathleen is not just a healthcare consumer expert, she’s a healthcare consumer. Her daughter has cerebral palsy; thus Kathleen lives daily the complexity of today’s healthcare system.
Kathleen spent the first twenty years of her career in brand marketing at leading consumer marketing organizations, including General Mills and P&G. Additionally, Kathleen was a Vice President at Digitas, one of the leading direct marketing firms in the country. Kathleen has an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern.
Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP Subject Matter Expert
EFS Supervision Strategies, LLC
Ellen Fink-Samnick is an award-winning industry thought leaderwho empowers healthcare's transdisciplinary workforce. Known and highly respected as'The Ethical Compass of Professional Case Management', she is a sought outprofessional speaker and author with hundreds of offerings and publications to her credit.Ellen's work has achieved global acclaim. She is a national expert on the SocialDeterminants of Health, Workplace Bullying and Violence, Professional Ethics,Professional Case Management Practice, and Wholistic Case Management™. Her latestbooks include, The Essential Guide to Interprofessional Ethics for Healthcare CaseManagement and The Social Determinants of Health: Case Management's Next Frontier,both through HCPro. Ellen is a panelist for Monitor Mondays and Talk Ten Tuesdays,plus contributor to RAC Monitor and ICD 10 Monitor. She also serves as moderator ofEllen’s Ethical LensTM on LinkedIn, a consultant for the Case Management Institute, anda moderator of their Case Managers Community. Ellen’s academic affiliations includeroles as subject matter expert for Western Governors University, and adjunct faculty forthe University of Buffalo’s School of Social Work, and George Mason University’sDepartment of Social Work.Ellen's passion is evident across her varied roles as professional speaker, industryconsultant, educator, blogger, continuing education content developer, accreditationspecialist, clinical social work supervisor and professional mentor to the casemanagement community. Her contributions transverse the industry’s professionalassociations and credentialing organizations. A past commissioner for the Commissionfor Case Manager Certification, and Chair of their Ethics and Professional ConductCommittee, Ellen currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Case ManagementSociety of America, the editorial boards for the Professional Case Management Journaland RAC Monitor, and the Council of Advisors and Founders for Reverberation 5.0 (acollective for women over 50 in the workforce). More detailed information is available onher LinkedIn Profile
Senior Director of Disability Policy Engagement, Federal Affairs
Merrill Friedman Senior Director of Disability Policy Engagement, Federal Affairs
Merrill Friedman leads the Disability Policy Engagement team and advocacy strategy for Anthem, a leading health benefits company serving nearly 74 million people nationwide through its affiliates. She works collaboratively with consumers, advocates and stakeholders to ensure the diverse interests and preferences of older adults, individuals with disabilities, and children involved in child welfare programs inform Anthem’s health benefits approaches and related initiatives. Ms. Friedman also leads the National Advisory Board (NAB) on Improving Health Care Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities and advances the integration of the NAB's six foundational principles, the independent living philosophy, and principles of self-determination throughout these programs, as well as Anthem’s member interactions and business practices. In addition, she leads strategic partnerships with national and local organizations to advance the development of inclusive public policy.
Previously, Ms. Friedman was interim director at a nonprofit foster care agency serving children and adolescents who experienced severe neglect and physical abuse. She also served as president and chief executive officer of a private organization that owned and operated residential treatment facilities, group homes and home and community based services in several states for adolescents with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and intellectual disabilities.
Ms. Friedman is a nationally recognized leader in Medicaid, LTSS and health services that reflect the needs and interests of older adults, people with disabilities and children and adolescents. Health program expertise includes disability, aging, drivers of health (SDoH), foster care, mental health and substance use, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and justice involvement. Her extensive experience in program development, strategy, new business growth and operations management informs the innovation and development of home and community-based services and capacity building.
Ms. Friedman has served on numerous national boards and commissions. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the MI Statewide Independent Living Council where she also served as Board Chair. Currently, Ms. Friedman serves on the board of directors for Rebuilding Together and the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), and is a member of the Advancing States MLTSS Institute Advisory Board.
Jennifer Funaro National Social Determinants of Health Strategist
Jennifer Funaro a social and health strategist with over 18 years of healthcare innovation and product design. As an experienced product innovator, she has designed healthcare solutions that deliver real results, improve patient lives and lower healthcare costs with extensive knowledge in multiple markets including commercial, Medicaid, Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
In her current role, Jennifer leverages her marketing and product design background to work collaboratively with Centene Corporation and its Health plan subsidiaries from across the country to ideate, design and implement evidence-based, high priority social determinants of health (SDoH) innovations with of goal of rolling out demonstrated SDoH best practices to scale. Her SDOH focus areas include community-based technology platform design, housing and food security initiatives and screening and assessment intervention-based programming.
Ms. Funaro has been with Centene Corporation and/or subsidiary company since December of 2011.
Cristal Thomas Gary is a health policy expert and strategist who has dedicated her career to improving health care policy and transforming health care delivery systems to achieve better, and more equitable, health outcomes. She has served as a trusted advisor to governors, cabinet secretaries, and health system leaders as a state Medicaid Director, Deputy Governor, academic medical center executive, and consultant.
Cristal has over 15 years’ experience leading complex health and human service agencies and initiatives, including as a Medicaid Director in Ohio, Deputy Governor in Illinois, Regional Director of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and academic medical center executive. She is currently a Principal at Leavitt Partners, a health intelligence and advisory firm, where she focuses on helping clients navigate the rapidly evolving health care system and transition to value-based care models.
Cristal holds a B.S. in molecular genetics from the Ohio State University and MPP from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
Sharon C. Goodson is a humble leader who is on a mission to ensure the voice of North Carolina’s disadvantaged and under served are heard and that access and opportunity is provided them through the work of a statewide network of 33 community action agencies.
For the past 16 years, Goodson has toiled to strengthen staff capacity, public/private partnerships, to diversify the organization’s funding and to highlight the community action network’s collective economic impact. Over the last five years, the Association has garnered investments from Duke Energy, PNC Bank Foundation, NC Department Health and Human Services, Office of Economic Opportunity, NC Department of Public Safety, Office of Rehabilitative Programs and Services, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC that have led to more than $40 million in funding to assist vulnerable North Carolinians as they navigate the challenges associated with having more month than money.
Prior to joining the North Carolina Community Action Association, she served as executive director for a community development corporation where her efforts helped secure a $1.75 million grant to rehabilitate and develop affordable housing in one of the oldest African American communities in northeastern North Carolina. She also spearheaded the first Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. communitywide breakfast and the naming of street in honor of Dr. King.
Goodson brings her experience of having worked in Public Affairs for the NC Departments of Transportation and Commerce respectively to her work at the Association.
She is a visionary leader who values peace, people and progress. She resides with her family in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Garth Graham M.D., M.P.H. President; Vice President of Community Health
Aetna Foundation; Aetna
Dr. Garth Graham, M.D., MPH, FACP, FACC, is a leading authority on social determinants of health and health equity. As the Vice President of Community Health for CVS Health, Dr. Graham leads the enterprise-wide social determinants of health (SDoH) strategy, working closely with CVS Health’s many businesses, to ensure differentiated, measurable and scalable approaches to addressing SDoH in communities across the country. Additionally, he leads public health partnerships and cardiovascular initiatives for CVS Health. Dr. Graham joined CVS Health through the Aetna acquisition, where he was President of the Aetna Foundation since 2014.
A cardiologist and professor of medicine, Dr. Graham is passionate about the opportunity to improve local health through cross-sector collaboration. Dr. Graham previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under both the Obama and Bush Administrations, where he also ran the Office of Minority Health. He directed the development of the federal government’s first National Health Disparities Plan released under the Obama administration. Dr. Graham was also the assistant dean for health policy at the University of Florida School of Medicine, where he led several research initiatives looking at how to improve outcomes and readmission rates in cardiac patients in underserved populations.
He contributes to several boards including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Advisory Council, the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associational National Quality Oversight Committee, the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Data Standards, the Harvard Medical School Diversity Fund (chair) and was named by the President to the U.S. Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research many others.
Dr. Graham has been featured in media outlets including Fortune, USA Today, The Hill, The Chicago Tribune, Essence, U.S. News & World Report, Quartz and Ebony. Dr. Graham holds a medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, an MPH from Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor of science in biology from Florida International University. He completed clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins where he trained in cardiology and interventional cardiology. He holds three board certifications including internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology.
Connie Greene, MA, CAS, CSW, CPS
Vice President | Institute for Prevention and Recovery
RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery
Connie Greene, MA, CAS, CSW, CPS Vice President | Institute for Prevention and Recovery
RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery
Under Connie Greene’s leadership, the RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) Institute for Prevention and Recovery (IFPR) has become a leader in the state in the delivery of drug and alcohol, and addiction prevention and intervention services. IFPR is widely recognized for its training and educational programs for schools, agencies, businesses and health care organizations. Connie was a key leader in launching the state’s Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP) and implemented it for RWJBH in Ocean and Monmouth Counties in 2016. Since its implementation, the RWJBH OORP, available in hospital emergency departments to patients reversed with Narcan, has helped thousands of people with substance use disorder (SUD) get into effective, long-term recovery. Since then, OORP, now known as the RWJBH Peer Recovery Program (PRP), is now available in seven NJ counties, including almost all RWJBH facilities and in all hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean counties, including those operated by both CentraState Healthcare System and Hackensack Meridian Health. Currently, nearly 50 percent of all patients seen through the program are in active recovery. In addition, Connie has overseen the vast expansion of the PRP throughout RWJBH to include SUD support services for all inpatients diagnosed with SUD and leads a team of over 80 Peer Recovery Specialists.
Connie has worked for RWJBH since 1993, holding several leadership roles with increasing responsibility over the years. In her current role as Vice President of the RWJBH IFPR, she oversees the daily operations and staff of IFPR’s state-wide prevention and intervention programs. In 2002, Connie led IFPR in applying to the state for grants in order to implement substance use prevention programs in schools in Essex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. These prevention efforts expanded with the creation of the DART Coalition through federal and state funding. Connie then worked with the state to create the OORP pilot which has expanded to what RWJBH’s successful PRP has become today. Today she is also an active member of the RWJBH Tackling Addiction Task Force, focused heavily on the de-stigmatization of SUD and reviewing hospital-wide protocols for treating and managing all patients with SUD.
Connie started her career as a teacher in New York. She then went to work for a treatment provider in New Jersey (NJ) where she coordinated an education program for youth in treatment, eventually overseeing programs for youth and adults. Connie has also led the creation of substance use policies for schools across the state and has remained the state identified expert in these policies and standards for many years. She continues to train schools across NJ on how these policies are best implemented.
Connie is very active in the state in SUD services, focusing a majority of her professional and personal time on the opioid epidemic. Connie has brought together law enforcement agencies, state agencies, behavioral health, health care and addiction and recovery services to formulate programs and initiatives targeting SUD treatment, rehabilitation and long-term recovery. Connie has been an invited guest at a NJ Senate hearing at the state house to present on the OORP, has visited with former Governor Chris Christie on the subject, and has been vocal in the public and the media on the need for resources and understanding of SUD. Additionally, Connie sits on the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ State-Appointed Professional Advisory Committee. She also sits on the NJ Behavioral Health Council for Mental Health and Addiction Service and is a member of the Ocean County Professional Advisory Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and the Suicide Task Force of Monmouth County. Connie is also an active member of the RWJBH Women’s Leadership Alliance where she works with junior female associates across the system to improve leadership skills and promote advancement throughout the organization.
Expertise and a unique training style have positioned Connie as a well-known trainer and consultant to school districts in the areas of Intervention and Referral Services, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, drug and alcohol prevention and intervention programming and conflict resolution. She is a frequent presenter at state-wide conferences including the NJ School Counselors Association, the State Association for Student Assistance Professionals, NJ Prevention Network Conference, Organization of Nurse Executives of NJ and the NJ State Bar Association. She is regularly called upon to facilitate issues impacting personnel in all sectors by providing conflict resolution and team building programming.
Connie and her team were awarded by the Mental Health Association of NJ for program excellence for RWJBH OORP in 2016. In addition, Connie was honored in 2017 by The Bergen Record/NorthJersey.com as one of the “17 People to Know in 2017” for her work in combating the heroin and opioid epidemic. Connie was recognized by the 2018 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes program as an Education Hero finalist and was also honored with the CPC Behavioral Health Humanitarian Award and the Turning Point Honor of Distinction. Her work with the DART Prevention Coalition has been presented with the CADCA Got Outcomes! Coalition of the Year award recognizing exceptional community coalitions that effectively contribute to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention. DART Prevention Coalition was also chosen as one of 18 coalitions across the country to participate in the first-ever CADCA Graduate Coalition Academy, an opportunity for well-established coalitions to review their strategic plan and logic models to improve effectiveness in their communities. Finally, Connie’s work has been recognized by the Tigger House Foundation, which is dedicated to achieving a positive impact by reducing the death rate of heroin and opiate addiction.
Joel Gurin is President and Founder of the Center for Open Data Enterprise (CODE), a Washington-based 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to maximize the value of open data as a public good. CODE has worked with the White House and more than a dozen U.S. Federal agencies, as well as several national governments, to help make their data programs more relevant and actionable. CODE is well known for its Data Roundtables, high-level facilitated convenings designed to develop strategies and action plans with data providers and users. In 2019, CODE completed a series of Roundtables and reports with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on data sharing for AI, data privacy, and data on social determinants of health.
Mr. Gurin is the author of Open Data Now (McGraw-Hill), written for a general audience, a 2014 book that helped define this emerging field. Before launching CODE in January 2015 he conceptualized and led the development of the GovLab’s Open Data 500, the first major study of the use of open government data by the private sector. CODE regularly partners with private-sector companies and foundations including Accenture, Amazon, Booz Allen Hamilton, Microsoft, ZeOmega, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.
Mr. Gurin has a background in government, journalism, nonprofit leadership, and consumer issues. He served as Chair of the White House Task Force on Smart Disclosure, which studied how open data can improve consumer markets, and as Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. For over a decade he was Editorial Director and then Executive Vice President of Consumer Reports, where he directed the launch and development of ConsumerReports.org, the world’s largest paid-subscription information-based website. He is a graduate of Harvard University with an A.B. in Biochemical Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
Denise Harlow, CCAP, was named the Chief Executive Officer of the National Community Action Partnership in December 2014. She has been with the Partnership since 2011 and served as Senior Director of Training and Technical Assistance and Interim Chief Operating Officer. Prior to her tenure at the Partnership, she was the CEO of the New York State Community Action Association and Sr. Vice President for Capacity Building for the New York Council of Nonprofits. Ms. Harlow has more than 29 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, has served on several nonprofit boards of directors, and was an appointee to the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council in New York State. She started her Community Action career as a social worker with the Schenectady Community Action Program. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University at Albany where she was also a Fellow on Women and Public Policy at the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, and holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Valparaiso University.
Taylor Justice, U.S. Army veteran, graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2006. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army as an Infantry Officer and later received an honorable medical discharge from active duty. An entrepreneur at heart, in 2009 Taylor co-founded HigherEchelon, Inc., a government consulting company. Taylor then co-founded Unite Us in 2013 while enrolled at Columbia Business School, where he earned his MBA in 2014. Taylor is leading Unite Us on its mission to launch coordinated care networks across all 50 states. A key architect of Unite Us’ network in North Carolina, Taylor led the Unite Us team and supported their partners in creating NCCARE360, considered by some to be the most innovative statewide healthcare transformation endeavor in the country. Driven by the belief that health begins in communities, Taylor advocates for national infrastructure that connects health and human service providers: a public utility to better support those in need.
Jessica Kahn is a Partner at McKinsey’s Washington D.C. office where she co-leads McKinsey’s Medicaid Health and Human Services Value Assurance & IT Transformation practice.
Former (SES) Director of Medicaid Data & Systems at CMS
Deep expertise in Medicaid Information Technology (IT), Integrated Eligibility Systems and MMIS including business outcomes identification, data and metrics identification, key performance indicator development and testing, site visit protocol development, and test scenario development
25+ years of experience in national, state, and local healthcare programs in government, non-profit, and corporate settings
10-year CMS career was focused on Health IT, health and human services systems design and development, state and federal IT policies, improving data access and use, and “bureaucracy busting” to improve how the government works
Executive Director of Policy/Government Relations – Social Determinants
Conrod Kelly Executive Director of Policy/Government Relations – Social Determinants
Conrod Kelly is the Executive Director, Policy / Government Relations -- Social Determinants of Health at Merck. In this role, he is responsible for developing an enterprise strategy that delivers shared value through social determinants data capabilities, scalable solutions, and thought leadership. Prior to this role, he was the Executive Director for the US Diabetes Franchise. During his 10 years at Merck he has worked on US and Global teams focused on migraine, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease as well as surgery and anesthesia products. Prior to joining Merck, Conrod worked for Johnson & Johnson in the medical devices and diagnostics division. Before that, he worked in Vaccines for GlaxoSmithKline.
Conrod was recently recognized at the UN with the SDG Leadership Award for using media and marketing for good, particularly impacting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, SDG 3 for his work on the film “A Touch of Sugar.” Conrod was also recognized in 2018 as one of the Top Blacks in Healthcare by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.
Conrod stays connected to the community by sitting on the executive board of Big Brothers Big Sisters -- Independence Region.
He is the author of STAGED! A Four Step Process to Stand Out in Your Personal and Professional Life and RESTAGED: A Mental Model for Personal and Professional Growth.Conrod holds a BS and MBA from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. He resides in the Greater Philadelphia area with his wife Joy and daughter Nola.
Ann Kunkel, RN, BSN Senior Director of Case Management
Ann M. Kunkel, RN is the Senior Director of Case Management for WellSpan Health and an founding member of the ALPHA Initiative. Ann serves as an Ambassador and member of the ALPHA Think Tank. Ann has been with WellSpan Health since 1989. She originally joined York Hospital as a Behavioral Health Nurse in 1989 and held various nursing leadership roles. In 1996, she was named Director of Care Management for York Hospital and 1999 she transitioned to Director of Case Management for WellSpan Health. She implemented a dyad Case Management Model at both York and Gettysburg Hospitals that have received regional accolades from the Health Care industry winning the 2015 CarePoint Platinum Award for outstanding Achievement in Acute Care Case Management. In 2013, she began developing the care coordination team concept which strives to integrate primary care and acute care case management functions to support patients and their families achieving his/her health goals. In 2017, Ann initiated 3 strategies to address long length of stay; one of these programs won the 2018 DecisionHealth Platinum Award for Outstanding Achievement in Care Transitions. In 2019, this body of work won the Hospital & Health System Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) Achievement Awards Living the Vision recognition.
Ann received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from York College. She is a Licensed Registered Nurse.
Michael Litterer, CHES, CPS, FHELA
Director of Prevention and Recovery
RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery
Michael Litterer, CHES, CPS, FHELA Director of Prevention and Recovery
RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery
Michael Litterer is the Director of Prevention and Recovery at the RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) Institute for Prevention and Recovery (IFPR).A Fellow of the NJ Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy (FHELA), a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS), he holds a degree in Public Health from William Patterson University and has over 18 years of experience in the fields of prevention, early intervention and recovery.
Michael oversees allIFPR programs and servicesimplemented by a team of 200 skilled and passionate professionals. Michael directs an annual budget totaling approximately $16 million, anearly 700% increase since he joined the agency in late 2016.IFPR programs and services include individual and environmental prevention programs, early intervention services, tobacco and nicotine recovery services, hospital-based peer recovery supports, case management services, and professional training.
In multiple counties throughout New Jersey, Michael directsevidenced-based, individual- and environmental-focused substance use prevention services. IFPR is the first agency in New Jersey to implement Communities that Care (CtC),and Michael is proud to have led the effort to transition multiple state grants to the CtC Model.CtCis currently being implemented in the South Ward of Newark, Long Branch, Toms River, and Barnegat, New Jersey.Michael also overseesthe federally and state-funded DART Coalition, which serves all residents of Ocean County and wasnamed the 2018 CADCA National Coalition of the Year. The prevention work implemented by IFPR not onlyimpacts substance use-targeted risk and protective factors but also preventsadverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and strengthens the resiliency and life skills of our youth.IFPR’s prevention work contributes to the RWJBH Social Impact and Community Investment Strategy.
In the area of early intervention, Michael supervises a team of licensed Substance Use Navigators funded by the New Jersey Department of Family and Children Services to improve the adolescent system of care. Michael also directs the RWJBH Deliberate Reduction of Opioid Prescribing (DROP) program. Implemented by a team of addiction specialists, clinical pharmacists, emergency room physicians, and pain-specialized advanced practice nurses, DROP aims to reduce opioid prescribing in RWJBH emergency departments by 10%. This will be accomplished by increasing access to and utilization of alternative therapies, connecting individuals with substance use disorder to peer supports and medication-assisted therapies and supporting individuals with opioid dependence as they transition to non-opioid interventions.
Michael overseesIFPR’s tobacco and nicotine recovery services, includingsix quit centers funded by the New Jersey Department of Health. These centers implement evidenced-based cessation services provided by a team of certified tobacco treatment specialists. These services support thousands of people each year in their journey to improve their health and address their addiction to nicotine.With a particular focus on population health, Michael continues to work with the team to institutionalize IFPR’s tobacco and nicotine services throughout the RWJBH system and the communities they serve.
Michaelalso directs the development, expansion and implementation of the Peer Recovery Program, which employs teams ofCertified Peer Recovery Specialists, Clinical Patient Navigators, and Case Managers, whoare fully integrated into the patient care team. The Peer Recovery Program is one of the first of its kind in the country and provides long-term recovery support services to thousands of patients with substance use disorder throughout RWJBH and multiple external hospitals. These services begin in the emergency department and inpatient units but continue into the communities they serve by providing long-term follow-up and support focused on overall wellness and addressing social determinants of health. Michael’s team of case managers and community-based recovery specialists deliver long-term recovery supports through IFPR’s Support Teams for Addiction Recovery (STAR) in Hudson, Essex, and Middlesex counties, as well as in Monmouth County through funding from Monmouth County Human Services. As part of a joint initiative with the New Jersey State Parole Board and the New Jersey ReEntry Corporation, Michael additionally directs peer recovery support services implemented through the Swift Certain and Fair model in Ocean and Monmouth counties. The peer recovery supports implemented by IFPR apply a community health model to those impacted by the disease of addiction.
Michael is a proud member of the multidisciplinary RWJBH Corporate Tackling Addiction Task Force (TATF), which is aimed at holistically addressing the chronic disease of addiction. The Task Force is working to reducethe stigma associated with substance use disorder and increase the system’s capacity to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease. The TATF coordinates all substance use-related education, training, policy development and patient care.
Previously, Michael was the Deputy Director and Chief Business Officer at Prevention Links, a community based non-profit leader focused on the prevention of drug, alcohol and tobacco use.He oversaw multiple evidence-based programs andhelped establish multiple Family Success Centers and the Health and Wellness Coalition of Union County. Michal was also instrumental in the opening of New Jersey’s first recovery high school, the Raymond J. Lesniak RecoveryHigh School, in Union, New Jersey.
Michael is a Rutgers Certified Strategic Prevention Framework Trainer and was selected as a member of the 2009 National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD-NJ) - New Jersey Leadership in Advocacy program.He has experience at the local level advocating on issues affecting prevention, early intervention and recovery. A national presenter on the topic of substance abuse prevention, coalition building, current substance use trends, and recovery, Michael has presented to thousands of parents, professionals, and community members.
Director of Marketing, Community Relations and Outreach
Keith Maccannon Director of Marketing, Community Relations and Outreach
AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia
Keith Maccannon is the Director of Marketing, Community Relations, and Outreach for AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia (DC). In this role, Keith is responsible for health promotion, community relations, member outreach and all marketing and communications activities for the plan. He also leads the development, implementation and oversight for many of the plan’s innovative programs aimed at addressing those social determinants having the greatest impact on member access to care and health outcomes. Prior to joining AmeriHealth Caritas DC, Mr. Maccannon served in project and client leadership roles at both Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte Consulting and he also served as the Director of Product Marketing and Development at Kaiser Permanente (Mid-Atlantic States).
Mr. Maccannon earned a Master of Business Administration degree in strategy and marketing from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He holds program and project management certifications from the Project Management Institute and has significant experience at implementing enterprise wide initiatives and transformation efforts. He is currently focused on utilizing his expertise in program management, consulting and marketing to drive positive change at the individual and community level to improve health outcomes.
Vice President, Product Strategy and Development and Chief Nutrition Officer
Catherine Macpherson Vice President, Product Strategy and Development and Chief Nutrition Officer
Catherine joined Mom’s Meals in 2017 as Vice President, Product Strategy and Development and Chief Nutrition Officer. She is responsible for ensuring the company’s nutrition solutions meet the needs of its partners by designing clinical programs that meet their strategic objectives.
Previously, Macpherson served as Vice President of Medication Adherence and Immunizations at Walgreens, led Healthcare Product Strategy at WebMD, and managed health and wellness programs for Ceridian, the National Institute of Health and the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Catherine is a Registered Dietitian, a healthcare innovator, and a frequent speaker on the importance of nutrition to the aging population, care transitions and those managing chronic conditions.
Macpherson earned her Masters of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and her BA from the University of Michigan.
Zara Marselian is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and Federally Qualified Health Center that serves 48,545 individuals annually across some of the most low-income, diverse regions of San Diego County. For the past 30 years, La Maestra has been dedicated to improving access and quality of care by providing primary and specialty health services as well as upstream social services for all individuals, regardless of their ability to pay.
In her decades of experience, Zara has created the La Maestra Circle of Care™ services, an approach to care that goes beyond basic medical services to address the full scope of social determinants of health in more than 28 different languages and dialects. La Maestra provides onsite housing, application assistance, translation and interpretation services, transportation, a food pantry, microcredit and microenterprise programs, legal advocacy, and youth enrichment programs. Zara has worked tirelessly to promote culturally and linguistically competent care while addressing the many facets of health and wellness.
Zara is the author of three advocacy books, a well-regarded speaker, international consultant, and board member for a multitude of organizations across the nation. She is also a Fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives and a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the Fieldstone and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations as well as the Bureau of Primary Health Care EXCELL Leadership Program.
Zara is a PhD Candidate in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego and a recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. Zara holds a MA in Organizational Development from the University of Phoenix, a BA in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from San Diego State University, and certificates in both Applied Linguistics and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Zara is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, and French.
Dave is a strong leader with 14+ years of experience in Revenue and Clinical Outcomes Program Development and Management in various healthcare environments (Plans, MG/IPA, Academic, and Consulting). Proven record of success in optimizing Operations, PE / Investor Meetings, Maintaining Compliance, Recovering / Maximizing Revenue, Enhancing Clinical Quality and Developing Software and Custom Analytics. Specialties: RA / HCC, Pay for Performance (P4P), CMS Stars Program, NCQA HEDIS, Off‐shore Software Product Development, HOS, CAS, NCQA Accreditation, Physician Profiling, Encounter Programs, Contract and Claims Analytics. Previously, Dave served as an independent consultant to health plans, was Corporate VP, Operations(Revenue and Quality) at InnovaCare Health. He has also performed as Sr. Consultant, Risk Adjustment and Health Plan Operations for Dynamic Healthcare Systems, and in other roles with health plans.
DeAnna L. Minus-Vincent, MPA
Corporate Vice President, Social Impact & Community Investment
DeAnna L. Minus-Vincent, MPA Corporate Vice President, Social Impact & Community Investment
DeAnna Minus-Vincent is the Corporate Vice President, for the Social Impact and Community Investment practice at RWJBarnabas Health. In this role, DeAnna coordinates the housing and community development initiatives; oversees the planning, development and implementation of a system-wide universal social determinants of health (SDOH) screening that seeks to integrate social and behavioral factors into clinical settings; collaborates with local facilities to ensure adherence to social impact principles; identifies ways to use data and technology to track progress and enhance health outcomes; and she also serves as the departmental liaison to the departments of communications and development.
Before coming to RWJBarnabas Health, DeAnna served for more than seven years as the Chief Engagement Officer at Benefits Data Trust (BDT), a national social change organization, where she facilitated cross-sector partnerships, diversified the organization’s revenue streams and oversaw the organization’s strategic positioning. Additionally, she has served as the Assistant Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in Trenton, where she oversaw the Division of Housing & Community Resources, Division on Women, Center on Hispanic Policy and several functional units.
Adding to her resume, DeAnna was the Director, Office of Institutional Advancement, at the Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, overseeing all development, public relations and communications functions and the Director of Planning and Development for the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium in North Brunswick where she analyzed birth certificate data to better understand maternal and child health outcomes and create programming to improve the lives of women, infants and children in New Jersey.
DeAnna serves on several national, statewide and local organizations, including as a board member for the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, as well as a member of the national Healthy Food Community of Practice, New Jersey WIC Advisory Board, and NJ Alliance to End Hunger.
DeAnna received a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Morgan State University. DeAnna is a native New Jerseyan and lives in Lumberton with her husband, Daryl and daughter, Darynn.
Mohini Mishra Managing Director of Housing & NORCS
Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.
Ms. Mishra is a dedicated professional with proven expertise in planning and project/case management. Ms. Mishra is adept in facilitating groups to achieve successful outcomes, especially amongst diverse population. She is trained in motivational interviewing technique for successful outcomes. She uses trauma-informed person centric approach. Ms. Mishra has been with Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. since 2004, when she joined the organization as a Social Worker. She currently is the Managing Director of Housing and NORCs, where she has oversight of 12 independent living facilities and 4 NORCs. She guides her team to develop and coordinates comprehensive programs, case management, resource development, and advocacy functions for the diverse housing and NORC clients. Ms. Mishra has successfully introduced and implemented evidence based assessments tools to better understand the needs of the clients and designing successful interventions. Ms. Mishra was part of a national Learning Collaborative actively exploring and piloting new ideas and techniques to enhance Selfhelp’s Housing with Services model. She served as the project manager for 1 of the 3 Balanced Incentive Program funding received by Selfhelp, piloting enhanced wellness programming into existing Selfhelp Active Services for Aging Model (SHASAM). She successfully developed and implemented “Life Style Management” program to address mental health in affordable housing through cultural lens for maximum impact. She was part of a research study to study the health impact of social services in senior affordable housing led by an independent researcher from Rutgers University. She was part of a 24-month Health Outcome Demonstration Project using success measure tools to dig deeper into the Selfhelp Active Services for Aging Model (SHASAM) model to explore different components of social determinants of health. Ms. Mishra led the efforts in successfully adapting the Selfhelp Active Services for Aging Model (SHASAM) model to integrate formerly homeless seniors into senior affordable housing. This resulted in creation of Selfhelp’s homeless integration toolkit which is widely shared within the affordable housing community. Ms. Mishra led Selfhelp’s first Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) grant efforts with the goal of providing housing stability to vulnerable seniors. She recently provided leadership in a 12 month health and housing project involving education around indoor air quality in low-income older adults in Affordable Senior Housing. Ms. Mishra was recently appointed as a board member to New York State Social Work Board.
2011: Certified Aging Services Professional, University of North Texas, Coalition of Leadership in Aging Services.
2013: Licensed Master Social Worker, The State of New York, Education Department
Vice President, Policy – Health and Human Services
Kevin Moore Vice President, Policy – Health and Human Services
UnitedHealthcare Community & State
Kevin Moore is the Vice President of Policy for Health and Human Services at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. UnitedHealthcare Community & State proudly serves nearly 6 million Medicaid members in 31 states, plus Washington D.C. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) which is a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives and help make the health system work better for everyone.
As Vice President of Policy of Health and Human Services, Kevin focuses on federal and state Medicaid and human services policy development, advocacy, and positioning. Additionally, Kevin supports the development of sustainable interventions to improve the health of those UnitedHealthcare serves by identifying and addressing social, economic, workforce, transportation, and nutritional barriers. Prior to this role, Kevin served as Senior Vice President of Medicaid Strategy for Aurora Health Care. Before joining Aurora Health Care, Kevin was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to serve as Wisconsin’s Medicaid Director and Administrator of the Division of Health Care Access and Accountability and Deputy Secretary in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).
Kevin has served on a several boards and committees including the Waste, Fraud and Abuse Elimination Task Force, the State Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SCAODA), and the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Board. Kevin holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He, his wife Heidi, and daughter Scout reside in Madison, WI.
Rich is part of LexisNexis Healthcare’s Strategic Clients team. In his current role he provides industry and solution expertise on such topics as improving health outcomes, reducing the cost of care, and enabling consumerism.
Over the last 20 plus years Rich has focused on the use of analytics and predictive modeling on healthcare and non-healthcare data. Rich has leveraged this background in industries such as benefit management, statistical software, FWA and HIT.
In addition to LexisNexis Healthcare, Rich has worked as such companies as Optum (then Ingenix) SAS Institute and Change Healthcare (then Emdeon) in roles ranging from Industry Consultant to Sales Management. Rich is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Vivian Nava-Schellinger, J.D.
Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships & External Affairs
Vivian Nava-Schellinger, J.D. Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships & External Affairs
National Council on Aging
Vivian Nava-Schellinger, leads the National Council on Aging’s ecosystem of national and community partnerships, external engagement of NCOA’s policy priorities, and programs focused on vulnerable populations of older adults. For over a decade, Nava-Schellinger has used equity as a baseline principle when working on large scale reimbursement programs in the private sector, securing funding for health literacy programs in vulnerable communities, and advocating for greater health and economic security across the lifespan for underrepresented populations.
A proud Tejana, born and raised along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, Nava-Schellinger has utilized her cultural assets and legal training to efficiently and successfully merge business strategy, development, organizational management, and health policy to ensure that all communities have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about their healthcare and financial well-being.
Before her tenure at the National Council on Aging (NCOA), Nava-Schellinger worked in partnership and fund development within the non-profit sector for an organization aimed at reaching the hard-to-reach and connecting them to insurance under the Affordable Care Act. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Andrey Ostrovsky, MD Former Chief Medical Officer; Managing Partner
U.S. Medicaid Program; Social Innovation Ventures
Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky is the former Chief Medical Officer of the US Medicaid program. He is now the Managing Partner at Social Innovation Ventures where he invests in and advises companies and non-profits dedicated to eliminating disparities. He also advises federal and state regulators on how to incorporate human centered design into policy making. He previously operated a series of methadone clinics in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to working on the front line of the opioid use disorder crisis, he served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, the nation's largest health insurer, where he advocated to protect the program against several legislative efforts to significantly dismantle the program. He also led efforts to streamline Medicaid and make it more customer-centric. Before leading the Medicaid program, he co-founded the software company, Care at Hand, an evidence-based predictive analytics platform that used insights of non-medical staff to prevent aging people from being hospitalized. Care at Hand was acquired in 2016 by Mindoula Health. Before Care at Hand, Dr. Ostrovsky led teams at the World Health Organization, United States Senate, and San Francisco Health Department toward health system strengthening. Dr. Ostrovsky has served on several boards and committees dedicated to behavioral health, interoperability standards, quality measurement, and home and community based services including the National Academies of Medicine, National Quality Forum, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Commonwealth Fund.
Andrey holds a Medical Doctorate and undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Psychology Magna cum Laude from Boston University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Andrey completed his pediatrics residency training in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital where he was a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is currently teaching faculty and attending physician at Children's National Medical Center.
Jesse, Managing Director for HealthScape Advisors, works with healthcare organizations on defining growth strategies. Jesse helps clients make strategic market choices and identify the capabilities to invest in to meet organizational objectives. Jesse brings experience working across health plans, providers, pharma companies, and new entrants into health. Jesse works with his clients to increase their customer centricity through capabilities that facilitate better relationships, greater engagement, and improved cost management. As a result, Jesse focuses on helping health plans create actionable social determinants of health strategies and programs that facilitate better consumer engagement and alignment with organizational goals.
Keshana joined Alliance because she believes that it is important to serve those in need. Community-Based Organizations are the front line to serving the impoverished and those with basic need emergencies. Every role that she has held in her career has been through a Community-Based Organization, and now she is able to provide them with support to continue to break silos, demonstrate value, and align their services with the medical community. As a former Community Health Worker and Transition Coordinator, Keshana saw firsthand the needs of not only of the community, but also the needs of the workforce. The importance of knowing the population served, the resources available in the community, and the ability to engage community members are critical skills needed to truly serve the community. Keshana has held various workforce development positions for the community health workforce, and currently teaches at both Hudson Valley and Schenectady County Community College. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is pursuing a Master’s in Human Resource Management at the University of Connecticut. Her interest in social determinants of health elevated when she became a mother. Keshana was fortunate enough to know how to navigate resources available to her family, but seeing other families struggle hurt. She has led family skill building groups and facilitated a women’s bible study called Propel Women. Her husband and she have four beautiful children and they ensure that they understand the importance of giving back by volunteering at the South End Children’s Café in Albany, NY.
Jane Pirsig has over 30 years leadership experience in mental health, social service, and aging services. Jane led the successful integration of Milwaukee’s oldest family service agency into Aurora Health Care (now Advocate Aurora Health), a $5 billion regional healthcare provider, establishing innovative services in clinic social work, social service navigation, chronic illness supportive counseling, public benefits counseling, emergency department interventions with high utilizers, targeted home visitation services for families of high risk infants, and training in medical family therapy.
Jane is a subject matter expert in the translation of social care integration from concept to operational reality. Since 2018 Jane has advanced local and national innovation in addressing social determinants of health through work with electronic health record provider EPIC, Wisconsin Association of Child & Family Agencies (WAFCA), Root Cause Coalition, and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, the national social action network of over 1,000 social care leaders.
Jane holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.
Spencer has spent his career building and implementing data-driven solutions in the healthcare industry. He has extensive experience in the payer and provider market, having worked with health plans, health systems, and employer groups across the country for nearly a decade. Prior to joining Carrot Health, Spencer built the Consumer Analytics & Strategy function within the Optum Health division of UnitedHealth Group.
A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took Quiñones from migrant farm work and poverty to more than 30 years at ABC News and the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime. Along the way, he broke through barriers, won the highest accolades, and became a role model for many. As host and creator of What Would You Do?, the highly-rated, hidden camera ethical dilemma newsmagazine, Quiñones has literally become “the face of doing the right thing” to millions of fans. It’s a role that he has enthusiastically embraced off camera, with a popular book and inspirational keynote presentations that challenge both business and general audiences to examine the What Would You Do? moments we face every day.
Known for truly connecting with audiences and leaving them uplifted and inspired, Quiñones delivers a powerful message of believing in one’s self, never giving up, and always, always doing the right thing.
Dr. Reider joined Alliance because as a family physician, he wants the world to bemore healthy. He has worked for decades to improve the health of our communities through the innovative use of technology, and the promotion of benevolence in business. He is currently CEO of AllianceForBetter Health, a New York DSRIP care transformation initiative, Chief Health Officer of Health Coda, and co-founder of RS Partners, a health IT consulting and investing firm. He previously served as the Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the US Department of Health and Human Services. In his three years at HHS, he was responsible for the policies and programs designed to improve health through the development and implementation of safer, more resilient, reliable, usable, helpful and interoperable information technology. He has more than 20 years of experience in health information technology with a special interest in user experience, clinical decision support and information portability. He served as the CMIO of Allscripts, one of the nation’s largest health IT developers, and was Associate Dean for Biomedical Informatics at Albany Medical College where he continues to teach on an adjunct basis. He co-founded four successful health IT start-upcompanies, andhas held Directorships on boards of both non-profits and private companies. He has also held leadership roles in the American Medical Informatics Association and the New York State Academy of Family Physicians. His interests include organizational leadership and culture, shared clinical decision-making and evidence-based management of common outpatient conditions.
Enrique Salgado Jr.
Advocacy Development Manager, Community Innovations
Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School
Alexandra Schweitzer is a senior fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. She is an expert at leading complex new ventures and transformation initiatives from strategy through successful execution. Her health care sector experience spans payers, providers, state government, and specialized analytics and managed care organizations. Schweitzer has built and led value-based integrated systems of care, including tools to address social determinants of health, in innovative health plans and provider-payer organizations, including a fully-integrated dual eligible Special Needs Plan, two Medicaid ACOs, and Iora Health, a national primary care organization known for its relationship-driven, technology-enabled care model. Schweitzer has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University. A lifelong learner, she has completed an executive MBA at Columbia University and other post-graduate programs. Her research project as a senior fellow is entitled, Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Why Some Initiatives Thrive and Others Don’t.
Senior Director of Strategy, Business Performance and Compliance
Tamara Smith Senior Director of Strategy, Business Performance and Compliance
Tamara has southern roots that extend from Florida to North Carolina. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in health and exercise science at Wake Forest University and a Master’s of Science in Healthcare Management and Promotion from Nebraska Methodist College. For over fifteen years Tamara has worked in the healthcare field in strategy and program innovation, focusing on creating meaningful outcomes for communities that need it most. Through her work, Tamara has established initiatives that have achieved significant health improvements and financial impacts, building models of care delivery that are improving access to quality healthcare for all. In her free time, Tamara loves to spend quality time with her husband and 2 sons, sharing new experiences, and being a self-proclaimed foodie.
President and Chief Operations Officer of Clinical Redesign
Kathleen Stillo President and Chief Operations Officer of Clinical Redesign
Kathleen Stillo is the President & COO of the Clinical Redesign team at UnitedHealthcare within the Medicaid line of business. This team includes myConnections,™ which is UnitedHealthcare’s program to help low-income individuals and families access essential social services that are the gateway to better health, as well as an innovative home-based primary and complex care program. The team cares for more than 2,000 of United’s most medically and socially complex members.
Kathy leads Strategy and Operations functions as well as the Housing+Health and Primary Care at Home service lines. Her team is focused on implementing innovative care delivery models which incorporate social determinants of health, for better care at lower cost for our most vulnerable populations.
Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Kathy co-led the Adult Health and Urban Health Institutes at Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ. Adult Health is a $265M business unit serving 365k patient visits/year across primary care, behavioral health, and medical specialties. The Urban Health Institute, a $6M business unit dedicated to medically and socially vulnerable populations, develops innovative care delivery models including addiction clinics, nurse-led protocols, an Ambulatory ICU, and complex care services which has resulted in a 58% decrease in deficit. Kathy previously led strategic consulting teams for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Reuters. While at Cooper, she was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers.
Kathy is a member of the Advisory Committee to the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, an initiative driven by the Camden Coalition, and is also a member of the Princeton Board of Health. She earned her B.A. from Bowdoin College and M.B.A from Columbia Business School.
Trisha Swift, DNP, MSN, RN, CPPS Vice President of Innovation & Transformation
ZeOmega Population Health Management Solutions
Dr. Swift earned her Bachelor’s degree from Mount Mercy University and both her Masters of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from the University of Iowa. She is internationally certified in the science of Patient Safety (CPPS) and is currently attending Maharishi International University for Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Swift joined ZeOmega in 2019 from the management consulting industry where she provided advisory services and executive coaching for hospitals, healthcare systems, healthcare architects, and software vendors. She brings a variety of expertise in areas such as strategic planning, performance improvement, healthcare quality, regulatory accreditation, and value base care initiatives.
As the Vice President of Innovation & Transformation, Dr. Swift leads efforts to develop structures, systems, and processes required for effective change management and delivery of strategic organizational priorities. She develops and oversees the overall blueprint for significant organizational strategic priorities and innovation developments to achieve performance excellence, cultural/operational transformation, and long-term business viability. As a member of ZeOmega's Senior Management Team, Dr. Swift develops strategy for population health management, value-based care, communications, and ZeOmega’s brand as a whole.
Karin VanZant, MPA
Vice President of Integrated Community Partnerships
Karin VanZant, MPA Vice President of Integrated Community Partnerships
Karin VanZant is the Vice President of Integrated Community Partnerships at CareSource. Since 2015, Mrs. VanZant oversees the work of Social Determinants of Health at CareSource and the full integration into the Population Health Model. Specifically, Mrs. VanZant has built the Life Services strategy, CareSource’s brand of SDOH partnerships, programs and pilots. The first and largest program of Life Services is JobConnect™ - a workforce development program that assists CareSource members to enter into full-time, permanent employment. In 2015, JobConnect™ started in Ohio and expanded to Indiana and Georgia Medicaid Markets as of 2017. Karin leads a team that is currently working on hunger and housing strategies as a part of Life Services. Prior to joining CareSource, Karin was the co-founder and Executive Director of Think Tank, Inc. For ten years as this organization’s leader, Karin assisted the team to live out the mission of equipping and facilitating collaboration among people and organizations seeking ways to promote greater connectedness and a more thriving community.
Karin VanZant has a MPA in Public Administration (2008) and a BA in Social Work (1998) from Wright State University. Karin is certified in various curriculums that address comprehensive poverty issues in the United States. She has helped author presentations and curriculum for use within nonprofit, business and faith-based organizations seeking to become relevant and holistic in their approach to poverty alleviation. Mrs. VanZant is an Adjunct Professor at Antioch Midwest University and Wright State University on a variety of subjects including US Hunger and Poverty, Justice and Equity, Introduction to Human Services, Grant Writing, Leading Change, Coaching as Management, Holistic Case Management and Emotional Intelligence. She lives in Springfield, Ohio with her husband and two boxer dogs.