2017 Conference Speakers

Jessica Altman
Jessica Altman, Chief of Staff, Pennsylvania Insurance Department
Sessions:
End of the Trail, or New Path? Health Insurance in the 21st Century – Coverage Track

Jessica Altman was appointed Acting Insurance Commissioner on August 19, 2017. Prior to this, Ms. Altman served as Chief of Staff for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department alongside former Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller beginning in June 2015. In this position, Ms. Altman served as the top aide to former Commissioner Miller, oversaw policy initiatives for the agency, and coordinated policy with other state government agencies and external groups.

Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Ms. Altman worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, where she developed policy and facilitated implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  In addition, she analyzed policy for the health division of the White House Office of Management and Budget while completing her master’s degree.

Ms. Altman has a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management, with a concentration in Health Care Policy, from Cornell University.

Bryan Amick
Bryan Amick, Acting Deputy Director for Health Programs, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Sessions:
Where the Trails Meet: Blending and Braiding Funds for Improved Population Health

Bryan Amick, PharmD, MS, MBA
Acting Deputy Director for Health Programs
South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Bryan Amick serves a dual role as both the pharmacy director and acting deputy director for the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS).  SCDHHS provides health benefits for over one million South Carolinians.  Before joining SC’s Medicaid program, Mr. Amick worked for several other healthcare payer organizations, including pharmacy benefit managers and commercial health insurance carriers.  He has served in leadership roles for several state and national level pharmacy organizations.  He is a peer reviewer for several pharmacy and benefit design publications, and serves as a grant reviewer for a number of state and national organizations.

Melody Anthony
Melody Anthony, Deputy State Medicaid Director, Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Sessions:
Reaching the Summit: Trekking Towards Value-Based Payment

Melody Anthony is the Deputy State Medicaid Director for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.  Her leadership at the agency encompasses multiple functions that touch more than one million lives each year as qualifying Oklahomans receive services in Fee-for-Service, managed care and a demonstration program that offers premium assistance.  She is a direct report to the agency CEO and member of the executive team, ensuring that the strategic plan is implemented successfully in all aspects of operations. Melody ensures that improving the health of Oklahomans remains a primary focus in her areas of responsibility, including Member Services, Provider/Medical Home Services, Population Care Management, Behavioral Health and Pharmacy. Along with her leadership of these departments, she is the point of contact for the agency’s participation in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiatives, both CPC Classic and CPC+. Her team focuses on value-based purchasing and return on investment,  innovating care coordination models and addressing head-on public health challenges such as the opioid crisis and infant mortality. She has more than 20 years’ experience in health care, both in the private and public sector.

Sam Austin
Sam Austin, Health Policy Analyst, Population Health Institute, University of Wisconsin

Sessions:
Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making

Sam Austin leads the Evidence-Based Health Policy Project (EBHPP) at the at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Population Health Institute. The EBHPP works to connect research and expertise from the University and other sources into Wisconsin’s health policymaking process, and encourage an evidence-informed approach to policy in the state legislature. Prior to joining the Institute in 2016, Sam served for eight years as a budget analyst with the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, a non-partisan service agency of the state legislature. In this role, Sam was the lead analyst for state and federal health programs, including Medicaid and multiple public health programs, and staffed the state legislature’s budget-writing committee. Sam received a master’s degree in international public policy at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison.

Tom Betlach
Thomas Betlach, Director, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

Sessions:
End of the Trail, or New Path? Health Insurance in the 21st Century – Coverage Track
Breaking New Ground: Medicaid Managed Care for Children with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions

Since 2009, Mr. Betlach has served as Director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s single state Medicaid agency.  Mr. Betlach reports to the Governor on the AHCCCS program, which currently provides health care coverage to 1.9 million Arizonans at an annual cost of $12 billion.  Through his leadership, Arizona: launched the first integrated health plan for persons with serious mental illness; leads the nation in duals alignment; is streamlining justice system transitions to health care; remains one of the lowest cost long term care programs nationally; has maintained high levels of home and community based placement for persons with long term care needs; created an integrated specialty plan for children with special health care needs; and modernized operational processes and systems, including enhancing data analytics in Medicaid. Mr. Betlach is the former President of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, a member of the CBO Panel of Health Advisers, a member of the Guiding Committee for the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a member of the Steering Committee for the Reforming States Group, is a Board member of the NASMHP.

Jane Beyer
Jane Beyer, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Sessions:
Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making
Trail Blazers: States Operationalizing Federal Coverage Changes – Coverage Track

Jane began her career as a legal services attorney in Tacoma Washington.  She served as legal counsel to the Washington State House of Representatives for twenty years, as Washington State’s Medicaid director and, more recently, as Washington State’s Behavioral Health Commissioner.  She is currently the Senior Health Policy Advisor to Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

Lynn Blewett
Lynn Blewett, Professor, State Health Access Data Assistance Center, University of Minnesota

Sessions:
Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making

Lynn A. Blewett, Ph.D., is Professor of Health Policy at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Management. She directs the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), a multidisciplinary research center that provides data analytics and policy analysis to better understand how policy impacts health insurance coverage, access to need care and population health. She works with state policy analysts and decision makers to better understand data and trends in health care to better inform health policy. She most recently served on the Board of AcademyHealth  and Board of Scientific Advisors for the National Center for Health Statistics. She currently serves on the board of Portico HealthNet, a coverage program for the uninsured, and is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Dr. Blewett received her MA in public affairs from the Hubert H Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and her PhD in health services research and policy from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Donna Bradbury
Donna Bradbury, Associate Commissioner, Division of Integrated Community Services for Children & Families, New York State Office of Mental Health

Sessions:
Advancing Children’s Behavioral Health Through Systems Integration

Donna Bradbury, MA, LMHC, serves as Associate Commissioner and directs the Division of Integrated Community Services for Children and Families at the New York State Office of Mental Health.  She oversees all community-based children’s mental health programs in New York State, as well as several innovative initiatives which integrate prevention, primary care, and mental health services for children and their families.  She is currently providing leadership for the effort to transition children’s behavioral health services into Medicaid managed care as part of the larger Medicaid Redesign project.   

Prior to state service, Donna worked for twelve years for the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health.  She delivered clinical services to children and their families, served as a consultant to Family Court as well as county-operated human service departments and schools, ran a specialized treatment program which successfully prevented institutional placement for many youth, and assisted in the creation and implementation of several interagency initiatives.

Cathy Caldwell
Cathy Caldwell, Director of the Bureau of Children’s Health Insurance (Alabama’s CHIP), Alabama Department of Public Health

Sessions:
Chipping Away at Children’s Coverage?
Breaking New Ground: Medicaid Managed Care for Children with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions

Ms. Cathy Caldwell received a Masters of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000 and a BS in Psychology from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1998.  Ms. Caldwell is currently the Director of the Bureau of Children’s Health Insurance (Alabama’s CHIP) with the Alabama Department of Public Health.  She has over eighteen years of state government service with the Bureau of Children’s Health Insurance, directing the separate CHIP program known as ALL Kids, providing healthcare coverage to over 80,000 children. She is a current a member of the National Academy for State Health Policy and has served or is currently serving on numerous national committees related to children’s health insurance coverage as well as healthcare reform implementation, including the Agency for Health Research and Quality National Advisory Committee Subcommittee on Children’s Healthcare Quality Measures, the National Collaborative for Innovation in Quality Measurement Advisory Panel (NCINQ MAP) the Medicaid and CHIP Data Analytics Learning Collaborative and the Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center Advisory Committee.

Diane Cook
Diane Cook, Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University

Sessions:
Smart Homes, Smart Health: Technologies that Empower Independence

Dr. Diane Cook is a Huie-Rogers Chair Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University.  She received her B.S. from Wheaton College in 1985 and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1987 and 1990, respectively. Her areas of research interest are machine learning and smart environments, where her results are reported in over 400 papers.  For the last fifteen years Dr. Cook has focused on the design of smart environments to provide health assessment and intervention.  Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, DARPA, DOE, NASA, the Air Force, the Naval Research Lab, and the Department of Homeland Security.  Dr. Cook is an editor for eight international journals,  and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, IEEE, and FTRA.

Tywanda Cox
Tywanda Cox, Chief of Federal and State Health Policy, Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Sessions:
No Phone, No Food, No Pets: Tackling Social Determinants

Tywanda holds a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and currently serves as a direct report to the Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority in her role as the Chief of Federal and State Policy.  Tywanda joined the Oklahoma Health Care Authority staff in May of 1998.    During her tenure at OHCA, Mrs. Cox has worked in the Legal Division, Health Policy Division, Policy and Planning and Integrity Division and currently serving as the division director over Health Policy and Wavier Development & Reporting.  Her responsibilities include oversight of a staff of over 37 who obtain state and federal authorities and approvals for the operation of the Oklahoma Medicaid program.  She serves as the agency liaison to the Center’s for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) related to the Oklahoma State Plan and Operational Waivers, Governor’s Office related to the Oklahoma Administrative Code as well as to other Oklahoma sister agencies.  Additionally, she represents the agency on national forums, committees and workgroups related to Medicaid eligibility enrollment and retention.

Pam Curtis
Pam Curtis, Director, Center for Evidence-based Policy, Oregon Health & Science University

Sessions:
Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making

Pam Curtis, MS, is the Center’s co-founder and Director. Ms. Curtis is responsible for the overall effectiveness of the Center as well as maintaining a portfolio of direct state work. She currently serves as the Director of the MED project (the Center’s largest collaborative of states), leads the Center’s work in Colorado focused on transforming primary care delivery through payment reform, and leads work in Oregon to develop a longitudinal child data set, integrated across six state agencies. Prior to founding the Center, Ms. Curtis served as a policy advisor to Oregon’s Governor on health and human services issues, as well as elected officials at the state, county and national levels. Ms. Curtis has clinical experience in the fields of substance abuse, behavioral health, and child abuse. Her professional background also includes collaborative governance.

Brooks Daverman F&A
Brooks Daverman, Director of Health Care Innovation, Tennessee Division of TennCare

Sessions:
Reaching the Summit: Trekking Towards Value-Based Payment

Brooks Daverman is the Director of Health Care Innovation at the Tennessee Division of TennCare.

He is directing the Tennessee Health Care Innovation Initiative—a project to change how health care is paid for in Tennessee—moving from volume-based to value-based payment. The initiative partners include TennCare, CoverKids, state employee benefits administration, Tennessee’s four largest insurance carriers, the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Tennessee Medical Association, and many others.

Mr. Daverman has a Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University.

Chris DeMars
Chris DeMars, Transformation Center Administrator, Oregon Health Authority

Sessions:
Narrowing the Gap, Creating a Culture of Health
Getting Into the Weed(s): Emerging Issues in State Health Policy

Chris DeMars is the Administrator of the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center, which is the hub of innovation and quality improvement for Oregon’s health system reform efforts. Before joining the Transformation Center in 2013, Chris spent eight years as a Senior Program Officer at the Northwest Health Foundation, where she managed the Foundation’s health care reform portfolio. Prior to working for the foundation, Chris spent six years as a Senior Health Policy Analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where she authored numerous reports for Congress on Medicaid, Medicare and private health insurance payment policy. Chris has also held positions at health-policy consulting firms where she focused on public health, health systems, and payment, and she began her career as a Policy Analyst at Indiana’s Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning. Chris holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan.

Icilda Dickerson
Icilda Dickerson, Acting Chief, Bureau of Long Term Services and Supports, Ohio Department of Medicaid

Sessions:
Breaking New Ground: Medicaid Managed Care for Children with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions

Ms. Dickerson has over 27 years of experience in the field of public health and strategic policy development.  Currently, she serves as Acting Chief for the Bureau of Long Term Services and Supports.  She has worked at the Ohio Department of Medicaid since 2011.  Under her direction, Children’s Health Policy which includes EPSDT and Ohio’s waiver programs for individuals with a nursing or intermediate care facilities level of care are managed.  Her focus is in the development and implementation of state Medicaid policies for individuals with special healthcare needs.   Ms. Dickerson has extensive experience in administering health services programs through collaborative partnerships with state agencies, local health departments, managed care plans, hospitals, pharmacies, provider associations, family advocacy groups and community-based organizations.

Paige Duhamel
Paige Duhamel, Health Care Policy Manager, New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance

Sessions:
Trail Blazers: States Operationalizing Federal Coverage Changes – Coverage Track

Paige Duhamel is the Health Care Policy Manager for the State of New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance. In this role, she oversees strategic policy research and development on health care reform implementation. Prior to joining the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance, Ms. Duhamel worked in non-profit legal advocacy on health care reform implementation in New Mexico.

Tim Engelhardt
Tim Engelhardt, Director, CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office

Sessions:
Come Together Right Now, Medicare and Medicaid 

Tim Engelhardt directs the CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, dedicated to improving services for individuals dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Prior to joining CMS in 2010, Tim was a consultant with The Lewin Group, and he previously served as the Deputy Director for Long Term Care Financing at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  Tim received a BA in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and an MHS from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Benjamin Finder
Benjamin Finder, Senior Analyst, Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)

Sessions:
Rapidly Transforming Delivery Systems

Benjamin Finder, M.P.H., is a senior analyst at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). His work focuses on benefits and payment policy. Prior to joining MACPAC, he served as an associate director in the Health Care Policy and Research Administration at the District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance, and as a policy analyst at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Mr. Finder holds a master of public health from The George Washington University, where he concentrated in health policy and health economics.

Gary Franklin
Gary Franklin,Medical Director, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Research Professor, Departments of Environmental Health, Neurology, and Health Services, University of Washington

Sessions:
Preconference: Using Evidence to Inform Policy Making

Dr. Franklin has served as the Medical Director of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) from 1988 to the present, and has more than a 25-year history of developing and administering workers’ compensation health care policy and conducting outcomes research. He is a Research Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, the Department of Medicine (Neurology), and the Department of Health Services, at the University of Washington (UW). He has served as Director or Co-Director of the NIOSH-funded ERC Occupational Health Services Research training program since its inception.

Dr. Franklin is also Director of the Occupational Epidemiology and Health Outcomes Program at the UW, which is the most productive program of its kind in the U.S. This program houses and facilitates primary research as well as the secondary use of workers’ compensation data in order to improve medical care and reduce the disability related to occupational injuries and illnesses.

Audrey Gasteier
Audrey Morse Gasteier, Chief of Policy and Strategy, Massachusetts Health Connector

Sessions:
Trail Blazers: States Operationalizing Federal Coverage Changes – Coverage Track

Audrey Morse Gasteier serves as Chief of Policy and Strategy at the Massachusetts Health Connector. She leads policy development and strategy related to the Health Connector’s role as a state based health exchange, program and product design, policy research, government affairs, and outreach and communication efforts aimed at engagement with consumers and employers. Prior to joining the Health Connector in 2012, she served as Director of Health Systems Policy at the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, a government agency responsible for analyzing the state’s health care delivery system and recommending policies. She also served as a Policy Analyst at the Association of Community Human Service Agencies in Los Angeles, California. Audrey holds a MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA from Mount Holyoke College. She lives in Concord with her husband and two children.

Bruce Greenstein
Bruce D. Greenstein, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Sessions:
Hi-Tech or Big-Wreck: Troubles on the Technology Trail

Bruce D. Greenstein is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As the CTO at HHS, Bruce provides leadership and direction to ensure that HHS effectively uses data, technology and innovation to improve the lives of the American people and the performance of the operating divisions across the Department.

Greenstein joins HHS after serving as President-West at Quartet.  Quartet is a technology company improving the integration of behavioral health and physical healthcare for patients, providers, and payers.  Prior to that, Greenstein ran an advisory firm that focused on the health care, government and technology markets across North America and China.

In his last government role, Greenstein held a Cabinet post with Governor Bobby Jindal as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals. As the chief of Louisiana’s largest agency, Greenstein led over 11,000 employees and a budget of over $9 billion. With a talented executive team, Greenstein led many reforms of the state’s health care system, including implementing managed care for over one million enrollees.

Gail Hirsch
Gail Hirsch, Co-Director, Office of Community Health Workers, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Sessions:
Community Health Workers: Policy Opportunities to Improve Population Health and Patient-Centered Health Care

Gail Hirsch, M.Ed., is Co-Director of the Office of Community Health Workers at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she has coordinated state public health efforts to support CHWs for over 20 years. She is a leader in CHW policy and organizing efforts in Massachusetts and nationally, and has served as an adviser to other states, federal agencies and regional and national organizations on CHW workforce development, including certification.

Alani Jackson
Alani Jackson, Chief of the Medi-Cal Dental Services Division, Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)

Sessions:
Brushing Up on Innovations in State Oral Health Policy

Alani Jackson is the Chief of the Medi-Cal Dental Services Division within the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). She has full management responsibility for administering the Medi-Cal Dental Services Program (Denti-Cal and Dental Managed Care), which provides dental services to nearly 14 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

Prior to joining DHCS, Ms. Jackson had over eight years of administrative and managerial experience with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Correctional Health Care Services. She has extensive experience and knowledge working in health care policy planning, development, and implementation, as well as interacting with high-level executives amongst various state departments.  She has over 10-years of experience serving Californians as a public servant and additional years of experience working in the legislature and children’s advocacy.

Ms. Jackson has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and two Bachelor’s in Community and Regional Development and Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

Allison Jackson
Allison Sampson-Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Integration Solutions

Sessions:
Advancing Children’s Behavioral Health Through Systems Integration

Allison Sampson-Jackson, PhD, LCSW, LICSW, CSOTP and Certified Facilitator of Dr. Brené Brown’s Daring Way™ curriculums (CDWF) focuses on advancing effective trauma informed clinical and organizational practices. Specialties include using attachment, mindfulness, and neuroscience interventions to enhance clinical and organizational practices. She is a person of lived experience and a professional having provided services via Behavioral Health, Education, Child Welfare and Criminal Justice systems for over 20 years. For 13 years, she served within an international healthcare organization first as mentor and finally as their VP of Clinical Operations and National Trauma Informed Service Line Leader. Partnering with the National Council of Behavioral HealthCare, she co-led 17 National Teams through the Council’s Trauma Informed Learning Collaborative. Today, Dr. Jackson is the CEO of Integration Solutions, providing trauma informed care consultation to human service and healthcare organizations furthering their integration of resilience practices to consumers via TIC organizational culture principles.  http://integrationsolutions.org

Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Johnson, Division Director, Florida Department of Health

Sessions:
Timberrrrrrrr! Chopping the Cost of Prescription Drugs

Jennifer Johnson is the Director for the Florida Department of Health’s Division of Public Health Statistics and Performance Management and is responsible for the Department’s performance management and continuous quality improvement efforts.  From January 2016 through May 2017, she served the Department of Health as the County Health Department Administrator for Jefferson and Madison counties, where she oversaw the provision of local public health services and initiatives. Prior to coming to the Department of Health, she served as the Health and Human Services Staff Director for the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability where she supervised policy research and analysis to assist legislative budget and policy deliberations. During her 16-year tenure at OPPAGA, areas of research and evaluation included state and local public health, Florida’s Medicaid program, developmental disabilities, health care regulation, long-term health care, substance abuse and mental health, and child welfare. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of South Florida and is in the final stages of earning a doctoral degree in Public Administration.

Kim Kehl
Kim Kehl, Trauma-Informed Care Project Coordinator, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Sessions:
Preconference: State Innovations and Interventions in America’s Opioid Crisis

Under the general direction of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) Medical Director, collaborates with partners to support training on trauma-informed practices throughout Ohio in a cost effective manner. He coordinates training efforts and implementation of trauma-informed practice within the behavioral health, developmental disabilities and human services systems. Kim works with OMHAS Regional Psychiatric Hospitals and DODD Developmental Centers to advance trauma-informed practice. He supports Ohio’s six  Regional Trauma-Informed Care Collaboratives to meet local regional-based needs and promotes statewide interdepartmental collaboration to advance trauma-informed care throughout the Ohio healthcare and human services systems.

David Kelley
David Kelley, Chief Medical Officer, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services' Office of Medical Assistance Programs

Sessions:
Reaching the Summit: Trekking Towards Value-Based Payment

Dr. David Kelley is the Chief Medical Officer for Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ Office of Medical Assistance Programs. He oversees the clinical and quality aspects of the state’s Medical Assistance Program that provides health benefits to over 2.2 million recipients. Dr. Kelley also oversees nine physical health managed care organizations and a fee-for-service delivery system. Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Kelley worked for Aetna Health, Inc. as the medical director responsible for utilization and quality management in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Prior to Aetna, he served as Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Quality Improvement at Penn State University’s College of Medicine. In this role, he oversaw quality and utilization management at Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Kelley attended University of Pittsburgh medical school, completed his residency training at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine, and is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics.

Patti Killingsworth
Patti Killingsworth, Assistant Commissioner, TennCare

Sessions:
Body and Soul: Leading Change in Behavioral Health Integration
Lemons or Lemonade: Leveraging the Medicaid Managed Care Rule to Improve MLTSS

Patti Killingsworth is an Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of TennCare, and since February 2007, the Chief of Long Term Services & Supports. She has worked in Medicaid programs in Missouri and Tennessee for nearly two decades, leading system redesign initiatives in both states.  In Tennessee, this includes an MLTSS program in 2010 that has significantly expanded access to home and community based services, rapidly moving toward a rebalanced system; and in 2016, a new MLTSS model program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, aligning incentives to help individuals achieve employment and integrated community living.  Her commitment is to changing systems to better meet the needs of individuals and family members, promoting the development and expansion of home and community based service options, and ensuring that that the voice and perspective of people who need LTSS, their family members, and other key stakeholders is brought to bear in policy and program decision- making processes.

Michelle Larson
Michelle Larson, Director of the Office of Medical Cannabis, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

Sessions:
Getting Into the Weed(s): Emerging Issues in State Health Policy

Michelle Larson is the Director of the Office of Medical Cannabis at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). She has 20 years of public health experience at the state and local level that includes topics such as obesity, tobacco prevention, Strategic National Stockpile, emergency preparedness, environmental health, and policy development. She has a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Organization, Leadership, and Policy Development, a Masters of Public Affairs degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Government, and a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin. Michelle served in the Minnesota Air National Guard for 6 years. Her hobbies include being a mom, knitting, and anything outdoors.

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Dawn Lambert, Community Options Strategy Group, Connecticut’s Department of Social Services

Sessions:
Smart Homes, Smart Health: Technologies that Empower Independence
Keeping Score: Using Scorecards as Instruments of Policy Change

Dawn Lambert manages the Community Options Strategy Group within Connecticut’s Department of Social Services. With over 25 years of experience in long-term services and supports, she currently serves as an appointed member of the National Academy for State Health Policy LTSS Committee, an advisor to the AARP LTSS Scorecard and a consultant to the Department of Justice regarding community options for older adults and people with disabilities.

MaryAnne Lindeblad
MaryAnne Lindeblad, Medicaid Director, Washington State Health Care Authority

Sessions:
Narrowing the Gap, Creating a Culture of Health

MaryAnne Lindeblad brings a broad health care and administrative background to the Washington Medicaid program. She has been an active health care professional and leader spanning most aspects of health care including acute care, long-term care, behavioral health care, eldercare and services for people with disabilities. MaryAnne served for two years as Assistant Secretary for Aging and Disability Services Administration with the Department of Social and Health Services, and Director of the Health Care Services Division with the Health Care Authority. Lindeblad has held a variety of leadership positions, including Assistant Administrator of the Public Employees Benefits Board, and Director of Operations for Unified Physicians of Washington. In 2010, she was selected for the inaugural class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute. MaryAnne currently chairs the executive committee for the National Academy for State Health Policy, serves on the boards of the National Association of Medicaid Directors and Olympia Free Clinic. Lindeblad holds a bachelor of science in nursing from Eastern Washington University, and master’s in public health from the University of Washington.

Mary Marinari
Mary E. Marinari, Senior Administrator, Information Systems Unit, Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance

Sessions:
Hi-Tech or Big-Wreck: Troubles on the Technology Trail

Mary E. Marinari, MPA
Senior Administrator, Information Systems Unit, Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance

Mary leads the EHR Incentive Payment Program and coordinates Medicaid HIT Initiatives with State agencies and the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN).  She received her B.A. from Boston University and an M.P.A from New York University.  Mary’s experience in Delaware State government began in the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Health and Social Services. Her background includes system implementations including the recent Delaware Medicaid Enterprise System (DMES) replacement; value based payment pilots; health care policy and planning; development of quality strategies and performance metrics; managed care implementation; budgetary analysis; and of course, IAPD submissions.

Mary McIntyre
Mary G. McIntyre, Chief Medical Officer, Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH)

Sessions:
Preconference: State Innovations and Interventions in America’s Opioid Crisis
Rapidly Transforming Delivery Systems

Mary G. McIntyre, M.D., M.P.H., SSBB is Chief Medical Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). Dr. McIntyre received her B.S. in Biology from Winston Salem University in Winston Salem, NC.  She earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville and served as resident physician in Internal Medicine at the George Hubbard Hospital in Nashville, TN.  She obtained a master’s of public health in Health Care Organization and Policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She studied Lean and Six Sigma at Villanova University from 2010-2011.  She is board certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine.  She joined ADPH in January 2011, and served as Assistant State Health Officer for Disease Control and Prevention and State Epidemiologist before taking her current position.  Prior to beginning her public health career she served in various roles at the Alabama Medicaid Agency for fourteen years.  She provided primary care for eleven years before joining the State.

She is a member of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), the American Public Health Association

Shane Mofford
Shane Mofford, Director of Rates and Payment Reform, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Sessions:
Reaching the Summit: Trekking Towards Value-Based Payment

Shane has served as the Director of Rates and Payment Reform for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing in Colorado for just under two years, but has been with the Department for seven years in total.  While his education is in Economics, he has worked in health care for 12 years in a variety of roles. Shane has lead or been closely involved with many of Colorado’s reform efforts including several initiatives to expand integrated care, managed care reforms, behavioral health reforms, primary care reforms, and hospital reforms.

Rene Mollow
Rene Mollow, Deputy Director, Health Care Benefits and Eligibility, California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)

Sessions:
Chipping Away at Children’s Coverage?

René has been with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) since 1995, working primarily with Medi-Cal, California’s version of Medicaid.  She is currently serving as the Deputy Director for Health Care Benefits and Eligibility (HCBE).  She is responsible for the formulation and administration of policy development and implementation; provides leadership for policy planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of health care services and delivery systems under Medi-Cal and for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). HCBE is comprised of five divisions and one office: Benefits, Eligibility, Pharmacy Benefits, Primary and Rural Health, Medi-Cal Dental Services and the Office of Family Planning. René directs and coordinates programs and activities in HCBE to ensure uniform program administration and direction of eligibility and benefit policies of procedures within the Medi-Cal delivery systems. In addition, she assists the Directorate and State Legislatures in determining program direction consistent with legislative intent and consults with the Director and State Medicaid Director on issues of significant policy impact involving both Medi-Cal & CHIP.

Sue Moran
Sue Moran, Senior Deputy Director, Population Health Administration, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Sessions:
Narrowing the Gap, Creating a Culture of Health

Sue Moran currently serves as the Senior Deputy Director of the Population Health Administration for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Sue leads agency wide efforts to promote and protect the health of the all Michigan residents through surveillance and response to health issues, prevention of illness and injury, improvements in access to care, and promotion of health equity. Ms. Moran also oversees the Community Health Innovation Region (CHIR) and state evaluation components of Michigan’s State Innovation Model. Ms. Moran graduated from the University of Illinois with Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Health.

Christina Mullins
Christina Mullins, Director, Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

Sessions:
Preconference: State Innovations and Interventions in America’s Opioid Crisis

Christina Mullins is the Title V Director for West Virginia.  She is also the Director of the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.  In this role, she is responsible for the management and oversight of 26 programs and projects that help to improve the health and well-being of West Virginia’s women, children and families.  In her nearly 20-year tenure with the Bureau for Public Health, she has worked to establish West Virginia’s youth anti-tobacco campaign, facilitated the achievement of all data benchmarks for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program and worked with a multitude of partners to launch a surveillance system for neonatal abstinence syndrome.  Christina was born in the small community of Lincoln County, West Virginia and graduated from Marshall University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1997.

David Nash
David Nash, Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry

Sessions:
Brushing Up on Innovations in State Oral Health Policy

David A. Nash is the William R. Willard Professor of Dental Education and professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the College of Dentistry of the University of Kentucky. Nash has led in the initiation and development of adding the internationally acclaimed dental therapist to the American oral health workforce to help address the issue of access to card for children. He has been a prime advocate for  integrating dental education with medical education, and has called for the creation of an “oral physician” curriculum. Nash has been named by the American Student Dental Association as one of the visionaries in American Dentistry.

Ana Novais
Ana Novais, Executive Director of Health, Rhode Island Department of Health

Sessions:
Where the Trails Meet: Blending and Braiding Funds for Improved Population Health

Ana P. Novais, holds a master degree in Clinical Psychology, UCLN, Belgium, and is a graduate from the Northeastern Public Health Leadership Institute, University of Albany, NY and Leadership RI. Ana has worked in Public Health for 30 years including 5 years in Africa (Cape Verde), 5 years in Portugal and for the past 20 years in the USA. Ana has worked for the RI Department of Health since 1998, first as an Education and Outreach Coordinator and as the Chief for the Office of Minority Health assuring the Department addresses the health needs of the racial and ethnic minority communities of RI. Since March 2006 as the Executive Director of Health for the Division of Community, Family Health and Equity, Ana has lead the department efforts to achieve the goal of health equity by focusing in the areas of Health Disparities and Access to Care, Chronic Care and Disease Management, Maternal and Child Health, Environmental Health, Health Promotion and Wellness; and by developing and implementing the “Rhode Island Health Equity Framework” a plan of action for achieving health equity at the state and at local level through the “Health Equity Zones” initiative.

Sherri Ohly
Sherri Ohly, Health Promotion Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Sessions:
Community Health Workers: Policy Opportunities to Improve Population Health and Patient-Centered Health Care

Sherri Ohly has been a contracted team member of the State of Wisconsin Health Department Chronic Disease Prevention Unit at the Division of Public Health since 2011. She provides leadership, technical assistance, and guidance for diabetes and chronic disease prevention/management programming and system change in Wisconsin. Collaborating with the CDC, APHA CHW section policy committee, the Community Guide and others, she has worked to create health strategies and technical assistance documents that guide Community Health Worker training and strategy development. Sherri is a certified trainer for Pathways Community HUB model and Stanford Self-Management programs, linking clinical work to communities. She serves as the lead public health staff in the state for Community Health Worker strategies and the Stanford-licensed self-management programs, engaging and mobilizing public-private partnerships to ensure success.

Jennifer Patterson
Jennifer Patterson, Health Policy Legal Counsel, New Hampshire Insurance Department

Sessions:
Circling the Wagons: Medicaid, Exchanges, and Insurance Working Together – Coverage Track

Jennifer Patterson is the Health Policy Legal Counsel for the New Hampshire Insurance Department. Ms. Patterson is the lead attorney for the Insurance Department interacting with the New Hampshire legislature, Governor’s office, Congressional delegation and other state and federal executive branch agencies with respect to the insurance aspects of federal health reform and Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire.

Ms. Patterson has worked closely with the state’s Joint Legislative Health Reform Oversight Committee and Health Exchange Advisory Board, and coordinates with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services on health reform and Medicaid expansion issues.

Nicholas Peiper
Nicholas Peiper, Behavioral Epidemiologist, Behavioral and Urban Health Program, RTI

Sessions:
Getting Into the Weed(s): Emerging Issues in State Health Policy

Dr. Nicholas C. Peiper is a behavioral epidemiologist with 10 years of experience in substance use and mental health. His current work through the CDC, SAMHSA, and NIH focuses on opioid overdose prevention. Dr. Peiper also concentrates on the application of emergent computational methods to understand the epidemiology of cannabis use, including the intersection between social policy. In addition, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville where he teaches online doctoral courses in behavioral epidemiology and applied research methodologies; directs MPH practicum programs; and mentors graduate students in public health and clinical psychology.

Cheryl Roberts
Cheryl J. Roberts, Deputy Director of Programs, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

Sessions:
Preconference: State Innovations and Interventions in America’s Opioid Crisis
Advancing Children’s Behavioral Health Through Systems Integration

Cheryl J. Roberts is Deputy Director of Programs for the Department of Medical Assistance Services in the Commonwealth of Virginia which provides Medicaid and SCHIP services for over 1,000,000 clients in the Commonwealth expending $9 billion a year. In her current position, she is responsible for the program development and executive oversight of non LTSS Medicaid managed care delivery system which covers 700,000 members, dental services, quality management, service, claims and provider operations, and program integrity operations for the agency. Previous responsibilities included oversight long term care, pharmacy services and behavioral health. Prior to working with the Department, Ms. Roberts served as the Chief Operations Officer of a Virginia based Medicaid health plan and was the Assistant Vice President of Operations for a large health insurance company in New York City.  Ms. Roberts received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers’s State University of New Jersey Law School. She serves as an executive committee chair for NASHP and also works on various national health care projects, collaborative and committees.

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Tracy Rodgers, Executive Officer, Iowa Department of Public Health

Sessions:
Brushing Up on Innovations in State Oral Health Policy

Ms. Rodgers is an Executive Officer with the Iowa Department of Public Health. She spent 13 years working as a dental hygienist in general, pediatric, and periodontal dental practices in Texas and Iowa prior to working in public health.

Her current role with the department includes program and policy development for oral health programs. She manages the I-Smile and I-Smile Silver programs, the dental component of Iowa’s Title V block grant, and Iowa’s oral health workforce grant from HRSA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree and Certificate of Public Health from the University of Iowa.

Carl Rush
Carl Rush, Project on Community Health Worker Policy & Practice, University of Texas Institute of Health Policy

Sessions:
Community Health Workers: Policy Opportunities to Improve Population Health and Patient-Centered Health Care

Carl Rush has worked full time for and with CHWs for over 20 years. He has supported studies on CHW employment policy for the states of Arizona, Texas and Indiana, and for Public Health Seattle/King County. He was a lead author on HRSA’s 2007 CHW National Workforce Study.  He is currently working on a national policy study for CDC on CHW certification. He has advised CHW policy initiatives in more than 20 individual states, and groups of state officials for the National Academy for State Health Policy, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the National Governors Association.

Bob Russell
Bob Russell, Bureau Chief, Oral & Health Delivery Systems Bureau, Iowa Department of Public Health

Sessions:
Brushing Up on Innovations in State Oral Health Policy

Dr. Russell serves as Public Health Dental Director; and Bureau Chief of the Oral & Health Delivery Systems Bureau of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Dr. Russell received his dental training at Loyola University of Chicago School of Dentistry and public health training at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He served as a past member of the National Quality Forum’s Oral Health Expert Advisors, and on several state and national Board of Directors including the National Network for Oral Health Access, the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation, Free Clinics of Iowa, and former board member of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Director. He was selected and received a federal HHS appointment to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care

Jenney Samuelson
Jenney Samuelson, Associate Director, Vermont Blueprint for Health

Sessions:
Where the Trails Meet: Blending and Braiding Funds for Improved Population Health

Jenney Samuelson, MS, MCHES

Currently she is an associate director with the Blueprint for Health at the Department of Vermont Health Access.  The Blueprint was established by the State of Vermont, under the leadership of its Governor, Legislature and the bi-partisan Health Care Reform Commission to spearhead transformation to a system where all Vermonters have access to a continuum of seamless, effective, and preventive health services.

Ms. Samuelson leads the Blueprint Expansion and Quality Improvement Program (EQuIP) which consists of a team of practice facilitators who assist over one-hundred adult, family, and pediatric primary care practices to implement continuous quality improvement and patient centered medical home recognition.

Paul Saucier
Paul Saucier, Senior Director, Federal, IBM Watson Health

Sessions:
Lemons or Lemonade: Leveraging the Medicaid Managed Care Rule to Improve MLTSS

Paul Saucier is a Senior Director at Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Watson Health company.  He specializes in integrated care and MLTSS.  He consults on Medicaid program design and implementation, stakeholder engagement, qualitative research, and policy analysis. Recent projects include support to Pennsylvania DHS with design and implementation of Community HealthChoices, a national inventory of MLTSS program features for the CMS DEHPG, two national MLTSS studies for the AARP Public Policy Institute on care coordination and continuity of care, and a series of MLTSS issue briefs for the CMS 1115 evaluation.

Colleen Sonosky
Colleen Sonosky, Associate Director, Division of Children’s Health Services, Health Care Delivery Management Administration, District of Columbia’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF)

Sessions:
Chipping Away at Children’s Coverage?

Colleen Sonosky, JD is the Associate Director of the Division of Children’s Health Services in the Health Care Delivery Management Administration in the District of Columbia’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF). DHCF is the agency responsible for the administration of the Medicaid program and the Division of Children’s Health Services oversees policies and procedures for Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) services benefit—the pediatric component of the Medicaid program for children under 21. Ms. Sonosky serves as the District’s EPSDT Coordinator as well as the CHIP Director for the Medicaid-expansion program. In addition, Ms. Sonosky represents DHCF on the District-wide Child Fatality Review Committee, Interagency Coordinating Committee for Early Intervention, and  the State Early Child Development Coordinating Committee (SECDCC) where she co-chairs the Health/Wellbeing Subcommittee.  She  has also served on many national work groups concerning maternal and child health.

Nora Stern
Nora Stern, Program Manager, Persistent Pain Project, Providence Health and Services

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Nora Stern is program manager for the Persistent Pain Project at Providence Health and Services and runs the Persistent Pain Program within Providence Rehabilitation Services state-wide.  The primary focus of her work involves training health care professional in contemporary concepts regarding the neurophysiology of pain, facilitating the development of new treatment models to support a biopsychosocial approach to treatment, and development of pain education material for patients.  The Persistent Pain Project  has developed written material, pain education classes, and videos  on pain for Providence patients which are used extensively throughout Providence, as well as learning modules for providers.  In 2014, the pain project has trained all of the primary care physicians in Oregon in Providence Medical Group.   As a physical therapist, she approaches persistent pain treatment by evaluating the aspects of the nervous system that have become too sensitized and addresses the sensitization through pain education, physiological quieting, sensory cortical retraining including kinesthetic awareness and graded motor imagery, and graded exposure and pacing. 

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Dena Stoner, Senior Policy Advisor, Texas Health and Human Services

Sessions:
Body and Soul: Leading Change in Behavioral Health Integration

Dena Stoner is a Senior Policy Advisor for Texas Health and Human Services. She has over 35 years of design and implementation experience including long term services, acute care, managed care and behavioral health. She has developed community-based long term services programs for people with various disabilities and has been involved in developing the state’s managed care system since its inception over twenty years ago. She currently concentrates on behavioral health. Examples of recent efforts include the Money Follows the Person Behavioral Health Pilot,  1115 transformation waiver, Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment, Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Disease Study, HCBS state plan amendment for adults with serious mental illness and HCBS waiver for children with emotional disturbance.  Her work has been featured in national and peer-reviewed publications. She is also involved in policy and research at the national level. She chairs the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors’ Medicaid /Finance Division, serves on the National Research Institute’s board and on the executive council of NASHP.

Norm Thurston
Dr. Norman Thurston, Representative, Utah State Legislature
Director, Office of Health Care Statistics, Utah Department of Health

Sessions:
Preconference: State Only Summit: State Strategy and Tactics to Lower Drug Prices
Timberrrrrrrr! Chopping the Cost of Prescription Drugs

Dr. Thurston has a Masters and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. His areas of specialty include insurance markets, health care provider markets, labor markets, and public finance/economics.

Dr. Thurston has been a policy analyst and health economist for the Utah Department of Health since 2003. Currently, he is the Director of the Office of Health Care Statistics which is responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data related to health care cost and quality for the State of Utah.

Previously, he served as the policy advisor and executive staff for health system reform efforts in the State of Utah.

Before joining the state, Dr. Thurston worked for eight years as an assistant professor of economics at Brigham Young University.

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Rep. Thurston was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 2014. He is a currently member of the following interim committees Economic Development and Workforce Services, Government Operations, and the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

Robin Wagner
Robin Wagner, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Aging and Adult Services, Louisiana Department of Health

Sessions:
Where the Trails Meet: Blending and Braiding Funds for Improved Population Health

Robin Wagner is Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Aging and Adult Services.  She has been involved in Louisiana’s Permanent Supportive Housing program since planning began in late 2005 and has been responsible for LDH’s management of the program for most of its existence.  In addition to PSH, she oversees several Medicaid home and community-based programs serving older adults and people with disabilities including HCBS waivers, PACE, and Money Follows the Person. Louisiana’s PSH program is recognized for its cross-disability focus, success in addressing homelessness and institutionalization, and innovation in covering tenancy supports under Medicaid.

Tammy Whitlock
Tammy Whitlock, Director, Division of Integrated Care and Behavioral Health Services, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

Sessions:
Breaking New Ground: Medicaid Managed Care for Children with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions

Tammy received her Bachelor’s from Longwood University and her Master’s in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Prior to coming to the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Tammy worked in the areas of physical rehabilitation, mental health, and juvenile justice. Tammy started working with DMAS in 1994 as a Rehabilitation Analyst and has held various positions in Long Term Care and Maternal & Child Health. Tammy currently serves as the Division Director for Integrated Care & Behavioral Services overseeing behavioral health services, Commonwealth Coordinated Care and in 2017, MLTSS.

Laura Zaichkin
Laura Zaichkin, Deputy Chief Policy Officer, Washington State Health Care Authority

Sessions:
No Phone, No Food, No Pets: Tackling Social Determinants

Laura Kate Zaichkin is the Acting Chief Policy Officer for the Washington State Health Care Authority, where she advises executive leaders and the state’s authorizing environment on purchasing policy and health reform efforts. She leads the Office of Health Innovation and Reform, HCA’s  health policy and innovation engine primarily focused on the development and implementation of the state’s plan for health systems transformation, called Healthier Washington. Prior to joining HCA in 2013, Laura was with the National Quality Forum in Washington DC where she convened a public-private partnership of national health care entities to help shape and catalyze action around the National Quality Strategy. Laura has a masters degree in public health policy from The George Washington University.