2016 Conference Speakers

Jerome Adams
Jerome Adams, State Health Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health

Sessions:
Preconference: Anatomy of a Crisis: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic
Incentivizing Healthy Behaviors and Personal Responsibility: What Have We Learned?

Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, has served as Indiana state health commissioner since October 22, 2014.  He is also an assistant professor of clinical anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine and a staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis.  Dr. Adams led Indiana’s 2015 response to an unprecedented outbreak of HIV tied to injection drug use and has testified before the US Senate and House of Representatives about the outbreak and the effects of the national opioid epidemic on senior citizens.  He also recently published an article in the American Journal of Public Health regarding the HCAHPS patient satisfaction questions contributing to the national opioid epidemic.

Caleb Alexander
Caleb Alexander, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness

Sessions:
Preconference: Anatomy of a Crisis: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic

Dr. Alexander is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he serves as founding co-Director of the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness and Principal Investigator of the Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation. He is a practicing primary care physician and pharmacoepidemiologist and the author of over 200 scientific articles examining prescription drug utilization, safety and effectiveness. Dr. Alexander received his B.A. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, an MD from Case Western Reserve University, and a Master of Science from the University of Chicago.

Gregory Allen
Gregory S. Allen, MSW, Director, Program Development and Management, Office of Health Insurance Programs, New York State Department of Health

Sessions:

Three Streams: Approaches to Behavioral Health Integration

As Director of the Division of Program Development and Management, Greg is responsible for Medicaid services planning and policy in addition to development of new and emerging program areas. Greg is responsible for managing policy and payment support for all NYS Medicaid’s inpatient, clinic, practitioner and pharmacy services as well as payment policy for mental health, chemical dependence and developmental disabilities services.  Greg and his team have recently been engaged in the NYS Medicaid Redesign process including the statewide roll out of the health home care management program for high need, high cost populations.  Greg also has lead responsibility for managing the state’s recently approved $8B Medicaid Waiver including its centerpiece the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.   

Beginning his career as a front line service professional in the chemical dependence field, Greg has over 20 years of government operations and management experience.

Leesa Allen
Leesa Allen, Deputy Secretary – Office of Medical Assistance Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Sessions:
Where’s the Puck: A Discussion on Medicaid Expansion

Leesa Allen currently serves as the Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Service’s Office of Medical Assistance Programs. In this role, Ms. Allen provides executive leadership for Pennsylvania’s $30 Billion Medical Assistance Program. Ms. Allen previously held the position of the Executive Medicaid Director and provided leadership and consultation to the DHS Secretary regarding strategic planning, policy formulation and implementation, and ongoing evaluation of operations to improve system design, program management, cost containment and the financial integrity of the Medicaid Program.

Drew Altman
Drew Altman, President and CEO, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Sessions:
Lunch Plenary: The State of State Health Policy

Drew Altman is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He is an innovator in the world of foundations and a leading expert on national health policy who publishes and speaks widely on health issues.
Dr. Altman founded the current-day Kaiser Family Foundation in the early 1990’s, directing a complete overhaul of the Foundation’s mission, staff, and operating style. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Altman was Commissioner of the Department of Human Services for the state of New Jersey under Governor Tom Kean. As Commissioner, he developed nationally recognized initiatives in welfare reform, school-based youth services, programs for the homeless, and Medicaid managed care. Dr. Altman was Director of the Health and Human Services at the Pew Charitable Trusts; Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where he led the development of the Foundation’s programs in HIV/AIDS, health services for the homeless, and health care financing; and he served in the Health Care Financing Administration in the Carter administration.
Dr. Altman received his BA from Brandeis University and his Masters in political science from Brown University. He earned his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, did his post-doctoral work at the Harvard School of Public Health, and taught public policy at MIT before moving on to public service. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Altman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Institute of Medicine. For more information.

Jessica Altman
Jessica Altman, Chief of Staff, Pennsylvania Insurance Department

Sessions:
Getting Consumers in the Healthcare Game

Jessica Altman was appointed Chief of Staff for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department by Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller in June of 2015.  In this position, Ms. Altman serves as the top aide to Commissioner Miller, oversees policy initiatives for the agency, and coordinates policy with other state government agencies, and external groups.

Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Ms. Altman worked in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.  Here 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.

Ms. Altman earned a Master in Public Policy Degree 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.

Mary Applegate
Mary Applegate, Ohio Department of Medicaid Medical Director, Ohio Department of Medicaid, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics

Sessions:

Preconference: Anatomy of a Crisis: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic

An honors graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Mary Applegate is double-boarded in Pediatrics and Internal medicine. After over twenty years of experience in rural private practice Dr. Applegate serves as the Medical Director of Ohio Medicaid. She is responsible for infusing high quality in clinical medicine into the program, driving improvements in health outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries.

Dr. Applegate leads several quality improvement initiatives across multiple agencies particularly in the fields of perinatal health, physical and mental health integration, and value-based purchasing. She works at the state and national levels to bring agencies and organizations together to improve population health, still hearing the voice of the patient.  Special interests include maternal and infant health, homecare, health equity, and health system transformation.

Christopher Atchison
Christopher G. Atchison, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, College of Public Health, University of Iowa

Sessions:

Mining Comparative Effectiveness Research to Drive State Health Policy Making

Christopher G. Atchison is the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Clinical Professor in Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health and the Director of the State Hygienic Laboratory. Prior to joining the University in 1999, Mr. Atchison served for eight years as Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health. Mr. Atchison serves on a number of state and national boards including the Iowa Prevention of Disabilities Policy Council, the Patient-Centered Health Advisory Council, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, and the American Heart Association.

Bruce Austin
Bruce Austin, Statewide Dental Director, Oregon Health Authority

Sessions:
Preconference: Open Wide: State Innovations in Oral Health Policy

Dr. Bruce Austin is a lifelong Oregonian, graduating from Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry in 1985. After four years as an Army dentist, he treated patients for Permanente Dental Associates in Salem and Portland for twenty years, and was then in other groups, including a clinic in a Boys and Girls Club. Bruce has taught at the dental school and in other assisting and hygiene programs, and still teaches one half day/week in an EPDH hygiene program. After doing part-time dentistry and part-time massage for five years, he was hired as Oregon’s Statewide Dental Director in 2015.

Susan Barrett
Susan J. Barrett, Executive Director, Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board

Sessions:
Opening Plenary: What’s Driving Premiums Up and What Can We Do About It?

Susan J. Barrett, an attorney, was formerly Director of Public Policy in Vermont for the Bi-State Primary Care Association. She joined Bi- State in 2011 after nearly 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry with Novartis, Merck, and Wyeth.  Susan’s health care experience also includes pro bono legal work and an internship with Health Law Advocates (HLA), a non-profit public interest law firm in Massachusetts.  She is a graduate of New England Law Boston and Regis College. She lives in Norwich.

Anne Barry
Anne Barry, Senior Researcher, Arizona State University

Sessions:
Instituting Change-Rethinking the Place of IMDs in the Medicaid Continuum of Care

Anne M. Barry has 30+ years of state public service with a career that includes gubernatorial appointments to high level leadership positions in four separate administrations.   Currently Ms. Barry holds research and lecturer positions at both the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health and Arizona State University, College of Health Solutions.

Prior to leaving state service, Barry served as the Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Human Services(DHS) for Community and Partner Relations to advance community and governmental partnerships and equity in human service programs. At DHS, Ms. Barry also served as the Deputy Commissioner for the DHS with responsibility for Direct Care and Treatment Programs as well as policy and operations.

In 2002, Barry was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Finance in the Governor Pawlenty administration after 4 years in the same position for the Governor Ventura administration.

Prior to her appointment at the Department of Finance, Barry was appointed by Governor Carlson as Commissioner of Health in June of 1995.

Stephanie Bates
Stephanie Bates, Branch Manager Disease and Case Management, Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services

Sessions:
Preconference: Open Wide: State Innovations in Oral Health Policy
Preconference: Anatomy of a Crisis: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic

Since January 2014, Stephanie Bates has led the Disease and Case Management Branch of the Division of Program Quality & Outcomes for the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services. During that time, she has also acted as EPSDT Coordinator and worked closely with Kentucky’s five Medicaid Managed Care Organizations to ensure members are receiving quality services. She has worked to develop and enhance interagency relationships within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services including the Department for Community Based Services, Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Department for Aging and Independent Living, and the Department for Public Health. In addition, Stephanie is a member of the KY Colon Cancer Advisory Committee, the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition Medicaid Workgroup, the Kentucky Cancer Consortium, the CHFS Opioid Response Workgroup.

Karen Baylor
Karen Baylor, Deputy Director, CDHCS

Sessions:
Instituting Change-Rethinking the Place of IMDs in the Medicaid Continuum of Care

Karen Baylor was appointed as the Deputy Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders for the CDHCS on June 12, 2013.  She previously was the Behavioral Health Administrator for the County of San Luis Obispo for the past eight years.  During her time in San Luis Obispo County, she served as President of the CMHDA during 2012.  She also served as a Board Officer for the CalMHSA from 2010 to 2013.  Her previous work experience was with a variety of private, non-profits organizations providing children’s mental health services.  She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Laura Bernard
Laura Bernard, Early Childhood Services Coordinator, Maternal and Child Health Division, Vermont Department of Health

Sessions:
Cross-Agency Collaboration: Integrating Pediatric Mental and Physical Health

Laura Bernard, MPH is the Division of Maternal and Child Health Perinatal and Early Childhood Health Team Lead at the Vermont Department of Health. After completing her MPH in Community Health with a specialization in Maternal and Child Health at Tulane, she worked as a consultant in Washington, DC. Laura moved back to her home state of  Vermont in 2013 and joined MCH as the Early Childhood Services Coordinator. She implements the Project LAUNCH grant and collaborates on Help Me Grow, evidence based home visiting, statewide developmental screening initiatives, and projects addressing the social and emotional health of infants, young children, and families. Laura is a member of the Chittenden Regional Building Bright Futures Council, the Building Bright Futures Data and Evaluation Committee, and the Child Youth and Family Trauma Work Group.

Tom Betlach
Thomas Betlach, Director, AHCCCS

Sessions:
Three Streams: Approaches to Behavioral Health Integration

Since 2009, Mr. Betlach has served as Director of the AHCCCS, Arizona’s single state Medicaid agency.  Mr. Betlach reports to the Governor on the AHCCCS program, which currently provides health care coverage to 1.85 million Arizonans at an annual cost of $12 billion.

Mr. Betlach is widely recognized as a national leader in Medicaid managed care and health care policy. Through his leadership, Arizona: launched the first integrated health plan for persons with serious mental illness by including physical health services into the Regional Behavioral Health Authority; 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.

In recognition of his expertise, Mr. Betlach was selected by his peers to serve as President of the NAMD.

Jane Beyer
Jane Beyer, Program Officer,OHSU Center for Evidence-based Policy/Milbank Memorial Fund

Sessions:
Mining Comparative Effectiveness Research to Drive State Health Policy Making

Jane Beyer is a Program Officer with the Milbank Memorial Fund and the OHSU Center for Evidence-based Policy.  In that role, she supports state development and implementation of evidence-informed health and social services policy.  Jane served as Assistant Secretary for Behavioral Health Washington State from September 2012 – August 2015.   As senior counsel with the Washington State House of Representatives Democratic Caucus from 1988 through 1994, and again from January 1999 to 2012, she handled a broad range of health care and social services issues. From 1995 through 1998, Jane was the Washington State Medicaid director.

Don Blanchon
Don Blanchon, CEO, Whitman-Waler Health

Sessions:
Building Bridges and Forging Ahead: State Innovations to Improve Access

Don Blanchon began his tenure as executive director of Whitman-Walker in 2006. Before joining Whitman-Walker, he spent nine years with Schaller Anderson, a national health care management and consulting firm specializing in public-sector programs. During that time, he held positions of increasing authority, including CFO and CEO of Maryland Physicians Care, a $325 million multi-product health plan owned by four Maryland-based non-profit community health systems. From 2004 to 2006, Blanchon served as Vice President for Medicaid and Medicare programs for Schaller Anderson. Earlier in his career, Blanchon served as Vice President for strategic planning for Health Services for Children with Special Needs, a specialty health plan in Washington, DC. He also spent five years as a budget examiner in the executive office of the president at the federal Office of Management and Budget.

Blanchon, a native of Foxborough, MA, holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Bowdoin College and a master’s in public health and public affairs from Columbia University. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their two children.

Leon Bragg
Leon Bragg, Chief Dental Officer, Oklahoma Dental Association, American Dental Association, Medicaid Medicare CHIP Dental Service

Sessions:
Preconference: Open Wide: State Innovations in Oral Health Policy

Dr. Bragg has private practice expertise of over 24 years and currently has an active Oklahoma Dental License. He served as Assistant Professor in Departments of Operative Dentistry and Dental Materials as a full time faculty member at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry for five years.   He was Assistant Dean for Clinic prior to joining the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and is currently Chief Dental Officer. Dr. Bragg has received numerous awards and recently received the Governor’s Commendation for Service to Oklahoma.

He has the following credentials: 1970 Bachelor of Science, Langston University; 1977 Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry; 1990 certified as a Geriatric Oral Health Consultant at the University of Missouri School of Dentistry and in 2001 received the Master of Education degree from University of Central Oklahoma.

Barbara Brent
Barbara Brent, Director of State Policy, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services

Sessions:
Managing Expectations: Integrating Services for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

As the Director of State Policy for NASDDDS, Barbara Brent has more than 34 years experience in publicly funded systems for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Working in the state, county and university systems, as well as in the private sector, she concentrates on federal and state policy and supporting states in implementing systems change.

Barbara served as the state director of the Arizona Division of Developmental   Services and before as the   deputy, supporting over 30,000 children, adults, and their families. She oversaw the state’s integrated acute/medical and long-term care support program through a unique managed care system. She had oversight of AZ HCBS and acute care providers, MCO’s, fiscal operations and community partnership initiatives. More than 87 percent of all people with I/DD supported by the agency live in the family home or homes of their own.

Barbara has been the state director in Tennessee, a provider director, and has an avocation for supporting families, self-advocacy and facilitating conversations that increase the capacity of states.

Erin Fuse Brown
Erin Fuse Brown, Assistant Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law

Sessions:
Ketching Up on APCDs in a Post Gobeille World

Erin C. Fuse Brown, JD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Law at Georgia State University’s College of Law and a faculty member of GSU’s Center for Law, Health & Society. She specializes in health law and policy, and her research focuses on the regulation of health care markets. She has published articles in legal and medical journals about hospital prices, medical billing and collection, health care competition and market failures, and policy solutions to address health care consolidation. She has consulted with NASHP on legal analysis and proposals for how state all-payer claims databases can move forward following the Supreme Court’s decision in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

Jennifer Burnett
Jennifer Burnett, Deputy Secretary, Department of Human Services, Office of Long-Term Living

Sessions:
LTSS In the Balance: Where do we go from Here?

Jennifer Burnett was appointed in May 2015, as the Deputy Secretary for the Office of Long-term Living, in the PA Department of Human Services, following 4 years in federal service, where she was Director of the Division of Community Systems Transformation, in the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Prior to her appointment at CMS in 2011, she served as the Deputy Secretary for Long-Term Living in Pennsylvania’s Departments of Aging and Public Welfare, where she was responsible for overseeing long-term living programs for seniors and persons with disabilities.  She also served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Long-Term Living and for 4 years in the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform, as the Strategic Operations Administrator for the Long-term Living project.  Jen has been involved in systems change at the state and federal levels for more than three decades.  Before her work in government, she built a successful consulting business, specializing in grant management, public relations and disability rights.  Her clients in

Sharon Carte
Sharon Carte, Executive Director, WVCHIP, WV Department of Health and Human Resources

Sessions:
Cross-Agency Collaboration: Integrating Pediatric Mental and Physical Health

Jennifer Burnett was appointed in May 2015, as the Deputy Secretary for the Office of Long-term Living, in the PA Department of Human Services, following 4 years in federal service, where she was Director of the Division of Community Systems Transformation, in the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Prior to her appointment at CMS in 2011, she served as the Deputy Secretary for Long-Term Living in Pennsylvania’s Departments of Aging and Public Welfare, where she was responsible for overseeing long-term living programs for seniors and persons with disabilities.  She also served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Long-Term Living and for 4 years in the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform, as the Strategic Operations Administrator for the Long-term Living project.  Jen has been involved in systems change at the state and federal levels for more than three decades.  Before her work in government, she built a successful consulting business, specializing in grant management, public relations and disability rights.  

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

Sessions:
Getting Consumers in the Healthcare Game

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.

Karen Davis
Karen Davis, DENT Network Manager, Better Health Together

Sessions:
Preconference: Open Wide: State Innovations in Oral Health Policy

Karen Davis, a Spokane native, joined the team of Better Health Together in April 2014. Karen currently serves her community as the Dental Emergencies Needing Treatment (DENT) Program Network Manager. Ms. Davis’ has extensive healthcare experience, with specific experience in oral health and non-profit organizations.

Karen advanced her education and career at Eastern Washington University (EWU) where she holds a BA in Health Services Administration. Ms. Davis began her career in the non-profit sector at the Spokane Regional Health District in the Oral Health Program, supporting the ABCD and ABCD”E” Programs. During this time, Karen co-wrote a March of Dimes grant project, Treatment, Education and Resources for Mothers (T.E.R.M. Project), for 500 First Steps pregnant women and their families to prevent pre-term births. Ms. Davis continues to serve on the Oral Health Coalition and the Birth Outcomes Task Force for Spokane and surrounding counties.

Nancy Day
Nancy Day, Division Director, NJ Division of Aging Services

Sessions:
LTSS In the Balance: Where do we go from Here?

Nancy Day is Director of the Division of Aging Services in the New Jersey Department of Human Services, which serves as the administrative office for the State Unit on Aging. The division includes the 21 county area agencies on aging, community resources and education and wellness, Clinical Eligibility for Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS), Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Pharmaceutical Assistance for the Aged and Disabled (PAAD), Senior Gold, Public Guardian, Adult Protective Services, among other special programs and initiatives.   Since joining state government in 1995, Ms. Day has held variety of administrative positions and assisted in the development and implementation of special initiatives including MLTSS, Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC), Systems Transformation, Global Options for Long-Term Care, the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) and Money Follows the Person programs.

Kim Donica
Kimberly Donica, Bureau Chief, Ohio Department of Medicaid

Sessions:
LTSS In the Balance: Where do we go from Here?

Kim Donica is the Chief of the Bureau of Long Term Care Service and Supports. As chief she is responsible for all Medicaid funded long term care services including HCBS programs and facility based services as well as the MFP program, front door activities, hospice, home health and private duty nursing policy and Medicaid funded programs operated through the Departments of Aging, Health, Education and Developmental Disabilities. Additionally, Kim helps to develop and implement new innovative Medicaid programs such as the Balancing Incentive Program, MyCare Ohio (1915 b/c waiver), the Specialized Recovery Services Program(1915 i) and other system reform activities involving level of care, PASRR, housing and the long term services and supports workforce. Kim has been employed with ODM since 2004 and has held a variety of positions during her tenor including serving as the Project Director for Ohio’s highly successful MFP program.

Kim has over 26 years’ experience working with people with older adults and people with disabilities in a vast array of settings. Kim is a graduate of Indiana University.

Julie Donohue
Julie Donohue, Dept of Health Policy and Management, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

Sessions:
Preconference: Anatomy of a Crisis: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic

Dr. Donohue is Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Health Policy and Management, in the Graduate School of Public Health. She is the Director of the Medicaid Research Collaborative and the Co-Director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing (CP3). She holds secondary appointments in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and is a faculty affiliate in the Health Policy Institute and in the Center for Bioethics and Health Law. Donohue earned a PhD in health policy from Harvard University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pharmaceutical policy research at Harvard Medical School.

Donohue conducts research on insurance coverage, financing, and delivery of health care with a focus on use of prescription drugs and behavioral health services. She has studied the impact of policy changes on access to care and the quality and efficiency of care for chronic conditions in Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance. Her research has been published in leading journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Psychiatry, Annals of Internal Medicine and Health Affairs.

Mary Beth Dyer
Mary Beth Dyer, Senior Consultant, Bailit Health Purchasing LLC

Sessions:
The Tallest Bridge: Medicaid Managed Care Regulations

Mary Beth has a wealth of experience in health policy, management, and strategic planning for state and federal governments, managed care plans, and academic health systems.  She possesses specialty expertise in Medicaid managed care, performance incentive systems and value-based purchasing.

During her 9 years at Bailit Health, Mary Beth has assisted numerous state agencies.  Since 2013, she has supported the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State Health and Value Strategies program including providing technical assistance to Medicaid agencies in CA, DC, KY, MD, MI, and VA.

Mary Beth’s prior experience includes 4 years directing the Massachusetts Medicaid MCO program.  In Washington D.C., Mary Beth worked as a Health Policy advisor in the U.S. Senate, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Project HOPE.

Mary Beth received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Lisa Faust
Lisa Faust, Senior Medical Director Behavioral Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota

Sessions:
Preconference: Anatomy of a Crisis: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic

Lisa Faust is Senior Medical Director for Behavioral Health with Blue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota.  Dr. Faust worked in the behavioral health provider community in North Dakota for 25 years prior to joining Blue Cross in October 2014.  She has extensive background in public sector behavioral health administration and care delivery, private sector behavioral health administration and care delivery and in physician leadership roles.  Prior to her transition to Blue Cross, she served as Chief of Psychiatry at the Fargo VA Health Care System.  Her role at Blue Cross includes development and maintenance of quality standards for care delivery, health care benefit redesign related to health care reform and population health initiatives.  She is a physician holding board certification in Adult Psychiatry and she completed certification through the St. Thomas Physician Leadership College.  Areas of interest include: population health management, health care reform, physician leadership and behavioral health integration with primary care delivery.

Patrick Finnerty
Patrick Finnerty, Senior Advisor, DentaQuest

Sessions:
Preconference: Open Wide: State Innovations in Oral Health Policy

Patrick Finnerty is a Senior Advisor for DentaQuest and assists the enterprise in achieving its mission of improving the oral health of all.  Prior to his association with DentaQuest, Patrick worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia for 32 years, including eight years as Virginia’s Medicaid Director.  Improving access to oral health services was a hallmark of Patrick’s tenure as Medicaid Director.  His prior work within Virginia government included serving as the Executive Director of a legislative health policy commission within the Virginia General Assembly.  Patrick serves on several non-profit boards that promote access to care for uninsured and low-income persons, including the Virginia Oral Health Coalition. He currently is the President of the Virginia Dental Association Foundation Board of Directors.  He volunteers at Mission of Mercy (MOM) Projects which provide free dental care to those in underserved areas of Virginia.  Patrick earned both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Joe Flores
Joe Flores, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia

Sessions:
Where’s the Puck: A Discussion on Medicaid Expansion

Joe Flores was appointed by Governor Terence R. McAuliffe as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources.  In this role, Mr. Flores provides policy and administrative direction to state agencies within the Health and Human Resources Secretariat.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Flores was an analyst for the Senate Finance Committee since 2002, where he is responsible for the breadth of fiscal policy issues in health and human resources.  As a non-partisan analyst, he is a resource to senators, agency officials, advocacy groups and the public on issues such as Medicaid, welfare, behavioral health, children and adult services.

Jaeson Fournier
Jaeson Fournier, Chief Executive Officer, West Side Community Health Services

Sessions:
A Bridge from Volume to Value: Strategies for Including Safety Net Providers in Medicaid Payment Reforms

Jaeson Fournier, is the chief executive officer of West Side Community Health Services. West Side is the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Minnesota providing medical, dental, and behavioral health services through 17 locations in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. Dr. Fournier is also the immediate past-Board Chair and current Board Treasurer of the FQHC Urban Health Network (FUHN) – the nation’s first FQHC led Medicaid Accountable Care Organization. Jaeson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, a Doctor of Chiropractic from the National College of Chiropractic and a Master in Public Health from the University of Illinois.

Deborah Fournier
Deborah Fournier, Medicaid Director, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

Sessions:
A Bridge from Volume to Value: Strategies for Including Safety Net Providers in Medicaid Payment Reforms

Deborah was appointed Medicaid Director for New Hampshire in August. Deborah was appointed Deputy Medicaid Director last winter and has served as Interim Medicaid Director for the past two months. During her tenure at DHHS, Deborah led implementation of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, the Premium Assistance Program and the Building Capacity for Transformation Waiver. Before joining the Department, Deborah led strategic planning and implementation of health care policy and advocacy at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. She led a Medicaid working group to address the transition to Medicaid Managed Care, Managed Long-Term Care, Medicaid Expansion, and the Medicaid Enhancement Tax.

Deborah previously served as a Senior Policy Analyst for National and Federal Affairs at the Massachusetts Office of Medicaid, Executive Office of Health & Human Services and as Associate Director of Public Policy for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.  She holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Whitman College.  Deborah is admitted to the practice of law in Massachusetts.

Katja Fox
Katja Fox, Director, NH Dept. of Health and Human Services, Division for Behavioral Health

Sessions:
Preconference: Anatomy of a Crisis: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic

Katja Fox is the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Service’s Director of the Division for Behavioral Health.  Katja joined the NH DHHS in 2010, focusing on coordinating implementation of state and federal health reforms. Previously, Katja served as a health policy advisor to NH Governor John H. Lynch, working on policy development and implementation with state agencies, legislators, and stakeholders. Katja earned a Master of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College in 2014, a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire in 2004, and B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University in 1987.

Gary Franklin
Gary Franklin, Research Professor/Medical Director, University of Washington/WA Dept of Labor & Industries

Sessions:
Preconference: Anatomy of a Crisis: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic

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 and in the Department of Medicine (Neurology), as well as Adjunct Research Professor in 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. 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.

Keith Gaither
Keith Gaither, Director, Managed Care Operations, Bureau of TennCare

Sessions:
Three Streams: Approaches to Behavioral Health Integration

Keith Gaither is the Director of Managed Care Operations for TennCare, Tennessee’s $10.6 billion Medicaid managed care program. TennCare functions as the largest health insurer in the state, providing coordinated physical, behavioral and long term care coverage to 1.2 million Tennesseans.

Mr. Gaither is responsible for managing TennCare’s relationship with its three managed care companies, CHIP contractor, and the state mental health and children’s services agencies. Those responsibilities include MCO contract compliance and enforcement, behavioral health operations and integration, and program integrity. In that capacity he has completed the integration of managed behavioral health services into a single managed care model. In 2009, TennCare and Mr. Gaither’s team received the President’s Award from Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations for their work in implementing integrated behavioral health into managed care plans. Tennessee is currently in the planning stages of implementing patient centered medical homes and health homes for seriously and persistently mentally ill members as part of a SIM testing grant application.

Richard Gottfried
Richard Gottfried, Chair, Health Committee, New York State Assembly

Sessions:
Building Bridges and Forging Ahead: State Innovations for Financing Healthcare Global Budgets

Richard N. Gottfried has chaired the NY State Assembly Health Committee since 1987 and represents a district in Manhattan. He works to expand publicly funded health coverage; protect patient autonomy, especially in reproductive and end-of-life care; and support safety-net health care providers. He sponsors the “New York Health” bill to create a state single-payer universal health plan. He’s a lawyer (Columbia, JD ’73) but does not have a private practice. Member of NY Academy of Medicine, National Academy for State Health Policy, Reforming States Group, NYC Bar Association, and NY Civil Liberties Union.

Tamela Griffin, Director, Office of Policy Medicaid and CHIP

Sessions:
The Tallest Bridge: Medicaid Managed Care Regulations

Tamela Griffin is the Director for the Office of Policy in the Medicaid/CHIP division of the Health and Human Services commission. She has worked for 25 years in a wide variety of roles within the HHS system as well as at the local level. Areas of experience include fiscal policy, behavioral health and children’s issues. Ms. Griffin holds an MPA and a M.Ed., with a focus on community agency counseling. Previous positions include Director for Policy, Early Childhood Intervention and Director, Federal Funds at the Department of Family and Protective Services.

William Halsey
William Halsey, Director, Department of Social Services, State of Connecticut

Sessions:
Incentivizing Healthy Behaviors and Personal Responsibility: What Have We Learned?

William Halsey, LCSW, MBA is the Director of Integrated Care at the Department of Social Services, the State Medicaid Agency.  He oversees the services provided through the Medicaid State Plan and manages the contracts for the Administrative Services Organizations, which include medical, behavioral health, dental, pharmacy, and non-emergency medical transportation.

Kate Harris
Kate Harris, Policy and Research Manager, Connect for Health Colorado

Sessions:
Getting Consumers in the Healthcare Game

Kate Harris is the Director of Policy and Research for Connect for Health Colorado, Colorado’s state-based health insurance marketplace. In this role, she oversees the organization’s public policy development, legislative affairs, and a variety of strategy and research initiatives. Prior to joining Connect for Health Colorado, Kate was a Policy Analyst at the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. She earned her BA in Political Science and Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

Dena Hasan
Dena Hasan, Lead Project Manager, DC Department of Health Care Finance

Sessions:
Bridging the Gap Between Healthcare and Health Equity

Dena Hasan is the Interim Director of the Health Care Reform and Innovation Administration within the District of Columbia’s (DC) Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), which is DC’s Medicaid agency.

Dena is passionate about engaging both Medicaid beneficiaries and key policy decision makers into the health care delivery and outcomes conversation—particularly around issues that impact health equity. She led the completion of DC’s State Health Innovation Plan that describes the collaborative approach DC will continue to accomplish its value-driven, person-centered health system.

Dena oversees programs that integrate behavioral, physical and acute health care and social services for chronically-ill Medicaid recipients; better coordinate care for those dually-eligible for Medicaid and Medicare programs; and those that use alternative payment models to incentivize providers’ delivery of whole-person, high-quality care. She is also responsible for the operations of DC’s Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, and cooperative agreements with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), to launch new and link existing health information technology/exchanges.

John Hellerstedt
John Hellerstedt, Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services

Sessions:
From A to Zika: Are you Prepared for this Disease…and the Next One?

John Hellerstedt, M.D., serves as Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, leading one of the state’s largest agencies with a staff of 12,000 and an annual budget of $3.3 billion. As Commissioner, Dr. Hellerstedt oversees programs such as disease prevention and disaster preparedness, community health services, environmental and consumer safety, state mental health facilities and regulatory programs.  Dr. Hellerstedt became Commissioner on January 4, 2016.

Prior to becoming Commissioner, Dr. Hellerstedt served as Chief Medical Officer at Seton Family of Hospitals.  He also served as the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and as the Medical Director of Texas Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Dr. Hellerstedt earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, graduating with high honors from Allegheny College, and received his medical degree from Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Dr. Hellerstedt completed his residency in general pediatrics at the University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center, and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Lisa Hettinger
Lisa Hettinger, Deputy Director, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Sessions:
Incentivizing Healthy Behaviors and Personal Responsibility: What Have We Learned?

Lisa Hettinger is the Deputy Director over the Divisions of Behavioral Health, Public Health, Medicaid, and Healthcare Policy Initiatives, and the State Medicaid Director for Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Lisa is a dynamic leader in both Medicaid managed care and healthcare policy. She has successfully championed numerous statewide healthcare initiatives, including, the expansion of the Medical Home Pilot, as well as, moved outpatient mental health services from fee-for-service, to a managed care system. She also developed an actual acquisition cost (AAC) model for prescription reimbursement five years prior to the federal mandate. Prior to working for the state of Idaho, she held a position in executive leadership for a medical and industrial supply company. Lisa holds an MBA in Business and Healthcare Administration.

Stuart Hudson
Stuart Hudson, Managing Director of Fiscal & Healthcare Operations, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Sessions:
State Approaches to Connecting Justice-Involved Individuals to Health Coverage and Care

Stuart Hudson currently serves as the Managing Director of Healthcare and Fiscal Operations for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, ODRC. In 1994, Stuart began his long and successful career with the ODRC that continues to his current position. Initially, he served within the Department of Parole & Community Services as a Parole Officer. During his tenure, he has successfully navigated through ODRC by serving in various assignments including; Assistant Inspector, Inspector, Correctional Warden’s Assistant, Bureau Chief of Construction Activation, and Warden at several facilities. In his current capacity, Stuart oversees all healthcare and the overall ODRC fiscal management.

Alani Jackson
Alani Jackson, Chief, Medi-Cal Dental Services Division, Medi-Cal Dental Services Division, Department of Health Care Services

Sessions:
Preconference: Open Wide: State Innovations in 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.

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Michelle Morse Jernigan, Deputy Chief of Long-Term Services and Supports Quality and Compliance, Bureau of TennCare

Sessions:
Managing Expectations: Integrating Services for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Michelle Morse Jernigan is the Deputy Chief of Long-Term Services and Supports Quality and Compliance with the Bureau of TennCare.  Michelle and her team of senior level directors and program and compliance experts provide programmatic leadership and administrative oversight and conduct quality monitoring activities of entities contracted to operate the State’s Medicaid-reimbursed LTSS programs and services. This includes two MLTSS programs, one for seniors and adults with physical disabilities and one for individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as 3 Section 1915(c) waivers for individuals with intellectual disabilities, ICF/IID services, a Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration, 9 Area Agencies on Aging and Disability who serve as the Single Point of Entry for MLTSS, the Fiscal Employer Agent for consumer directed services and a PACE program.

Michelle also serves as the State’s programmatic lead on dual alignment and coordination initiatives, including oversight of the State’s MIPPA agreements with the D-SNPS and the State’s efforts around Seamless Conversion.

Nathan Johnson
Nathan Johnson, Chief Policy Officer, Health Care Authority

Sessions:
State Approaches to Connecting Justice-Involved Individuals to Health Coverage and Care
Morning Plenary: A Call to Action on Pharmacy Prices: Findings from NASHP’s Workgroup

Nathan Johnson serves as Chief Policy Officer at the Washington State Health Care Authority and leads the Division of Policy, Planning and Performance.  In this role, he oversees policy development and deployment, performance management, legislative and tribal affairs and a variety of strategic initiatives. Nathan also serves as coordinator of the state’s Healthier Washington effort, a multi-agency, public-private endeavor aimed at health transformation, funded in part through a 4-year State Innovation Models grant. Nathan began his policy career in 2008 at the Washington State Senate, with assignments to the health care and human services committees. He originally came to the HCA in 2011 to serve as Medicaid Policy Manager and was appointed Director of Health Care Policy in 2012. Nathan lives in Lacey with his wife and four boys and holds a Master of Arts in Government from Regent University.

Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Johnson, Administrator, Jefferson and Madison County Health Department, Florida Department of Health

Sessions:
Incentivizing Healthy Behaviors and Personal Responsibility: What Have We Learned?

In January 2016, Jennifer Johnson began serving as the Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Jefferson and Madison counties where she oversees the provision of public health services and initiatives in the county health departments and local communities in the two counties.  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 tenure 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 from Florida State University.

David Kelley
David Kelley, Chief Medical Officer, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

Sessions:
Preconference: Open Wide: State Innovations in Oral Health Policy

Dr. David Kelley is the Chief Medical Officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Service’s Office of Medical Assistance Programs. He oversees the clinical and quality aspects of the Medical Assistance Programs that provide health benefits to over 2.6 million recipients. The Office includes oversight of eight managed care organizations and the Access fee-for-service program. In the past ten years the Office has participated in a multi-payer medical home collaborative, initiated four pay for performance programs, developed a multi-state application for the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program, established nonpayment policies for readmissions and preventable serious adverse events in hospitals, developed telemedicine payment policies, implemented a pharmacy preferred drug management program,  and expanded the HealthChoices  mandatory physical health managed care program statewide.

Robert Kent
Robert Kent, General Counsel, NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services

Sessions:
Preconference: Anatomy of a Crisis: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic

Robert A. Kent serves as the General Counsel for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (“OASAS”).  In this role, Mr. Kent provides overall legal support, policy guidance and direction to OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez, the Executive Office and all divisions of the agency.  Robert is leading the OASAS efforts to implement Governor Cuomo’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force and Combat Heroin Campaign and Medicaid Redesign Team initiatives.  He also leads the agency’s Justice Center oversight including the OASAS criminal history review process.

Mr. Kent previously served as an Assistant Counsel with the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH). Prior to Robert joining OMH, he was engaged in the private practice of law where he focused on regulatory and governmental affairs matters.  In 2011, Robert was recognized by the Caron Foundation with their Legal Professional Public Service Award.  In 2013, Robert was recognized by the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies with their Leadership Award.

Mr. Kent lives in Voorheesville, N.Y., with his wife and two sons, Samuel and Maxwell.

Sreyram Kuy
Sreyram Kuy, Chief Medical Officer, Louisiana Department of Health

Sessions:
Bridging the Gap Between Healthcare and Health Equity

Dr. Kuy is Chief Medical Officer for Louisiana Medicaid, where she works to improve healthcare quality for the state of Louisiana. She also cares for veterans as a surgeon and Director of the Center for Innovations in Quality, Outcomes and Patient Safety at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center. She teaches and conducts health services research as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at LSU – Shreveport. Dr. Kuy is a writer whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, The Independent, the Huffington Post, and Salon.

Dawn Lambert
Dawn Lambert, Manager, Strategy Group, Department of Social Services

Sessions:
Bring Them Home: Care Transitions in the New Millennium

Dawn Lambert co-leads the Community Options group within Connecticut’s Department of Social Services, Division of Health Services. As manager of the strategy group, her responsibilities include planning, oversight and implementation of systems innovation and transformation initiatives. With over 25 years of experience in long-term supports and services, she currently serves as an appointed member of the National Academy on State Health Policy, an advisor to the AARP Public Policy Institute LTSS Scorecard and a consultant to the Department of Justice regarding rebalancing and Olmstead related matters.

Aaron Larrimore
Aaron Larrimore, Chief, Innovation and Delivery System Reform, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Sessions:
Instituting Change-Rethinking the Place of IMDs in the Medicaid Continuum of Care

As Division Chief for Innovation and Delivery System Reform under the Planning Administration at DHMH, Aaron Larrimore oversees the design of a care delivery strategy for dual eligibles, including leading the stakeholder engagement process and liaising with other state actors—including the HSCRC—to ensure alignment with the All-Payer Model and other innovations. He also coordinates with the Office of Population Health Improvement, CRISP and the Hilltop Institute to assure the successful execution of all the SIM project’s components.

In his previous position as Policy Analyst with the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), Mr. Larrimore worked to develop, produce and disseminate tools and guidance for Medicaid Directors and their staffs on various federal health policy, regulatory, legislative and legal issues. In this capacity, he led NAMD’s payment and delivery system reform work, oversaw its quality and clinical policy activities and managed its initiatives on internal Medicaid operational, workforce and capacity issues.

Katherine Layman
Katherine Layman, Senior Long-term Services and Supports Policy Advisor, Policy and Program, Medicaid/CHIP Svcs, Medical and Social Svcs, Texas Health and Human Services

Sessions:
Un-Dual-ly Difficult: Integrating Medicare and Medicaid
Next Generation LTSS: Leveraging Technology Innovation to Improve Outcomes and Drive Value

Kate Layman has worked extensively with Medicaid and non-Medicaid long-term services and supports programs, both fee-for-service and managed care, during her employment with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. This work has included policy development, program implementation, and quality assurance. Prior to working for the Health and Human Services Commission, Kate worked with long-term services and supports programs at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. Kate’s career history also includes experience in direct service delivery for individuals requiring community services. Before moving to Austin to attend graduate school, Kate spent four years in Boston, MA working in a community residential home serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, first as a direct care worker and then in a supervisory role. Kate has also worked as a service coordinator for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Kate has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Appalachian State University and a Master’s of Science in Social Work with a focus on community and administrative leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.

Judy LEe
Senator Judy Lee, North Dakota Legislature

Sessions:
Preconference: Open Wide: State Innovations in Oral Health Policy

Senator Judy Lee from West Fargo, ND was first elected to the North Dakota Senate in 1994. She has been a member of the Human Services Committee since then and has served as chair since 2001. She also has been a member of the Political Subdivisions and Government and Veterans Affairs Committees. Senator Lee was elected President Pro Tempore of the Senate in 2007. She is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in medical technology. Senator Lee was in the real estate business for 34 years and has been involved in many community activities. She and her late husband Duane have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren.

Mark Leeds
Mark Leeds, Director, Long Term Services and Supports, Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene

Sessions:
Bring Them Home: Care Transitions in the New Millennium

Mark Leeds has worked in the Maryland Medical Assistance Program on long term care services for 32 years. He has been the Director of the Long Term Services and Supports Administration since 2000. His areas of responsibility include Medicaid reimbursement policy and compliance for nursing facility services, personal assistance, home health, hospice, medical supplies and equipment, transportation, PACE, Maryland’s 1915(c) home and community-based services waiver programs, and the Money Follows the Person demonstration.

Mr. Leeds received his B.A. in psychology from the Johns Hopkins University and an M.S. in Guidance & Counseling from Loyola College.

Anna Likos
Anna Likos, State Epidemiologist and Interim Deputy Secretary for Health, Florida Department of Health

Sessions:
From A to Zika: Are you Prepared for this Disease…and the Next One?

Dr. Anna M. Likos is currently the State Epidemiologist as well as the Interim Deputy Secretary for Health for the Florida Department of Health. She also recently retired her commissions as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard.

Dr. Likos pursued her medical degree at the University of Oklahoma, School of Medicine, completed residency in Internal Medicine at Yale, practiced as a hospitalist in Springfield Missouri, and completed her MPH and second residency in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins. She worked for the CDC as an EIS Officer in the Poxvirus branch, a Medical Epidemiologist in the Influenza Branch, as the CDC Country Director in Haiti and Ivory Coast, a resident advisor for the Field Epidemiology Training Program in Morocco and as the Deputy for the African Team in the Polio Eradication Response out of CDC’s Emergency Operations Center. Two and a half years ago, she took on a new role as the State Epidemiologist and Director of the Division of Disease Control and Health Protection for the Department of Health in Florida. She recently stepped into the Deputy Secretary for Health Position, and currently leads the epidemiological response team for the Zika Virus.

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

Sessions:
Un-Dual-ly Difficult: Integrating Medicare and Medicaid

MaryAnne Lindeblad brings a broad health care background to the top position in the Washington State Medicaid program. Lindeblad, has been an active health care professional as well as a leader spanning most aspects of health care including acute care, long-term care, behavioral health care, and services for people with disabilities. Prior to her appointment as State Medicaid Director, she served for two years as the Assistant Secretary for Aging and Disability Services Administration in the Department of Social and Health Services. Previously, she was Director of the Health Care Services Division of the Medicaid program. Lindeblad held a variety of leadership positions over the years, including assistant administrator of the Public Employees Benefits Board.

In 2015 she was inducted into the Eastern Washington University Chapter of the Upsilon Phi Delta Society.  She is a member of the executive committee for the National Academy for State Health Policy and is on the board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors. Lindeblad holds a bachelor of science in nursing from Eastern Washington University and a master’s in public health from the University of Washington.

Wayne Lindstrom
Wayne Lindstrom, Director, NM Division of Behavioral Health

Sessions:
Cross-Agency Collaboration: Integrating Pediatric Mental and Physical Health

Wayne Lindstrom, Ph.D. has serves as the Director of BHSD and the CEO of the BH Collaborative for the State of New Mexico. His last position was the president and CEO of Mental Health America (MHA). Dr. Lindstrom has 45 years of behavioral health experience and his doctoral degree is from Case Western Reserve University and his MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining Mental Health America, he was the CEO of a children’s behavioral health provider organization in Ohio and managed a national organizational development consulting practice. His organizational clients included public authorities, service providers, health systems, pharma, and private companies. In the 1980’s he directed addiction services for the State of Ohio and subsequently held a variety of leadership positions in managed behavioral health care. He went on to function nationally as the Director of Public Sector Operations for United Behavioral Health (UBH) which included overseeing the implementation of public sector contracts. His career began in the 1970’s when he served in the United States Air Force where he implemented and managed a drug treatment program during the Vietnam War. He has worked in community mental health settings, hospitals, emergency departments, corporate environments, and private practice while also teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Art Logsdon
Art Logsdon, Assistant Commissioner, Health and Human Services Commission, Indiana State Department of Health

Sessions:
Labor of Love: Successful State Policies to Lower Infant Mortality

Art Logsdon has been the Indiana State Department of Health’s (ISDH) Assistant Commissioner for Health and Human Services since October, 2012. During his time with the agency, he has also served as the agency’s regulatory affairs assistant commissioner, communications director, the deputy legal director and director of trauma and injury prevention.

Art also served as president and CEO of the Indiana Health Care Association, the state’s largest long-term care association, and has been in the private practice of law and been a weekly newspaper editor. His undergraduate degree was earned at Butler University and he holds graduate and legal degrees from Indiana University.

Ann Lopes
Ann Lopes, Carrier Product Manager, Access Health CT

Sessions:
Preconference: Open Wide: State Innovations in Oral Health Policy

Ms. Ann Lopes joined the Plan Management Team of the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange in November, 2012, where she contributed to the successful implementation of the state’s marketplace with initial enrollment surpassing expected goals. While a Product Manager at Aetna, she gained expertise in government health insurance programs through the launch of the Medicare Part D program.  Additionally, Ms. Lopes has over 15 years of health insurance plan experience in financial underwriting. A Connecticut native, she was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Administrative Science from Central Connecticut State University.

Robin Lunge
Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform, State of Vermont

Sessions:
Building Bridges and Forging Ahead: State Innovations for Financing Healthcare Global Budgets

Robin Lunge, MHCDS, J.D. is the Director of Health Care Reform in Vermont’s Agency of Administration and is charged with coordinating and overseeing the state’s health care reform efforts. In addition, she serves as liaison to the Green Mountain Care Board – an independent board charged with designing and administering health care payment and delivery system reform. Previously Lunge served as nonpartisan staff attorney at Vermont Legislative Council and provided drafting and staff support in health and human services issues to members of the Vermont Legislature. She also worked for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C. as a senior policy analyst on public benefits issues. Her areas of expertise are federal and state public benefit programs, health care and health care reform, and international trade policy.

Lunge holds a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz, a J.D. from Cornell Law School and a Masters of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College.

Pam MacEwan
Pam MacEwan, Chief Executive Officer at Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Sessions:
Opening Plenary: What’s Driving Premiums Up and What Can We Do About It?

Pam MacEwan is the Chief Executive Officer for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Prior to joining the leadership team at the Exchange, Pam served as Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Governance for Group Health Cooperative. She directed Medicare & Medicaid program performance and strategy, government relations, public policy, communications, and consumer governance serving on Group Health’s leadership team for 16 years. Previously, Pam served as a Commissioner with the Washington Health Services Commission implementing the Health Services Act. She worked with a broad coalition to pass health reform legislation.

Pam has served on several health policy initiatives in the public and private sector, chairing the Association of Washington Health Plans, serving on the Washington State Hospital policy committee, the King County Health Action Plan, and the Children’s Health Initiative.

She holds an MAT in history from Brown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the Evergreen State College.

Rricha Mathur
Rricha Mathur, Senior Policy Advisor, Child Welfare and Child rights, First Focus

Sessions:
Labor of Love: Successful State Policies to Lower Infant Mortality

Rricha Mathur is the Senior Policy Advisor, Child Welfare and Child Rights for First Focus and the Assistant Director for the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center. Her primary responsibilities are assisting in the managing of the State Policy Advocacy & Reform Center (SPARC) and the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition (CALC) programs. She also assists with research and advocacy on children’s health policy and child welfare policy.

Prior to joining First Focus, Rricha interned at the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty working specifically on alleviating youth homelessness, enforcing provisions of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, and organizing information on constructive alternatives to criminalizing homeless. She also interned as a Law Clerk for Legal Services Corporation working on regulatory analysis and other general counsel duties. In addition, Rricha provided direct legal representation to low-income individuals in child custody cases and unemployment compensation hearings, and continues to volunteer in legal clinics in the D.C. Area.

Dave Matusoff
Dave Matusoff, Executive Director, Indiana Management and Performance Hub

Sessions:

Preconference: Anatomy of a Crisis: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic

David Matusoff is an executive at the intersection technology and policy. He has expertise in public sector, policy, start-ups and organizational transformation. In October, 2015 he became the Executive Director of the Management and Performance Hub (MPH) for the State of Indiana. MPH is the leading organization nationally helping state government transform through utilizing data, analytics, BI and consulting to improve efficiencies and effectiveness and develop data informed decision making to improve policy outcomes. He joined the MPH team and set out to change the culture of how state government performs. By working with state agencies and other partners, MPH is able to utilize world-class data science and analytics capabilities to solve problems that many Hoosier’s face. Matusoff developed a transformation plan for MPH to create a return on investment for MPH.

Adrienne McFadden
Adrienne McFadden, Director of Health Equity, Virginia Department of Health

Sessions:
Bridging the Gap Between Healthcare and Health Equity

Dr. Adrienne McFadden joined the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Health Equity (OHE) in 2014.   The work of the office includes but is not limited to addressing social and economic policies and practices that create barriers to health, working to increase and sustain funding for health equity work, engaging and empowering communities, utilizing data to inform policy, and educating various stakeholders about social justice.

Prior to working in public health, Dr. McFadden practiced emergency medicine full-time in large, urban academic centers, private suburban community facilities and small rural hospitals.  Dr. McFadden completed her medical education at Duke University, where she earned both her medical and law degrees.  Dr. McFadden is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) and the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM). In addition to her duties at the Virginia Department of Health, Dr. McFadden joined the faculty at South University as Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Program in 2016.

Mary McIntyre
Mary McIntyre, Chief Medical Officer, Alabama Department of Public Health

Sessions:
From A to Zika: Are you Prepared for this Disease…and the Next One?

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 State University in Winston Salem, NC graduating magna cum laude in 1979.  She earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN in 1983 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 in 1995.  She studied Lean and Six Sigma at Villanova University online from 2010-2011.  She is board certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine.  Dr. McIntyre previously served as Assistant State Health Officer for Disease Control and Prevention and State Epidemiologist at ADPH, as the Medical Director and Deputy Commissioner of Clinical Standards and Quality for the Alabama Medicaid Agency in addition to several other roles during her fourteen years with the Medicaid Agency.

Angela Medrano
Angela Medrano, Medicaid Deputy Director, New Mexico Human Services Department, Medical Assistance Division

Sessions:
State Approaches to Connecting Justice-Involved Individuals to Health Coverage and Care

Angela Medrano is the New Mexico Medicaid Deputy Director.  She has over twenty years of experience in Medicaid program management and policy development.  Her experience includes oversight of 1915 (b) and (c) waivers and New Mexico’s current 1115 Managed Care Demonstration Waiver.  Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in business from New Mexico State University.

Michelle Miller
Michelle Miller, Chief Nursing Officer, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing

Sessions:
Labor of Love: Successful State Policies to Lower Infant Mortality

Michelle received her nursing degree in 1994 from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She worked until 2004 as a Pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Registered Nurse. Michelle moved to Colorado in 2003 and soon turned her focus to the outpatient clinical setting.  She became a nationally certified Organ Recovery Coordinator for Colorado’s Organ Procurement Organization, Donor Alliance Inc., and in 2006, she accepted a position as a Liver Transplant Coordinator at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Michelle received her Master’s degree in Leadership in Health Care Systems at Regis University prior to joining the Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) team in 2013 as the Pediatric Assessment Tool (PAT) Revision Project Manager. She successfully designed and implemented a PAT pilot study.   Michelle made significant contributions to the modernization of the ColoradoPAR Program and the Medicaid Nurse Advice Line prior to being promoted to the Chief Nursing Officer position.

Laval Miller-Wilson
Laval Miller-Wilson, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Health Law Project

Sessions:
State Approaches to Connecting Justice-Involved Individuals to Health Coverage and Care

Laval Miller-Wilson is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP), a non-profit law firm with offices in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.  PHLP provides free legal services to Pennsylvanians seeking state administered health coverage (e.g., Medicaid, CHIP) and represents beneficiaries denied medically necessary services and supports.  Since 1992, PHLP has worked closely with consumers and consumer advocates to improve access and quality of health care.

Laval joined PHLP in 2009.  Prior to that he worked at the Juvenile Law Center (JLC) in Philadelphia representing youth in criminal and juvenile justice systems.  During his tenure, he authored a study about the quality and effectiveness of juvenile defense in Pennsylvania.  He was also counsel in JLC’s 2008 petition to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to ensure accused youth in Luzerne County had the right to counsel.  Laval graduated from Harvard College (’89) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (L’95).

Greg Moody
Greg Moody, Director, Ohio Governor’s Office of Health Transformation

Sessions:

Looking Ahead: A Preview from NASHP’s Leaders’ Summit – State Health Policy Meets a New Administration

Governor John R. Kasich appointed Greg Moody in January 2011 to lead the Office of Health Transformation. OHT is responsible for advancing Governor Kasich’s Medicaid modernization and cost-containment priorities, engaging private sector partners to improve overall health system performance, and recommending a permanent health and human services structure for Ohio. Greg began his public service career as a budget associate for the U.S. House Budget Committee in Washington D.C. The Budget Chairman at the time, Rep. John Kasich, asked Greg to study the impact of Medicaid on federal spending – an assignment that set the course for his public policy career.Prior to joining the Kasich Administration, Greg was a senior consultant at Health Management Associates, a national research and consulting firm that specializes in complex health care program and policy issues. He worked with clients to improve Medicaid system performance, and wrote extensively about state health system innovations for the Commonwealth Fund, National Governor’s Association, and other foundations.

Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore, Director, IN Family and Social Service Administration Division of Mental Health and Addiction

Sessions:
Preconference: Anatomy of a Crisis: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic

Kevin Moore is the Director of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction. He was appointed Director on January 1, 2012, and is responsible for the public mental health and addiction treatment system including the 6 state psychiatric hospitals.  He was appointed after serving as Assistant Director for DMHA for 2 years directly supervising the operations at each of the state psychiatric hospitals as they integrated the values and goals of the recovery model. Kevin worked 24 years with the Department of Correction in a variety of direct service and administrative positions.

Nickie Palacios
Nickee Palacios, Health Promotion Coordinator, Utah Department of Health

Sessions:
Building Bridges and Forging Ahead: State Innovations to Improve Access

Nickee Palacios has a Masters in Community Health Education and is the health educator for the Maternal and Infant Health Program at the Utah Department of Health. Being a health educator allows Nickee to educate women on a wide spectrum of health topics including preconception care, contraceptives, healthy pregnancies, and breastfeeding. Every day she gets to learn and share something new. In her spare time, Nickee enjoys spending times with family and friends.

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

Sessions:
Ketching Up on APCDs in a Post Gobeille World

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 co-authored an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the state of New Hampshire in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual; the brief focused on the potential impact of the case on the Department’s longstanding efforts to use its all-payer claims database and NH HealthCost website to enhance pricing transparency and contain health costs.   

Prior to joining the Insurance Department, Ms. Patterson worked for many years for New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, where she served as Chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau.  She holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Oberlin College.

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Chris Priest, Michigan Medicaid Director, State of Michigan

Sessions:
What’s in the Water: Lessons Learned from Flint and Other Environmental Threats

Chris Priest, Medicaid Director for the Department of Health and Human Services oversees several health care programs, including MIChild and the Health Michigan Plan.

Priest comes to MDHHS after working as Governor Rick Snyder’s deputy director of Strategy, where he advised the Governor on various issues, including health care and insurance.  Previously, he served as the director of the Bureau of Medicaid Policy and Health System Innovation in the former Michigan Department of Community Health, which was responsible for many aspects of the Medicaid program and several health reform issues, and as the project manager involved with the health insurance exchange in the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Prior to these appointments, Priest served in the State of Michigan’s Washington, D.C. office under former Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, served governors from the State of Indiana, worked with private sector clients on health policy, and worked in the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from George Washington University in Virginia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University.

Gail Propsom
Gail Propsom, Program and Policy Chief, Bureau of Managed Care, Division of Long Term Care, WI Department of Health Services

Sessions:
Managing Expectations: Integrating Services for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Gail Propsom has a Master’s Degree in history.  She has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in a policy capacity for more than 25 years, developing and implementing policy on such varied issues as welfare reform, child support, employment and training, juvenile justice and child welfare.  Since 2001, she has worked on long term support policy, including Olmstead implementation, Real Choice Systems Change Grants and Money Follows the Person.  She currently manages a Section that oversees program quality, including data analytics, for managed long-term services and supports and several special projects including Money Follows the Person and efforts to support tribal involvement in long-term care.

Katherine Record
Katherine Record, Deputy Director, Behavioral Health Integration & Accountable Care, Health Policy Commission

Sessions:
Next Generation LTSS: Leveraging Technology Innovation to Improve Outcomes and Drive Value

Katherine is the deputy director of Behavioral Health Integration & Accountable Care at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission where she oversees efforts to integrate capacity to address mild mental illness and substance use disorders into primary and acute care settings, and primary care capacities in to community mental health centers. Prior to joining the Commission, she was a clinical instructor on law with Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, where she focused on the expansion and standardization of mental health courts and healthcare reform implementation. Prior to that, Katherine worked on public health law reform, and global preparation for pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent the transmission of HIV at the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law at Georgetown University. Katherine received her JD, cum laude, and masters in Psychology at Duke University, her MPH from Harvard’s School of Public Health, and her BA, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University. She is licensed to practice law in the State of New York.

Cheryl Roberts
Cheryl Roberts, Deputy Director of Programs, Virginia Medicaid

Sessions:
Preconference: Open Wide: State Innovations in Oral Health Policy

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 the Medicaid managed care delivery system which covers 700,000 members, dental and pharmacy services, quality management, and program integrity operations for the agency. Previous responsibilities included oversight of service and provider operations, long term care 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 vice chair for NASHP and also works on various national health care projects, collaborative and committees.

Donald Ross
Donald Ross, Physical and Oral Health Programs Manager, Oregon Health Authority, Health Systems Division

Sessions:
A Bridge from Volume to Value: Strategies for Including Safety Net Providers in Medicaid Payment Reforms

Don is a native Oregonian who has managed health plan operations, delivery system network development and provider contracting and reimbursement, and Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance policy since 1998 throughout Oregon and Washington. He has been managing program operations and policy at the Oregon Health Authority since 2009, where he and his team implemented, in partnership with the Primary Care Association, an Alternative Payment Methodology for FQHCs and RHCs that went live in 2013. Clinics on this methodology are the medical home for more than 100,000 Medicaid recipients.

Don has enjoyed opportunities to give talks and share Oregon’s experience with this and other value-based reimbursement innovations for NASHP and other organizations throughout the country. Don lives in Portland, Oregon where he has four children ages 26 down to 12 years.

Heather Rossi
Heather Rossi, Senior Policy Manager for Programs and Operations,Executive Office of Health and Human Services, MassHealth

Sessions:
Un-Dual-ly Difficult: Integrating Medicare and Medicaid

Heather Rossi, as Senior Policy Manager at MassHealth, is responsible for managing policy issues in collaboration with MassHealth program units, including managed and integrated care, behavioral health, long term services and supports, and community based programs. Prior to coming to MassHealth, she served as the Legislative Program Director for the CT Department of Social Services. She earned her bachelor’s degree, Political Science from the University of CT and a Master of Public Administration (MPA), Health/Health Care Administration/Management from American International College.

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Alan Russell, Highmark Distinguished Career Professor & Director, Disruptive Health Technology Institute

Sessions:
Next Generation LTSS: Leveraging Technology Innovation to Improve Outcomes and Drive Value

Alan J. Russell, Ph.D. is the Highmark Distinguished Career Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he directs the Disruptive Health Technology Institute. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Disruptive Science and Technology and has appeared on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the top 100 people who will change America.

Dr. Russell has founded three biotechnology companies and was Founding Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Founding President of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS), and Founding Co-Director of the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Russell has participated on 24 scientific advisory boards and was the longest serving member of the Science Board to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. He has received numerous awards, including R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Award, three Carnegie Awards for Excellence, the American Chemical Society’s Pittsburgh Award, and the TERMIS Lifetime Achievement Award. He has published over 200 articles in refereed journals, as well as a book and 10 book chapters. He holds 14 patents and has more than 25 pending patents.

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Ameet Sarpatwari, 
Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Sessions:
Morning Plenary: A Call to Action on Pharmacy Prices: Findings from NASHP’s Workgroup

Ameet Sarpatwari is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Assistant Director of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) within the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics. His research draws upon his interdisciplinary training as an epidemiologist and lawyer and focuses on the effects of laws and regulations on therapeutic development, approval, use, and related public health outcomes. Among other projects, he is currently examining the public health impact of risk evaluation and mitigation strategies, the comparative safety and effectiveness of authorized and non-authorized generics, and the effect of variation in state drug product selection laws on generic drug prescribing.

Dr. Sarpatwari completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar. He studied epidemiology at the University of Cambridge, where his doctoral work centered on uncovering disease progression, treatment effectiveness, and co-morbid burden among adults patients with primary immune thrombocytopenia. He subsequently studied law at the University of Maryland, as a John L. Thomas Leadership Scholar.

Dr. Sarpatwari is currently the Principal Investigator on a Greenwall Foundation Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas grant and a Faculty Affiliate with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Behavioral Insights Group at the Harvard Kennedy School. He teaches an annual course on Public Health Law at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  

Linnie Scott
Linette Scott, Chief Medical Information Officer, California Department of Health Care Services

Sessions:
A Bridge from Volume to Value: Strategies for Including Safety Net Providers in Medicaid Payment Reforms

Linette Scott, MD, MPH, is the Chief Medical Information Officer in the California Department of Health Care Services.  In this role she works across the Department and with stakeholders to ensure that reliable data and information are available, and used to drive improvements in population health and clinical outcomes through the Department’s programs and policies.  Dr. Scott is a Board Certified Physician in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine.  She has a Doctor of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School, a Masters in Public Health from University of California, Davis, and a Bachelors of Arts in Physics from University of California, Santa Cruz.

David Seltz
David Seltz, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Sessions:

Opening Plenary: What’s Driving Premiums Up and What Can We Do About It?

David Seltz is the first Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, which aims to modernize health care payment and delivery models to establish a more accountable, affordable system. Prior to this role, Mr. Seltz was the chief health care advisor for Senate President Therese Murray and then served as the Special Advisor on health care for Governor Deval Patrick (MA). Through these positions, Mr. Seltz helped shepherd passage of Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006 and Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012. Mr. Seltz is a 2003 graduate of Boston College and originally from Minnesota.

Sue Sherry
Susan Sherry, Deputy Director, Community Catalyst

Sessions:
Mining Comparative Effectiveness Research to Drive State Health Policy Making

With more than 30 years of experience working in health policy and consumer advocacy, Susan Sherry provides strategic direction to nationally recognized federal, state, and local initiatives to expand health access, improve quality, and build community participation in health policy and health care systems. She has a strong track record of entrepreneurial program development and is responsible for overseeing a broad range of Community Catalyst projects including state-based technical assistance programs and issue campaigns.

Prior to joining Community Catalyst, Susan was the founding Executive Director of Health Care For All and in that role represented consumer interests in negotiations around the 1986 Massachusetts universal health care law, hospital free care, and insurance market reforms. She also directed the state technical assistance program at Families USA. Susan is an instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health. In 2004 and 2005, she was named one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Goddard College and completed her doctoral coursework at Brandeis University.

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Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont

Sessions:

Preconference: Anatomy of a Crisis: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic

A committed entrepreneur, Peter was the longtime co-director, along with his brother, of Putney Student Travel and National Geographic Student Expeditions, a company that sends students on educational programs and service projects across the globe. He is also a partner in several real estate companies that provide housing and commercial space in Southeast Vermont. His career in public service began more than 30 years ago when at the age of 24 he was elected to serve on the town’s select board. In 1990, Governor Madeleine Kunin appointed Peter to fill an empty seat in the Vermont House of Representatives, where he served for 3 years. He then served Windham County for 8 terms in the VT Senate and was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate as President pro tem the majority of that time.

As Governor, Peter is determined to get tough things done. Since his inauguration, he has been working hard to create jobs for those who need them and raise incomes for those who have jobs, control skyrocketing health care costs, expand broadband and cell service to every corner of the state, reduce recidivism, invest in quality education opportunities, and rebuild our roads and bridges. Taken together, these and other key goals represent an ambitious agenda to create a brighter economic future for Vermonters.

Peter is married to Katie Hunt.  He is the father of two daughters, Olivia and Rebecca. In his free time he enjoys running, hiking and cross country skiing. He likes to fish, hunt and garden and can sometimes be found spreading manure and cutting hay at his farm.

Peter is the 81st Governor of Vermont.

Kimberly Smith
Kimberly Smith, Stakeholder Relations Team Lead, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing

Sessions:
Mining Comparative Effectiveness Research to Drive State Health Policy Making

Kimberley Smith, CAPM, is the Stakeholder Relations Team Lead in the Health Programs Office of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing. In her six years with the Department, Kimberley helped develop and implement Colorado’s Medicaid Buy-In Program for Working Adults with Disabilities and Colorado Medicaid’s public, evidence-based, medical coverage development process, known as the Benefits Collaborative process. Kimberley is an anthropologist by training and is committed to a person-centered approach to health care administration, in which clients and their families, advocates, providers and other interested stakeholders are engaged to inform policy decisions that impact health care access and outcomes.

Kneka Smith
Kneka Smith, Associate Dean, A.T. Still University

Sessions:
Preconference: Open Wide: State Innovations in Oral Health Policy

Kneka P. Smith, is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health.

Prior to joining ATSU-MOSDOH, she served as director for From the First Tooth. Administered through MaineHealth in Portland, Maine, From the First Tooth is an oral health initiative promoting the health of infants, toddlers, preschool children and pregnant and postnatal women. She has also served as associate dean in two other dental schools (Maine and Arizona) and the dental director for the state of Maine.

She received her master’s in public health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is a member of the American Dental Education Association, American Public Health Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.

Christian Soura
Christian Soura, Director, SC Department of Human and Health Services

Sessions:
Labor of Love: Successful State Policies to Lower Infant Mortality

Christian L. Soura has been Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services since 2014. From 2011 until 2014, Soura served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Budget and Policy for Gov. Nikki R. Haley.  Earlier, Soura was the Secretary of Administration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where he held a range of appointments since 2001. Soura has held leadership positions in professional associations including the National Association of Medicaid Directors, National Association of State Chief Administrators, and the American Society for Public Administration.  He also serves on South Carolina’s Commission on National and Community Service.

Mikki Stier
Mikki Stier, Medicaid Director, Iowa Medicaid Enterprise

Sessions:
Where’s the Puck: A Discussion on Medicaid Expansion

Mikki Stier became Medicaid Director on May 27, 2015. Mikki brings to the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) more than 34 years of experience in the health care industry. Prior to becoming Medicaid Director, Mikki was the senior executive responsible for external relations at Broadlawns Medical Center.  This role included building an external network of business leaders and legislators to support the hospital’s operations.

Mikki manages Iowa’s $4.2 billion Medicaid program and is responsible for providing day-to-day leadership and direction of the IME. The IME processes over 46 million medical claims per year, contracts with over 38,000 providers and serves over 560,000 Iowans. On April 1, 2016, Iowa Medicaid transitioned the vast majority of Medicaid members to the IA Health Link. (managed care).  The state is also working on the State Innovation Model grant, implementation of the ACA, including the operation of the new Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, along with other projects.

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

Sessions:
Next Generation LTSS: Leveraging Technology Innovation to Improve Outcomes and Drive Value
Instituting Change-Rethinking the Place of IMDs in the Medicaid Continuum of Care

NASHP member Dena Stoner is a Senior Policy Advisor for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She chairs the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors’ Medicaid /Finance Division and serves on the National Research Institute’s board. She has 35+ years of design and implementation experience in long term, acute, behavioral health and managed care.  She currently concentrates on behavioral health. Examples include the Money Follows the Person Behavioral Health Pilot,  1115 transformation waiver, Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment and Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Disease Study. Her innovations are featured in national peer-reviewed publications.

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Marilyn Tavenner, President and CEO, America’s Health Insurance Plans

Sessions:

Opening Plenary: What’s Driving Premiums Up and What Can We Do About It?

Marilyn Tavenner was recently named President and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Prior to joining AHIP, Ms. Tavenner served as administrator/principal deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2010-2015. Prior to her appointment to CMS, she served as Secretary of Health and Human Resources in the cabinet of Governor Tim Kaine from 2006-2010. From 1981-2005 she was employed by the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) beginning as a nurse at Richmond-based Johnston-Willis Hospital and eventually becoming the Chief Executive Officer in 1993. In 2001, she became President of HCA’s Central Atlantic Division, and was later appointed Group President of Outpatient Services before resigning from HCA in December of 2005. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Masters in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Marilyn led CMS work to implement the Affordable Care Act which included the development and implementation of major health insurance reforms across the country as well as establishing affordable health insurance options for over 11.5 million individuals through the state and federal marketplaces and the expansion of Medicaid in 28 states and DC. She also led the implementation of innovative programs and delivery system models aimed at reducing costs and improving quality. During Marilyn’s tenure, the country experienced historically low growth in overall healthcare spending, extending solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund to 2030.

As President and CEO of AHIP, Marilyn leads the national association that is the unified voice for the evolving health insurance industry. AHIP members provide health and supplemental benefits to 200 million Americans through employer-sponsored coverage, the individual insurance market, and public programs. Marilyn directs the industry’s advocacy agenda in Washington and the states as AHIP members tackle the challenges facing consumers and the broader health care system. For the past four years, Modern Healthcare has recognized Ms. Tavenner as one of the 100 most influential people in health care in her roles at CMS and at AHIP.

Barb Taylor
Barbara Taylor, Deputy Commissioner, Bureau for Public Health, West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources

Sessions:
What’s in the Water: Lessons Learned from Flint and Other Environmental Threats

Barb Taylor began her career with the WV Division of Natural Resources as a Biologist Assistant, spending several seasons with the National Park Service at the New River Gorge National River, and nearly 16 years with what is now the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) – Division of Water Resources and Waste Management.  At the time of her departure from DEP, she held the position of Chief, Office of Water Resources. In 2000, Barb joined the WV Department of Health & Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health as the Director of the Office of Environmental Health Services and in 2013 accepted the position of Deputy Commissioner of Health Protection. Barb’s section of the Bureau – Health Protection – has the responsibilities in developing a public health and medical system that can accurately identify and effectively respond to emergency health threats; oversee a system of emergency medicine and trauma providers and facilities to optimize pre-hospital care; protect the public’s health from adverse environmental factors; investigate suspicious deaths and verify causes; and provide laboratory analytic capability for situations and conditions that impact health in WV.

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Representative Norm Thurston, Utah House District 6
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Sessions:
Morning Plenary: A Call to Action on Pharmacy Prices: Findings from NASHP’s Workgroup

For the past 12 years, Thurston has held various positions supporting the State of Utah’s efforts to create state-based solutions for local health care issues, and fighting to prevent the implementation of Obamacare in the state. He has helped lead the effort to reform Utah’s health care system, serving as Health Reform Coordinator for much of that time. He has been actively involved in Utah’s effort to modernize the state’s Medicaid system. In these positions he spent countless hours working with leaders from both the Executive and Legislative branches of state government in the policy development process.

In September 2013, he took over as Director of the Office of Health Care Statistics, the agency responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information about health care cost and quality for the State of Utah. This change provides sufficient distance from key policymakers to minimize any conflicts of interest in serving in the state legislature.  See his full bio here

Robert Valuck
Robert Valuck, Director, Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

Sessions:
Preconference: Anatomy of a Crisis: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic

Robert J. Valuck is a Professor in the Departments of Clinical Pharmacy, Epidemiology, and Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Schools of Pharmacy, Public Health, and Medicine. Dr. Valuck received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Colorado (in 1987), and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmacy (in 1992 and 1994) from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He is licensed to practice Pharmacy in Colorado and Illinois.

Dr. Valuck is Director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research (CePOR) at the School of Pharmacy. His major areas of research include postmarketing studies of the beneficial and adverse effects of pharmaceuticals, with a primary emphasis on rare, serious adverse effects of psychotropic drugs.

Dr. Valuck is also Coordinating Center Director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, created by Governor Hickenlooper in 2013 to address the prescription drug abuse problem with a collaborative, statewide, interagency approach.

Victoria Veltri
Victoria Veltri, Chief Health Policy Advisor, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, State of CT

Sessions:
Preconference: Open Wide: State Innovations in Oral Health Policy

Victoria Veltri, JD, LLM, is the Chief Health Policy Advisor in the Office of Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, coordinating the state’s health reform initiatives, including the State Innovation Model Initiative, the Healthcare Cabinet and other initiatives.  She acts as the Lt. Governor’s liaison on healthcare issues with state agencies, community organizations and the private sector.  She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors on the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange (d/b/a Access Health CT) and the All Payer Claims Database Advisory Council.

Prior to joining Lt. Governor Wyman’s staff in June 2016, Ms. Veltri was the state’s Healthcare Advocate, overseeing OHA in: assisting health insurance consumers with health plan selection; educating consumers about their health care rights; directly assisting healthcare consumers with grievances and appeals; acting as a watchdog of Connecticut’s healthcare marketplace; pursuing healthcare policy activities, and; serving as Connecticut’s federally designated independent health insurance consumer assistance program under the Affordable Care Act.

Seema Verma
Seema Verma, President & CEO, SVC

Sessions:
Where’s the Puck: A Discussion on Medicaid Expansion
Incentivizing Healthy Behaviors and Personal Responsibility: What Have We Learned?

Seema Verma is the President, CEO and founder of SVC, Inc., a national health policy consulting company. For over 20 years, Ms. Verma has worked extensively on a variety of policy and strategic projects involving Medicaid, insurance, and public health, working with Governor’s offices, State Medicaid agencies, State Health Departments, State Departments of Insurance, as well as the federal government, private companies and foundations.

Ms. Verma has extensive experience redesigning Medicaid programs in several states.  SVC and Ms. Verma have developed many of the recent Medicaid reform programs including waivers for Iowa.

Marko Vujicic
Marko Vujicic, Chief Economist & VP, Health Policy Institute – ADA

Sessions:
Preconference: Open Wide: State Innovations in Oral Health Policy

Dr. Marko Vujicic is Chief Economist and Vice President, Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association where he is responsible for overseeing all of the Association’s policy research activities. Prior to joining the American Dental Association, he was Senior Economist with The World Bank in Washington D.C. where he directed the global health workforce policy program. He was also a Health Economist with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Vujicic is the lead author of the book, Working in Health, and has written several book chapters on various health policy issues. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals such as Health Affairs, The New England Journal of Medicine, Health Services Research, Health Policy and Planning, Social Science and Medicine, and Medical Care. He has worked on broad health care reform issues in Africa, East Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. He is a visiting assistant professor at Tufts University in Boston.

Dr. Vujicic obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from McGill University in Montreal.

Tom Wolf
Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania

Sessions:
Lunch Plenary: The State of State Health Policy

On January 20, 2015, Tom was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 47th governor. Since taking office,Tom has taken a number of steps to make Pennsylvania a better place. As Pennsylvania governor, Tom is focused on three simple goals: jobs that pay, schools that teach, and government that works.

Tom knows that to rebuild the middle class, we need new ideas to create jobs that pay and policies that support our manufacturing and new growth industries. In order to do this, Tom has taken a number of steps. On March 7, 2016, Tom signed an executive order that ensures employees under the governor’s jurisdiction will be paid no less than $10.15 an hour. The executive order also covers employees of organizations that negotiate state contracts or that lease property to the commonwealth. In addition to signing the executive order, Tom also called upon legislators to pass a minimum wage increase for all Pennsylvania workers. Tom also phased-out of Pennsylvania’s Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise tax, calling it “an unfair tax on business” that he was committed to eliminating. The Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise tax dates to 1844, and previous governors had tried for more than 15 years to eliminate the tax.

Tom is fighting to increase funding for our schools to reverse the devastating $1 billion in cuts made to schools five years ago that led to larger class sizes, soaring property taxes, educator layoffs, and the elimination or reduction of vital programs. Data also show that as education classroom funding fell, so did student scores in reading and math. Tom has made clear his strong commitment to education in Pennsylvania by fighting to restore critical education funding cuts, provide unprecedented support to high-quality pre-k programs, and ensure students are college and career ready. As a result of his fight for greater investment, schools will receive an additional $200 million in 2015-16 for K through 12 education. Tom continues to advocate for increased funding for Pennsylvania schools to deliver high-quality education to every student across the state, regardless of zip code. We must make investments to adequately and fairly fund our education system in order to lay the foundation for long-term economic growth in Pennsylvania.

To move Pennsylvania forward, we need a government that restores faith in the fundamental notion that our democracy still works. Our government should be transparent and fully accountable, and taxpayers deserve to know how every penny is spent. Tom’s first action after taking office was to sign an executive order banning his administration from accepting gifts. The executive order bars all state workers under the governor’s jurisdiction from accepting or soliciting anything of value. Several independent state commissions, authorities, and other agencies have followed the governor’s lead and imposed a gift ban on their employees. On the same day, the governor signed an executive order to reform the process for contracting outside legal counsel to make it more open and transparent, and to rid the system of rewarding political donors. Following these executive orders, Tom announced that he would be posting his work calendar each Friday and his public schedule for the day each morning. He also signed an open data executive order with the goal of making data available in order to engage citizens, create economic opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs, and develop innovative policy solutions that improve program delivery and streamline operations. Tom also established the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management, and Efficiency (GO-TIME). GO-TIME leverages inter-agency coordination and collaboration to maximize efficiency, modernize state government operations, and provide the highest quality services.

Tom has also taken a number of steps to improve and protect the lives of all Pennsylvanians. Tom signed two executive orders that expand protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression or identity for state employees and, for the first time, employees of contractors doing business with the commonwealth. He also expanded Medicaid in Pennsylvania in order to simplify a previously complicated process and ensure that hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians would have greater access to the health insurance they need. Now, more than 600,000 Pennsylvanians who were not previously covered now have healthcare coverage. Tom also eliminated the wasteful SNAP asset test, which removed unnecessary administrative burdens and costs to the commonwealth. The Wolf Administration has also made the fight against heroin a top priority. Some of the administration’s initiatives include: signing a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access this life-saving drug; equipping the Pennsylvania State Police with naloxone, so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies; training Pennsylvania Capitol Police to administer and carry naloxone; and supporting the use of naloxone at schools across the commonwealth.

Tom has always been a different kind of leader and he has brought this experience to his role as governor. Since day one in office, Tom has fought for the people of Pennsylvania and he will continue to serve the best interests of the commonwealth. To see his full bio visit: https://www.governor.pa.gov/governor-tom-wolf/

Sharon Watkins
Sharon Watkins, Bureau Director, PA Dept. of Health

Sessions:
From A to Zika: Are you Prepared for this Disease…and the Next One?

Dr. Sharon Watkins joined the Pennsylvania Department of Health in November 2015.  She is the Director for the Bureau of Epidemiology and is responsible for the management and oversight of the Bureau which includes the Division of Infectious Disease, Environmental Health, and Community Health.  Dr. Watkins is a graduate of Ohio State University and specialized in Epidemiology, Environmental Epidemiology, and Perinatal/Maternal & Child Epidemiology. Prior to joining Pennsylvania, she has served as Chief for the Bureau of Epidemiology and as Director of Public Health Research for the Florida Department of Health.  Dr. Watkins has over 14 years of experience in Public Health and Epidemiology and is an Executive Board member of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

Tom Wroth
Dr. Tom Wroth, President and Chief Medical Officer, North Carolina Community Care Networks

Sessions:

Preconference: Anatomy of a Crisis: Lessons from the Opioid Epidemic

Dr. Wroth is President and Chief Medical Officer for North Carolina Community Care Networks (N3CN) which is a public-private partnership that manages NC’s Medicaid population through provider-led, community based medical home networks. Dr. Wroth practices as a family physician in a Federally Qualified Health Center where he cares for patients from cradle to grave. He is the former chief medical officer of Piedmont Health, a system of 7 FQHCs and 2 PACE sites. He also was on faculty in the department of family medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he developed curriculum for residents in quality improvement and chronic disease management and taught medical students in epidemiology, the family medicine clerkship, and the new models of care selective. Dr. Wroth trained in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill. He attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Kim Yeagle
Kim Yeagle, Clinical Program Manager, Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare

Sessions:
Cross-Agency Collaboration: Integrating Pediatric Mental and Physical Health

Kim Yeagle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1994.  She completed her Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri in 1991.  She has worked in many areas of social services and behavioral health such as inpatient psychiatric, out-patient therapy with youth and adults as well as adolescent offenders, hospital social work and integrated health.  Most recently she was the Healthcare Home Director for a Community Mental Health Center and led that agency in becoming a health home. Kim was the co-recipient of the first Healthcare Home Director Excellence Award in 2013.  Kim joined the Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare in November 2014 and has provided clinical assistance in the development of Healthcare Homes and integrated care in the community behavioral health setting in several areas including, program policy, training initiatives, evidence-based practices, population health management, and clinical measures and outcomes.

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