2016 Conference

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 […]

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  • Gail Propsom

    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 […]

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    September 23, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

  • William Halsey

    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.  Incentivizing Healthy Behaviors and Personal […]

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    September 23, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

  • Karen Baylor

    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 […]

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    September 23, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

  • Patrick Finnerty

    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 […]

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    September 23, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

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

    Wednesday, October 19th 11:00 AM-12:30PM Chronic diseases are a major contributor to healthcare spending, leading policy makers to focus on promoting healthy behaviors such as smoking cessation, weight loss and well-care to help prevent and better control costly conditions.   This session will highlight different state strategies and experiences to date with incentivizing healthy behaviors and […]

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    September 19, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference

  • Sharon Watkins

    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 […]

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    September 16, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

  • John Hellerstedt

    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 […]

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    September 16, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

  • Jennifer Burnett

    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 & […]

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    September 16, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio

  • Cheryl J. Roberts

    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 […]

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    September 16, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Bio