In the last few months, NASHP has convened state leaders in two summits that addressed rising health care costs. With assistance from Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation and Erin Fuse Brown of Georgia State University College of Law, NASHP compiled a slide presentation documenting the factors behind the health care cost trajectory to help states make the case for action. In the months ahead, NASHP will present strategies states are pursuing to address the cost conundrum.
Dr. Stephanie Calkins is the Director of Clinical Medicine at MaineDartmouth Family Practice Residency (MDFPR), where she is the clinical leader supporting the 5 clinics in the residency, 3 of which are primary care and are Patient Centered Medical Homes. MDFPR is affiliated with MaineGeneral Medical Center, located in the Augusta, Maine area. Dr. Calkins also sits on the MGMC Primary Care Transformation Leadership Group. She practices full spectrum family practice in her clinic at Four Seasons Family Practice, and has a particular interest in developing and teaching practice management and women’s health curriculums in the residency.
Michelle Aldrich attended the University of Maine – Orono and graduated in 2005. She has a varied work experience in acute hospital care, home care/hospice, and long term care. Michelle as taken courses in Nurse Leadeship, Staff Development and Quality Improvement. For the past three years she has worked as a Quality Specialist with the Maine Darthmouth Family Medicine Residency – MaineGeneral Medical Center.
Rhonda Selvin, APRN, has practiced in Maine as a primary care provider for more than 17 years, specializing in family practice. She is Board certified by the ANCC and the AANP. She serves as the Associate Medical Director of Maine Quality Counts, providing leadership and support for quality improvement efforts. Prior to joining MQC she served as the Medical Director and Clinical Lead of a Patient Centered Medical home practice. She recently completed the Hanley Health Leadership Program and is the President of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association. She is a member of the MaineCare Provider Advisory Committee, the Maine State Innovation Model (SIM) Steering Committee and Delivery System Reform subcommittee, the MeHaf Integrated Care Policy Committee.
Jackie Stafford is an Adult Primary Care nurse practitioner (APNP). She practices at CareSouth Carolina INC., a community health care center in Cheraw, South Carolina. Jackie began her nursing career over 25 years ago with a BSN from The Medical University of South Carolina. After raising her two boys, she returned for her Masters at MUSC in 2009, and plans to begin work on her DNP in the fall of 2015.
Melanie “BZ” Giese is Director of the Birth Outcomes Initiative for the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Boasting a combined 37 years of experience in the health industry, Ms. Giese has worked in the private and public health care sector with experience in hospital, pharmaceutical company and state government settings. Currently, she serves as a member of the National Quality Forum’s Maternity Action Team, the Executive Board of the March of Dimes, and the Executive Board of the South Carolina Diabetes Initiative; she is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Public Health & Policy. Ms. Giese graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is a registered nurse.
Greg Martin is the Deputy Director of Stakeholder Engagement for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He is responsible for leading PCORI’s state- and local-level engagement with clinicians, policy makers, professional audiences, and the broader healthcare community. An experienced state health policy and state government affairs professional, Martin previously served the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Martin was responsible for leading AAFP’s governmental advocacy assistance to its state and territorial chapters, including research on issues such as health reform implementation, Medicaid, and the patient-centered medical home. With NCSL, Martin served as staff to the Forum for State Health Policy Leadership, providing analysis and technical assistance to legislators and legislative staff on a range of issues, including Medicaid, CHIP, and health information technology. Martin received his BS in political science from University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
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 and disciplines particularly in the fields of perinatal health, physical and mental health integration, and the appropriate utilization of high risk drugs such as atypical antipsychotics and opiates. She spearheads the perinatal workgroup for the Medicaid Medical Directors Network & Co-chairs the CMS expert panel to improve maternal and infant outcomes. Other interests include home and hospice care, patient empowerment, and health system transformation.
Dr. Laura Herrera was appointed Deputy Secretary for Public Health for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on December 17, 2012. The Deputy Secretary for Public Health oversees Local Public Health, the Prevention and Health Promotion, Health Systems and Infrastructure, Vital Statistics, and Laboratories Administrations, along with the Department’s Offices of Preparedness and Response and the Chief Medical Examiner. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Secretary, Dr. Herrera was Chief Medical Officer. In this role, she assisted the Secretary of Health on the implementation of innovative health delivery reform structures in the MD health care system. She advised the Deputy Secretary for Health Care Financing on policies and strategies to monitor and improve the quality of care, preventive services, and health promotion activities at the Medicaid participating managed care organizations. She received her MD from SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn and her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her internship and residency in family medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Sherry Glied is Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. From 1989-2013, she was Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She was Chair of the department from 1998-2009. In 2010, Glied was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, and served in that capacity from July 2010 – August 2012. She had previously served as Senior Economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 1992-1993, and participated in the Clinton Health Care Task Force. She has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Board of AcademyHealth. Glied holds a B.A. in economics from Yale University, an M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.