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Tim has over 20 years of experience implementing state government systems, including end-to-end management of the entire software development lifecycle from contract negotiations and project initiation, through implementation, certification, and post-production operations. For the past several years, Tim has serves as the project manager for Montana Program for Automating and Transforming Healthcare (MPATH) initiative. The MPATH project is replacing Montanas 33 year old legacy Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) using a modular strategy leveraging existing COTS/SaaS solutions. Tim led the development of Montanas modularity replacement strategy that resulted in the Modularity Blueprint for the replacement of the remaining legacy components supporting the Montana Healthcare Programs. Additionally, he recently led the implementation of the Departments Population Health Data Analytics module to support Montanas Medicaid program.
Mark Greenberg is a Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. His work focuses on immigration issues affecting children and families and implications of immigration enforcement and policy for health and human services programs and agencies.
From 2009-17, Mr. Greenberg worked at the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and was ACF Acting Assistant Secretary from 2013-17. ACF includes the Office of Refugee Resettlement and a wide range of other programs assisting low-income and vulnerable children, families and communities. Previously, Mr. Greenberg was Executive Director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy; Executive Director of the Center for American Progress’ Task Force on Poverty; Director of Policy for the Center for Law and Social Policy; and a legal services lawyer at the Western Center on Law and Poverty and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid.
From Plain to Supreme, a Children’s Coverage Menu
Marie Zimmerman oversee and lead the major functions Minnesotas Medicaid program, Medical Assistance, and its Basic Health Plan, MinnesotaCare, the program which provide health coverage to 1.2 million Minnesotans. This includes: agency-wide Medicaid policy development and implementation; Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) federal relations; health care program eligibility policy and operations (state-run and county oversight); benefits policy; pharmacy benefit management; health services and dental services advisory committees; managed care contracting, provider rate-setting; purchasing strategies and delivery systems reforms; enrollee and provider customer service; provider enrollment and training; provider claims payment; and benefit recovery and program integrity functions.
Most recently Zimmerman has been working as a Vice President at Hennepin Healthcare, but prior to that she served as Minnesotas State Medicaid Director for 4 years, and several roles at DHS over the past decade that included leading the development and launch of the departments purchasing reform initiatives including direct provider contracting through the Integrated Health Partnership program, managed care organization oversight and purchasing reforms, and integrated managed care products for seniors and people with disabilities. Additionally, Zimmerman served as the Health Care Administration policy director, deputy director of managed care and payment policy division and as the budget and legislative director.
Thomas Novak is the Medicaid Interoperability lead in the Office of Policy at ONC where he supports the advancement of Medicaid interoperability in the drafting and review of federal regulations. He is detailed part time to the CMS Medicaid Data and Systems Group where he provides direct support to State Medicaid agencies and state governments on Health Information Exchange funding and strategy.
Medicaid Data for the Future
Virginia Dize is Co-Director of the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) and Program Director at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). She has more than thirty years’ experience in Aging programs, the last 10 years focused on transportation for older adults and people with disabilities. Prior to joining the staff of n4a, she served as an Associate Director of the National Association of State Units on Aging. Ms. Dize oversees n4a’s transportation initiatives, including work on the Inclusive Coordinated Transportation Partnership project funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) and she previously served as co-director of the National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST; 2008-2015). She has managed several rounds of demonstration grants under the NCST and NADTC. She has a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History from Mary Washington College.
A Two-Way Street: Disruptive Innovation in Transportation
Tara Murphy is the Deputy Director of DSRIP Statewide Investments at MassHealth. Since January 2017, she has led the design, roll out, and management of a $115 million portfolio of Statewide Investment programs aimed advancing Massachusetts efforts to transform healthcare payment and care delivery and improve health outcomes for its MassHealth population. Prior to MassHealth, Tara served as the founding Administrative Director for the Kraft Center for Community Health Leadership at Partners HealthCare, a then-new entity focused on improving access to high quality healthcare in traditionally underserved communities by strengthening the workforce in community health centers. She previously held leadership roles in global health, first at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and then at the Clinton Health Access Initiative. She has also consulted at numerous community health centers and nonprofits.
Tara is a Board member at ParentChild+, a national nonprofit that uses early education and home visiting to help families build a brighter future for their children and themselves. She holds an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Diverse Populations
Dr. Tisha Holmes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University. She conducts interdisciplinary work on planning for hazards and risks in order to reduce physical and social vulnerabilities and seek ways to build resilience in vulnerable, marginalized communities. Her research also emphasizes active community participation in research, education and decision-making processes to address the present and potential impact of climatological risks.
Holmes is collaborating with researchers in FSU Geography and the Center for Climate Ocean Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS) to evaluate efforts of climate change adaptation planning in US local public health agencies and their engagement with vulnerable populations through the CDC’s Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) program. She is also conducting research on adaptation approaches to sea level rise in Florida and developing work on climate resilience planning in the Caribbean.
Some Like it Hot: Climate Change and Health
Joe Bryant is currently the Health Care Policy Advisor to Governor John C. Carney (Delaware). Joe has been in his current position since 2017. During his time in the Carney Administration, Joe has successfully championed many of the Governor’s top health policy initiatives. In addition to his work in the Governor’s Office, he serves as a Captain in the Delaware Army National Guard.
Joe graduated with a B.A. from Maryville College (TN) in 2008. As a senior, he successfully defended his thesis paper, “Concussions in sports: How educated are athletes about this diagnosis?” In 2012, he graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, with a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling.
Prior to his current position, Joe worked as a Constituent Relations Liaison during Rep. John Carney’s time in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was Rep. Carney’s liaison for matters concerning the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Social Security Administration. In addition, Joe has several years of experience as a professional mental health counselor.
States on Fire: Innovations to Increase Access and Lower Costs
Wilmarie González has been working for almost 14 yrs. as a PA public servant, first with the Department of Aging, and now with the Department of Human Services as a top executive collaborating with local, state and federal agencies. Wilmarie has represented the state before legislative and executive branches in strengthening advocacy systems. Wilmarie has led teams in state studies and evaluations on elder abuse, financial exploitation, and guardianship issues impacting the aging population; Wilmarie has been a featured speaker at local, state and national forums covering topics from advocacy, protection, quality strategy, performance measures, and state funded programs.
Wilmarie is leading the new MLTSS Community HealthChoices programs quality strategy impacting Medicaid and Medicare services for the dual population. It includes establishing sound quality components that include early implementation strategy, performance measures, performance improvement projects, long-term evaluation while collaborating with internal and external stakeholder engagement.
Wilmarie has served as a board member in national, state and local organizations influencing public policy, education, older adults, and the arts. Former member of the PA Supreme Court Elder Law Task Force and Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts, and current member of the PA Judicial Conduct Board.
Wilmarie is a graduate of Rosemont College with a Masters in Management, and Eastern University with a Bachelors in Organizational Management.
Tom Curtis serves as the manager of Quality Improvement and Program Development for Medicaid managed care at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). In this role, he is responsible for establishing, administering, and evaluating Michigans managed care performance monitoring, improvement, and innovation activity in Medicaid. This role includes supporting the department’s Health Equity, Social Determinants of Health, Payment Reform, and Behavioral/Physical Health Integration policy efforts in the Medicaid managed care program. Tom worked previously as the State Administrator for Michigan’s State Innovation Model (SIM) project, and as a Senior Quality Analyst with the MDHHS Managed Care Plan Division, where he developed performance improvement partnerships with Medicaid health plans. Tom worked for many years on local community engagement and organizing efforts before joining MDHHS.
Kierra S. Barnett is a PHD candidate in the College of Public Health at The Ohio State University and a Graduate Research Associate at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Kierra’s work focuses on the impact of social determinants of health (i.e. socioeconomic conditions, education, and natural, built and social environments) on racial and ethnic health disparities. Her dissertation research specifically explores John Henryism (an active coping mechanism against stressors), socio-economic status, and health disparities among Blacks.
Having joined the Kirwan Institute in 2013, Kierra has collaborated with state, county and city public health departments, as well as non-for-profit organizations, to assess health outcomes, such as infant mortality, and make policy and practice-based recommendations to address the disparities. After completing her doctoral degree, she intends to continue her scholarship to better understand health among Black populations across the socio-economic gradient.
Kierra also holds a Masters of Public Health from OSU and a Bachelors of Science in Community Health from the University of Illinois.
I Can See Clearly Now: Implicit Bias in Policymaking
Chris Taylor is the Chief Inclusion Officer for the state of Minnesota. In his role, he facilitates change across the state system of government, creating more inclusive state agencies and promoting equity in state programs and services.
Taylor received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas and a Master’s degree from the Cooperstown Graduate Program for Museum Studies. He is currently working on a Doctorate of Education in the Organization Development and Change program at the University of St. Thomas.
Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH recently joined the AMA in April 2019 as their inaugural Chief Health Equity Officer and Vice President. Her role is to embed health equity in all the work of the AMA and to launch a Center for Health Equity.
Prior to this in 2014, Dr. Maybank became an Associate Commissioner, and later a Deputy Commissioner, and lunched the Center for Health Equity, a new division in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene geared toward strengthening and amplifying the Health Department’s work in ending health inequities. Under her leadership, and in a short amount of time, the health department made great strides in transforming the culture and public health practice by embedding health equity in the health department’s work. This work has been recognized and adapted by other City agencies and has captured the attention of the CDC and WHO.
She also teaches medical and public health students on topics related to health inequities, public health leadership and management, physician advocacy, and community organizing health. Currently, Dr. Maybank serves as President of the Empire State Medical Association, the NYS affiliate of the National Medical Association. In 2012, she co-founded “We Are Doc McStuffins,” a movement created by African-American female physicians who are inspired by the Disney Junior character, Doc McStuffins.
Dr. Maybank holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, an MD from Temple University School of Medicine, and an MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is a pediatrician and board certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
A Commitment to Advance Health Equity
Dee Jones is the Executive Director of the North Carolina State Health Plan, which provides health care coverage to more than 725,000 teachers, state employees, retirees and their dependents. Jones has responsibility for the day-to-day strategy and operations of the Plan, working closely with the State Treasurer and the Plan’s Board of Trustees to monitor the financial condition of the Plan, implement quality improvements and maintain cost-effective programs for Plan members.
Before joining the Plan in 2017, Jones held executive leadership roles within the State at NC Department of Health and Human Services and NC Department of Administration. In addition, her private sector senior leadership experience across strategic operations and financial roles includes 11 years with Time Warner Cable and six years at Siemens Energy & Automation.
Dee holds an M.B.A./Accounting degree from the University of Phoenix and B.A. degrees in Accounting and Business Management from NC State University.
Richard Figueroa is a Deputy Cabinet Secretary in the Office of the Governor Gavin Newsom where he works on health, human services and veterans affairs issues. Richard was previously Director of Prevention for The California Endowment, CA’s largest health-focused philanthropy. He has served in several previous administrations, including Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Deputy Legislative Secretary for Governor Gray Davis. Richard was also Legislative Director for Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi and served as a Legislative Consultant for the California State Senate Insurance and Budget and Fiscal Review Committees.
Elisabeth Arenales has been the Senior Policy Advisor on Health for Governor Jared Polis since January 2019. Prior to working for Governor Polis, she spent twenty years as the Health Program Director for the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. CCLP is Colorado’s unrestricted legal services program and focuses on family economic security. Elisabeth is recognized as a health policy expert and has a strong track record of protecting, preserving, and expanding access to health care, particularly for lower-income Coloradans. She has helped to shepherd legislation and programs that increased coverage, reduced health access barriers and led to significant changes in the Colorado health landscape.
The Latest State Actions to Tackle Rx Prices, And What’s Next?
Representative Eileen Cody was raised on her family’s farm in Iowa. After graduating from high school, Eileen earned an associate’s degree in nursing from the College of Saint Mary and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Creighton University.
Eileen recently retired after working at Kaiser Permanente (formerly Group Health Cooperative) in Seattle for the past forty years. She is a neuro-rehab nurse certified in both rehabilitation nursing and multiple sclerosis care. In addition to her work at Kaiser Permanente, Eileen is a founding member of District 1199 NW/SEIU Hospital and Health Care Employees Union.
First appointed and subsequently retained to the House of Representatives in 1994, Eileen has dedicated her legislative career to achieving affordable, quality healthcare for all residents of Washington state. Eileen currently serves as chair of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee.
Lisa Beauregard is the Director of the Home and Community Based Services Policy Lab at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elders Affairs where she previously served as a research analyst. She competed a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global States at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2019. Previously, Dr. Beauregard received a Masters in International Political Economics from The Catholic University of America and a Bachelors of Arts, cum laude, in Political Science, from the College of the Holy Cross.
Jessica Rhoades is an accomplished health care policy and advocacy leader with broad expertise and experience in Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, health insurance and payment and delivery system reform. She has served as health care policy advisor to two governors. She also served as Policy Director for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, where she oversaw the state’s Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion and served as Montana’s State Innovation Model Design Director, resulting in Montana’s largest ever public-private value-based payment initiative. Her work in the private sector includes working in public affairs for a national health care provider covering 14 states. Most recently, Rhoades led the effort to pass Montana’s reinsurance legislation and waiver submission.
Erin C. Fuse Brown, J.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor of Law and a faculty member of the Center for Law, Health & Society at Georgia State University College of Law. She specializes in health law and policy, and her research focuses on health care markets, consolidation, and cost-control. Fuse Brown has published articles in leading legal and medical journals about hospital prices, medical billing and collection, health care competition and consolidation, consumer financial protection in health care, and state health reforms. 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. and on state strategies to control health care prices. She received a J.D. from Georgetown, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
New Recipes to Control Rx Pricing
Ms. Phillips is a business development professional with 30+ years experience helping organizations apply data to solve complex problems.
Erica joined Esri, the global leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3 years ago as the lead on Federal Health agencies. She works with agencies such as CDC, FDA, NIH and SAMHSA and with State Health Departments applying GIS to address public health issues such as the opioid crisis and access to health care. Erica advocates the idea that Place Matters for Health and utilizes Esris technology to support innovative approaches to public health challenges.
Prior to joining Esri, Erica worked for Nielsen Claritas and VNU/Mediamark focused on developing and supporting data-driven solutions. Highlights include the work she did with the Ohio Department of Health to define food deserts and the communities impacted by them.
A native New Yorker, Ms. Phillips is a graduate of Hunter College with a BA in Economics.
Ellie Hartman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, graduated from the University of Minnesota in Educational Psychology with a concentration in special education where she taught Behavior Analysis and Classroom Management and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctorate (BCBA-D). Dr. Hartman was an evaluator for Wisconsin’s SSDI two for one pilot, Wisconsin’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), and the Administration on Intellectual and Development Disabilities (AIDD)’s Partners in Employment grant, called Let’s Get to Work in Wisconsin. Dr. Hartman is currently a Senior Scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI) and is the Project Manager for Wisconsin PROMISE. As the Project Manager for Wisconsin PROMISE, Dr. Hartman, has been coordinating and leading the PROMISE inter-agency leadership and work groups, including facilitating a inter-agency Management Information System (MIS) for PROMISE program evaluation and data analysis. As a Senior Scientist at SVRI, Dr. Hartman works in close collaboration with the faculty and staff at SVRI and University of Wisconsin, Madison Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education (RPSE).
Expanding the Menu: Data Sources for Policy Action
Dena Stoner, Director of Innovation Strategy for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s IDD / Behavioral Health Division, has over 35 years of design and implementation experience, including long term services, acute care, managed care and behavioral health. She currently concentrates on behavioral health integration, including research and demonstration projects, Medicaid state plan and waiver initiatives. Her work has been featured in peer-reviewed publications. She also chairs the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors’ Finance Policy Division, serves on the National Research Institute’s board of directors and is a member of the executive council of the National Academy for State Health Policy.
Dimensions of Dementia
Chethan Bachireddy is the incoming Chief Medical Officer for the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid). He is a physician, researcher, and public servant dedicated to improving health for vulnerable populations. In his new role, he is engaging in efforts related to the opioid epidemic, maternal/child health, value-based payment, and the social drivers of health. Prior to coming to Virginia, he was a National Clinician Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where his work focused on two areas: 1) improving health for populations with high rates of HIV infection, substance use disorders, mental illness, and justice involvement and 2) applying insights from behavioral economics and clinical trial design to test strategies and technologies to help form healthy habits. He hails from Deep East Texas, studied economics and neurobiology at Harvard, attended medical school at Yale, trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and completed a Masters in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. He is excited to learn and collaborate to improve the health and well-being of the individuals, families, and communities who call Virginia home.
On Time Delivery: Optimizing Access to Care for Pregnant Women with SUD or Mental Health Conditions
Jeremy Vandehey, J.D. is the Director of the Health Policy and Analytics Division for the Oregon Health Authority, which is responsible for developing and implementing the state’s vision for health reform. His teams’ work includes policy analysis, health care cost and quality reporting, advancing evidence-based care and best practices, spreading the use of electronic health records, advancing payment reform, and purchasing health care for nearly 300,000 public employees. Before joining OHA, Jeremy served as Health Policy Advisor to Governor Kate Brown. Jeremy previously led government relations for Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest Region and served as the legislative director for OHA during the design and implementation of Oregon’s coordinated care organizations. Jeremy received his Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota School of Law and his undergraduate degree in public policy and administration from Western Oregon University.
An Offer You Can’t Refuse…or Can you? Hospital Consolidation
Jaime S. King is the Bion M. Gregory Chair of Business Law and a Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She is the Associate Dean and Co-Director of the UCSF/UC HastingsConsortium on Science, Law and Health Policy, the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Master’s Program in Health Law and Policy,and the Director of the J.D. Concentration on Law and Health Sciences. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Source on Healthcare Price and Competition, a multi-disciplinary web-based resource about healthcare price and competition.Professor King received the Hastings Foundation Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship in 2015 and the Best Antitrust and Mergers Article of 2017 at the American Antitrust Institute Annual Meeting with her co-author Erin Fuse Brown.Professor King has testified before Congressional committees on health insurance mergers and price transparency and currently sits on the Board of the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. She holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University, a J.D. from Emory University, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Carissa Dougherty, LCSW, has over 18 years experience providing direct clinical practice, program management, and policy work. Ms. Dougherty previously managed an array of permanent and transitional supportive housing programs for persons with mental health and substance use issues. She has co-chaired the local homeless Continuum of Care and provided Mental Health First Aid training to hundreds of homeless service and housing providers.
Ms. Dougherty currently serves as Director in the Office of Mental Health Coordination. She leads a team of program specialists and policy analysts responsible for stakeholder engagement, system coordination, and policy initiatives. Prior to this role, she served as a Senior Advisor with a focus on coordinating services to address the housing needs for persons with IDD and behavioral health disabilities, exploring the sustainable financing options for health and housing initiatives, and promoting policies and programs that support such endeavors.
Improving Health through Housing
With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Ms. Ledbetter serves as the Chief Data Officer and Chief of the Enterprise Data Operations Branch in the Information Services Division within the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). Ms. Ledbetter serves on the National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) board of directors. She is an active member of the California Health Information Association (CHIA), and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Ms. Ledbetter has a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management from The Ohio State University and holds a Masters in Health Services Administration from St. Mary’s College.
Vanessa Avery was appointed as the Associate Attorney General for Enforcement, Litigation and Investigations by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong in January 2019. She manages all aspects of affirmative enforcement by the office, including multi-district cases involving antitrust and government program fraud, consumer protection, the opioid epidemic, the Affordable Care Act, immigration, the environment, privacy and data security, as well as cases pending locally. Previously, she was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut. She handled a broad variety of cases on behalf of the United States, its agencies and employees. Prior to that, she was a Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice Civil Division in Washington, D.C. She also spent over a decade in law firm practice focusing on business and financial litigation. Vanessa earned her degrees at Yale University and Georgetown University Law Center.
The Latest State Actions to Tackle Rx Prices
Terry Cothran is currently the Director at Pharmacy Management Consultants (a division of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy). His team provides support to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (state Medicaid agency) in managing the pharmacy benefits for our state Medicaid members. His practice has expanded into areas of Medication Therapy Management, Antibiotic Stewardship, Alternate Payment Models (APMs)/Value-Based Contracting, Academic Detailing, and programs to reduce over prescribing in nursing homes. The APM initiative has gained attention nationally from CMS as the first state Medicaid to initiate an APM intended to reduce prescription and healthcare costs.
Craig Nale is Policy and Legal Director to Senator Troy D. Jackson, the President of the Maine Senate. Craig’s work focuses primarily on the areas of healthcare and health and human services. Craig practiced law at a firm in Portland, Maine, for two years prior to joining the Maine Legislature in 2014. Craig is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Maine School of Law.
The Latest State Actions to Tackle Rx Prices, and What’s Next?
Stacey was named Interim Director for the Office of Health Analytics, Oregon Health Authority (OHA), in early 2019. OHA’s Office of Health Analytics is comprised of research, policy, and analytic staff who collect, organize and analyze data which they use to inform efforts to improve Oregon’s health care system. Previously Stacey was the Research and Data Manager within Health Analytics, and before that she managed a team focused on population health data for the Oregon Public Health Division. Stacey received her B.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering and her Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan.
The Secret Sauce: Health in All Measures
Ms. Bresaw serves as Program Director for the New Hampshire (NH) Governor’s Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) initiative and Vice President of Public Health for Granite United Way. As Program Director, Ms. Bresaw works in close coordination with the Governors Office, the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs, and the Community Development Finance Authority to administer the initiative. Through this initiative, Ms. Bresaw and her team work to empower employers to challenge stigma and provide supportive work environments for people in recovery and those impacted by substance use disorders. Ms. Bresaw’s role focuses on program development, coordination and alignment, monitoring and evaluation, and sustainability planning. At Granite United Way, Ms. Bresaw oversees public health strategies and initiatives and works to align these efforts with existing collaborations, partnerships, and Community Health Improvement Plans. In addition, Ms. Bresaw provides overall leadership and coordination to statewide public health efforts on behalf of Granite United Way, with a particular focus on addressing NH’s current opioid crisis.
Born and raised in NH, Ms. Bresaw received her Master of Social Work Degree in 2004 from the University of New Hampshire, with a concentration in community and administrative practice. She has worked in the field of public health and substance use disorders since 2004. In her current role, Ms. Bresaw provides ongoing technical assistance and support to key sectors to ensure the use of best practice approaches in public health and prevention. Ms. Bresaw has significant experience in the development of strategic plans, logic models, evaluation plans, and work plans designed to impact crucial public health issues in our communities. Ms. Bresaw currently serves as Co-Chair of the Prevention Task Force of the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs. She also serves as Vice President to the Board of the NH Public Health Association.
Navigating the Road Ahead: Supporting and Sustaining Recovery
Sarah Finne, DMD, MPH brings over 30 years of experience from both private practice dentistry and public health supervision of a large school-based dental program in New Hampshire to her work in Dental Medicaid. Sarah remains active professionally as a member of the board and immediate past president of the Medicare-Medicaid-CHIP State Dental Association, as a member of the Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors, the ADA, and the International College of Dentists. She supports community oral health access through board membership with the NH Dental Society Foundation and the Greater Derry Oral Health Collaborative Corporation. Sarah holds a DMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine as well as a Master’s in Public Health Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Magnificent Smile: Innovations to Increase Oral Health Access
Sarah Brummett, is Director of the Office of Suicide Prevention at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Office is legislatively mandated as the state coordinating body for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention efforts. The Office sets statewide priorities and works with state agencies and community organizations to develop and implement effective strategies, including a community grant program, means restriction education initiatives, the Zero Suicide initiative, education and awareness programs, emergency department and hospital outreach and education, the Colorado-National Collaborative, federal grant-funded initiatives, Mental Health First Aid, and a school grant program.
Before joining CDPHE, Ms. Brummett practiced family and appellate law in both Colorado Springs and the Denver Metro area. Ms. Brummett received her JD from the Sturm College of Law, University of Denver and also a Master’s of Forensic Psychology from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver.
On the Rise: The Emerging Dimensions of Suicide Prevention
Sabrina Corlette is a Research Professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) at Georgetown University. At CHIR she directs research on health insurance reform issues. Her areas of focus include state and federal regulation of private health insurance plans and markets and evolving insurance market rules. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Ms. Corlette was Director of Health Policy Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she provided policy expertise and strategic direction for the organizations advocacy on health care reform, with a particular focus on insurance market reform, benefit design, and the quality and affordability of health care. From 1997 to 2001, Ms. Corlette worked as a professional staff member of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee. After leaving the Hill, Ms. Corlette served as an attorney at the law firm Hogan Lovells, where she advised clients on health care law and policy relating to HIPAA, Medicare and Medicaid, and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Ms. Corlette is a member of the D.C. Bar and received her J.D. with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin and her undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard University. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two daughters.
How to Slice the Pie? Market Segmentation
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 and sponsored NY’s medical marijuana law. 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.
Regan Foust, PhD is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and a Research Scientist at the Children’s Data Network at USC. An experienced researcher, project manager, and data translator, she works closely with data, research, and funding partners to pursue and communicate the CDN’s transdisciplinary research agenda, inform childrens’ programs/policies, and build the capacity of government agencies to make better use of their own data. Formerly, as Senior Manager, Data and Research for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, she managed kidsdata.org, guided development and implementation of child health and well-being initiatives, and stewarded strategic data and communication partnerships. She also comes with prior experience replicating effective youth development interventions and evaluating and improving child welfare and educational programs. Dr. Foust holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Davis.
Key Ingredients: Partnering with Schools for Student Success
Paul Precht is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office at CMS whose portfolio includes policy issues impacting Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans. Prior to starting at CMS in 2010, Mr. Precht was the Policy Director for the Medicare Rights Center, a nonprofit advocacy and service organization based in New York.
Maximizing Medicare: New Opportunities to Support State Policy Goals
Paige Duhamel is the Healthcare Policy Manager and lawyer for the Office of Superintendent of Insurance for the State of New Mexico. She began her work in the health insurance arena in law school with research on the impact of discriminatory health insurance benefit design on marginalized populations. Prior to joining the New Mexico’s Office of Superintendent of Insurance, she worked in a consumer advocacy law firm focusing on health care reform implementation and women’s access to health care. In the four years that Ms. Duhamel has been with OSI, her work has focused on regulatory and legislative policy development, including the Surprise Billing Protection Act, legislation to align New Mexico law with the Affordable Care Act, protections against unscrupulous purveyors of short term and limited benefits plans, and guarantees for network adequacy and prompt and transparent benefit utilization review.
That’s Not What I Ordered: Surprise Billing
Dr. Nicole Gastala is board certified in Family Medicine and is currently a Clinical Physician, Researcher, and Director of Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine at Mile Square Health Center at the University of Illinois Hospitals and Health Science System, in Chicago, IL. Her interests include treating whole families with a special focus on preventative health care, group visits, and medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. She is a graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago and completed her residency at the University of Iowa in Family Medicine.
Navigating the Road Ahead: Supporting and Sustaining Recovery Across the Life Span
Michael White has worked in the field of substance use disorder for over 9 years with an additional 3 years working with children and families. Michael specializes in substance use disorder program development between community agencies and judicial systems and has developed, implemented, and supported the integration of Medication Assisted Treatment into county and state correctional facilities located in Alaska, Arizona, Montana, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Texas. At Community Medical Services Michael supervises a team that closely works with Superior Court Drug Court Programs along with coordinating care to and from county and state correctional facilities. His experience also includes working within family courts, Department of Child Safety, and obtaining resources for pregnant women with substance use disorders by collaborating with community partners. Michael supports efforts of collaboration in Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin. Michael is a national presenter in the areas of Collective Impact as an effective tool for the continuum of care, pregnancy and opioid dependence, along with Opioid treatment within Criminal Justice systems. Michael is a two-time graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Masters in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Counseling. He has been proud to sit on the board for the Maricopa County Reentry Program and was a member of the Coconino County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Currently, Michael is associated with the Maricopa County Correctional Health Coalition, is an executive board member for Hushabye Baby, and was recently appointed as a board member to Arizona Governor DougDucey’s Substance Abuse Task Force.
Meredith Ray-LaBatt, MA, MSW, works as the Deputy Director of the Division of Integrated Service for Children and Families at the New York State Office of Mental Health. For more than twenty years, Meredith has worked on behalf of children and their families, spending much of her career working to address the complex needs of children with mental health challenges who become involved with various other child-serving systems, including substance use, juvenile justice and child welfare. Most recently, Meredith has been working to transition children and childrens mental health services into Medicaid managed care, under the Medicaid Redesign efforts within New York State. This cross-system effort is working to create greater access and better align children’s behavioral health services for youth with various needs; including those in foster care, with serious mental health challenges and substance use disorders. Meredith holds Masters degrees in Criminal Justice and Social Welfare from the New York State University at Albany.
Megan O’Reilly is the Vice President for Federal Health and Family issues in AARP’s Government Affairs Office. Prior to joining AARP, Megan was the Director in the Office of Legislation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Megan worked on Capitol Hill for 13 years for both Rep. George Miller on the Education & Labor committee and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo. Megan holds a JD from DePaul University and a BA from American University.
Matthew Statman LMSW, CAADC is Manager of the University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program, Adjunct Lecturer at the Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work, private social work practitioner and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Matt earned his bachelors degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and his masters degree from the University Of Michigan School Of Social Work. Matt is a person in recovery from a substance use disorder who has spent his career helping those with substance use disorders initiate and sustain recovery.
Marylou Sudders is Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health & Human Services, the largest executive agency in state government. Sudders provides executive leadership of a nearly $24 billion budget; the MassHealth (Medicaid) insurance program that provides health coverage to 1.86 million low income or disabled residents and twelve agencies including the Departments of Children and Families and Public Health. She leads the Commonwealths efforts to address the opioid epidemic; chairs the states health care marketplace and the Autism Commission; co-chairs the Governors Interagency Councils on Homelessness, and Aging.
A trained social worker, Sudders has served as the Massachusetts Commissioner of Mental Health and has also been a private non-profit executive, advocate and college professor.
Sudders, holds a Bachelors degree with honors and Masters degree in social work from Boston University, and honorary doctorates from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Bridgewater State University.
MaryAnne Lindeblad brings a broad health care and administrative 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, eldercare 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. During the 1990s, Lindeblad also worked in the private sector, serving as Director of Operations for Unified Physicians of Washington.
In 2010, she was selected for the inaugural class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute. In 2015 she was inducted into the Eastern Washington University Chapter of the Upsilon Phi Delta Society. She currently chairs the executive committee for the National Academy for State Health Policy, previously served on the board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, and the Olympia Free Clinic. Lindeblad holds a bachelor of science in nursing from Eastern Washington University and a masters in public health from the University of Washington
Mary G. McIntyre, M.D., M.P.H., SSBB is Chief Medical Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). She is board certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine. She joined ADPH in January 2011 and served as Assistant State Health Officer for Disease Control and Prevention and State Epidemiologist before taking her current position. Prior to beginning her public health career, she served in various roles at the Alabama Medicaid Agency including Alabama Medicaid Medical Director and Deputy Commissioner of Clinical Standards and Quality. She provided primary care for eleven years mostly in rural Alabama before joining the State.
She is a member of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the National Academy for State Health Policy, the American Public Health Association, the Alabama Public Health Association, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the American Medical Association, and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.
She is most proud of being a wife and mother to four amazing adults and a grandmother to three.
Mark Schulz is the LTSS Systems Consultant for the Minnesota Board on Aging and a Legislative Liaison for Minnesotas Aging and Adult Services Division. In these roles he is reshaping the states long term care system to reduce its reliance on institutional care in favor of home and community-based service options and reforming those supports. He brings together key individuals and groups that have the talents and resources needed to develop, foster, fund and implement new, integrated community services at the local level.
Mark has served as an Ombudsman for Long-Term Care learning firsthand the complex reality our most vulnerable adults live with each day. Before that role, he served with the US military in various leadership positions with responsibility for small and large-scale, multi-faceted teams and complex financial situations. Mark received a JD from William Mitchell College of Law and a BS in engineering management from the United State Military AcademyWest Point.
Margarita Alegría is the Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where she has served since 2004. Dr. Alegria was Director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research at Cambridge Health Alliance from 2002-2015 and a former Director of the Center for Evaluation and Sociomedical Research at the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Alegría is the Principal Investigator (PI) of four National Institutes of Health(NIH)-funded research studies and a grant funded by the William T. Grant Foundation. She has published over 200 papers, editorials, intervention training manuals, and several book chapters, focused on improving health care for diverse racial and ethnic populations. In October 2011, she was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine in acknowledgement of her scientific contributions to her field.
Linette Scott, MD, MPH, is the Chief Medical Information Officer and the Deputy Director of the Information Management Division 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. Highlights from her career include serving as a General Medical Officer with the United States Navy, first as squadron physician with the Regional Support Group and later as the military physician for an Active Duty clinic; as a Public Health Medical Officer with the California Department of Health Services; as the California State Registrar and Deputy Director of Health Information and Strategic Planning in the California Department of Public Health, and as the Interim Deputy Secretary for Health Information Technology at the California Health and Human Services Agency.
Leann is the director of the Equity and Inclusion Division for the Oregon Health Authority, joining the agency in 2010. Leann has 25 years of leadership experience developing equity, diversity and inclusion programs. Past employers include Clark College, the City of Vancouver and the YWCA She also has served as a consultant to multiple organizations including the Vancouver Police Department, Portland General Electric, Bonneville Power Administration, Hewlett-Packard and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Leann is a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and holds a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with focus in Multicultural Organizational Development and Indigenous Psychology.
Kevin Martin is the Fee for Service Rates Manager at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. He oversees the maintenance and reform of payment methodologies for inpatient and outpatient hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and pharmaceuticals. He has 13 years of healthcare experience ranging from systems management to program integrity and mostly focusing on data analysis in various forms. Recently he has been involved in several large payment reform efforts including, implementation of the Enhanced Ambulatory Patient Grouper methodology for outpatient hospitals and developing a per member per month payment model for FQHCs.
Mr. DeCerchio currently serves as the program director of the In-Depth Technical Assistance Program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSA) National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, and the Deputy Project Director of the National Quality Improvement Center for Collaborative Community Court Teams, funded by the Childrens Bureau in the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. Prior to joining the staff of Children and Family Futures, Mr. DeCerchio served as the Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health with the Florida Department of Children and Families Services from 2005 to 2007, and as the state Substance Abuse Director from 1995-2005. In November 2001, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Mr. DeCerchio as Deputy Director for Treatment to the Florida Office of Drug Control, and in 2004 he was appointed by Secretary Tommy Thompson to serve on CSAT´s National Advisory Council. Mr. DeCerchio has been a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for children in foster care since October 2008.
Katherine L. Gudiksen, Ph.D., M.S., is a Senior Health Policy Researcher for The Source on Healthcare Price and Competition at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Her work focuses on policies to address rising healthcare costs with an emphasis on state-level interventions to promote competition. While at The Source, she developed the pharmaceutical page to track and analyze state legislation to address rising drug prices. She is a graduate of the UCSF/UC Hastings Master of Science in Health Policy and Law program, where she studied policy solutions to address market inefficiencies in the pharmaceutical industry. She also holds an A.M. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University and a B.S. and B.A. from Hope College. Prior to joining The Source, she was co-founder and Director of Technology at Nidaan Inc., a cancer diagnostics company working to develop technologies designed to detect biomarker signatures for aggressive prostate cancer.
Kate McEvoy is the Director of the Division of Health Services at the Connecticut Department of Social Services. In her role as Director of Medicaid and CHIP, Kate has had the privilege of overseeing major transformation in Connecticut HUSKY Health, migrating from capitated managed care arrangements to a self-insured, managed fee-for-service approach. This has streamlined and simplified the program for both members and providers, freed up resources for an extensive array of care delivery and value-based payment interventions, and enabled the program to reduce both per member, per month costs and overall spend. During Kates tenure, Connecticut has expanded Medicaid and utilized a broad range of tools and funding under the Affordable Care Act to cover new services, take a person-centered approach, and enable choice and self-direction for older adults and people with disabilities.
Kate is a graduate of Oberlin College with a B.A. in Economics and English, received her law degree from the University of Connecticut, and graduated from the CHCS/NGA Medicaid Leadership Institute. Her background is in community-based services for older adults, and she is the author of Connecticut Elder Law, a treatise that is republished each year. Kate is currently serving as the President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, and on the executive committee of the Reforming States Group.
Karynlee Harrington is the Executive Director of the Maine Health Data Organization (MHDO) & the Maine Quality Forum (MQF). Both State agencies are responsible for promoting the transparency of health care costs and quality in the State of Maine. MHDO is the State of Maines All Payer Claims Database, and is also responsible for collecting hospital encounter, quality, financial and organizational data, and pharmacy data from the supply chain. MQF is responsible for improving health care quality in the state. Prior to her current role, Ms. Harrington served as the Vice President of Sales & Customer Support for CIGNA HealthCare of Maine and New Hampshire. Ms. Harrington has over 25 years experience working in health care. She earned her B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in Health Management and Policy.
Julia Wacloff, is the Dental Director for the Arizona Department of Health Services. Julia works with ADHS leadership and management on a variety of public health functions as related to oral health and has been in her current position for ten years. She was responsible for developing the first comprehensive state oral health plan for Arizona. Prior to joining the Department, she served as an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Oral Health. She has over 20 years of experience in various public health settings providing needs assessment, policy development and quality assurance at local, state and national levels.
Johnnie (Chip) Allen currently serves as the first Director of Health Equity at the Ohio Department of Health. In this position Mr. Allen is responsible for developing agency-wide goals, objectives and strategies to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity for all Ohio residents. Additionally, Mr. Allen works in partnership with national public health organizations, state cabinet-level agencies and a variety of public health programs to target services to disenfranchised groups, measure program performance and assess outcomes.
Mr. Allen has served in various public health capacities. These include working as a Disease Intervention Specialist, HIV Program Manager and the Chief of the Center for Health Promotion. Mr. Allen has implemented statewide social marketing activities to respond to chronic diseases; developed enterprise-wide program evaluation systems; and pioneered the use of market research analytic tools with GIS mapping capability to respond to health inequities.
Mr. Allen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Black Studies from The College of Wooster and a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University.
John-Pierre Cardenas is the Director of Policy and Plan Management at the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange, where he was the primary author of Marylands state innovation waiver to establish the state reinsurance program. Mr. Cardenas has played a critical role in the shaping of important health coverage legislation in Maryland including the Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program. Mr. Cardenas also manages agency relationships with state and federal legislators and regulatory industries; oversees the implementation and administration of the State Reinsurance Program; and provides end-to-end management and oversight of carrier relationships ranging from consumer enrollment to experience. He has been with the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange since 2013 in a variety of roles before assuming his current position in 2017. Mr. Cardenas previously worked as a research intern at the Health Benefits Exchange and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received his Master of Science in Public Health from the Bloomberg School in 2014 and has a Bachelor of Arts in public health studies from the Johns Hopkins University.
Joe was appointed Deputy Secretary of Finance in January 2018. He provides guidance to the Governor and Secretary of Finance on a range of fiscal policy issues especially those related to Health and Human Resources (HHR). He helped lead Governor Northams Medicaid expansion efforts that included strategic planning, policy design, fiscal analysis, stakeholder engagement, legislative negotiations, and communications. He previously served as Deputy Secretary of HHR for Governor Terry McAuliffe.
For more than two decades, Joe was a fiscal analyst serving legislators in Texas, Minnesota, and Virginia on the breadth of fiscal policy issues in health and human resources. As a non-partisan fiscal analyst, he was a resource to lawmakers, agency officials, advocacy groups, the media, and the public on issues related to health care, social services, public health, behavioral health, children and adult services.
Jodi Manz, MSW serves as the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Resources in the Office of Governor Ralph Northam, a role she continued after serving four years under former Governor Terry McAuliffe. As Assistant Secretary, Jodi supports the development of health and behavioral health policy in the Commonwealth. She staffs the Governors Advisory Commission on Opioids and Addiction, the Governors Executive Leadership Team on Opioids, and coordinates the substance use disorder crisis response among Virginias state agencies. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Religious Studies, and she spent several years working in Chicago before returning to Richmond to complete the graduate program in Social Work Administration, Planning, and Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jason Rachel, Ph.D. is the Director for the Division of Integrated Care at the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS). In this role, he is responsible for providing executive leadership in the management and implementation of both current and new integrated care programs. Dr. Rachel directs and oversees all operations, policies, contract compliance and quality monitoring activities within the division to provide high quality, person-centered coordinated care services. His former roles include serving as a Senior Research Leader at Truven Health Analytics providing technical assistance to state Medicaid home and community-based programs on their quality framework and as Virginia’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) Project Director at DMAS. Dr. Rachel received his doctorate in Health Related Sciences with a specialization in Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Allied Health Professions.
Jane Wishner is New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Executive Policy Advisor for Health and Human Services. An attorney with extensive experience as a litigator, researcher and advocate, Ms. Wishner left the private practice of law to become the founder and first Executive Director of the Southwest Women’s Law Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she led the Center’s systemic advocacy in the areas of discrimination, domestic violence, Title IX, reproductive health and women’s access to comprehensive health care coverage and services. She organized and led New Mexico’s consumer advisory group on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, served on the Market Regulation work group of the New Mexico Exchange Advisory Task Force and was a consumer representative on the Board of Trustees of the University of New Mexico Hospital, the state’s leading safety net hospital. Ms. Wishner left the Southwest Women’s Law Center to spend more time on health care policy work. She served as a qualitative researcher at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where she led several studies and co-authored numerous research reports, journal articles and briefs related to healthcare access, Medicaid, the private insurance market, opioid use disorder treatment, and the Affordable Care Act. Ms Wishner returned to New Mexico to work as the Policy Director for Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign for Governor, served on the Governor-Elect’s transition team, and joined Governor Lujan Grisham’s Administration in January 2019.
ane Beyer began her career as a legal services attorney in Tacoma Washington. She served as legal counsel to the Washington State House of Representatives for twenty years, working on a broad range of health, behavioral health, long term care, human services and criminal justice issues. She was Washington State’s Medicaid director from 1995 through 1998, and Washington State’s Behavioral Health Commissioner from 2012-2015. She has served as the Senior Health Policy Advisor to Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler since January 2017.
She graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law and is admitted to practice in Washington State and the District of Columbia.
Jim provides executive consulting services to technology-enabled companies in the pharmacy services and SaaS space. He is presently an Executive Consultant to CSSHealth, a Buffalo, NY technology-enabled company that provides Medication Therapy Management and Adherence services to health plans and pharmacy benefit managers. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Reveal Rx, a technology company that enables the review of pharmacy claims by health plans and PBMs. He formerly was CEO of Goold Health Systems, a healthcare management/pharmacy benefits administrator that more than tripled in size during his tenure. GHS was sold to Change Healthcare in 2013, and Jim ran the GHS wholly-owned subsidiary as well as their PBM business until mid-2016. From 2017 to 2018, Jim was CEO of Tricast, LLC, a technology-enabled pharmacy auditing company that sold to a competitor in 2018Q2.
Heidi Haley-Franklin is the Vice President, Programs at the MN ND chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in Minneapolis, MN. Heidi has over 20 years of experience working with individuals and families in private practice, group homes, long-term and home health care settings. In her current position, she oversees all of the Association’s programs and services, and provides clinical supervision and ongoing education to those who directly work with individuals impacted by Alzheimers disease and related dementias. Heidi holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, a BA from the University of MN, Morris, and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.
After serving one term as a Representative in the Maine House, Heather ran for the State Senate and is currently serving her first term, representing part of Portland and Westbrook, Maine. A former public school teacher and attorney, Heather now owns and runs Rising Tide Brewing Company with her husband, Nathan, in Portland. Under Heather’s leadership, Rising Tide has created two dozen jobs and helped spur the revitalization of the East Bayside neighborhood of Portland. Rising Tide has been committed to giving back to the community, with significant on-going support for the Maine Island Trail Association, the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Full Plates Full Potential, Portland Trails and many other organizations. Heather also served for many years on the Portland Development Corporation board, a quasi-municipal organization that administers the city’s economic development revolving loan funds and job creation grant programs. Heather and her husband live in Portland with their teenage son.
Heather Winfield-Smith is the Vaccine Supply and Distribution Section supervisor for the Hawaii Department of Health, Immunization Branch. In her role as Section Supervisor, she coordinates the Hawaii Stop Flu at School Program, a school-located influenza vaccination program that conducts annual clinics in over 180 participating schools, statewide. Heather also coordinates the Hawaii Vaccines For Children (VFC) Program which supplies hundreds of thousands of doses of vaccine annually to VFC-participating providers for administration to Hawaiis eligible children. Heather has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Hawaii and over 20 years of experience working at the Hawaii Department of Health Immunization Branch. The health of Hawaiis children, families, and communities are the motivation for Heather’s work and she is honored to have a role in ensuring their protection from the potentially devastating outcomes of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Hazel Alvarenga is the State Opioid Coordinator in the Office of the Director at the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. Hazel assists the Clinical Initiatives Project Manager with the management of the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant with the aim to reduce the effects of the opioid epidemic in Arizona. Prior to her current role, Hazel served as the Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) Project Coordinator and Opioid Epidemiologist at AHCCCS. She holds a masters of public health degree in research epidemiology and global health from Loma Linda University and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from The University of California Irvine.
Gary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for thirty years. Cohen is President and Co-Founder of Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm. He was also instrumental in bringing together the NGOs and hospital systems that formed the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. All three were created to transform the health care sector to be environmentally sustainable and serve as anchor institutions to support environmental health in their communities.
Cohen was Executive Director of the Environmental Health Fund for many years. He has helped build coalitions and networks globally to address the environmental health impacts related to toxic chemical exposure and climate change.
Cohen is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, India, which has been working for over 25 years to heal people affected by the Bhopal gas tragedy and to fight for environmental cleanup in Bhopal. He is also on the Boards of the American Sustainable Business Council, Health Leads and Coming Clean.
He has received numerous recognitions for his achievements, including: The MacArthur Foundation’s Fellows Award (2015), the White House’s Champion of Change Award for Public Health and Climate Change (2013), the Huffington Post’s Game Changer Award for Health (2012), the Frank Hatch Award for Enlightened Public Service (2007), and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2006).
Addressing the Climate Crisis: An Opportunity for State Health Policy Innovation
Erica Guimaraes is a program coordinator in the Office of Community Health Workers at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she assists in promoting best practices for CHW integration into health care and public health teams. She also supports implementation of CHW certification in MA, including developing processes for CHW training program approval. Prior to joining DPH, Erica worked for 11 years in the Community Health Worker field, in the roles of a CHW, CHW supervisor and CHW program manager, at community based organizations and clinical settings. Erica holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Emma Chacon is the Operations Director with the Division of Medicaid and Health Financing, Utah Department of Health. This position serves as a deputy to the State Medicaid Director. In her role, Ms. Chacon oversees, the claims processing, program integrity, coverage and reimbursement policy, managed care, systems project management and the PIO.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Chacon served as an Assistant Director for the Division and as the Director of the Bureau of Managed Health Care. In this position she was responsible for the administration of managed health care for physical, behavioral and dental health for both Medicaid and CHIP for the State of Utah. During her tenure the State of Utah implemented Medicaid reform through the creation of Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations. She is also part of Utahs team to implement Medicaid expansion.
Prior to joining the Department of Health in 2005, Ms. Chacon served as the Director of the Office of Recovery Services, Utah Department of Human Services which is the Child Support Enforcement agency for the state of Utah. Ms. Chacon served in this capacity for 12 of her 29 years with the Utah Department of Human Services.
Ms. Stout directs the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) project at EDC, leading a team that provides resources and capacity building services to state and local leaders, health and behavioral health agencies and organizations, federal suicide prevention grantees, and national stakeholders involved in suicide prevention efforts across the country. She has worked in the suicide prevention field for 12 years, with a focus on building state and tribal suicide prevention workforce and infrastructure capacity for strategic, comprehensive, evidence-informed suicide prevention programs. Ms. Stout serves as a subject matter expert on substance abuse and suicide prevention collaboration, strategic planning, accessing and using surveillance data for program planning and evaluation, and knowledge translation and dissemination. She has presented widely at national and local conferences, as well as participating in federal and other national advisory groups, including a current national effort to develop recommendations for state suicide prevention infrastructure. Ms. Stout holds a Masters of Science in Health Communication, and has worked with state and local audiences to build capacity in strategic and effective messaging and campaigns for behavior change.
Doug Thomas is the Director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, for the state of Utah. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), and the National Association of State Mental Health and Programs Directors (NASMHPD), and is an active member of the Utah Substance Abuse Advisory Council. Doug has worked in the mental health and substance use disorder field for over 24 years in various capacities as a direct service provider and administrator. He has worked in both urban and rural settings and previously oversaw County services implementing evidence-based service delivery models; expanding prevention, treatment and recovery support services in rural Utah including work with tribal government. Doug is passionate about prevention and early intervention and integrating prevention efforts into systems to produce lasting outcomes to reduce risk and increase the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
David Seltz is the first Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. Prior to this role, Mr. Seltz was the chief health care advisor for then-Senate President Therese Murray and served as the Special Advisor on health care for former Governor Deval Patrick (MA). Through these positions, Mr. Seltz advised the 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. He was a recipient of Modern HealthCare’s 2015 Up and Comer Award, which recognizes young executives that have made significant contributions in the areas of healthcare administration, management, or policy.
Dawn Lambert co-leads the Community Options Unit within Connecticut’s Department of Social Services. Within that role, her focus is on person-centered strategy and innovation. With over 25 years of experience in long-term services and supports, she currently serves as an appointed member of the National Academy for State Health Policy, an advisor to the AARP’s Public Policy Institute in Washington DC and a consultant to the Department of Justice regarding community options for older adults and people with disabilities.
A Little More Help Please? Improving Assisted Living
A nationally recognized expert in health indicators and health disparities, CDR David T. Huang is the branch chief of the Health Promotion Statistics Branch, which provides data and statistical support to the national Healthy People initiative at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). He is a member of the charter class of Certified in Public Health (CPH) professionals and has contributed to articles appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), American Journal of Public Health, Annual Review of Public Health, American Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), in addition to serving as a contributing author on several federal publications on Healthy People 2010 and 2020. CDR Huang’s education includes a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MPH in quantitative methods from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
David Crall is the legislative analyst for the Oklahoma Senate Health and Human Services Committee, a position he has held since July 2017. David staffed the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Commission on Opioid Abuse in fall 2017 and drafted several pieces of legislation resulting from the work of Commission during the 2018 and 2019 legislative sessions. After voters legalized medical marijuana in Oklahoma through ballot initiative, David was the lead Senate staffer on the bicameral Medical Marijuana Working Group, which held public meetings with experts from the marijuana industry, state agencies, law enforcement, the medical field, the Oklahoma business community and NCSL throughout the summer of 2018 to study how best to implement the new medical marijuana program. David drafted the resulting Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, which created a regulatory framework for the program, as well as various other pieces of legislation relating to medical marijuana.
David serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Insurance in Las Vegas, and oversees the consumer services and enforcement sections of the Division. Prior to assuming this position, David spent 4 years as the General Counsel for Vermont’s Department of Financial Regulation, managing 8 attorneys in the regulation of the insurance, banking and securities industries. David also has spent many years as an assistant attorney general, in Vermont and American Samoa, and started his law career in private practice in Florida, where he was board certified in appellate practice, mostly working on behalf of insurance companies.
Dave Richard is the Deputy Secretary, NC Medicaid, where he leads North Carolina’s $14 billion Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs for the states Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Richard’s vision for Medicaid is to ensure a sustainable, person-centered and innovative Medicaid program for more than two million North Carolinians who use Medicaid. As the programs undergo transformation to even better fit the needs of state and its residents, he is committed to the fundamental goal of improving the health and well-being of all residents. Richard believes the right way to achieve success is to work closely with stakeholders in all aspects of Medicaid.
Prior to leading Medicaid, Richard was the Deputy Secretary for DHHS Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Services and the State Operated Healthcare Facilities divisions. He joined DHHS in May 2013 as the Director of the Division of Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. Richard joined DHHS after leading The Arc of North Carolina, an advocacy and service organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as its Executive Director for 24 years.
Richard has a bachelor’s degree in education from Louisiana State University.
Daphnne Brown is the Director of Family Involvement & Outreach for Families Together in New York State. She provides support to families, advocates and service providers on family driven care, systems advocacy, and family empowerment. Daphnne provides training and technical assistance to family-run and provider agencies in preparation for the transformation to Medicaid Managed Care. She has served as the family engagement consultant for the past 7 years on the NYS System of Care Expansion grant and currently trains family / youth peer advocates on the High Fidelity Wraparound process. Daphnne has a B.S. in Business Administration from SUNY College at Brockport and is a Credentialed Family Peer Advocate.
Daniel Tsai is the Assistant Secretary for MassHealth and Medicaid Director for the Commonwealth. Tsai was appointed in January 2015 by Governor Charlie Baker to oversee the state’s $16 billion Medicaid program, which covers over one in four residents in the Commonwealth. In his role, Tsai is responsible for ensuring a robust and sustainable MassHealth program that best meets the needs of members. That includes developing new policies, payment models, and operational processes that improve the way health care is delivered to 1.8 million low-and moderate-income residents and individuals with disabilities.
Before joining HHS, Tsai was a Partner and leader in McKinsey & Company’s Healthcare Systems and Services practice. He has significant experience on the design and implementation of innovative, state-wide health care payment systems for Medicaid, Medicare, and Commercial populations, and has worked closely with multiple state Medicaid programs, private payers, and health services companies. He received a Bachelor of Arts in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard University.
Assistant Secretary Tsai lives with his wife and son in Cambridge. He volunteers at a local community health center in Boston’s South End.
Which Way is the Wind Blowing? MCOs at a Crossroads
Connor McDonnell is a Housing Integrator with Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) where he leads efforts to reduce homelessness and expand affordable housing options for Oregon’s most vulnerable residents. This work includes initiating the Oregon Rural Peer Network for Supportive Housing and crafting a Permanent Supportive Housing program in Oregon. Prior to OHCS, he worked in a homeless shelter as a housing case manager, for elected officials, and in various levels of government working in different capacities at the nexus of health and housing. He most recently came to State government by way of HUD where he is most proud of creating the HUD Resource Locator which maps out all the federal housing programs across the U.S. Connor has a Master’s in Public Administration from The Hatfield School at Portland State University and a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech.
Colleen Sonosky, JD is the Associate Director of the Division of Children’s Health Services in the Health Care Delivery Management Administration in the District of Columbia’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF). DHCF is the agency responsible for the administration of the Medicaid program and the Division of Children’s Health Services oversees policies and procedures for Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) services benefit—the pediatric component of the Medicaid program for children under 21. Ms. Sonosky also serves as the District’s EPSDT Coordinator and CHIP Director and represents DHCF on the District-wide Child Fatality Review Committee, Interagency Coordinating Committee for Early Intervention, and the State Early Child Development Coordinating Committee (SECDCC) where she co-chairs the Health/Wellbeing Subcommittee. She has also served on many national work groups concerning maternal and child health, including CMS’ National EPSDT Improvement Working Group, National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) Future of Children’s Coverage Workgroup and is a Member of NASHP’s Steering Committee on Health System Performance and Public Health.
Previously, Ms. Sonosky was the Director of Public Policy Research for the March of Dimes Foundation, the Vice President of Policy at FirstFocus, and the Senior Director of Programs and Policy for the Children’s Defense Fund. From 1993 to 2003, she served as Assistant Director and a lead researcher on maternal and child health policy at the Center for Health Policy Research (now housed in the Department of Health Policy) at The George Washington University. Ms. Sonosky is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Departments of Health Policy and Prevention/Community Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, where she has taught courses on maternal and child health policy.
Mr. Clinton Lasley is the Director of the Division of Alaska Pioneer Homes operating six state owned assisted living homes including the states only State Veterans Home. Mr. Lasley has been with the Department of Health and Social Services for six years, serving first in the Division of Public Health before moving to the Division of Alaska Pioneer Homes in 2016. Born and raised in Alaska, Mr. Lasley has 25 years of business management and organizational leadership experience with a passion for elders and promoting public health.
Catherine Kirk Robins works as a Deputy Director for the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative on issues surrounding prescription drug affordability. As a part of the MCHI team, Ms. Kirk Robins played an integral role in mobilizing a broad coalition to support the passing of Maryland’s landmark anti-price gouging and Prescription Drug Affordability Board legislation. Ms. Kirk Robins has worked to develop, progress, and implement state-level policy to address prescription drug affordability, and continues to collaborate with other state initiatives to improve legislative approaches to this issue.
Elizabeth Tilson serves North Carolina as the State Health Director and the Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she promotes public health and prevention activities, as well as provides guidance and oversight on a variety of cross-Departmental issues.
Dr. Tilson received her BA in biology from Dartmouth College, earned her Medical Degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She completed a Pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a General Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and is board certified in both fields. She has been active and has served in leadership roles in many local, state, and national pediatric, public health and preventive medicine organizations.
Successful Partnerships to Address Social Determinants of Health
Beth Waldman is a Senior Consultant at Bailit Health with national expertise in health care policy, program development and implementation, specializing in Medicaid and CHIP programs and coverage for the uninsured. Beth’s work includes assisting states and other stakeholders in delivery system and payment reform design; care management and health home program design; behavioral health reform, including integration, opiate prevention and treatment; quality measurement; managed care procurements; and long-term services and supports strategy and integration.
Prior to joining Bailit Health, Beth worked for 12 plus years within the Massachusetts Medicaid program and served as the Massachusetts Medicaid Director from 2003 – 2006. Beth is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY. She holds a law degree from Boston College Law School and a master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.
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Beth Kuhn is Chief Engagement Officer at the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services, leading policy and operational efforts to better integrate workforce, health and human service programs. She was until recently Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment, collaborating with many partners in a system of Kentucky Career Centers providing employment, vocational rehabilitation, veterans, and other workforce services to employer and individual customers. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner in December of 2014, Beth served as Sector Strategies Director, assisting with the design and implementation of industry sector-based approaches to workforce and economic development.
Beth has over 30 years of experience creating and implementing innovative workforce programs. She previously served as Director of Workforce Development at the Vermont Department of Labor, as Project Director at the United Way of Chittenden County (VT) where she developed employer partnerships to improve retention and advancement of entry-level workers, and as Vice President of WFD, Inc., a human resources consulting firm providing employee benefits, women’s advancement, and public-private partnerships to Fortune 100 companies including Ford Motor Company, GE, and IBM.
Beth has a BA in Public Policy from the James Madison College of Michigan State University, and a Master’s in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Ben Steffen serves as the Executive Director of the Maryland Health Care Commission. The Maryland Health Care Commission is an independent regulatory agency whose mission is to plan for health system needs, promote informed decision-making, increase accountability, and improve access to health care and health care coverage in Maryland. The MHCC administers the certificate of need program, the establishment of Maryland’s Health Information Exchange, and cost and quality reporting initiatives for hospitals, nursing homes, and health plans. Prior to assuming this position, he served as the Director of the Commission’s Center for Information Services and Analysis. This Center has analytic and operational responsibilities for health care practitioner initiatives in the state including development of an All Payer Data Base and the Patient Centered Medical Home Program. Mr. Steffen serves as a spokesperson for the Commission at state and national levels on state health care expenditures, physician work force, physician uncompensated care, and information security. Before joining the MHCC, he served as a budget analyst in the Health, Housing, and Income Security Division of the Congressional Budget Office, among activities he worked on the modeling that produced the estimates of reforms that ultimately led to the Medicare Prospective Payment System. Mr. Steffen holds a Master’s Degree from American University and has completed post-graduate work at the University Of Michigan. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer to Nepal.
Mr. Bassiri is Chief of Staff to the Medicaid Director at the New York State Department of Health. Prior to joining the Department of Health in May of 2019, he worked as Senior Policy Advisor for Health in the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo under the Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. His role in the Governor’s Office involved policymaking and implementation of strategic health initiatives, specifically related to the pharmaceuticals, insurance expansion, and Medicaid delivery system reforms.
As a California native, Amir earned his B.A. in both Economics and Psychology from the University of California, Davis, before earning a Master’s in Social Work (M.S.W) from Columbia University.
Alfred has served in various staff and management capacities in private industry, county and state government serving vulnerable populations since 1996.
Alfred has worked for the Division of Quality Assurance since 2001. Alfred has served the Division of Quality in a variety of roles, Assisted Living Surveyor, Assisted Living Regional Director, Director of the Bureau of Technology, Licensing and Education and currently Director of the Bureau of Assisted Living.
While in DQA, Alfred has been instrumental in establishing collaborative statewide working relationships with counties, care management organizations, advocates and industry representatives to help improve the quality of care in assisted-living settings.
Alex Blandford oversees and executes the CSG Justice Center’s health policy portfolio and works to improve access to health care for people in the criminal justice system through federal, state, and local policy. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Alex was a project coordinator for the Institute for Evaluation Science in Community Health, which is housed in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. As a project coordinator, she oversaw a variety of research projects, including one examining the Pittsburgh region’s emergency response to mental health crises, and another evaluating the region’s Crisis Intervention Team training for police officers. She earned her BS in psychology and BA in French from the Pennsylvania State University and her MPH at the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.
Alana Knudson, PhD, serves as a Program Area Director in the Public Health Department at NORC at the University of Chicago and is the Co-Director of NORC’s Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. Dr. Knudson has over 25 years of experience implementing and directing public health programs, leading health services and health policy research projects, and evaluating program effectiveness. Her research and policy project findings have informed state, Tribal, and Federal health policy. She also has state and national public health experience having worked at the North Dakota Department of Health and for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Dr. Knudson serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Rural Health Association, the Board of Directors for the Maryland Rural Health Association, and the Board of Directors for the Rural Health Foundation. She is also a member of the RUPRI Health Panel.
A lifelong Oklahoman, Ashley has dedicated herself to the people of Oklahoma. Ashley currently works at the Oklahoma House of Representatives as a Legislative Assistant, after serving as Director of Constituent Services for Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb and after running the Senate soundboard while working as Secretary for the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. She is pursuing her degree at Oklahoma State University, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Political Science. Ashley is active in her political party at the state level, recently served as the Speaker of the House of Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature, and volunteers with a nationally accredited animal rescue, Tornado Alley Bulldog Rescue. When she is not saving dogs, Ashley enjoys fishing, reading, and cooking (although not at the same time). Ashley visited Chicago this summer for a Women in Government conference and is ecstatic to return to Chicago so quickly to attend NASHP’s’ Annual Conference.