Featured Speakers

Jody AndersonJody Anderson, RN, Registered Nurse and Health Coach, Bellin Health

Jody Anderson is a Registered Nurse and Health Coach for Bellin Health. She serves at the Community Nurse Activator in Algoma, WI, a small rural community of approximately 3,100 people. With 24 years of nursing experience, Jody brings a broad skill set to her community and health care organization spanning from acute care, chronic disease management, lifestyle medicine and population health management. Her passion for promoting health and well-being has taken her outside the walls of the clinic and hospital settings to working side by side with fellow community members, urging them to “take back their health”!

Jody serves as a team leader within the Live Algoma Coalition, which was awarded the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. Through community activation and organizing, Jody leads the Healthy Individuals team in her community, a cross-sectoral group of community members who focus on promoting and supporting healthy lifestyles to improve health outcomes. Jody has gained knowledge and lived-experience for her work, as a member of 100 Million Healthier Lives and SCALE 1.0 initiatives. Beyond the role of nursing, her work has involved the engagement of diverse stakeholders, promotion of health equity and incorporation of improvement science into coaching individuals and small groups. Jody received her BSN from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She is also trained through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine- Integrative Health and Lifestyles Program and Wellcoaches® program.

John Auerbach, President and CEO, Trust for America’s Health

John Auerbach is president and CEO of TFAH, where he oversees TFAH’s work to promote sound public health policy and make disease prevention a national priority. Over the course of a thirty-year career he has held senior public health positions at the federal, state, and local levels. As Associate Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) he oversaw policy and the agency’s collaborative efforts with CMS, commercial payers, and large health systems. During his six years as the Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he developed innovative programs to promote health equity, combat chronic and infectious disease, and support the successful implementation of the state’s health care reform initiative. As Boston’s health commissioner for nine years, he directed homeless, substance abuse, and emergency medical services for the city as well as a wide range of public health divisions.

Mr. Auerbach was previously a professor of practice in health sciences and director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University; program director of one of the country’s first community health centers; and director of a clinical training program at a tertiary care safety-net hospital.

CAPT Anna GonzalesCAPT Anna Gonzales, Acting Regional Health Administrator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Region 5

CAPT Anna Gonzales is the Acting Regional Health Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Region 5. She provides strategic direction, oversight, and operational support to the regional office, and serves as the senior federal public health official for the second largest region in the Country. Region 5 represents diverse communities residing in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Prior to joining OASH, CAPT Gonzales was the lead Federal Official in Region 5 for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce and oversaw multiple interdisciplinary service and grant programs focused on health workforce development, including the National Health Service Corp. She has also previously held positions with HRSA’s San Francisco Office; the Environmental Protection Agency in New York City; and has run Immigrant Health clinics in El Centro, CA and Manhattan, NY.

She was commissioned into the U.S. Public Health Service in 1997 and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Outstanding Service Medal for Leadership, and the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service.

Shaun HamiltonShaun Hamilton, MPH, CHES, System Director Community Benefit, Premier Health

Shaun Hamilton is a native Texan and a graduate of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX where he earned his B.S. Health Science. He also earned his Master of Public Health with concentration in Health Systems Management from the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Shaun began his career with Premier Health at Miami Valley Hospital in 2005 as the Manager for the Trauma Program’s Injury Prevention Center. He was the recipient of the coveted Dayton Business Journal Health Care Hero Award in 2008 and awarded Top 40 business leaders under 40 years old at the age of 26 in 2009. In 2010, Shaun was also selected and graduated from the Dayton Chamber of Commerce Leadership program. In 2011, Shaun took on the role of Manager for Supplier Diversity for Premier Health. Shaun championed several supplier diversity efforts for Premier Health and propelled Premier Health’s supplier diversity strategy from “start up” to reflect “best practices.” In 2014, Shaun was promoted to System Director of Community Health/Benefits. In this role he is responsible for Premier Health’s Community Health Needs Assessment process and the strategic alignment of community initiatives and contributions in an effort to build communities healthy.

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, Director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative & Pediatric Residency Program at Hurley Children’s Hospital at Hurley Medical Center at Michigan State University

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, is associate professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint, Michigan. Dr. Hanna-Attisha received her bachelor’s and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where she was chief resident. In 2015, Dr. Hanna-Attisha was heralded internationally for her study that exposed elevated lead blood levels in Flint children. Today, Dr. Hanna-Attisha directs the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program to research, monitor and mitigate the impact of the Flint Water Crisis and help all Flint children grow up healthy and strong.

Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH, Executive Director of the Build Healthy Places NetworkDoug Jutte

Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH is Executive Director of the Build Healthy Places Network, a national organization that catalyzes and supports collaboration across the community development and health sectors. Dr. Jutte has been a leader in the Federal Reserve Bank and RWJ Foundation’s Healthy Communities Initiative, which has convened over 30 meetings around the country since 2010 bringing together professionals from across sectors to enhance community health impact, encourage improved outcomes measurement, and increase public and private investment in community development efforts.

Dr. Jutte is also a pediatrician, professor and population health researcher at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health where he teaches in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical program. His research focuses on the impact of the social determinants of health on children’s wellbeing through the lifespan and the policy levers and financial tools that can intervene to protect families and communities. He has published in a number of prominent scientific journals including Pediatrics, Epidemiology, the American Journal of Public Health and Health Affairs.

Dr. Jutte graduated from Cornell University and received an MD from Harvard Medical School and a master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley. He completed his pediatric residency at Stanford University and a post-doctoral fellowship at UCSF through the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program. His clinical work has been in low-income community clinics and as a hospitalist caring for newborn infants.

John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President-Program at the Robert Wood Johnson FoundationDr. John Lumpkin

John Lumpkin is senior vice president – program. He is responsible for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s efforts aimed at transforming health and health care systems, ensuring that everyone has access to stable and affordable health care coverage, building leadership, and engaging business toward building a Culture of Health in the United States. These efforts help to catalyze fundamental changes in health and health care systems to achieve measurably better outcomes for all by maintaining high-quality, effective, and value-laden health care, public health, and population health services. Before joining the Foundation in April 2003, he served as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health for 12 years. Dr. Lumpkin has participated directly in the health and health care system, practicing emergency medicine and teaching medical students and residents at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics.

Julie Morita, MD, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public HealthDr. Julie Morita

Dr. Julie Morita was appointed as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) in early 2015. Under Dr. Morita’s leadership, CDPH developed and launched Healthy Chicago 2.0, a four- year plan to assure healthy equity by addressing the social determinants of health. In addition, under her leadership, CDPH led efforts to pass several tobacco prevention initiatives including raising the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 years.

Previously, Dr. Morita served as CDPH’s Chief Medical Officer leading the city’s response to the pandemic influenza outbreak where she developed a system to distribute more than one million doses of vaccine across the city as well as the city’s efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of the Ebola virus. Dr. Morita has served as a member of the Institute of Medicines Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and the Illinois Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics. Prior to her time with CDPH, Dr. Morita served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the CDC and worked in private practice. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School.

Anand ParekhAnand Parekh, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center

Anand Parekh is Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) chief medical advisor providing clinical and public health expertise across the organization, particularly in the areas of aging, prevention, and global health. Prior to joining BPC, he completed a decade of service at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As deputy assistant secretary for health from 2008 to 2015, he developed and implemented national initiatives focused on prevention, wellness, and care management. Briefly in 2007, he was delegated the authorities of the assistant secretary for health overseeing ten health program offices and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Earlier in his HHS career, he played key roles in public health emergency preparedness efforts as special assistant to the science advisor to the secretary.

Parekh is a board-certified internal medicine physician, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and an adjunct assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he previously completed his residency training in the Osler Medical Program of the Department of Medicine. He provided volunteer clinical services for many years at the Holy Cross Hospital Health Center, a clinic for the uninsured in Silver Spring, MD.

Parekh is an adjunct professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He currently serves on the dean’s advisory board of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, the Presidential Scholars Foundation board of directors, and the board of directors of WaterAid America.

He has spoken widely and written extensively on a variety of health topics such as chronic care management, population health, value in health care, and the need for health and human services integration.

A native of Michigan, Parekh received a B.A. in political science, an M.D., and an M.P.H. in health management and policy from the University of Michigan. He was selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in 1994.

Jan Ruma, BS, MEd, CFRE, Vice President of the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio & Executive Jan RumaDirector of Toledo/Lucas County CareNet & Director of the Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB

Jan Ruma is vice president of the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio. Jan’s work focuses on facilitating outcome oriented community partnerships to reduce health disparities. In her position, Jan serves as the Director of the Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB, a certified Pathways Community HUB focused on reducing health disparities through innovative financing to address the social determinants of health. Jan also is the founding Executive Director of Toledo/Lucas County CareNet, a local, state and national award winning access to healthcare nonprofit organization. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Jan holds a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University; A master’s degree in training and development and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, both from Bowling Green State University. Jan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio.

Raj ShahRaj C. Shah, MD, Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center; Alliance for Health Equity

Raj C. Shah, MD, is an Associate Professor in Family Medicine and the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He obtained his MD degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. After completing a family practice residency at West Suburban Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Park, Illinois, he received further training in geriatrics at Rush University. He is board certified in family medicine with a certificate of added qualification in geriatrics.

Dr. Shah is the co-Director of the Center for Community Health Equity, an initiative jointly led by DePaul University and Rush University Medical Center. The Center for Community Health Equity is designed to reduce hardship and improve health outcomes in Chicago. In this role, he serves as Steering Committee member for the Alliance for Health Equity. Dr. Shah also is the Rush University Medical Center Site Principal Investigator for the Chicago Area Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN), a consortium of 10 health systems and other partners committed to working together to develop, test, and implement strategies to improve care for diverse residents in the metropolitan Chicago region in order to improve health care quality, health outcomes, and health equity. He is the Associate Director of the Network Capacity Cluster of the Institute of Translational Medicine 2.0, a Clinical Translational Sciences Award institution co-led by University of Chicago and Rush University Medical Center. He also is the Rush Site Principal Investigator of the Illinois Precision Medicine Consortium, an All of Us® Research Program Health Care Provider Organization site.

Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP, President and Chief Executive Officer, AcademyHealth:

Dr. Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Her research, and over 80 articles and commentaries in peer reviewed journals, focuses on the role of evidence and data to improve health and healthcare, particularly for children and vulnerable populations.

Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson spent eight years as a professor of pediatrics, first as an Endowed Chair in Child Health Policy at the University of South Florida and then as the Director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. She served as the Deputy Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Simpson serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and Health Policy Scholars Program National Advisory Councils, and the Editorial boards for the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research. In October 2013, Dr. Simpson was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Simpson earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), a master’s in public health at the University of Hawaii, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2013.

Dr. Simpson’s areas of expertise include translating research into policy; quality and safety of health care; health and health care disparities; childhood obesity; and child health services.

Will Snyder, System Vice President of External Affairs, Presence HealthWill Synder

Will Snyder is the System Vice President of External Affairs for Presence Health where he leads the advocacy, community benefit and community health work for Illinois’s largest Catholic healthcare system. He has worked to reposition community benefit as more proactive, enhanced understanding of neighborhoods by co-creating a social determinant software platform and developed coalitions to advance improvements to the social safety net and Medicaid policy.
His healthcare career began in Richmond, Va., where he served as an advisor to Bon Secours Health System’s East End Transformation efforts. In this role he helped redirect capital funds to revitalize a neglected commercial corridor around a community hospital. That work, in part, led USA Today to name the East End of Richmond one of the 10 most vibrant neighborhoods in the country.

Will began his career in journalism first working in the Time Inc. family of magazines as an editor at Outdoor Life. He then moved overseas and worked with the Wall Street Journal before helping launch its weekend magazine WSJ. as the food columnist. He also spent two years at NPR developing digital strategy and capacity for member stations.

Hemi TewarsonHemi Tewarson, JD, MPH, Director, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ Health Division

Hemi Tewarson serves as the director for the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ Health Division, where she oversees all the Health Division projects which include Medicaid transformation and coverage, Medicaid data systems, health care delivery and payment system reform, workforce, opioids, and behavioral health and social determinants. Prior to joining NGA, Ms. Tewarson had decades of experience in health care policy in the private and public sectors. She served as senior attorney for the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and was in private practice as a health policy attorney where her practice included advising states on how to reform their Medicaid programs. Ms. Tewarson holds a J.D. and a master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Karen TimberlakeKaren E. Timberlake, Principal, Michael Best Strategies

As a senior member of Michael Best Strategies, Karen guides strategy development to advance shared value initiatives that benefit businesses while producing positive results for employees, customers, and communities. Karen also supports collaborative initiatives in healthcare transformation, concentrating on population health improvement. Karen is known for her work in healthcare delivery and payment innovation, as well as healthy community investment and development. Karen is a collaborative leader and a trusted advisor of executive leaders in healthcare, community development, philanthropy, non-profits, and associations, as well as elected leaders at the state and local government level. She facilitates board development, organizational strategy sessions, and cross-sector coalitions, and is frequently asked to speak at public and private events.

Before joining Michael Best Strategies, Karen was the director of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and an associate professor at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. She previously served as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Karen is a former member of the board of the National Network of Public Health Institutes. She currently serves on the board and executive committee of ThedaCare, a hospital system headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, and the United Way of Dane County.

Julie TrocchioJulie Trocchio, Senior Director of Community Benefit, Catholic Health Association of the United States

Julie Trocchio is senior director of community benefit and continuing care for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). She coordinates CHA activities related to planning and reporting community benefits and leads CHA advocacy on the charitable purpose of not-for-profit health care. She also coordinates CHA programs and advocacy related to the well-being of aged and chronically ill persons in need of long term care and home and community-based services.

Prior to joining CHA, Julie was director of standards and quality for the American Health Care Association. She has held nursing positions in acute care, long term care, public health and school health programs. She earned a bachelors degree in nursing from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in community health nursing from the University of Maryland.

Tonya WellsTonya Wells, CPA, Vice President of Public Policy and Federal Advocacy, Trinity Health

Tonya Wells is the vice president, public policy and federal Advocacy at Trinity Health in Livonia, Mich. Since 2010, Tonya has directed the development and integration of a comprehensive advocacy program within one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the country. Recently, she worked to organize the Health Care Transformation Task Force, an industry consortium that brings together patients, payers, providers and purchasers to align private and public sector efforts to clear the way for a sweeping transformation of the U.S. health care system.

Tonya also directs Trinity Health’s Shareholder Advocacy in which the share owner voice is used to influence Fortune 500 companies to improve corporate decision-making on tobacco usage, violence in society, the nutritious value of food and environmental protections. Furthermore, Tonya oversees a program that provides low-interest loans to community organizations investing in affordable housing, access to food, neighborhood revitalization and access to secondary education.

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS, Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity, Chief Wellness & Diversity Officer, Henry Ford Health System, Michigan’s First Surgeon General:

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS is the Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer at Henry Ford Health System. She is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician, the Chair of the Gail and Lois Warden Endowment on Multicultural Health, and Michigan’s and the nation’s First State-level Surgeon General. In 2012 she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. Since 1987 she has been on the faculty of University of Michigan (UM) Medical School’s Department of Medical Education and adjunct professor in the UM School of Public Health. Dr. Wisdom focuses on health disparities/health care equity, infant mortality/maternal and child health, chronic disease, unintended pregnancy, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, and tobacco use. She has worked collaboratively with school districts, faith-based organizations and the business community.

Dr. Wisdom provides strong leadership in community benefit/population health, and improving the health of those disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes. She founded the award-winning African American Initiative for Male Health Improvement (AIM –HI) and most recently, the Women Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network which aims to improve access to healthcare and reduce infant mortality in neighborhoods in Detroit. Since 2008, she has chaired the Detroit Infant Mortality Reduction Task Force. In 2007, she founded a youth leadership development effort – Generation With Promise (GWP) – designed to equip youth to drive policy, environmental and behavioral change in their school and community. GWP youth were featured on the cover of Modern Healthcare in June 2014. Dr. Wisdom is the recipient of numerous awards, has authored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and appeared on national television, including ABC’s Nightline, and has presented to audiences across the country and internationally.

Dr. Steven WoolfSteven Woolf, MD, MPH, Professor, Director, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Center on Society and Health

Steven H. Woolf, M.D., M.P.H, is Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his M.D. in 1984 from Emory University and underwent residency training in family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Woolf is also a clinical epidemiologist and underwent training in preventive medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins University, where he received his M.P.H. in 1987. He is board certified in family medicine and in preventive medicine and public health.

Dr. Woolf has published more than 190 articles in a career that has focused on promoting the most effective health care services and on advocating the importance of health promotion and disease prevention. In recent years, his work has turned to social determinants of health. Dr. Woolf has conducted studies demonstrating that addressing poverty, education, and the causes of racial and ethnic disparities could accomplish far more to improve the health of Americans than investing predominately in medical technological advances. In addition to scientific publications, he has tried to bring this message to policymakers and to the public through testimony in Congress, editorials in major newspapers, web-based tools, and speeches. Dr. Woolf was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2001.

Dr. Woolf served as science advisor, member, and senior advisor to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Woolf edited the first two editions of the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services and is author of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice. He was formerly the associate editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and served as North American editor of the British Medical Journal. He chaired the National Research Council/Institute of Medicine panel that produced Shorter Lives, Poorer Health, which compared the health of Americans with peers in 16 other high-income countries. He has consulted widely on various matters of health policy with government agencies and professional organizations in the United States and Europe.