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Wednesday, February 15
 

5:00pm

Registration
Early registration opens!

Wednesday February 15, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Regency Foyer

6:00pm

Welcome Reception
Moderators
avatar for Patrick Willard

Patrick Willard

Health Action Director, Families USA

Wednesday February 15, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Regency BCD
 
Thursday, February 16
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Thursday February 16, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Hall of Battles Ballroom level

7:30am

Registration Open
Thursday February 16, 2017 7:30am - 5:00pm
Regency Foyer

8:30am

Protect Our Care

Moderators
avatar for Ron Pollack

Ron Pollack

Executive Director, Families USA

Speakers
avatar for Rep. Rosa DeLauro

Rep. Rosa DeLauro

Rosa DeLauro is the Congresswoman from Connecticut’s Third Congressional District, which stretches from the Long Island Sound and New Haven, to the Naugatuck Valley and Waterbury. Rosa serves in the Democratic leadership as Co-Chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee... Read More →
avatar for Sen. Al Franken

Sen. Al Franken

Senator, United States Senate
U.S. Senator Al Franken was born on May 21, 1951, and grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. In 1973, he graduated from Harvard, where he met his wife Franni. They've been married for 40 years, and have two grown children, Thomasin and Joe. The couple's first grandchild, Joe, was born... Read More →
avatar for Sen. Chris Van Hollen

Sen. Chris Van Hollen

Senator, U. S. Senate
Chris Van Hollen has been described as “one of those rare leaders who runs for office because he wants to DO something, not because he wants to BE something.” Chris was first elected to public office in 1990, when he campaigned for the Maryland House of Delegates as part of the... Read More →
avatar for Rep. Robin Kelly

Rep. Robin Kelly

Congressman, United States House of Representatives
Congresswoman Robin Kelly has dedicated her career to public service as an advocate for Illinois families.  Since being elected to serve the 2nd Congressional District in 2013, she has worked to expand economic opportunity, community wellness, and public safety across the state... Read More →
avatar for Sen. Debbie Stabenow

Sen. Debbie Stabenow

Senator, United States Senate
Born in Gladwin and raised in Clare, Senator Stabenow was inspired to first run for office after leading a successful effort to stop the closure of a local nursing home. She was elected to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners when she was 24 years old, and in just two years, was... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 8:30am - 10:30am
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

10:45am

Mouth, Mind, and Body
Oral health, mental health and substance use services are all essential to overall health and well-being - but they have not been covered well by Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance. Learn about advocacy to improve coverage integrate these services. 

Moderators
avatar for Cheryl Fish-Parcham

Cheryl Fish-Parcham

Private Insurance Program Director, Families USA
Cheryl Fish-Parcham is Private Insurance Program Director at Families USA. Her current areas of focus include private insurance, in particular, implementation of the private market provisions in the Affordable Care Act, and enrollment in Medicaid and the health insurance marketplaces... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aryka Chapman

Aryka Chapman

Community Catalyst
Aryka Chapman is a State Advocacy Manager for Community Catalyst’s Substance Use Disorders team. In this capacity she works with state partners to advocate for improved programs and policies that address substance use prevention and access to care. | | Over the course of her career... Read More →
avatar for Erin Loubier

Erin Loubier

Senior Director for Health and Legal Integration and Payment Innovation, Whitman-Walker Clinic Legal Services Department
Erin Loubier is Senior Director for Health and Legal Integration and Payment Innovation at Whitman-Walker Health (WWH), a federally qualified health center serving Washington, DC’s diverse urban community and special focus on people living with HIV and the LGBT community.  Erin... Read More →
avatar for Marko Vujicic

Marko Vujicic

American Dental Association
Dr. Marko Vujicic currently serves as Chief Economist and Vice President of the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association, where he is responsible for overseeing all of the Association’s policy research activities. Prior to joining the American Dental Association... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Congressional B Lobby level

10:45am

Taking Action to Address Rising Prescription Drug Prices
States are leading the way with policies and legislation to tackle the rising cost of prescription drugs. This panel of state advocates will talk about the policy approaches in their states, their organizations’ campaigns, and share lessons learned.

Moderators
avatar for Caitlin Morris

Caitlin Morris

Program Director for Health System Transformation, Families USA
Caitlin Morris is the Health System Transformation Program Director at Families USA. Her work focuses on improving health care delivery and quality through evidence-based medicine, care coordination, patient-centered outcomes research, health information technology (HIT), and quality... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Celentano

Matthew Celentano

Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative
Matthew Celentano is the Deputy Director of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, and the Health Care for All Campaign. He has been with the organization since January of 2002. In those years, the organization has had major victories for health care consumers. It helped expand... Read More →
avatar for Jesse O'Brien

Jesse O'Brien

OSPIRG
Jesse Ellis O’Brien is OSPIRG's Policy Director, helping to coordinate policy development, research and advocacy for OSPIRG's many public interest campaigns. He leads OSPIRG's health care work, researching policies and strategies for Oregon to lower the cost of health care while... Read More →
avatar for Brian Rosman

Brian Rosman

Health Care For All (Massachusetts)
Brian Rosman is the Policy and Government Relations Director of Health Care For All in Massachusetts.  | | Brian’s work focuses on policy advocacy and analysis related to Massachusetts and national health reform, public health coverage programs, health delivery system reform and... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Congressional CD Lobby level

10:45am

Open Enrollment Four is Over: What We Need to Do Now

Join us to hear ideas of what assisters can do following open enrollment. Participants can expect to walk away with an understanding of how new leaders’ priorities impact their work and a historical context to help structure work moving forward.


Speakers
avatar for Daniel Bouton

Daniel Bouton

Program Manager, Community Council of Greater Dallas
avatar for Jodi Ray

Jodi Ray

Director, USF Florida Covering Kids & Families
Jodi Ray is the Director and Principal Investigator for Florida Covering Kids and Families, at the University of South Florida’s Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies. The Chiles Center conducts regional, national and international service, research and educational programs... Read More →
DC

Donna Cohen Ross

Health Management Associates



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Columbia B Ballroom level

10:45am

Health Equity Meets Payment and Delivery Reform: The Value Proposition
Review the basics of payment and delivery reform and learn how these efforts can be leveraged to tackle health disparities by building the business case for Health Equity.

Moderators
avatar for Ellen Albritton

Ellen Albritton

Families USA

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Alfero

Charlie Alfero

Southwest Center for Health Innovation
Mr. Alfero is the Executive Director of the Southwest Center for Health Innovation and the | founder of HMS, a Community Health Center providing primary medical, dental, mental health, family support, community development, and health policy services in southwestern New Mexico. He... Read More →
avatar for Ignatius Bau

Ignatius Bau

Consultant, Ignatius Bau Consulting
Ignatius Bau is an independent health care policy consultant for patient-consumer organizations,community-based health and social service organizations, community health centers, minority physicianassociations, public hospitals, health systems, and state health departments. He works... Read More →
avatar for Marshall Chin

Marshall Chin

University of Chicago
Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, the Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, is a general internist and health services researcher with extensive experience improving the care of vulnerable patients with chronic disease... Read More →
avatar for Sinsi Hernández-Cancio

Sinsi Hernández-Cancio

Director of Health Equity, Families USA
Sinsi Hernández-Cancio is the Director of Health Equity at Families USA, where she focuses on expanding and strengthening the organization's ability to enhance and elevate health care advocacy and activism in communities of color across the nation. She is continuing the group's work... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Columbia C Ballroom level

10:45am

What’s Next for Payment and Delivery Reform in the States
As states continue to pursue reforms to improve health care value, learn from  states who have implemented innovative payment and delivery reforms and how you can advance similar models in your own state.

Moderators
avatar for Philippe Villers

Philippe Villers

Families USA Board
Mr. Villers is the cofounder of Families USA. In 1981, he and his wife, Kate Villers, founded the organization, which was initially called The Villers Foundation. He has served as its President and as a permanent member of the Board of Directors since its inception. Mr. Villers is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kaili Kuiper

Kaili Kuiper

Staff Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid/Office of the Health Care Advocate
Kaili Kuiper is a staff attorney with Vermont Legal Aid’s Office of the Health Care Advocate (HCA). The HCA assists Vermonters with issues related to health care and health insurance through a wide variety of consumer protection activities. Ms. Kuiper joined Vermont Legal Aid (VLA... Read More →
avatar for Leni Preston

Leni Preston

Consumer Health First
Leni Preston currently serves as the President of Consumer Health First (CHF).   In 2016, she led the strategic transformation of its forerunner,  the Maryland Women’s Coalition for Health Care Reform  (Coalition),   into a new nonprofit organization.  While the name is new... Read More →
avatar for Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor

CareOregon



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Regency D Ballroom level

10:45am

Defending Health Care Gains from the States
Federal action in 2017 will determine thefate of health coverage and care. State advocates have a critical role in waging campaigns and combatting bad policies. Discuss strategies and tactics to use in your fights to defend health care.

Moderators
avatar for Claire McAndrew

Claire McAndrew

Director of Campaign Strategy, Families USA
Claire McAndrew is the Director of Campaign Strategy at Families USA. Ms. McAndrew oversees advocacy work focused on the organization’s mission to ensure high quality, affordable health coverage and care for all. Her portfolio includes federal and state advocacy to protect the gains... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Antoinette Kraus

Antoinette Kraus

Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Antoinette Kraus currently serves as founding Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN). Since joining PHAN in 2008 Kraus has helped grow the Pennsylvania Health Access Network into the state’s largest consumer driven organization. She works toward quality... Read More →
avatar for Monisha Smith

Monisha Smith

Senior Political Action Specialist, American Nurses Association
Monisha serves as the Associate Director, Advocacy and Engagement at the American Nurses Association (ANA). Shemanages the political and advocacy programs for ANA. | | Prior to ANA she worked for the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) as the Manager of Government Affairs... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Wright

Anthony Wright

Health Access
Anthony Wright has served as Executive Director for Health Access, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition, since 2002. Health Access has led state and national efforts to win consumer protections, fight budget cuts and invest in our safety-net, encourage prevention... Read More →


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Columbia Foyer Ballroom level

10:45am

Emerging Professionals: Managing People and Projects
Navigating how to manage colleagues and organize projects for the most organizational success can be an art. This workshop will go over tips on how to organize your projects at work and the staff who work on them.   

Moderators
avatar for Brendan Riley

Brendan Riley

North Carolina Justice Center


Thursday February 16, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Yellowstone/Everglades 2nd floor

10:45am

Leveraging Social Media to Increase Visibility and Awareness
Now more than ever, social media can help raise your organization's visibility, recruit new members and donors and influence important community partners if you stay persistent and creative. In this session you'll learn what others are doing with common platforms and new tools for advocacy.

Moderators
avatar for Jonny Yao

Jonny Yao

Families USA

Speakers
avatar for Katie Alexander

Katie Alexander

Tennessee Justice Center
Katie Alexander is the Field Director at the Tennessee Justice Center, a small non-profit law firm that helps Tennesseans access health care coverage. Originally from New York State, Katie got her degree in Literature and the African Diaspora at American University in D.C., and then... Read More →
avatar for Suzette Gardner

Suzette Gardner

Digital Director, Family Values @ Work
Talk to me about digital strategy, social media, capacity building, advocacy, engagement, privacy, fundraising, mobile. | | As the digital director at Family Values @ Work I maximize our digital efforts to support on-the-ground initiatives nationwide. I manage all online communications... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Columbia A Ballroom Level

12:00pm

A Call to Action
Families USA’s incoming Executive Director and the leader of the Moral Monday movement address the need for action to defend the ACA.

Moderators
avatar for Ron Pollack

Ron Pollack

Executive Director, Families USA

Speakers
avatar for Rev. William Barber

Rev. William Barber

President, North Carolina NAACP
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina and architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013... Read More →
avatar for Frederick Isasi

Frederick Isasi

Families USA


Thursday February 16, 2017 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

1:15pm

Pre-Arranged Hill Visits
Those advocates making visits to lawmakers can pick up materials and talking points before heading to Capitol Hill. 

Thursday February 16, 2017 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Regency Foyer

1:30pm

State-Based Solutions to Securing Health Coverage
Amidst federal threats to health coverage, states maintain a key role in making sure their residents have access to health coverage and care. This workshop will focus on state solutions to protect coverage gains and marketplace stability in uncertain times.

Moderators
avatar for Lydia Mitts

Lydia Mitts

Senior Policy Analyst, Families USA
Lydia Mitts is a Senior Policy Analyst at Families USA. She specializes in private insurance issues, including market reforms and financial assistance programs under the Affordable Care Act, wellness incentive programs, marketplace plan benefit design, and cost-sharing. She also specializes... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elisabeth Benjamin

Elisabeth Benjamin

Community Service Society of New York
Elisabeth Benjamin is the Vice President of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society, where she supervises health policy, health advocacy, and consumer health assistance programs, including: the CSS Navigator Network, Community Health Advocates, Independent Consumer Advocacy... Read More →
avatar for Sabrina Corlette

Sabrina Corlette

Georgetown University
Sabrina Corlette is a Research Professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. At CHIR she directs research on health insurance reform issues. Her areas of focus include state and federal regulation of private health... Read More →
avatar for Mila Kofman

Mila Kofman

Director
Mila Kofman is the Executive Director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority. Appointed to the position by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, Kofman is a nationally recognized expert on private health insurance markets and has worked with states and all stakeholders... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Columbia Foyer Ballroom level

1:30pm

Effective Strategies for Educating Public Officials and Advancing Public Policy
To preserve consumer assistance and direct services to consumers, opinion leaders and public officials need to hear from you. Join this workshop to learn about effective approaches that can be used to move public policy.

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Kendall

Jessica Kendall

Families USA

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Norris Bent

Maggie Norris Bent

Director of External Affairs, Westside Family Healthcare
Maggie Norris Bent is the Director of External Affairs with Westside Family Healthcare, a community health center in Delaware. She is responsible for oversight of Westside’s advocacy initiatives, fund development activities, and statewide community engagement strategies. Maggie... Read More →
avatar for Graciela Guzman

Graciela Guzman

Enrollment Coordinator, Patient Innovation Center
Coalition building, immigration and enrollment intersection, unique outreach methods
avatar for Ann Lynch

Ann Lynch

American Dental Hygienists' Association
Ann Lynch is Director of Governmental Affairs for the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Prior to working at the ADHA, Lynch served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2007-2010, representing Rochester, MN and surrounding communities. During her term, Lynch served as Vice... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Columbia A Ballroom Level

1:30pm

Helping Consumers in a Changing Health Policy Landscape
Consumers need help no matter what the shifting political landscape entails. We will share practical tips and approaches to continue meeting those needs in a changing landscape. This includes tracking and raising consumer issues for advocacy, best practices when issue spotting, and identifying facts from spin.

Moderators
avatar for Heather Bates

Heather Bates

Director of Community Engagement, Families USA
@heatherjbates

Speakers
avatar for Doug Goggin-Callahan

Doug Goggin-Callahan

Independence Care System
Doug Goggin-Callahan is an attorney whose primary focus is in health care policy. He is currently the Vice President of Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at Independence Care System, a non-profit health plan serving people with physical disabilities in New York State. He is the recipient... Read More →
avatar for Shelli Quenga

Shelli Quenga

Director of Programs, Palmetto Project
Shelli Quenga is the director of programs for the Palmetto Project in South Carolina. She oversees all advocacy and programming for the statewide nonprofit organization, including a team of 50+ certified health insurance navigators positioned for the fourth year of ACA Marketplace... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Yellowstone/Everglades 2nd floor

1:30pm

The Impact of Payment Reform on the Safety Net and Health Disparities

For our healthcare system to deliver high quality care and be financially sustainable, we need to pay for value, not volume. However, new payment models sometimes inadvertently hurt communities of color. Learn how and what to do about it.


Moderators
avatar for Sinsi Hernández-Cancio

Sinsi Hernández-Cancio

Director of Health Equity, Families USA
Sinsi Hernández-Cancio is the Director of Health Equity at Families USA, where she focuses on expanding and strengthening the organization's ability to enhance and elevate health care advocacy and activism in communities of color across the nation. She is continuing the group's work... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marshall Chin

Marshall Chin

University of Chicago
Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, the Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, is a general internist and health services researcher with extensive experience improving the care of vulnerable patients with chronic disease... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Dawes

Daniel Dawes

Executive Director of Government Relations, Health Policy and External Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine
Daniel E. Dawes, Esq. is a healthcare attorney and the Executive Director of Government Relations, Health Policy and External Affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. The author of several publications on health reform and health equity; he now adds to his repertoire... Read More →
avatar for Shabnam Salih

Shabnam Salih

Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Shabnam Salih serves the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers as a Senior Program Manager for External Affairs. She helps lead the Good Care Collaborative, a statewide coalition for Medicaid reform, a key policy initiative of the Camden Coalition. Previously, she served as a... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Columbia C Ballroom level

1:30pm

Medicaid Per Capita Caps Block Grants: Meanings and Messages
Speakers
avatar for Shannon Attanasio

Shannon Attanasio

Director, Government Affairs, Families USA
Shannon Attanasio is Director of Government Affairs at Families USA, where she leads the organization’s work with federal policymakers on all of Families USA’s program areas. Ms. Attanasio also leads Families USA’s work on CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program.Prior... Read More →
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William Lutz

Director of Communications, Families USA
avatar for Dee Mahan

Dee Mahan

Families USA
Dee Mahan is Medicaid Program Director at Families USA, where she focuses on federal and state Medicaid issues. She works with advocates from across the country to ensure that states take up and effectively implement the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, and she advocates... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Willard

Patrick Willard

Health Action Director, Families USA


Wil Lutz pptx

Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Columbia B Ballroom level

1:30pm

Remote Area Medical Screening
Moderators
avatar for Abby Bott

Abby Bott

Families USA
avatar for Jonny Yao

Jonny Yao

Families USA

Thursday February 16, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Congressional CD Lobby level

3:15pm

Health Coverage: What has Been Achieved, What is at Risk
This plenary will go over lessons learned from the last four open enrollment periods, celebrate the remarkable accomplishments made, and discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for outreach and enrollment.

Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Hagan

Elizabeth Hagan

Families USA
Elizabeth Hagan is a Senior Policy Analyst at Families USA, where she focuses on enrollment policy. In this position, she works with national and state partners to identify and disseminate promising practices related to outreach and enrollment in Medicaid, the Children’s Health... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anne Filipic

Anne Filipic

Enroll America
Anne Filipic serves as President of Enroll America, a non-profit organization dedicated to maximizing the number of Americans who enroll in and retain health coverage made available through the Affordable Care Act. Most recently, Ms. Filipic was the Deputy Director of the White House... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Goodgames

Kenneth Goodgames

President and CEO, Community Council of Greater Dallas
Mr. Ken Goodgames is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Community Council based in Dallas, Texas. He is only the fifth executive director in the organization's 76 year long history. The Community Council is known for identifying services that are needed in the community, assessing... Read More →
avatar for Larry Levitt

Larry Levitt

Larry Levitt is Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation and Senior Advisor to the President of the Foundation. Among other duties, he is Co-Executive Director of the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance. He previously was... Read More →
avatar for Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt

former Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Andy Slavitt has decades of private and public sector leadership in health care. Over his career, Andy has shaped some of the most significant and successful initiatives in health care impacting millions of Americans and the shape of the health care system. For the last two years... Read More →



Thursday February 16, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

4:30pm

5:00pm

 
Friday, February 17
 

7:30am

State Innovation Learning Collaborative (SILC) Networking Breakfast
SILC brings state advocates together to strategize on forward-thinking, progressive policies that can meaningfully impact health and health care for consumers. We will discuss health care and health wins that advocates can achieve in 2017’s difficult climate.

Moderators
avatar for Claire McAndrew

Claire McAndrew

Director of Campaign Strategy, Families USA
Claire McAndrew is the Director of Campaign Strategy at Families USA. Ms. McAndrew oversees advocacy work focused on the organization’s mission to ensure high quality, affordable health coverage and care for all. Her portfolio includes federal and state advocacy to protect the gains... Read More →

Friday February 17, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Columbia C Ballroom level

7:30am

Networking Breakfast: Red State Caucus
At this year’s Red State Caucus Breakfast, we will hear from advocates about the impact of the 2016 elections and how they are navigating the 2017 legislative session. What obstacles or opportunities have the 2016 elections presented in your state? For your state’s current or upcoming legislative session, what issues do you expect to gain traction? How are you working with coalition partners and others in this work? Join us in a lively discussion of the challenges and opportunities surrounding the election outcomes in heavily conservative states. 

Moderators
avatar for Amanda Ptashkin

Amanda Ptashkin

Project Manager, Southern Health Partners, Community Catalyst
The South! In my position at Community Catalyst, I manage our Southern Health Partners Project and work with advocates in AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA.

Friday February 17, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Columbia B Ballroom level

7:30am

Enrollment Assister Networking Breakfast
For enrollment assisters only.

Are you from a navigator or certified application counselor organization? If so, be sure to attend this breakfast. You will have an opportunity to connect with other assisters to learn about which strategies and tactics have worked in past open enrollment periods and what promising ideas other assister organizations are moving forward.  You will have an opportunity to network with assisters from other states and share experiences


Moderators
avatar for Heather Bates

Heather Bates

Director of Community Engagement, Families USA
@heatherjbates
avatar for Elizabeth Hagan

Elizabeth Hagan

Families USA
Elizabeth Hagan is a Senior Policy Analyst at Families USA, where she focuses on enrollment policy. In this position, she works with national and state partners to identify and disseminate promising practices related to outreach and enrollment in Medicaid, the Children’s Health... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Kendall

Jessica Kendall

Families USA

Friday February 17, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Columbia A Ballroom Level

7:30am

Networking Breakfast: Community Health Workers
If you are working on integration or funding for CHWs, or if you’d like to learn about how to get involved on this issue, join us for breakfast and a facilitated discussion on how to advance these issues in 2017.

Moderators
avatar for Ellen Albritton

Ellen Albritton

Families USA
avatar for Sinsi Hernández-Cancio

Sinsi Hernández-Cancio

Director of Health Equity, Families USA
Sinsi Hernández-Cancio is the Director of Health Equity at Families USA, where she focuses on expanding and strengthening the organization's ability to enhance and elevate health care advocacy and activism in communities of color across the nation. She is continuing the group's work... Read More →

Friday February 17, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Columbia Foyer Ballroom level

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Friday February 17, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Hall of Battles Ballroom level

7:30am

Registration Open
Friday February 17, 2017 7:30am - 3:00pm
Regency Foyer

8:30am

Special Presentation
Moderators
avatar for Ron Pollack

Ron Pollack

Executive Director, Families USA

Speakers
avatar for Rep. Bobby Scott

Rep. Bobby Scott

Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott is currently serving his twelfth term representing the citizens of Virginia's Third Congressional District in Congress. Prior to serving in Congress, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates and in the Senate of Virginia. | | In Congress... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

9:00am

A Physician’s Perspective on the Affordable Care Act

One of the nation’s leading health policy spokesmen and surgeon addresses the role of the ACA in protecting patients.


Moderators
avatar for Ron Pollack

Ron Pollack

Executive Director, Families USA

Speakers
avatar for Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

9:45am

Special Presentation
Moderators
avatar for Ron Pollack

Ron Pollack

Executive Director, Families USA

Speakers
avatar for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Congressman, United States House of Representatives
Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 114th Congress.  From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history.  As the Democratic Leader, Pelosi is fighting for bigger paychecks and better... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 9:45am - 10:00am
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

10:15am

Access to Behavioral Health Care
Learn about opportunities to improve mental health and substance use care in states and communities under the recently enacted Cures Act and threats to mental health care if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced. 

Moderators
avatar for James Kimmey

James Kimmey

Saint Loius University - College for Public Health and Social Justice
Dr. Kimmey is Professor Emeritus, Health Management and Policy, at St. Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice. He also serves on national, state, and local boards and advisory committees that address health care and educational issues. From 2001 until 2011... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nathaniel Counts

Nathaniel Counts

Mental Health America
Nathaniel is the Senior Director of Policy at Mental Health America, where he works to ensurethat Americans have access to effective behavioral health care when they first need it. Inparticular, he focuses on issues in incentive alignment and sustainable financing in behavioralhealth... Read More →
avatar for Melinda Hasbrouck

Melinda Hasbrouck

Executive Director, Our Door Community Wellness Center, Green Door Behavioral Health
Melinda Hasbrouck lives in Washington, DC and self-identifies as a current consumer of mental health services, who has recovered from serious mental illnesses, including Bipolar Disorder, Suicidality, and Bulimia. Melinda developed a passion for mental/behavioral health advocacy from... Read More →
avatar for Bethany Lilly

Bethany Lilly

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Bethany Lilly is the Deputy Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy of the Judge David L. BazelonCenter for Mental Health Law. She works primarily on federal policy impacting people withmental illnesses, with particular focus on health care, including Medicaid and the AffordableCare... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:30am
Congressional B Lobby level

10:15am

Pushing Toward a 21st Century Medicaid Program
States are not required to offer many benefits essential to moving Medicaid toward the triple aim. Increasing budget pressure makes the fight for critical optional services- like adult dental and home and community based services- and delivery systems like telemedicine more important than ever.

Moderators
avatar for Andrea Callow

Andrea Callow

Families USA

Speakers
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Jennifer Goldberg

Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
Jennifer Goldberg is directing attorney at Justice in Aging, where she develops and implements initiatives that improve health care and long-term services and supports for low-income older adults across the country. Jennifer also serves as adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University... Read More →
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Mario Gutierrez

Center for Connected Health Policy
Mario Gutierrez is executive director of the Center for Connected Health Policy. Mr. Gutierrez joined CCHP in May 2010 as a senior policy associate, and brings with him more than thirty yearsof experience in California’s nonprofit health and health philanthropy sectors.  | | Mr... Read More →
avatar for Cassandra Yarbrough

Cassandra Yarbrough

American Dental Association Health Policy Institute
Cassie is responsible for researching and analyzing policy changes that impact dentistry, oral health, and the healthcare landscape as a whole. Prior to joining the American Dental Association in 2013, she was a Program Analyst with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:30am
Congressional CD Lobby level

10:15am

A View from the Hill (CLOSED TO THE PRESS)
Senior-level congressional staff members will share their insights on what’s at stake in Congress for health care policy in 2017.

This workshop is closed to the Press.  

Moderators
avatar for Jane Sheehan

Jane Sheehan

Government Affairs Associate, Families USA

Speakers
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Nick Bath

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Minority Staff
Nick Bath is Health Policy Director for Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray. Previously, he was Chief Health Counsel to Senator Murray on the Senate Budget Committee.  He started his career on the Hill in 2006 as Counsel and Investigator for the Democratic Policy Committee... Read More →
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Veronica Duron

Office of Senator Chuck Schumer (D–NY), Senate Minority Leader
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Anne Dwyer

Senate Finance Committee, Minority Staff
Anne Dwyer serves as Health Counsel for the United States Senate Finance Committee under Ranking Member Ron Wyden. As Health Counsel, she focuses on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, women’s health, mental health, and prevention. Prior to joining the committee... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:30am
Columbia B Ballroom level

10:15am

The Voice of Reason: Re-purposing Enrollment Best Practices to Inform Consumers in 2017
This workshop will equip participants to repurpose key enrollment tactics (like list-building, follow-up, and using volunteers) to keep consumers informed and empowered about their coverage in 2017. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Emily Beauregard

Emily Beauregard

Kentucky Voices for Health
Emily Beauregard became the Executive Director for Kentucky Voices for Health after years of active health coalition membership. Prior to joining Kentucky Voices for Health, Ms. Beauregard served as Director of Planning and Communications at the Kentucky Primary Care Association... Read More →
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Keshia Bradford

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Health Center Association of Nebraska
Keshia Bradford is a Director of Strategic Initiatives at Health Center Association of Nebraska. In Keshia’s current role, she works with all the health centers in Nebraska in the area of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), emergency preparedness, workforce recruitment, and special... Read More →
avatar for Sorien Schmidt

Sorien Schmidt

Enroll America
Sorien Schmidt is the North Carolina Director for Enroll America, a national nonpartisan, non-profit organization informing Americans about the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace that opened in 2013.  Previously, Schmidt worked as an attorney, lobbyist and advocate... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:30am
Yellowstone/Everglades 2nd floor

10:15am

LGBTQ Health Policy Update
The LGBTQ community struggles with increased health and safety risks and multiple barriers to accessing high-quality health care. Experts will discuss progress made so far, the challenges that lie ahead, and how to defend gains in the new political climate.

Moderators
avatar for Candace Gibson

Candace Gibson

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Speakers
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Kellan Baker

Center for American Progress
Kellan Baker is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he works on LGBT health and data collection policy with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and state and local stakeholders across the country. Kellan is also currently the Centennial Scholar... Read More →
avatar for Sandy James

Sandy James

National Center for Transgender Equality
Sandy James is the Survey Project Manager with the National Center for Transgender Equality and the lead author of the report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. As the project manager, he led a research team in the development, fielding, analysis, and presentation of the 2015 U.S... Read More →
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Katie Keith

Out2Enroll



Friday February 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:30am
Columbia C Ballroom level

10:15am

Funding and Integrating Community Health Workers through Medicaid
Community health workers can improve health, reduce costs, and address health disparities. Yet, many CHW programs lack sustainable funding. Join this workshop to learn state strategies for funding and integrating CHWs in Medicaid and how advocates can get involved.

Moderators
avatar for Ellen Albritton

Ellen Albritton

Families USA

Speakers
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Charlie Alfero

Southwest Center for Health Innovation
Mr. Alfero is the Executive Director of the Southwest Center for Health Innovation and the | founder of HMS, a Community Health Center providing primary medical, dental, mental health, family support, community development, and health policy services in southwestern New Mexico. He... Read More →
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Abby Charles

Institute for Public Health Innovation
Abby Charles is a Senior Program Manager at the Institute for Public Health Innovation, providing leadership and coordination for Community Health Worker Initiatives, managing a network of peer Community Health Workers and a portfolio of programs that address cross- jurisdictional... Read More →
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Gail Hirsch

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Gail Hirsch, M.Ed., is Co-Director of the Office of Community Health Workers at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she has coordinated state public health efforts to support CHWs for over 20 years. She is a leader in CHW policy and organizing efforts in Massachusetts... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:30am
Columbia Foyer Ballroom level

10:15am

Foundation Perspectives about Health Philanthropy in 2017
Join a discussion with senior officers from several foundations to discuss the major developing trends in health philanthropy, including how foundations may respond to the nation’s altered political and health policy landscape.

Moderators
avatar for Ann McMillan

Ann McMillan

Grantmakers In Health

Speakers
avatar for David Adler

David Adler

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Angela Diaz

Marguerite Casey Foundation
Angela Diaz, MD, PhD, MPH is the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. After earning her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Mathews

Patricia Mathews

Northern Virginia Health Foundation
Patricia N. Mathews is the first President & CEO of Northern Virginia Health Foundation, a private foundation created in 2005 whose mission is to improve the health and health care of residents of Northern Virginia, with particular emphasis on the health of the uninsured.  In addition... Read More →
avatar for David Sandman

David Sandman

NYSHealth Foundation
David Sandman, Ph.D., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), a private foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. Since 2006, NYSHealth has invested more than $100 million... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:30am
Columbia A Ballroom Level

11:30am

12:45pm

Consumer Health and Health Equity Advocate Awards Presentation
Moderators
avatar for Philippe Villers

Philippe Villers

Families USA Board
Mr. Villers is the cofounder of Families USA. In 1981, he and his wife, Kate Villers, founded the organization, which was initially called The Villers Foundation. He has served as its President and as a permanent member of the Board of Directors since its inception. Mr. Villers is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Dawes

Daniel Dawes

Executive Director of Government Relations, Health Policy and External Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine
Daniel E. Dawes, Esq. is a healthcare attorney and the Executive Director of Government Relations, Health Policy and External Affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. The author of several publications on health reform and health equity; he now adds to his repertoire... Read More →
avatar for Jessie Menkens

Jessie Menkens

Alaska Primary Care Association
avatar for Cindy Zeldin

Cindy Zeldin

Executive Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future


Friday February 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

1:30pm

Update on Immigrant Access to Health Care
What's on the horizon for health coverage of immigrants? Discuss fears, hopes, and what organizations are doing at the local, state and federal levels to fight back attempts to roll back immigrant protections and to work towards better coverage.

Speakers
avatar for Betzabel Estudillo

Betzabel Estudillo

Health Policy Manager, California Immigrant Policy Center
avatar for Max Hadler

Max Hadler

New York Immigration Coalition
Max Hadler is the New York Immigration Coalition's Health Advocacy Specialist. He works on a range of issues and campaigns at the city and state levels to improve health access, coverage, and delivery for immigrant communities. Prior to joining the NYIC team he worked in many capacities... Read More →
avatar for Angel Padilla

Angel Padilla

National Immigration Law Center
Angel Padilla works closely with other health project staff to develop and implement NILC’s federal immigrant health policy agenda. Prior to joining NILC in February 2014, he was an immigration policy consultant at National Council of La Raza. Before that, he was a legislative assistant... Read More →
avatar for Luvia Quinones

Luvia Quinones

ICIRR
Luvia Quiñones serves as the Health Policy Director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). In this role, Luvia oversees the Immigrant Health Care Access Initiative and in collaboration with ICIRR's members develops ICIRR's health policy agenda with a... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Yellowstone/Everglades 2nd floor

1:30pm

Surprise Bills, Network Adequacy, and Provider Directories
Policymakers on both sides of the aisle have championed surprise bill, network adequacy, and provider directory reforms to make care more accessible and affordable. Join to strategize on achieving the next wins on these issues.

Moderators
avatar for Claire McAndrew

Claire McAndrew

Director of Campaign Strategy, Families USA
Claire McAndrew is the Director of Campaign Strategy at Families USA. Ms. McAndrew oversees advocacy work focused on the organization’s mission to ensure high quality, affordable health coverage and care for all. Her portfolio includes federal and state advocacy to protect the gains... Read More →

Speakers
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Maura Collinsgru

New Jersey Citizen Action
Maura Collinsgru is the Health Care Program Director for New Jersey Citizen Action, a statewide progressive advocacy organization fighting for social and economic justice. Since joining the organizationin 2013, Maura has overseen the development and implementation of the organization’s... Read More →
avatar for Debra Judy

Debra Judy

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
Debra Judy joined the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) in September 2010 as Policy Director. In that capacity, she works to promote policies that facilitate access to quality, affordable, and equitable health care for all Coloradans. She sits on numerous state health care... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Sanders

Caroline Sanders

California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN)
Cary Sanders earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining CPEHN, Cary worked as a policy analyst for the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) promoting pro-immigrant policies that address and respect the needs and contributions... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Congressional CD Lobby level

1:30pm

Defending Medicare in 2017
With a new congress and a new administration, changes to the Medicare program may be on the horizon. This workshop will equip advocates with a strong understanding of the Medicare program and the risks of commonly proposed changes.

Moderators
avatar for Ellen Albritton

Ellen Albritton

Families USA

Speakers
avatar for Gretchen Jacobson

Gretchen Jacobson

Kaiser Family Foundation
Gretchen Jacobson is an Associate Director with the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Program on Medicare Policy where she directs and conducts a variety of projects pertaining to the Medicare program and the population it serves.  Prior to joining the Kaiser Family Foundation, Dr. Jacobson... Read More →
avatar for Stacy Sanders

Stacy Sanders

Federal Policy Director, Medicare Rights Center
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Paul Van De Water

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities



Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Columbia C Ballroom level

1:30pm

Promising State and Local Strategies to Improve the Health of Women of Color
Women of color continue to face deep health and health care disparities. Panelists will share strategies that have made a clear difference in women’s health outcomes, and discuss how to defend the health of all women in an increasingly hostile climate.

Moderators
avatar for L. Toni Lewis

L. Toni Lewis

SEIU
Dr. Luella Toni Lewis has spent her life committed to social justice. From a very early age, she was taught by her family that service was the highest form of leadership and that all humans deserve justice, dignity, and respect.  | | Dr. Lewis has lived her passion working with... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rosita Castillo

Rosita Castillo

Planned Parenthood of The Rocky Mountains
Rosita Castillo is now employed at Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada as the Promotoresde Salud Program Manager. She practiced as a Chemical Dependency Professional most of heradult life in the State of Washington. She volunteered with the American Red Cross as a Trainerof Trainers... Read More →
avatar for Wandy Hernandez

Wandy Hernandez

HealthConnect One
Wandy Hernandez, AA, CD (DONA), CLC, CCE, a nationally recognized speaker and advocate for community health workers, trains and advocates for both men and women, drawing on over 15 years of experience working in the community. Ms. Hernandez navigates with comfort between communities... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell

Mount Sinai Health
Elizabeth A. Howell, M.D., M.P.P. is a Professor in the Departments of Population Health Science & Policy, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, and Psychiatry, System Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, and Associate... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Congressional B Lobby level

1:30pm

The Future of CHIP

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program is set to expire this year.  This workshop will review the importance of the program, and we will discuss possible Congressional action on an extension and how advocates can get involved in this legislative effort.


Moderators
avatar for Shannon Attanasio

Shannon Attanasio

Director, Government Affairs, Families USA
Shannon Attanasio is Director of Government Affairs at Families USA, where she leads the organization’s work with federal policymakers on all of Families USA’s program areas. Ms. Attanasio also leads Families USA’s work on CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program.Prior... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Whitener

Kelly Whitener

Georgetown University Center for Children and Families
Kelly Whitener is an Associate Professor of the Practice at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Children and Families (CCF) where she focuses on pediatric health benefits and managed care delivery systems as well as promoting state level advocacy... Read More →



Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Columbia A Ballroom Level

1:30pm

Protecting and Defending Medicaid in Hard Times
In the coming year, attempts to dismantle the Medicaid program will be front and center. This workshop looks at some of the biggest threats to Medicaid’s financing and guarantee of coverage, both at the federal and state level. 

Moderators
avatar for Dee Mahan

Dee Mahan

Families USA
Dee Mahan is Medicaid Program Director at Families USA, where she focuses on federal and state Medicaid issues. She works with advocates from across the country to ensure that states take up and effectively implement the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, and she advocates... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Lower-Basch

Elizabeth Lower-Basch

CLASP
Elizabeth Lower-Basch is CLASP's policy coordinator and director of the income and work supports team.  Her expertise is federal and state welfare (TANF) policy, other supports for low-income working families (such as refundable tax credits), systems integration, and job quality... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Nissenbaum

Ellen Nissenbaum

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Ellen is the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  Since 1984, she has directed the Center's work with federal policymakers and with other national organizations on a broad range of policy issues. These include federal budget... Read More →
avatar for Cara Stewart

Cara Stewart

Health Law Fellow, Kentucky Equal Justice Center



Friday February 17, 2017 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Columbia B Ballroom level

3:15pm

What to Expect in Congress

The former Senate Democratic Leader addresses the efforts to find a replacement for the Affordable Care Act followed by a discussion of the politics involved with a leading Democratic and Republican health policy  leaders.


Moderators
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Craig Obey

Families USA

Speakers
avatar for Tom Daschle

Tom Daschle

Senator Daschle is the Founder and CEO of The Daschle Group, A Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson. The Daschle Group is a full-service strategic advisory firm that advises clients on a broad array of economic, policy and political issues.​ Senator Daschle has participated... Read More →
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Chris Jennings

Chris Jennings is a healthcare policy veteran of the White House, Congress, and the private sector. He has more than 30 years of experience that includes eight years with the Clinton White House, 10 years as a Senate aide on Capitol Hill, a far-reaching network in the world of healthcare... Read More →
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Rodney Whitlock

Rodney is a veteran health care policy professional with more than 20 years of experience working with the US Congress, where he served as health policy advisor and as Acting Health Policy Director for Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and, earlier, on the staff of... Read More →


Friday February 17, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

8:00pm

Performance by the Capitol Steps

Friday February 17, 2017 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level
 
Saturday, February 18
 

8:00am

Continental Breakfast
Saturday February 18, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

9:30am

Special Presentation: Meet Families USA’s Next Executive Director
Moderators
avatar for Patrick Willard

Patrick Willard

Health Action Director, Families USA

Speakers
avatar for Frederick Isasi

Frederick Isasi

Families USA


Saturday February 18, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level

10:00am

Standing up for the Health of our Nation

The leader of the Nuns on the Bus shares hope and challenge for the road ahead.


Moderators
avatar for Ron Pollack

Ron Pollack

Executive Director, Families USA

Speakers
avatar for Sister Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell

Executive Director, NETWORK
Sister Simone Campbell is the Executive Director of NETWORK. Sister Simone Campbell has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she... Read More →


Saturday February 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Regency Ballroom Ballroom Level