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Thursday, February 16


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.

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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 →

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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 →
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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 where... Read More →
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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


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.   

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Brendan Riley

North Carolina Justice Center

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


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.

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Jonny Yao

Families USA

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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 →
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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


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.

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Jessica Kendall

Families USA

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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 →
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Graciela Guzman

Enrollment Coordinator, Patient Innovation Center
Coalition building, immigration and enrollment intersection, unique outreach methods
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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
Friday, February 17


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. 

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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 →
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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


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.

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Ann McMillan

Grantmakers In Health

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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 →
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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 →
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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


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. 

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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 →

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Elizabeth Lower-Basch

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 →
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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 →
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Cara Stewart

Health Law Fellow, Kentucky Equal Justice Center

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