Joey Albright, PharmD Pharmacist, Team Lead, Clinical Pharmacy Services
Joseph A. Albright Pharm.D, leads a team that provides clinical pharmacy services to over 1 million commercial members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. These services include the development of formulary and utilization management strategies to provide optimal clinical outcomes at an affordable price for membership. Additionally, this team integrates pharmacists in the case and care management of its membership to close gaps in care and ease transitions of care. During his tenure at Blue Cross Joseph has been instrumental in developing clinical policies for prescription opioid use and for medication assisted therapy for opioid use disorder. Prior to Blue Cross NC, Dr. Albright managed teams in clinical operations for one of the largest Medicare Part D providers in the country. Before his career in managed care, Joseph practiced community pharmacy in the Raleigh, North Carolina. He received both hisbachelors in sciencein pharmaceutical sciences and Doctor of pharmacy from The Ohio State University.
Saeed founded Decision Point to improve all aspects of healthcare: from improved access and satisfaction, to lower avoidable hospitalizations, to enhanced quality. He has more than 25 years of health information technology experience, with a track record of developing innovative approaches to solve complex business problems. He has held key senior management positions at Eliza Corporation, Optum, IHCIS and ProVentive, where led high-performing teams focused creative uses of technology for practical problem-solving. Saeed is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Economics.
Keshia Bigler CareOregon Population Health Portfolio Manager
Keshia Bigler is the Population Health Manager for the Columbia Pacific CCO. She previously worked for another CCO dedicated to reducing hospital utilization in two regions in rural Oregon. She has extensive experience working in health research doing primary research focused on health disparities and working in the Kaiser Permanente Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis to inform clinical guidelines for the USPSTF, APA, and CDC Community Guide. She has worked with the Oregon Health Authority to refine the state cervical and breast cancer screening, WISEWOMAN, and genetic screening programs, and co-chairs the Pacific Northwest Community Paramedicine and Mobile Integrated Health Coalition. She has also served on state steering committees for Health Information Technology (HIT) and passion for health equity and social determinants of health. Keshia received her MPH from OHSU with a focus in Primary Care and Health Disparities.
Ruth received a BA degree in Psychology and a MA degree in Counseling from the University of North Dakota. She has worked throughout her career with at-risk youth and families, the long-term homeless population and with individuals with mental illness and substance use disorder. For the past ten years, Ruth has been employed as a case manager at South Country Health Alliance, working in the Behavioral Health Department with members with mental illness and opioid use disorder. Ruth developed an Opioid Case Management Program in 2018 as an early intervention program with opiate naïve members.
Lauretta Converse is currently the Director of Payment Reform at the Rhode Island Medicaid Program. Before joining Medicaid, she served as the Rhode Island Senate’s primary resource on Medicaid finance issues and is a former finance professional with CVS Health. Ms. Converse holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.
Paul Cotton is the National Committee for Quality Assurance Director of Federal Affairs. He works with Congress, the Administration and other stakeholders to improve health care quality. Previously he was a lobbyist for AARP on Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, health reform, health IT and quality improvement issues. He has also worked at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services as Hearings & Policy Presentation Director in the Office of Legislation, and as a journalist for publications including the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Jessica has oversight for the staff, programs, and ongoing development of the population health methodology at Moda Health. These programs include wellness program offerings, disease management and health coaching programs, customized targeted employer programs for chronic conditions, population based initiatives targeting gaps in care, driving the use of primary care and medical home engagement to manage care and reduce unnecessary ED utilization, and interventions to improve Moda’s quality metrics.
Jessica has an extensive background in wellness and health education program and product development. Before entering the healthcare field, Jessica taught health education to at risk teenage girls through the Portland Public School system. Looking to make an impact at a population level, Jessica began her career in the health care field working with employers to develop worksite wellness programming. In 2010 she expanded her work, consulting nationally on the development of programs to drive engagement and activate individuals with chronic conditions to better manage their health. In 2015 Jessica joined Moda in the role of Population Health Manger, where she continues to design health engagement programs that impact individuals across the continuum of health.
Jessica is a CHES certified health educator, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences. A Portland native, Jessica has two teenage children, and spends as must time as she is able being active with her family.
Nicholas Degregorio, MD, FACP, MMM Senior Medical Director
UPMC for You
Nicholas DeGregorio is an internal medicine physician currently serving as the Senior Medical Director for UPMC for You, a Medicaid Managed Care Organization affiliate of UPMC Health Plan. He completed his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, an Internal Medicine Internship and Residency program at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Medical Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Additional areas of interest and support provided at UPMC Health Plan include provider credentialing, quality improvement, value-based reimbursement, opioid use disorder and overdose prevention and management, opioid use disorder in pregnancy, and neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Karen DePasquale, LSW
Associate Vice President Clinical Affairs & Clinical Business Operations
Karen DePasquale, LSW Associate Vice President Clinical Affairs & Clinical Business Operations
UPMC Health Plan
In the role ofAVPat UPMC Health Plan, Karen is primarily responsible for the oversight and development of clinical programs including disease management, behavioral health, complex case management, geriatrics, lifestyle interventions through health coaching and clinical navigation. She manages teams of nurses, social workers, dietitians, exercise physiologists, health educators and counselors located primarily in Pittsburgh, PA.Karen also has clinical oversight over lines of business which includes Commercial (self-funded and fully insured), Individual Marketplace, and Medicare Advantage. Karen has over 25 years of experience in the health care field with anemphasis on behavioral health and behavior change. Karen joined UPMC Health Plan in 2008 when the behavioral health benefit management was carved back into the group health benefit allowing for a more holistic person-centered approach.
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh
Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh
Academy of Certified Social Workers
Member of NASW National Association of Social Workers
Certificate in Women’s Executive Leadership from Duquesne University School of Business
Vice President, UMMS, Medical Director, Population Health Services Organization, President, Quality Care Network, President, Transform Health MD
Stacy Garrett-Ray Vice President, UMMS, Medical Director, Population Health Services Organization, President, Quality Care Network, President, Transform Health MD
University of Maryland Medical System
Stacy Garrett-Ray, MD, MPH, MBA is the Vice President/Medical Director of the University of Maryland Medical System’s Population Health Services Organization and President of both the University of Maryland Quality Care Network and Transform Health MD. Dr. Garrett-Ray’s responsibilities include leading, planning, development, and execution of value-based, population health initiatives and innovations for multiple populations (approx. 100K commercial, federal, self-insured patients) with over $1B in medical costs. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a Biology major and Women’s Studies minor from the University of Richmond where she was a Cigna Scholar, her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, her family medicine residency at the University of Maryland Dept. of Family and Community Medicine where she served as chief resident. She received her MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Previously, Dr. Garrett-Ray also served as the medical director of the Baltimore City Cancer Program of University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center which provided cancer screening, treatment and diagnostic services to low-income residents of Baltimore. In 2010, Dr. Garrett-Ray was directly appointed to service as the national Deputy Director of Comprehensive Women’s Health for the Veterans Health Administration and later held other leadership positions to support VA Senior Leadership including serving as the Deputy Director of the Office of Strategic Integration. Her responsibilities included overseeing the operations of the Integrated Health Operating Portfolio nationally for VHA with a budget of approximately ¾ of $1 billion which included Patient Aligned Care Teams, Women’s Health, Telehealth, Virtual Care Non-Telehealth, Non-Institutional Long Term Care, Specialty, Patient Centered Care, Systems Redesign, GAO High Risk, Access to Care initiatives, and later VA Pulse.
Jessica Grabowski is the Executive Director of Coordinated Care Alliance. Coordinated Care Alliance is an innovative statewide network of community-based organizations in Illinois that provide coordination and care transition support to at-risk populations. Coordinated Care Alliance’s continuum of care services integrate social and medical aspects of care to achieve the best outcomes at the lowest costs for health plans, hospitals, accountable care organizations, and skilled nursing facilities. Jessica oversees contracting, program development, training, implementation, and quality. Additionally, Jessica is an Adjunct Instructor at The University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work. She received her BA from Indiana University and her master’s degree from The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
Jason Helgerson is a social change agent. After more than 20 years of public service, most recently as New York’s Medicaid Director, he now is focused on helping companies, providers, payers and governments deliver value-based health care.
Before his move to the private sector, Jason became an internationally recognised leader in public sector health care following his acclaimed work in New York. Leading the US’s most extensive effort to transform a health care delivery system and implement value-based payment, this historic programmefundamentally reshaped the state’s $68 billion Medicaid program. Jason both lowered costs –reducing spending by $17 billion over his first fiveyears - and enhanced quality, while protecting member benefits.
Jason’s time is now spent advising organisations and health systems across the US and further afield – with a focus on tackling the social determinants of health and bending cost curves. His passionsinclude creating effective value-based payment systems, facilitating successful cross-sector collaboration, anddelivering transformative stakeholder engagement - all elements that underpin successful value-based health and social care strategy.
Terrie Hottle Social Determinants of Health Strategy Lead
Terrie Hottle is the Social Determinants of Health Strategy Lead for Life Services at CareSource. Since 2016, Mrs. Hottle was a Life Coach for the CareSource JobConnect program. In 2017, she moved into the role of Strategy Lead. Specifically, Mrs. Hottle focuses on workforce development and grant management.
Prior to joining CareSource, Terrie was a Director of Education, Criminal Justice Department Chair, and faculty member at two different higher education institutions. She also helped lead the first ever rural drug abuse study funded by the NIH for Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine.
Terrie Hottle has an MA in Applied Behavioral Science (1999) and a BS in Urban Affairs with a specialization in Criminal Justice (1997) from Wright State University. Terrie currently volunteers her time training new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) from Miami County, Ohio and is active in her community. She lives in Tipp City, Ohio with her two sons.
Noreen Hurley Program Manager, Star Quality & Performance
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Noreen has spent her career in the healthcare arena. She blends operational, strategic and technology perspectives as well as payer and provider expertise to lead major initiatives and strategies. She started in hospital operations and was Director of the Admitting & Registration department in the New England Deaconess Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital in Boston. Transitioning to IT, she implemented the EMPI (Enterprise Master Patient Index) when the Deaconess merged with the Beth Israel Hospital to form what is now the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. From there she moved to the vendor world and ran implementations of EMPI’s, HL7 integrations and HIPAA EDI transactions for SeeBeyond Technologies. Most recently, she has focused on the payer space. She started and oversaw the Star program at Tufts Health Plan, as well as working in IT, developing a senior products PMO and managing the member call center. Moving back to technology, she developed data driven solutions in the healthcare space while working at Informatica. Her current role is developing the Star program at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, which has recently re‐entered the Medicare Advantage market. As a leader in the Clinical Informatics Division, the program focuses on leveraging non‐traditional data and analytics to craft targeted initiatives to improve performance in the Star program and the Harvard Pilgrim Stride product.
Medical Director, Medicare Advantage and Risk Adjustment
Bill Jonakin Medical Director, Medicare Advantage and Risk Adjustment
St. Luke’s Health Partners
Dr. Jonakin has had a career spanning several areas: Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, and General Practice. He has always been interested in the business of medicine, and most recently the shift from volume to value. He is the Medical Director for Medicare Advantage and Risk Adjustment at St. Luke’s Health Partners, a financially and clinically integrated network in Southwest Idaho. He is also the principal in Clinical Discernment, LLC, a consultancy focused on the accurate representation of the illness burden of a population. Dr. Jonakin is board certified in Pediatrics and is also a Certified Professional Coder and Certified Risk Adjustment Coder.
Melissa Joy Brewster, PharmD, BCPS, Pharmacy Director, Columbia Pacific CCO
Melissa Joy Brewster, PharmD, BCPS, serves as the Pharmacy Director of Columbia Pacific CCO and leads regional efforts to improve opioid prescribing and increase access to treatment for opioid use disorder. Before joining the CCO, she worked as a clinical psychiatric pharmacist at the VA and was instrumental in developing the VA National Opioid Safety Initiative and implementing broad-scale, pharmacist-managed naloxone distribution programs for Veterans. Her professional interests include reducing the harms from prescribed, recreational, and illicit substances with a focus on opioid safety, naloxone distribution, drug policy, and psychedelic research. Additionally, Melissa serves as faculty for the Oregon Health Sciences University ECHO program to coach primary care clinics to develop effective systems for addiction treatment in the primary care setting. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys working on her small organic farm on the Nehalem river.
Jessica has a passion for public health and has been in the health care field for the past 25 years.
Jessica strongly believes in empowering and supporting people to make lifestyle choices that can help them achieve and maintain good health.
Jessica is currently the Clinical Program Director in National Health Services at Cigna Medicare.
Jessica has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Med/Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Jessica enjoys staying involved with the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and is a participating member on the School of Public Health Board of Directors.
Sander Koyfman Behavioral Health Medical Director- New York
Dr. Sander Koyfman is a Board Certified psychiatrist. He is the Medical Director for Behavioral Health at WellCare of New York with specific interest in measurable improvement in quality of care, Value Based Purchasing arrangements and promotion of Integration as a way to address parity and access to care. Dr. Koyfman serves as a member of a number of stakeholder workgroups focused on Peers, access to Medication Assisted Treatment and Hepatitis C treatment. Prior to WellCare he has served as a Medical Director of Adult Inpatient Psychiatry at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, Director of Consultation and Liaison Service and ECT program at New York Methodist Hospital, MICA Unit Director at North General Hospital, and Associate Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at the Bronx VA Hospital. He graduated from New York University and completed his medical degree at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He is a graduate of Mount Sinai Hospital Adult Psychiatry Program in New York City.
Dr. Koyfman is passionate about the field of Disaster Mental Health and is the immediate past president, after serving in the role for the past 7 years, of Disaster Psychiatry Outreach (DPO), a New York-based non-profit, now a part of Vibrant Emotional Health where he continues to Chair the Disaster Mental Health Committee and is on the Board overseeing Vibrant's National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Disaster Distress Hotlines. Dr. Koyfman has participated in a number of local, national and international disaster responses - NYC 9/11, Katrina, Sandy, Puerto Rico as well as Sri Lanka post tsunami, Haiti, China and Nepal earthquakes, Maersk Alabama hijacking and others.
He is a member of Group for Advancement of Psychiatry Committee for Disasters and the World at the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), as well as the Advisory Panel of Disaster Psychiatry - Canada. Dr. Koyfman serves on the Advisory Board of Hands Offering Hope - a Youth Guidance Organization and the Board of Congregation Bnai Jacob of Brooklyn. Dr. Koyfman lives with his amazing support team of two boys and his wife in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Alanna Lavelle is thought leader and senior principal at MITRE, consulting with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on combatting improper payments. She draws upon her previous ten years’ experience as Director of Investigations for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Before that, she served 25 years as Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where she investigated and managed several health care fraud criminal cases. She also led the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Atlanta, and is an experienced FBI Profiler, Crisis Negotiator and was the Crisis Management Coordinator in Texas and Georgia.
Ms. Lavelle has testified twice in the U.S. Congress regarding opioid addiction problem. She is also currently an Adjunct Professor for the University of New Haven, teaching courses in Healthcare Fraud Investigation and Analytics. She holds an MS in Conflict Management and a BA in International Relations from the University of Minnesota.
Before creating ConsejoSano, Abner was Founder and CEO for the Workplace Wellness Council of Mexico, now the leading corporate wellness company in Mexico. From 2003-2008, he was founder and Executive Director of AIDS Responsibility Project, driving the creation of CONAES and JaBCHA, the first business councils on HIV/AIDS in Mexico and Jamaica. Abner previously served as Chairman of the International Committee and member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), appointed by President Bush in 2002. He spent ten years in the Massachusetts State government, including roles as Chief Policy Advisor to Massachusetts Governors Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift, Governor Cellucci's Undersecretary of Transportation, and Deputy General Manager of the Massachusetts Transit Authority. Before joining state government, Abner worked as an Associate Consultant for Bain & Company. In 2018, he founded Health Tech 4 Medicaid (HT4M), a non-profit coalition of healthtech leaders collaborating to create technology for Medicaid programs. Additionally, he is a founding council member of U.S. of Care, a nonprofit centered on improving healthcare access developed by former Medicare/Medicaid administrator Andy Slavitt. Abner is a graduate of Harvard.
Jim Milanowski has over 30 years’ experience in the management of mental health, substance abuse, behavioral health managed care and medical care coverage programs. Jim currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Genesee Health Plan. Previously, Jim served as the Vice President of Marketing and Development for the Genesee, Saginaw and Bay Health Plans, administering community based indigent health care plans and subsidized employer plan (1/3 Share Plan). Together, the health plans have covered over 125,000 residents in the three counties. During his leadership, Genesee Health Plan has received the national quality award from URAC for Best Practices in Patient Empowerment and Protection, the Greater Flint Labor Council’s Community Partnership Award, the Robert M. Pestronk Excellence in Public Health Award and the Michigan Association of Health Plans Pinnacle Award for Best Business Practices. He is a limited-licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan, and has extensive counseling experience with adult, child, and adolescent populations. As a strong advocate and community partner, his expertise includes working to reduce racial disparities, uncompensated care, and the impact of social determinants on health access. Mr. Milanowski received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spring Arbor University and his Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. He is the President of the Michigan Association of County Health Plans and is a Board of Directors member for the Shelter of Flint.
Solutions Architect for the Social Determinants of Health
Juliette Price Solutions Architect for the Social Determinants of Health
Helgerson Solutions Group
Juliette serves as Solutions Architect focused on the social determinants of health forHelgerson Solutions Group, working to bring health care and social sector partners come together in new ways to deliver results for end users.
Juliette previously served as the director of The Albany Promise, a cross-sector, collective impact partnership of 100+ organizations in Albany, New York that focused on improving economic mobility for the city’s most vulnerable youth and families using shared vision, collective action, and rigorous continuous improvement. The partnership was widely recognized as leading the nation in the field of collective impact. Juliette was awarded the White House Champion of Change award in 2016 from the President Barack Obama Administration for her work in this field.
Previously, she worked for the Chancellor of the State University of New York, the nation’s largest, most comprehensive system of higher education, managing various aspects of the education pipeline and multiple initiatives related to teacher education, statewide education policy, and led the development and implementation of the New York State Master Teacher Program, a program which created a state-wide network of the highest-performing STEM teachers that are dedicated to sharing expertise with peers and attracting the brightest minds to a career in STEM. She staffed Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's New NY Education Reform Commission, which brought together nationally-recognized education, community, and business leaders to recommend reforms to the state's education system in order to improve performance in the classroom so that all of New York's students are fully prepared for their futures.
Darcie Robran-Marquez, MD, MBA, CPE, is a native New Mexican. She received a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Psychology from New Mexico State University, a medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and an MBA in Healthcare Management from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She also has a Green Belt Six Sigma Certification from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and is a Certified Physician Executive through the American Association for Physician Leadership.
Dr. Robran is currently a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She is licensed to practice in the state of New Mexico and continues to do clinical work in an Urgent Care setting. She is an advocate for the community which is shown by her leadership of medical mission trips, through her role as President of the NM Alliance for School Based Health Center Board of Directors, and her volunteer participation in many other initiatives.
Dr. Robran has worked in many practice settings including a small private practice, a large integrated delivery system where she led the transformation to a Patient Centered Medical Home model of care, and as Chief Medical Officer for a large Managed Care Organization.
Dr. Robran is currently working with Presbyterian Healthcare Services as the Executive Medical Director of Population Health where she leads quality and cost containment improvement initiatives across the enterprise as well as oversees the Population Health Fellowship program. She is a strong supporter of developing physician leadership skills and has role modeled this behavior by participating in state and national initiatives including the New Mexico Board of Quality Examiners, the NM State Innovation Model Planning Grant, New Mexico Medicaid Advisory Subcommittees, Aligning Forces for Quality, Premier’s Accountable Care Collaborative, and the Avia Medicaid Transformation Project
I arrived in this world on Friday September 13, 1963 in a sleepy little town in the corner of Northwest Pennsylvania named after General Joseph Warren. In the heart of the Allegheny National Forest, this was a place that at the time was still benefiting from the post World War II industrial boom, yet at the cusp of the collapse of the US Steel industry that would come just a decade latter; a collapse from which they still have not fully recovered. A year latter Watson, Crick, and Franklin would discover DNA.
My first recollections of healthcare were that of Penicillin and the business end of a BD autoclaved needle that I would learn years latter hurt because of the nature of Penicillin and autoclaved needles are a bit blunt. As a rural area when I eventually needed the help of an Orthopedic Dr. I received care in a cold dark basement of a church where the physicians came once a month from Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa. to provide care at the “Crippled Children’s Center”. This was a name that I was never quite fond. Retrospectively perhaps it was these experiences that started my quest for a better way. I finished what I latter learned was an exceptional high school education, headed to the Rochester Institute of Technology to pursue Chemistry and Biotechnology, minoring in Philosophy, onward to eight years of pharmacology research and a MS Degree in Education and Human Development, and then an opportunity presented itself.
Shortly after the passing of the Balanced Budget Act, the urban Strong Memorial Hospital was faced with a significant need to reduce cost and I was faced with an opportunity to ply my background in science and education to work within their reengineering efforts. As a team we were successful, and part of our success was the dismantling of our department. Once the keys were slipped under the door, I headed off to rural Home Healthcare that was faced with the transition from Medicare Fee-for-Service to Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS). Another challenge that this time I was successful on the business side and on the academic side as this was my thesis material for my Master of Science in Health Systems Administration. (30% of the ~10,000 Medicare Certified Home Health Agencies went out of business and we at the Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service did not).
I then went back to an urban setting where I first encountered the “Health Center Movement” as I worked for Rochester Primary Health Network a Federally Qualified Health Center where after two years I transitioned back to a rural location and arrived at the invitation of Norrine Williams the then CEO of Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Inc. (ACHS) in 2005. Upon her retirement after 33 years of growing ACHS, I become the CEO in July of 2008.
As one can ascertain from reviewing my curriculum vitae, my career can best be described as eclectic and circuitous. It has been and continues to be a journey of life-long learning. I have had the privilege of mentorship from individuals who have pushed me both professionally and personally to pursue excellence to where I now find myself; as a leader in healthcare at a time that is demanding a paradigmatic shift in how we think about individual and population-based health.
I believe in leading by doing, to model the behaviors that I want to observe in others. My professional interest is to be a part of the team that wrestles with the hard questions we are facing in healthcare. In so doing we will forge a healthcare paradigm that embraces healthcare as an implicit and a prerequisite to our right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Redefining the funding of healthcare as an investment with returns on this investment. Seeing the health and wellness of individuals and populations as a necessary, albeit an insufficient building block of our economy, that develops support structures for individuals and populations to take accountability for their healthcare choices and the consequences of those choices and one that is sustainable for future generations.
This vision is what has brought me to primary preventive care as a leader passionate to do the right interventions, for the right people, at the right time, at the right price; increasing access and decreasing disparities. This is the nexus for investing in healthcare. As the history of the Polio Vaccine has demonstrated, an investment in early prevention is not only cost effective; it dramatically improves the health and well being of the individual and henceforth the population. This is where my passion lies; in leading the way forward with those of like mind; focusing on primary preventive efforts some of which have yet to be thought.
As a leader, I have come to embrace my role as a curator. A curator of a corporate and clinical culture. A culture where language matters in framing the why, what, and how of a community health center. As such people do not work for me, rather with me and together we for the patient in the process of co-creating optimal individual health and community wellness across the continuum of care and the span of a well lived life experience.
Will Simerl is an Assistant Director on the Health Care team at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). He has led evaluations of federal agencies on a wide range of health care topics, including efforts to address drug misuse, health care quality measurement, mental health and substance use treatment, electronic health care records, patient safety, prescription drugs, and health care research. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee.
John M. Ventura DC Spine Care Partners, LLC Clinical Instructor, Family Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine
John Ventura is a 1983 summa cum laude graduate of National College of Chiropractic and practiced full time in Rochester NY for 30 years. He has served as clinical instructor in the department of family medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine from 1998 to present.
Currently he co-owns Spine Care Partners, a consulting/training company that works with insurance companies, physician groups and hospitals to implement a spine continuum of care pathway and Primary Spine Provider Network, an online community of practitioners interested in the primary spine model of care.
He sits on the board of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative, the primary care and chronic illness committee of National Quality Forum and a technical expert panel for Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services.