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2017 REHP Course Materials

Day 1: Monday, October 16 – Overview of U.S. Healthcare and Health Policy

Time Topic Speaker Resources
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Course Overview Course Staff
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM A Short History of Healthcare in the U.S. Phil Madvig, MD Philip Madvig – A Short History of American Health Care
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM BREAK
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Review of Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S. Murray Ross, MD Murray Ross – Public and Private Health Coverage in the U.S.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM LUNCH
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM California Health Policy – Private Insurance/Health Insurance Exchanges Matthew Siegler
Kitty Guptill, ScD
Matthew Siegler – ACA Exchanges
3:45 PM – 5:30 PM Site Visit: Government Perspectives on Health, Local Health Department (Oakland-Alameda Public Health Department) Kimi Watkins-Tartt

Day 2: Tuesday, October 17 – Health Policy Analysis, Health Equity

Time Topic Speaker Resources
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM History of Health Policy in the U.S. – Introduction to Health Policy Analysis Fitzhugh Mullan, MD An Idea and a Movement
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Current State of Public Health Practice, Policy, and Research Mary Pittman, DrPH PHI: Current State of Public Health Practice, Policy, and Research
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM Introduction to Health Policy Analysis Guenevere Burke, MD, MBA Intro to Health Policy Analysis
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch Journal Club: Unnatural Causes Guenevere Burke, MD, MBA
Tessa Stecker, MD
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Public Health Challenges in California Winston Wong, MD Public Health Challenges & Opportunities in California
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM Health Disparities and Role of Foundations in Health Tony Iton, MD
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Travel to Site Visit
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Site Visit: California Healthcare Foundation Peter Currie, PhD Peter Currie – California Health Care Foundation

Day 3: Wednesday, October 18 - Health Economics, Health Systems Financing and Organization

Time Topic Speaker Resources
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Introduction to Health Economics Joe Houska, PhD Joe Houska – Health Economics Intro
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM BREAK
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Single Payer: Myths and Realities Phil Madvig, MD Single Payer Health Care
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Overtreatment Sameer Awsare, MD Evidence Based Care & Resource Stewardship
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Health Law and Regulation: Behind the Scenes of the PPACA Patricia Lynch, JD Government Relations
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Travel to Site Visit
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Site Visit: Health Equity/Policy Link Mary Lee, JD

Day 4: Thursday, October 19 - Quality, Safety Net and Public Health

Time Topic Speaker Resources
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Frequent ED Users: Separating Fact From Fiction Maria Raven, MD, MPH, MSc
Hemal Kanzaria, MD, MSc
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Case Studies: What Can Your Public Health Department Provide? Guenevere Burke, MD, MBA
Tessa Stecker, MD
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM BREAK
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Quality and Value-Based Care  Irene Chen, MD
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM LUNCH
12:45 PM – 1:30 PM Travel to Site Visit
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Site Visit: FQHC – Lifelong  Eric Henley, MD Eric Henley, MD 10.19.2017 – A Stir of Hope on Mound Bayou – Life 1969

Eric Henley, MD 10.19.2017 – John Hatch on Community Organizing in the Mississippi Delta, 1965

Eric Henley, MD 10.19.2017 – The Community Part in Health Center Program, Pearl B. Johnson

Day 5: Friday, October 20 - Health Workforce

Time Topic Speaker Resources
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Week in Review
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Medical Education: UME and the Workforce Beth Roemer, MPH
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM BREAK
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Allied Health Professionals – Scope of Practice Mary Jo Williams, MBA Scope of Practice
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH/Project Prep
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Interprofessional Education and Practice: Strategic Approaches to Care Delivery James Chang, MD Strategic Integration of Non-MD Providers in a Healthcare Delivery System
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Travel to Site Visit
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Site Visit: Promotores Maria Lemus
A Model for Building Healthy Communities

Key Workforce Priorities for the Community Transformation Model

Key Workforce Priorities for the Community Transformation Model – Executive Summary

Day 6: Monday, October 23 - Conflicts, Corrections and Mental Health

Time Topic Speaker Resources
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Introduction to Week #2
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Mental Health Policy Overview Stuart Buttlaire, PhD
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Adverse Childhood Experiences Anne Menahemy, MD

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Anne Menahemy, MD – Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, and the Childhood Roots of Health Disparities

Finding Your ACE Score

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM BREAK
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pipeline/Youth Development Network – Napa Valley College Ruben Gonzalez, MD
Juan Guerra, MD
Youth Development Programs: A Community College Based Approach
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM LUNCH
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM Trauma – Informed Care/School-Based Health Alana Shackelford, EdD Trauma Informed Care/School Based Health
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Travel to Site Visit
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Site Visit: Youth Uprising – VIP Sharon Brown

Day 7: Tuesday, October 24 - Social Determinants of Health

Time Topic Speaker Resources
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Measuring Social Determinants of Health Laura Gottlieb Social Determinants of Health
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM BREAK
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Health Information Technology Patricia Conolly. MD
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Substandard Housing Impact on Healthcare Arnold Perkins, MD Roots of Unhealthy Housing
12:45 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCH/Project Prep
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM LGBT Health Erica Metz, MD Transgender Health Care and Policy
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Travel to Site Visit
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Site Visit: Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency Aubrey Pierre-Keys, PsyD, LMFT

Day 8: Wednesday, October 25 - Policy in Action: Sacramento

Time Topic Speaker Resources
7:15 AM – 8:45 AM Travel to Site Visit: Advocacy Through Story Telling Guenevere Burke, MD, MBA
Tessa Stecker, MD
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Tour of State Capital
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Break/Walk Across the Street
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Introduction to the Legislative Process & Budget Teresa Stark, MBA
Director, State Government Relations at Kaiser Permanente
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Senator Richard Pan Richard Pan, MD
State Senator
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM BREAK
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Policy and Fiscal Committee Consultant Panel Scott Ogus, Principal Consultant, Senate Budget Committee
LeOndra Clark, Chief Consultant, Assembly Business and Professions Committee
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM LUNCH/Discussion Diana Dooley, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM BREAK
2:15P M – 3:15 PM Safety Net Providers and the ACA California Primary Care Association: Mike Witte, Vice President and CMO
California Medical Association: Zoey Gore, M.D, MPH
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM Political Communications/Digital Advocacy Panel Amy Thoma-Tan, Director Public Advocacy & Public Affairs
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM Wrap-Up
4:45 PM – 6:00 PM DINNER
6:00 PM Travel to Berkeley: Debrief/Reflections All Faculty

Day 9: Thursday, October 26 - Global Health

Time Topic Speaker Resources
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Global Comparative Health Systems Vivian Tan, MBA
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Global Health Policy: Introduction to Global Burden of Disease, SDGs and Disaster Response Hernando Garzon, MD, FACEP
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM BREAK
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Career Panel Panelists
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Travel to Site Visit
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Site Visit: Vallejo People’s Garden Vilma Aquino
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Travel to 2nd Site Visit
4:30 PM – 5:45 PM Site Visit: Migrant Farmworker Housing Center Patrisia Contreras-Vigil

Day 10: Friday, October 26 - Final Presentations

Time Topic Speaker Resources
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Health Law
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Presentation Preparation
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Final Evaluation Session
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch: Keynote Speaker Doniece Sandoval
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Health Policy Presentations
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Certificate Distribution
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM End of Elective Celebration
Vilma Aquino
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Sameer Awsare, MD, FACP
Associate Executive Director, Pharmacy, Adult & Family Medicine, Risk Adjusted Coding, Revenue Cycle, Outside Medical Services, Opioid Initiative, The Permanente Medical Group

Dr. Sameer Awsare an Associate Executive Director for The Permanente Medical Group in charge of Pharmacy, Adult and Family Medicine, Risk Adjusted Coding, Revenue Cycle, Outside Medical Services and the Opioid Initiative. Dr. Awsare joined the Permanente Medical Group in 1993. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he has served in a number of other roles. He is involved in resident teaching and was the Chair of the Hospital Ethics Committee. He has also been involved in Medicare coding and compliance at the medical center level. He was the Chief of medicine at our Campbell facility. He had been a member of TPMG Board of Directors from 1997-2014, and served as its secretary from 2000 to 2006.  He also served as Chair of the board’s Governance Committee and the Vice Chair of the board from 2006 – 2014. He is currently the Secretary of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group Board. Dr. Awsare is board certified in Internal Medicine. He received his BS in Biology, and his MD from the University of California, Irvine. He has served on the voluntary clinical faculty at the Stanford University of School of Medicine.  Dr. Awsare is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Sharon Brown
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GBurke Guenevere Burke, MD, MBA
Co-Director, Health Policy & Social Mission Collaboration
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
George Washington University

Dr. Guenevere Burke is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the George Washington University (GWU). In this role, she serves as a member of the health policy and innovative practice groups and as co-director of the Health Policy & Social Mission Collaboration between GWU and Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Burke completed fellowship training in health policy at GWU, working as a fellow with the Kaiser Family Foundation and serving as a health policy advisor to Senator Grassley, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. She completed her medical education at UCLA and residency training at the University of Southern California, where she served as chief resident. She holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and previously worked in healthcare consulting and finance. She is actively involved in medical education and interdisciplinary graduate programs in social mission and

Stuart Buttlaire, PhD, MBA
Regional Director, In-Patient Psychiatry and Continuing Care
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Stuart Buttlaire, PhD, MBA, is regional director of inpatient psychiatry and continuing care for Northern California Kaiser Permanente.  He is the lead mental health representative within Kaiser’s State Program Initiatives and the designated resource management director for behavioral health.  He is also the Permanente Medical Group lead in the design and development for the new inpatient psychiatric hospital in Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center, which opened in 2010. Prior to coming to Kaiser in 1987, Dr. Buttlaire was chief of acute and subacute services for Marin County Mental Health. He has more than 30 years of clinical and management experience, providing leadership and direction in health care delivery in both the public and private sectors.

Dr. Buttlaire was elected to the California Hospital Association Behavioral Health Board in 2008, and served as co-chair of the IBHI Collaborative on Emergency Department and Behavioral Health in 2007-2008. He has been on numerous national quality panels, most recently involving involuntary seclusion procedures, and is a President of the Board of IBHI and served as Chair of AHA’s Governing Council for Psychiatry and Chemical Dependency. In both 1997 and 2002, Dr. Buttlaire was awarded “Most Valuable Psychologist in Northern California” by the Kaiser Permanente Regional Psychological Society, and he received the 2005 Chair of the Chiefs of Psychiatry Award. Dr. Buttlaire also served as behavioral health representative on the State Programs Policy Implementation Group.

A graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder, Dr. Buttlaire has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado’s Institute of Integral Studies and a master’s degree in business administration from with an emphasis on health care management, finance, and marketing.

James Chang, MD
Associate Executive Director
The Permanente Medical Group

James Chang, MD, is an Associate Executive Director of The Permanente Medical Group for the past fifteen years. He works with the Medical Centers throughout Northern California Kaiser to assure service and access to the Medical and Surgical Specialty Departments, the Operating Room, and Imaging Services. In addition, Dr. Chang directs the assessment and deployment of clinical technology equipment across Northern California. Currently, Dr. Chang is leading the effort in bringing innovative practices to specialty care through specialization and standardization of clinical practices. Dr. Chang is focused on using information and communication technologies to advance specialty practice and in the past led the deployment of an integrated electronic medical information system to Northern California Kaiser Permanente. For the past 30 years, Jim has held numerous roles in Kaiser Permanente, including the Chief of Anesthesia and Assistant Physician in Chief. Jim attended UCSF School of Medicine, trained at Stanford University Hospital, and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology.

Irene Chen, MD
Executive Director, Outpatient Quality, Population Care, External Reports
The Permanente Medical Group

Yi-Fen (Irene) CHEN was born and raised in Taiwan.  She spent her high school years in Costa Rica learning a different culture and language.  She then moved to the United States for her undergraduate education at MIT, where she received dual degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biology.  She went on to pursue her medical career in the Midwest, where her family was residing at the time, and attended medical school at Indiana University.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University.  When her family moved out to the west coast, she followed them to California and joined TPMG in 2001.

In addition to her clinical responsibilities of taking care of patients who speak Mandarin, Taiwanese, or Spanish, Dr. Chen had served a number of other roles at the Santa Clara Medical Center.  She was a module leader for several years, mentored several new physicians, was involved in resident teaching, helped the Santa Clara Medicine Department with Appointment and Advice Call Center Booking Guidelines, and served as Assistant Chief of Medicine Department. In recent years, she found her passion in helping physician colleagues with efficiency training.  She was one of the six regional physician faculty members for Pathway to KP HealthConnect Proficiency Program and joined regional KP HealthConnect Physician Core Team in 2010.  She became Chief of Information Technology at Santa Clara in 2011 and had oversight for Santa Clara’s Physicians Helping Physicians Program.

Since March 2015, Dr. Chen serves as the Associate Executive Director for TPMG with oversight for Outpatient Quality, Population Care, and External Reports.

Outside of work, Dr. Chen enjoys skiing, traveling, photography, foreign films, and spending time with her family.

Bechara Choucair, MD
Senior Vice President, Community Health & Benefit; Chief Community Health Officer
Kaiser Permanente

Bechara Choucair, is senior vice president, Community Health and Benefit, and chief community health officer for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals. Dr. Choucair oversees Kaiser Permanente’s national community health and benefit efforts and philanthropic giving activities aimed at improving the health of its 11.8 million members and the 65 million people within the communities it serves.

Dr.Choucair came to Kaiser Permanente from Trinity Health, where he served as senior vice president, Safety Net Transformation and Community Health. He worked directly with Trinity Health’s ministries to improve the health of populations and impact the community-based social determinants of health. He was responsible for the development of new care delivery models and new relationships with payers, public health agencies and community organizations. Dr. Choucair and his team led the organization’s community benefit portfolio of approximately $1 billion annually. He also launched Trinity Health’s Transforming Communities Initiative with an additional $80 million investment to transform the health and well-being of communities across the country.

For five years prior to joining Trinity Health, Dr. Choucair was the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. There, he and his team launched Healthy Chicago, the city’s first comprehensive public health agenda. Since its launch, CDPH has reported historic lows in childhood obesity rates and both teen and adult smoking rates, as well as significant increases in overall life expectancy. Under his leadership, CDPH became the first big city public health agency to be awarded national accreditation.

Prior to his appointment as CDPH commissioner, Dr. Choucair served as the executive director of Heartland Health Centers in Chicago and as the medical director of Crusader Community Health in Rockford, Illinois.

In addition to serving on numerous boards, he has earned a number of local and national awards, including being named one of Chicago’s “40 under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2012.

Dr. Choucair, a family physician by training, holds an MD from the American University of Beirut and a master’s degree in health care management from the University of Texas at Dallas.

LeOndra Clark Harvey, PhD
Chief Policy Consultant
California State Assembly Committee, Business and Professions

Dr. Clark Harvey is the Chief Policy Consultant to the California State Assembly Committee on Business and Professions. She and her staff analyze legislation that impacts hundreds of thousands of licensed professionals throughout California and makes policy recommendations to legislators. Prior to her promotion to Chief Consultant, she worked as a principal consultant to the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development and as a health policy consultant to the office of Senator Curren D. Price, Jr.

Prior to taking a position with the California Legislature, she completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She completed her pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles Mattel Children’s Hospital. She was also a social justice fellow at the Center for Policy Analysis in San Francisco.

Dr. Clark Harvey has maintained an impressive record of leadership including serving on national and local boards and committees of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Black Psychologists, Sacramento County Public Health Advisory Board, Sacramento County Children’s Coalition and the Los Angeles View Park Section of the National Council of Negro Women.

Dr. Clark Harvey was an APA Minority Fellow, an American Leadership Forum Fellow and has received numerous awards including: the APA’s Emerging Contributions to Service Award, Henry Tomes Award for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Psychology, the University of Wisconsin’s Outstanding Woman of Color Award, the 2014 Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award and the 2015 Diversity MBA’s Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leaders award.

Patricia Conolly, MD
Associate Executive Director, Technology Group
The Permanente Medical Group

Dr. Conolly is board certified in Internal Medicine and currently serves as an Associate Executive Director of The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG).  She joined TPMG in 1983 and has served as director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Director of Medical Education and Chief of Medicine at the Oakland Medical Center.  In 2000 she assumed leadership of the TPMG Regional Call Centers providing 24×7 telephone access to information, appointments and medical advice for over 3 million Northern California KP members.  In her current role, she leads TPMG’s Technology Group, which includes development, oversight and support of technology tools to assist members and clinicians in transforming and optimizing healthcare delivery in Northern California.  In addition, she assumed the role of Executive Vice President for IT in the Permanente Federation in 2015.

Dr. Conolly is a graduate of the University of San Francisco. She received her MD from the University of California, Los Angeles, and served on the clinical faculty at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.  Dr. Conolly is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and serves as Chair-Elect on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Patrisia Contreras-Vigil
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Peter Currie, MD
Senior Vice President, Program Strategy & Innovation
California Health Care Foundation

Dr. Peter Currie is senior vice president of program strategy and innovation at the California Health Care Foundation, where he leads programmatic and operational activities.

In this role, he develops strategies, provides overall guidance, and leads the program teams in the development, execution, and assessment of specific plans to achieve CHCF’s goals.

Peter, a licensed psychologist and behavioral health executive, has led the integration of behavioral health services within large medical delivery systems, an achievement possible only by building partnerships and engaging stakeholders to take on the important work of delivery system change.

Peter has extensive managed care experience, including developing networks to deliver behavioral health services to plan members. Prior to joining CHCF, he served as senior director of clinical transformation and integration for Inland Empire Health Plan, a public health plan serving more than 1.2 million Medi-Cal, Healthy Kids, and Medicare dual-eligible members in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. He served as clinical director of behavioral health at Inland Empire Health Plan from 2009 to 2015. Additionally, as a fellow in the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program, Peter worked to establish the Inland Empire Autism Spectrum Disorder Collaborative.

Previously, Peter developed a regional delivery system that served more than 500,000 capitated members, and created and implemented “Rapid Stabilization” programs for university medical centers and freestanding psychiatric hospitals, including the development of an electronic behavioral health record. He has also held executive positions with Loma Linda University Health Care and Psychological Health Resources, among other organizations.

Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Northridge, and master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles.

Diana Dooley
Secretary of Health & Human Services Agency; Chair, Covered California
State of California

Diana Dooley was appointed Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency in December 2010 by Governor Jerry Brown. She leads 13 state departments within the Agency, chairs Covered California (the Health Benefit Exchange) and serves as chair or member of numerous other boards and commissions. Previously, Dooley was President and CEO of the California Children’s Hospital Association. Dooley began her career as an analyst for the State and in 1975, she was appointed to the staff of Governor Jerry Brown for whom she served as Legislative Director and Special Assistant until the end of his term in 1983. Before becoming an attorney in 1995, she owned a public relations and advertising agency. Dooley moved into health care in 2000 when she left her private law practice to serve as General Counsel and Vice President at Valley Children’s Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fresno in 1972 and her law degree from San Joaquin College of Law in 1995. She is married to Dan Dooley and has two adult daughters.

Hernando Garzon, MD, FACEP
Director, Global Health Program
Kaiser Permanente

Hernando Garzon, MD, is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and has practiced with Kaiser Permanente since 1992.  His domestic and international disaster response experience includes deployments to the Oklahoma City bombing, the World Trade Center during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, the Southest Asia Tsunami, multiple earthquake responses, civil unrest situations in Africa, the famine in Somalia, the Ebola outbreak, and others. Dr  Garzon also serves as the Director for Kaiser Permanente’s Global Health Program, and in this role has helped develop capacity building and sustainable volunteer clinical programs in Kenya, Zambia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia and other countries for the clinical staff and residents of Kaiser Permanente.  As Director of Emergency Management for Kaiser Permanente’s 21 hospital system in northern California, Dr. Garzon is responsible for the emergency and disaster response capability of one of the largest health care providers in the U.S.

Ruben Gonzalez, MD
Chief, Health Education & Diversity
Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Medical Center
Assistant Medical Director, School of Allied Health

Dr. Ruben Gonzalez is the Chief of Health Education & Diversity for Kaiser Permanente Vallejo and Napa facilities, and the Assistant Medical Director of the School of Allied Health, overseeing the Medical Assistant training program. As Chief of Health Education & Diversity, he leads several initiatives to improve access and reduce barriers of care to Spanish speaking patients. His work has received recognition from the Kaiser Permanente Latino Association, who awarded him with the “Visión con Pasión“ award in 2015. Dr. Gonzalez received a degree in Neuroscience and Physiology, and a degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego; and his Medical Degree from the University of Washington, Seattle.  Following medical school, he completed his residency training at Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program in Martinez. Dr. Gonzalez is currently a core faculty member at Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Family Medicine Program and is involved in teaching medical students from Touro, UCSF, UC Davis and other affiliated schools. In his role as faculty, he has developed a multitude of partnerships with the local community including the development of a well-received community based Latino Health Sub I rotation. Dr. Gonzalez’s dedication to teaching and serving the underserved is evident in his focus on decreasing health disparities by increasing the number of underserved minority physicians. Through his work with local high schools and community colleges, he is laying the foundation for the creation of biomedical pipeline programs which will increase the numbers of minority students into medical careers. These interventions can improve these students’ academic opportunities, while allowing them to take leadership positions in their communities.

Zoey Gore, MD, MPH
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Laura Gottlieb, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine; Director, Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network
University of California, San Francisco
Associate Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action National Program Office

Laura Gottlieb, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network (SIREN) at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also Associate Director of the RWJF Evidence for Action National Program Office. Dr. Gottlieb’s current research focuses on the evaluation of programs designed to improve the integration of medical and social care delivery. This work includes examining the health and health care cost/utilization impacts of interventions that aim to identify and address patients’ social and economic needs in health care contexts. Dr. Gottlieb was also a co-founder of HealthBegins, a non-profit organization providing education, consulting, networking, and technology services to health care providers interested in joining the effort to move medicine upstream. She also founded the Bay Area Help Desk Consortium, a collaboration between multiple hospitals, legal aid, and university groups investing in volunteer Help Desks in Bay Area health systems. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Gottlieb was a Cohort 7 Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at UCSF/UCB from 2009-2011. She completed her MD at Harvard Medical School, and both her MPH and residency training at the University of Washington. Dr. Gottlieb is affiliated with the UCSF Center for Health and Community.

Juan Guerra, MD
Program Director, Introduction to Integrated  Health Care Program (IIHC)
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Dr. Guerra joined The Permanente Medical Group in 2001 after four years of private practice in Corpus Christi, Texas.

He was born in El Salvador and moved to Los Angeles at the age of four.  He earned a B.A. in Economics from Pomona College and graduated from the University of Illinois School of Medicine. He completed residency training at the KP Oakland Medical Center in 1997.

He co-founded the Kaiser Permanente Salud en Espanol Module in Oakland, where all patients are welcome, but where KP patients prefering their care in Spanish may thrive! As a Volunteer Clinical Faculty member with the UCSF School of Medicine, and by working with the Kaiser Oakland Ob/Gyn residents, he values every opportunity to teach and empower Kaiser members, medical students, and residents alike.

In 2013, Dr. Guerra founded the Kaiser Permanente Introduction to Integrated Health Care Program (IIHC) designed to introduce rising second year medical students to the KP integrated health care system.

Kitty Guptill, ScD
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Eric Henley, MD
Chief Medical Officer
LifeLong Medical

Dr. Henley is a family and public health physician.  He worked for 2 ½ years as a rural locums physician, 9 years as a commissioned officer in the Indian Health Service on the Hopi and Navajo Reservations and in Albuquerque, and 12+ years as an academic physician and department chair at the University of Illinois Rockford campus where he taught medical students, residents and public health graduate students and initiated a number of community health programs.  Subsequently he changed career paths and became CMO of North Country HealthCare, a large rural network FQHC with sites across northern Arizona.  In 2014, he moved to the East Bay area to become CMO of LifeLong Medical, a large urban FQHC.  He is the Past President of the Western Clinicians Network and the CMO lead for the CA Primary Care Assn’s work on the State’s alternative payment methodology demonstration program which may or may not ever happen.

Joe Houska
Lecturer, Strategic Management and the Health Sector
University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health

Joseph Houska is a Lecturer in the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.  His current assignments include teaching Strategic Management and the Health Sector for Master’s degree students and assisting in the development of a certificate program in Healthcare Management and Leadership for Mexican hospital and medical center managers.  Dr. Houska retired in 2015 from his position as Vice President for Strategic Projects and Consulting with The Permanente Medical Group. In that role, he oversaw the medical group’s internal consulting capabilities for performance improvement and internal consulting and was responsible for the support of TPMG’s Board of Directors. He also provided leadership for selected strategic initiatives in Information Technology, Privacy and Security, and Competitive Analysis.  In earlier roles with TPMG, Joe worked on the Development of The Permanente Federation and the National Partnership Agreement for Kaiser Permanente. Joe was a frequent speaker to physician audiences on KP’s market challenges and its competitors.

Prior to joining TPMG, Dr. Houska worked with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals in the Program Office with responsibilities for supporting national strategic planning and competitive assessment. From 1987 to 1995, he served in a number of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan positions in the Northern California Region with responsibility for management consulting, strategic and business planning, organizational design, decision support, and market research.

Before he came to Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Houska worked at Blue Cross of California as Manager of Corporate Research. Other positions he held in his early career were: Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Chad; Elementary School Teacher at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary School, Syracuse, N.Y.; and faculty positions in Political Science at Boston University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Houska obtained his BA in Political Science at the University of Santa Clara in 1968, his MA in International Relations at Yale University in 1973, and his Ph.D. in Political Science at Yale University in 1979. His academic work focused on political parties and elections in Western Europe and the application of quantitative research methods to political data. In 1985, the Institute of International Studies of the University of California, Berkeley, published his book Influencing Mass Political Behavior: Elites and Political Subcultures in the Netherlands and Austria.

Anthony Iton, MD
Senior Vice President, Healthy Communities
The California Endowment

Anthony B. Iton is Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, the state’s largest, private health foundation.  His primary focus is on the foundation’s 10-year Building Healthy Communities: California Living 2.0 initiative; the goal of which is to create communities where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn.

Prior to his appointment at The Endowment, Iton served as both the director and County Health Officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department.  In that role, he oversaw the creation of an innovative public health practice designed to eliminate health disparities by tackling the root causes of poor health that limit quality of life and lifespan in many of California’s low-income communities.

For three years, Iton also served as director of Health and Human Services and School Medical Advisor for the City of Stamford, Connecticut.  Concurrent to that, he also served as a physician in internal medicine for Stamford Hospital’s HIV Clinic.  In addition, Iton served for five years as a primary care physician for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Iton’s varied career also includes past service as a staff attorney and Health Policy analyst for the West Coast regional office of Consumer’s Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine.

Published in numerous public health and medical publications, Iton is a regular public health lecturer and keynote speaker at conferences across the nation. He earned his B.S. in Neurophysiology, with honors, from McGill University, his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Hemal Kanzaria
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Hemal Kanzaria, MD, MSc, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Kanzaria practices clinically at Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG), where he is co-directs emergency department (ED) lean improvement efforts. He is also the Director of Complex Care Analytics for the San Francisco Health Network (SFHN), the public health delivery system in San Francisco County. He championed the successful implementation of ED Information Exchange across SFHN, and leads a multidisciplinary team to improve whole-person care for frequent users of emergent/urgent medical, behavioral, and social services. He oversees both the data infrastructure and health system improvements focused on addressing the social and medical needs of vulnerable patients that frequently use acute care services in San Francisco County. Dr. Kanzaria is also an Adjunct scientist at RAND Health and affiliated with the Center for Innovation in Access and Quality at ZSFG, where his research and policy work focuses the delivery of high-value health care. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Kanzaria was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCLA. He completed his medical degree and residency at UCSF-SFGH, during which time he founded Remedy at UCSF to recover unused medical supplies for socially responsible redistribution. The organization has provided medical equipment to underserved communities both locally and globally, and has been instrumental in several disaster relief efforts

Mary Lee, JD
Deputy Director

Mary M. Lee is a Deputy Director at PolicyLink, a national advocacy organization working to advance racial equity and social justice. Mary helps guide PolicyLink efforts related to health and community development, providing research, strategic planning, technical assistance and training to public and private agencies collaborating to build healthy communities. She has co-authored reports and journal articles on health equity, access to healthy food, the built environment, and the impact of place and race on health. A practicing attorney for over 25 years, Mary has experience using civil rights, land use and economic development strategies to revitalize neighborhoods and enhance public participation in the policy arena. She has focused on the legal rights of low-income people, utilizing her expertise in affordable housing, job creation and redevelopment law. Further, she has been an adjunct professor of law and has developed and taught courses at the undergraduate and community college level on community development and civil rights.

Mary has served as a Transportation Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles and is currently a member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, and a board member of the Community Coalition. She was recently appointed to the Los Angeles County Community Prevention and Population Health Task Force, and was also named by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Commission for Women as one of the “Women of the Year” for 2016.

She is a native of Los Angeles, and holds a BA in Political Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, California and a JD from Boalt Hall School of Law, U. C. Berkeley.

Maria Lemus
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Patricia Lynch, JD
Vice President, Government Relations, Program Offices
Kaiser Permanente

Patricia M. Lynch is Vice President of Government Relations in the Program Offices Government Relations Department of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program.  Patricia represents Kaiser Permanente at the National Governors’ Association, AHIP, the Partnership for Quality Care, and other strategic coalitions and organizations.  A graduate of Barnard College and Fordham Law School, Patricia practiced as a public finance attorney for over seven years at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco and at Hawkins, Delafield & Wood in New York City.  Patricia also served as the Executive Director of the standing Committee on Child Care of the New York State Assembly, the Legislative Director of the New York State Division for Youth, and Legislative Assistant  to the New York State Council on Children and Families.  Patricia serves on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Northern California.

Phil Madvig, MD
Associate Executive Director
The Permanente Medical Group

Phil Madvig joined The Permanente Medical Group in 1983 as an internist at the San Francisco Medical Center.  He was appointed Physician-in-Chief at the Medical Center in 1988.  In 1997, he became an Associate Executive Director for The Permanente Medical Group.  In this role, he is accountable for quality improvement, disease and population management, accreditation, and research.  In addition, Dr. Madvig partners with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan/Hospital senior leadership to oversee hospital operations.

Dr. Madvig obtained his AB in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his MS in Nutritional Sciences from University of California, Berkeley.  He attended medical school at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the University of California, Los Angeles.  He completed his internship and residency at the Kaiser Medical Center in San Francisco, followed by fellowships in endocrinology and geriatrics at Stanford University Medical Center.

Anne Menahemy, MD
Adult Psychiatry
Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center

Dr. Anne Menahemy is a general adult psychiatrist at Kaiser Medical Center in Richmond, California with longstanding interest and expertise in the clinical care of patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociative Disorders.  Throughout her tenure at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Menahemy has advocated for greater recognition of the needs of trauma survivors in medical and psychiatric settings.  She has played a key role in increasing trauma awareness and access to evidence based PTSD treatments within Kaiser Richmond.  She has conducted numerous well-received trainings on trauma related topics, including Trauma Assessment, Psychopharmacology of PTSD, and Understanding Dissociative Disorders.

Dr. Menahemy completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, her Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical education at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and her MD at Harvard Medical School.   She completed her residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, including a senior resident year training with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk in the MGH Trauma Clinic.  She is board certified in Psychiatry.

Erica Metz, MD
Regional Medical Director, Transgender Health
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center

After growing up in the mountains of Colorado, Erica attended Carleton College in Minnesota, receiving a BA in Studio Art. During college she developed an interest in health education, which she fostered for three years in New York City through involvement with the AIDS Theatre Project, a non-profit organization that performed plays in local high schools about the experiences of people living with HIV. After choosing medicine as a career, she moved to the Bay Area for medical school at Stanford, and subsequently completed an Internal Medicine-Primary Care residency at UCSF before joining Kaiser Permanente in 2006. Erica was drawn to Kaiser Permanente by the team-based approach to primary care and the quality of the health care delivery system. Her primary care practice provides an opportunity for her to learn constantly, through active exchange with her patients and colleagues. The most fulfilling part of this work is the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships with patients and empower them to take an active role in their health care. She has a particular interest in providing care for the LGBTQ community, with a focus on transgender and gender non-conforming adults. In 2013, she co-founded Gender Pathways, an interdisciplinary clinic at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco that provides gender-affirming mental health, medical, gynecologic and surgical care. As the regional Medical Director for Transgender Health, she has lead a committed team that is working to expand gender-affirming health care services, enhance clinical care experiences, and improve health outcomes for transgender and gender non-conforming patients across Northern California.

FMullan Fitzhugh Mullan, MD
Co-Director, Health Policy & Social Mission Colaboration
Murdock Head Professor, Medicine and Health Policy
George Washington University

Dr. Mullan is the Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at the George Washington University. His research and policy work focus on US and international health workforce issues including the Beyond Flexner Study, the Medical Education Futures Study, and the Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Medical School and is board certified in pediatrics. He served 23 years in the United States Public Health Service, starting as a physician in the National Health Service Corps and later as director of the program. He subsequently directed the Bureau of Health Professions, and attained the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. He has written widely for professional and general audiences. His books include White Coat, Clenched Fist: The Political Education of an American Physician and Big Doctoring: Profiles in Primary Care. He is an appointed commissioner of the National Health Care Workforce Commission, the Founding Board Chair of Seed Global Health, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Scott Ogus
Principal Consultant, Senate Budget Committee

Mr. Ogus is a Principal Consultant to the California State Senate’s Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, with primary responsibility over the state’s health programs including Medi-Cal, the Department of Public Health, Covered California, the Department of Managed Health Care, and community mental health.  Prior to working for the Committee, Mr. Ogus worked for the state’s Department of Finance, developing and defending the Governor’s Budget for Medi-Cal, specifically in the areas of managed care, provider reimbursement rates, pharmacy benefits, and coordinated care for individuals dually eligible for Medi-Cal and Medicare.  Mr. Ogus joined the Department of Finance after earning a Masters in Public Policy from Berkeley in 2012.  Prior to graduate school, Mr. Ogus worked four years as legislative staff for Assembly Member (now Los Angeles City Attorney) Mike Feuer and spent seven years as a molecular biologist at UC San Francisco and in the biotechnology industry studying and developing treatments for obesity, diabetes, cancer, and inflammation.

Richard Pan, MD
State of California

Dr. Richard Pan is a pediatrician, former UC Davis educator, and State Senator proudly representing Sacramento, West Sacramento, Elk Grove and unincorporated areas of Sacramento County.  He chairs the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, the Committee on Public Employment and Retirement and the Senate Select Committees on Children with Special Needs and on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs. He also serves on the Senate Committees on Agriculture; Business, Professions, and Economic Development; and Education.  Dr. Pan continues to practice pediatrics at WellSpace Health in Oak Park.

First elected to the State Assembly in 2010, Dr. Pan strives to keep our communities safe and healthy.  When local governments planned to close fire stations during the recession, Dr. Pan authored legislation to bring over $100 million in federal funds for fire departments including $6 million for the Sacramento region.  He partnered with law enforcement and local businesses to establish a statewide database to catch thieves attempting to sell stolen property to pawnshops, and he authored legislation to allow campus police to use body cameras.

TIME magazine called Dr. Pan a “hero” when he authored landmark legislation to abolish non-medical exemptions to legally required vaccines for school students, thereby restoring community immunity from preventable contagions.  Dr. Pan also authored one of the most expansive state laws regulating health plans eliminating denials for pre-existing conditions and prohibited discrimination by health status and medical history. He demands transparency and accountability in state health programs; holding hearings on reducing fraud, investigating poor access to dental care, and ensuring children with cancer and other serious conditions have access to pediatric specialty care. Dr. Pan provided leadership in enrolling families for health coverage, resulting in halving the number of uninsured in California, and he sponsored numerous health fairs providing resources including free glasses, dental screenings, and vaccines.

Dr. Pan has devoted his career to solving problems and helping everyone in the community.  Prior to serving in the legislature, Dr. Pan was a UC Davis faculty member and Director of the Pediatric Residency Program where he created a nationally recognized service learning curriculum, Communities and Health Professionals Together to build partnerships between health professions students and neighborhoods to build healthier communities.

Dr. Pan co-founded and served as chair of Healthy Kids Healthy Future, where he helped secure health, dental and vision coverage for over 65,000 children in the Sacramento area. He helped create the Sacramento Health Improvement Project, bringing together doctors, hospitals, clinics and community leaders to ensure that all Sacramento County residents have access to primary health care. Dr. Pan also serves on the United Way California Capitol Region Board and served on the BloodSource board and the Sacramento First Five Commission. For his leadership in education and community development, Dr. Pan has been recognized with the Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning and the Physician Humanitarian Award from the Medical Board of California.

Arnold Perkins

Arnold Perkins was the director of the Alameda County Public Health Department from 1994 through 2006, where he led the department through an organizational shift to reflect a community development orientation. He is currently a consultant and speaker in a number of areas, including youth development, intergenerational work in African American communities, HIV and AIDS, organizational change and community engagement. He works with foundations, government agencies, community groups, law enforcement, hospitals, school districts and others.

Perkins has served in several diverse positions throughout his career, including as director of the Alameda County Alcohol and Drug Prevention Program; program officer at The San Francisco Foundation; coordinator of the Alameda County Homeless Program; co-executive director of Youth Advocates; faculty member for California State University, Hayward, and for Antioch University West; and high school teacher and principal with Berkeley Unified School District.

As a respected and knowledgeable community leader, he is valued as a member of several boards, including Youth Radio and Triple Step Toward the Cure, and as board secretary for Urban Habitat. Perkins is also chair of the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Delinquency Commission, the University of California at San Francisco’s Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center advisory board and The Mentoring Center board.
Perkins has received numerous awards and recognitions from organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, the United Way of the Bay Area and the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2014, The California Endowment awarded Perkins with the Health Equity Founders Award and created the Arnold X. Perkins Award for Outstanding Health Equity Practices in his honor. In 2007, Perkins also received The San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Award.

He received his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University; completed master’s coursework at California State University, Hayward; and received his teaching credential from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds an honorary doctorate from The Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento.

Aubrey Pierre-Keys, PsyD, LMFT
Couple and Family Therapist

Aubrey Pierre-Keys is a Couple & Family Therapist. His experience working with Families dealing with divorce and remarriage; and with step-parenting and co-parenting in separate households spans over a decade. His work with families and individuals with substance abuse struggles. He works with diverse school aged adolescents that have emotional difficulties. And, he works with families from diverse faith experiences and individuals of the LGBT communities.

He follows a systems-approach to therapy, which means focus on the entire family dynamics. His focus is a bio-psycho-social context of individuals and families. He may use several techniques based on client and therapeutic relationships. The needs of the client are foremost important to the therapy process.

He has worked in governmental and non-profit environments, focusing on social justice and mental health concerns. He has worked to build capacity of a non-profit community health organization as CEO.

Mary Pittman, DrPH
President and Chief Executive Officer
Public Health Institute

Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, is president and chief executive officer of the Public Health Institute (PHI). A nationally recognized leader in improving community health, addressing health inequities among vulnerable people and promoting quality of care, Pittman assumed the reins at PHI in 2008, becoming the organization’s second president and CEO since its founding in 1964. Her primary focus has been guiding the development of a strategic plan that builds on existing PHI program strengths to achieve greater impact on public policy and practice in public health. “In a changing environment, strategic planning is an ongoing process, not an end product,” she said.

Pittman’s overarching goal is for PHI to become known for leadership in creating healthier communities. To this end, PHI continues to work closely with the state on many programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. What’s more, she advocates that all PHI projects take the social determinants of health into account to better address health disparities and inequities.

Under Pittman’s leadership, PHI has emphasized support for the Affordable Care Act and the Prevention and Public Health Fund, the integration of new technologies and the expansion of global health programming. Other top priorities are: increasing advocacy for public policy and health reform, and addressing health workforce shortages and the impacts of climate change on public health. Under Pittman, PHI has created, the online platform for conferencing and social networking, and has been recognized as a preferred place to work. She strives for PHI’s independent investigators to work together to achieve a synergy in which the sum of their contributions is greater than the whole.

Pittman has deep, varied and multi-sectoral experience in local public health, research, education and hospitals. Before joining PHI, Pittman headed the Health Research and Educational Trust, a Chicago-based affiliate of the American Hospital Association, from 1993 to 2007. Previously, she was president and CEO of the California Association of Public Hospitals and a director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Pittman has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and two books.

She has served on the PHI board of directors since 1996. Pittman also serves on numerous boards and committees, including the World Health Organization’s Health Worker Migration Global Policy Advisory Council and the National Patient Safety Foundation’s board of governors.

Maria Raven, MD, MPH, MSc
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Maria Raven, MD, MPH, MSc, a practicing emergency medicine physician and health services researcher, is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCSF.  Prior to joining the UCSF faculty in 2011, Dr. Raven completed her residency and a research fellowship at NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center, and oversaw one of six New York State Department of Health-funded Chronic Illness Demonstration Projects for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and New York State Medicaid.  She consults with the San Francisco Health Plan (SFHP) on program implementation and evaluation related to their highest cost health plan members and the Health Homes Program.  She is also the evaluator for a Santa Clara County Pay For Success program providing permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless frequents users of the County health system and jail. Dr. Raven works clinically in the Emergency Department at Moffitt-Long, and conducts research related to emergency medicine payment policy and frequent users of the health and social care system. She is a course director for Program Evaluation in the UCSF Institute for Health Policy and Hastings Law School Health Policy and Law online masters degree course.

Beth Roemer, MPH
Assistant Dean, Admissions, Outreach, Diversity & Inclusion
Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine

Ms. Roemer joined the KP School of Medicine core leadership team fulltime in 2015 and brings the deep experience of a 35-year career with Kaiser Permanente, where she served as senior director for the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy, with a focus on medical education innovation and the future healthcare workforce. Other leadership roles included medical center administration, national executive consulting, accreditation and regulatory compliance, quality of care improvement, new insurance products, and helping to build the first national bargaining agreement with more than thirty unions in the Labor Management Partnership.

Ms. Roemer is a member of the Council on Graduate Medical Education that makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is a founding member of the board of the Beyond Flexner Alliance that focuses on training health professionals as agents of a more equitable health care system. She has co-authored two articles on graduate medical education and manages community benefit grants for medical education transformation and health professions workforce improvement. Ms. Roemer received her undergraduate degree in economics and psychology and Master of Public Health in health services management from the University of California, Berkeley. She has completed the Kaiser Permanente Advanced Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina

Murray Ross
Vice President
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

Murray Ross is Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., and leads the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy in Oakland, California. An economist by training, Dr. Ross speaks frequently to domestic and international audiences on a wide range of health care and policy topics.  He serves on a number of academic and non-profit boards. Before joining Kaiser Permanente in 2002, he was an advisor to the U.S. Congress, first at the Congressional Budget Office and later as executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. He enjoys distance running, writing, photography, and traveling (often together).

Alana Shackelford, EdD
Chief Partnerships & Community Engagement Officer
Vallejo City Unified School District

Alana J. Shackelford is an educational leader. Professionally, she has worked in the field of education since 1997. She has 12 years of specialized experience and expertise in teaching and school-site administration in the Vallejo City Unified School District. April of 2011, Dr. Shackelford was promoted to the position of Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement. As a director, she was responsible for the district-wide implementation of Full Service Community Schools (FSCS), in addition to overseeing the structure and development of the Wall-to-Wall Academies (W2W) at each of the comprehensive high schools. After serving four years as a director, July of 2015, Dr. Shackelford was elevated to the position Chief Partnerships & Community Engagement Officer. Her duties as a chief include developing partnerships with parents, the business community, and relevant government agencies in order to provide school sites with the support they need. Dr. Shackelford is also responsible for supporting school sites in building positive school cultures. She leads the school district in implementing their Integrated Intervention System-which includes Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), Restorative Justice (RJ) and Trauma Informed Care (TIC). Dr. Shackelford is a 1993 graduate of St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School. After high school she attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Pre-Med in 1997. She continued her education receiving a Master’s Degree in Education & Administration and Policy Studies from California State University, Sacramento May of 2000. Dr. Shackelford graduated from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D) May of 2008.

Matthew Siegler
Senior Consultant, Health Insurance Exchanges Strategy and Operations
Kaiser Permanente

Matt Siegler is a Senior Consultant responsible for Kaiser Permanente’s strategy and operations in the public health insurance exchanges as well as strategic projects across Kaiser Permanente’s government and commercial lines of business. Prior to joining KP, he served as a Senior Policy Analyst with the White House Domestic Policy Council in the Obama Administration. His portfolio included implementation of the Affordable Care Act and particularly the regulation and operations of the Health Insurance Exchanges. He previously served as a Counsel to Ranking Member Henry Waxman on the Energy and Commerce Committee in the US House of Representatives where he was responsible for policy related to private health insurance and health information technology. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard College.

Teresa Stark, MBA
Director, State Government Relations
Kaiser Permanente

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Tesser Stecker headshot Tessa Stecker, MD
Regional Director, Community Medicine Fellowships
Regional Director, Residency Elective in Health Policy
Faculty, Napa-Solano Family Medicine Residency Program
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Tessa Stecker, MD, is the Program Director for the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Medicine Fellowships and Program Director for the KP Northern California Resident Health Policy Elective. In addition to overseeing the community medicine fellows, she works closely with medical students and residents completing their community medicine and global health rotations and projects at the KP Napa-Solano Family Medicine Residency Program (KPNSFMRP). Her areas of interest include community medicine, global health, medical education, adverse childhood events, and homeless medicine.

Dr. Stecker attended the University of Southern California for her undergraduate and medical education where she developed a passion for health education, serving underserved populations and working with students as a mentor and teacher. She completed her residency at the Kaiser Woodland Hills (KWH) Family Medicine Program where she served as a chief resident in her last year. Following residency, she split her time between working at the Downtown Women’s Center and the Center for Community Health on Skid Row, teaching Introduction to Clinical Medicine at USC, and working at various local community clinics and urgent care centers. In 2014 she completed a fellowship in Community Medicine at KWH where she worked with medical students and residents in various community clinics and supervised specialty clinics in dermatology and procedures at Kaiser Woodland Hills. In August 2015, Dr. Stecker relocated to Northern California to complete the UCSF Faculty Development Fellowship and develop the community medicine and global health fellowship at the KPNSFMRP. She has since assumed the roles of program director for the regional community medicine fellowships and program director for the resident health policy elective.

Vivian Tan, MBA
Vice President, Strategic Information Management & Global Relationships
Kaiser Permanente

Vivian Tan is the Vice President, Strategic Information Management and Global Relationships working closely with the Chief Financial Officer and the Chairman and CEO. In this role, Vivian provides the strategic leadership for the decision support function and team providing the needed analytics and insights to make the best decisions. Additionally, she manages the partnership with the World Economic Forum.

Most recently, she served as the Vice President, Strategy & Transformation where she led the efforts for Kaiser Permanente including Vision 2025, creating alignment around a future vision that will define Kaiser Permanente’s leadership of health care and coverage into the future.

Vivian has served in several leadership roles since joining Kaiser Permanente in 2006.  She was the executive director and chief of staff to Kaiser Permanente’s Chief Financial Officer, where she was also interim Vice President of Strategic Planning before assuming the job permanently in 2009.  She served as the Vice President of Capital Planning from 2011 to 2013.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Vivian consulted with senior leadership at Fortune 500 firms in her seven years with Booz & Co., an international consulting firm. She also worked in policy and planning with the Telecommunications Authority of Singapore (national regulator) and was a senior officer with United Overseas Bank.

Vivian holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, and statistics from the National University of Singapore, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.  She completed the Kaiser Permanente Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University in 2008.

Amy Thoma-Tan

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Kimi Watkins-Tartt
Deputy Director
Alameda County Public Health Department

Kimi Watkins-Tartt serves as the Deputy Director of the Alameda County Public Health Department. Ms. Watkins-Tartt is responsible for the oversight of the department’s operational divisions which include Family Health Services, Community Health Services, Public Health Nursing and Communicable Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, Ms. Watkins-Tartt oversees the management of internal department policies, program budget, grant coordination and personnel management.  Ms. Watkins-Tartt has worked for over 25 years within the local public health community and brings a wealth of experience in public health administration, policy development, as well as community health planning and coordination. Prior to taking on the role of Deputy Director, Ms. Watkins-Tartt led the Division of Community Health Services, driving the Division’s strategic initiatives including the launching of new efforts that aligned with the department’s strategic direction to achieve health equity. Ms. Watkins-Tartt was instrumental in helping the department design and implement its health equity and local policy efforts and recently spearheaded the department’s first Chronic Disease Prevention Planning process.

Ms. Watkins-Tartt has a long-standing passion and commitment to health equity and social justice. She is a founding member and current Internal Capacity Committee co-chair for the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) and has recently joined the Health Equity and Social Justice Committee of the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).

Mike Witte, MD
Vice President & CMO
California Primary Care Association

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Mary Jo Williams, MBA

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Winston Wong, MD
Medical Director, Community Benefit
Kaiser Permanente

Winston Wong, MD, serves as Medical director for Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit. At Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Wong developed the ALL/PHASE program for safety net providers, a KP inspired model to significantly reduce cardiovascular risk among the most vulnerable and underserved. Dr. Wong, also serves as the director of Kaiser Permanente’s Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives, and developed the systematic measurement of disparities and equitable care as part of Kaiser Permanente’s quality strategy.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Wong served in the Region IX Office of the Department of Health and Human Services, where he was in charge of clinical development of Federally Qualified Health Centers. He is also a founding member of the Western Clinicians Network, and former medical director of Asian Health Services, based in Oakland, and currently advises both the National Academy of Medicine and the Department of Health and Human Services on issues of health equity and disparities.

Final Presentation Topics

Racial disparities in neonatal mortality

According to the CDC, “The disparity in the infant mortality rate between non-Hispanic black and non-Hispanic white women has more than doubled over the past decade.”  The mortality rates for infants of non-Hispanic black mothers was 11 per 1,000 live births in 2013, compared with 5 per 1,000 for non-Hispanic white mothers.   The governor has asked you, the California Public Health Department, to present a plan to decrease racial disparities in neonatal mortality rates in California.  Present your strategic plan, considering limited resources.

 Rural health centers

You are the administrator of a rural health center, and 50% of your providers are foreign-born physicians.  Considering proposed federal immigration reform, you are increasingly concerned that maintenance and recruitment of providers may be threatened.  You have created an advocacy group to join representatives from rural health centers across the nation to present policy recommendation(s) to maintain the rural physician workforce.  Prepare your recommendation and supporting rationale to the group as you prepare for meetings with legislators.

Climate change and emergency preparedness

This year has seen disastrous hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes.  As a county public health department, how do you improve disaster preparedness for your area?  Consider funding and potential partnerships as you develop a long-term strategy for prevention and preparedness.

Substance use disorder in a school-based health center

You are the administrator of a school-based, urban health clinic and have noted that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of students using and abusing prescription drugs.  You have been tasked with addressing substance use within your community using the clinic and related school-based resources.  Present your recommendation to the school’s leadership team.

Group 1

Tiffany Chioma Anaebere

Sarah Pearl Aronow-Werner

Kanchi Batra

Esme Cullen

Elizabeth Iten

Group 2

Jennifer Hsu

Christie Thomas

David Lee

Jonathan Lin

Amarinder Singh

Group 3

Albert Ma

Shilpa Mathew

Deepika Parmar

Eilann Santos

Raman Soi

Group 4

Christina Kinnevey

Thee Wong

Daniel Gouger

Tejal Narsai

Deep Deot

I truly enjoyed my experience in the Health Policy elective this year. I was a little intimidated by the idea of a 2-week health policy intensive given my limited exposure to it during medical school and residency, but the elective was formatted in a way that was inclusive of all knowledge and experience levels. It was amazing to get lectures from many great leaders in the world of health policy and community health, and then to spend the afternoons doing site visits to organizations that are implementing health policy work regularly to help address the social determinants of health that affect their clients. After the course, I now have a better understanding of the concepts behind health policy, both in a small and large scale, and feel empowered to become more involved in community and advocate for change.

– 2017 Participant

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