Ron J. Anderson, M.D. was President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland Health & Hospital System, the general public hospital for Dallas County, Texas and the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas from 1982-2012. He previously served as Parkland’s Medical Director for Ambulatory Care and Emergency Services. Dr.Full Bio

Kim Belshé was hired as executive director of First 5 LA, the county-level agency created by Proposition 10 in 1998 that promotes the well-being of children from birth to age five. Kim brings holds a wealth of experience in leadership positions in state government. She currently serves on the five-member board of the state’s newFull Bio

Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., is the Picayune Endowed Chair in Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. Appointed in September 2013, Dr. Benjamin returned to her alma mater with the intent to make Xavier an international center for public health. She emphasizes the importance of prevention by working with local, state, and national health officials,Full Bio

Alex Briscoe is one of the Bay Area’s leading experts in the design and delivery of adolescent health and youth development services. His recent work has focused on the intersection of public health and public education through the creation of school‐based adolescent health and youth development centers in partnership with Alameda County, The City of Oakland,Full Bio

Sheila Burke, R.N., M.P.A. is a Faculty Research Fellow at the Malcolm Weiner Center for Social Policy and an adjunct lecturer, John. F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is also a Senior Policy Advisor, Baker Donelson, and a Research Professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute. Prior to this, Ms. Burke workedFull Bio

Dr. Frederick P. Cerise joined Parkland Health and Hospital System in March, 2014. This public hospital system serving Dallas County, Texas, is one of the largest public hospital systems in the country and averages more than 1 million patient visits annually. The system also includes 20 community-based clinics, 12 school-based clinics and numerous outreach andFull Bio

Karen Davis, Ph.D., is the Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care at Johns Hopkins University. She served as president of The Commonwealth Fund from 1995 through 2012. Ms. Davis is a nationally recognized economist with aFull Bio

Susan Dentzer is a Senior Health Policy Advisor at the Robert Wood John Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans. Dentzer provide consultation to develop public outreach initiatives for key Foundation audiences, publicizes the Foundation’s activities through blogs, social media, webcasts and other formats, andFull Bio

Sylvia Drew Ivie, J.D. is currently the Executive Liaison to Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families at the LA County Board of Supervisors. The Commission is dedicated to a vision of a child welfare system where family, community, and a county continuum of care work seamlessly together for the benefit of children andFull Bio

David Durenberger served as senior U.S. Senator from Minnesota from 1978 to 1995. He was elected to succeed Hubert and Muriel Humphrey and was the first Minnesota Republican ever elected to three terms in the Senate. Senator Durenberger’s health policy experience extends over three decades. Senator Durenberger began his lifelong commitment to public policy reformFull Bio

Ms. Friedholm leads the health reform campaign team comprised of policy, advocacy and lobbyist staff from Consumers Union offices in New York, Washington, DC, California and Texas. She has three decades of experience in health and human services policy, advocacy and administration at the state, federal, local and international levels of government and in theFull Bio

Jennifer Howse, Ph.D. became president of the March of Dimes Foundation in January 1990. Under Dr. Howse’s leadership, the March of Dimes has achieved unprecedented revenue growth and significant expansion of mission initiatives. Dr. Howse joined the March of Dimes as Executive Director of the Greater New York Chapter. Prior to that, Dr. Howse heldFull Bio

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A. became The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation president and CEO in January 2003. In her prior position of senior vice president and director of the Health Care Group, she oversaw all grantmaking and programs related to the Foundation’s goals of assuring that all Americans have access to basic health care at reasonableFull Bio

James R. Tallon, Jr., a nationally recognized health care policy leader, is Chairman of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and President of the United Hospital Fund of New York, the nation’s oldest federated charity. The Fund addresses critical issues affecting hospitals and health care in New York City through health services researchFull Bio

Uwe Reinhardt, Ph.D. a native of Germany, has taught at Princeton University since 1968, rising through the ranks from assistant professor of economics to his current positions. In 1978, Professor Reinhardt was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, on whose Governing Council he served from 1979 to 1982. He currentlyFull Bio

Alan Weil became the new Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs in June 2014.  Health Affairs the nation’s leading peer-reviewed journal focused on the intersection of health, health care and health policy in the United States and internationally. They aim to serve as a high-level, non-partisan forum to promote analysis and discussion on improving health and healthFull Bio



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