Updated as of October 9.

Monday, October 28

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
L Simpson CEO Headshot
Board Member, Committee Member, Staff

Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP

President and CEO - AcademyHealth

Dr. Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011. A nationally recog... Read Bio

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

U.S. Health Reform: Where We Are and What’s Next
This session reviews lessons from the major eras of U.S. health reform, status of the ACA, and options for the future.


Sarah Dash headshot

Sarah Dash, M.P.H.

President and Chief Executive Officer - Alliance for Health Policy

Sarah J. Dash, MPH, is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. Read Bio



Rodney Whitlock

Rodney Whitlock, Ph.D.

Vice President - McDermott+Consulting

Rodney is an accomplished health care executive with more than two decades on the Hill where he specialized in... Read Bio


10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

How Congress Works
This session reviews the congressional timetable and processes, as well as the role of congressional staff and committees with specific examples of legislation on health programs.


Carolyn Mullen headshot

Carolyn Mullen

Chief of Government Affairs and Public Relations - Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Carolyn Mullen is Chief of Government Affairs & Public Relations and brings 17 years of experience as a govern... Read Bio


11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch
2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

The Executive Branch
This session looks at the role of the White House in health policymaking and how it relates to health-focused and non-health focused cabinet-level agencies. Panelists also discuss the office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and the Public Health Service agencies.


Dora Hughes
Member, Presenter

Dora Hughes, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Research Professor - Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Dora Hughes, MD, MPH, is Associate Research Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Milken Institute Sc... Read Bio


Jennifer Young headshot

Jennifer Young

Co-founder - Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC

Jennifer B. Young served as the Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the Department of Health and Human Serv... Read Bio


Chris Jennings headshot

Christopher Jennings

President - Jennings Policy Strategies

Chris Jennings is an over three decades-long health policy veteran of the White House, the Congress and the pr... Read Bio

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Hot Topics in Health Policy
This session covers a range of current topics, which are the focus of health policy debate and action.


Ellie Dehoney Headshot

Eleanor Dehoney, M.P.H.

Vice President - Research!America

Ellie Dehoney has been vice president of policy and advocacy at Research!America since March of 2011. Read Bio


Brian Smedley headshot

Brian Smedley, Ph.D.

Executive Director - National Collaborative for Health Equity

Brian D. Smedley is Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, a project that connect... Read Bio


Beth Connolly Headshot

Beth Connolly, M.P.A.

Project Director - The Pew Charitable Trusts

Beth Connolly directs Pew's substance use prevention and treatment initiative. Read Bio


Stuart headshot
Member, Presenter

Stuart Guterman, M.A.

Independent Consultant

Stuart Guterman is an independent consultant. From July 2015 through December 2016, he was a Senior Scholar in... Read Bio


5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Happy Hour (optional)

Tuesday, October 29

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Public Opinion and Health Policy
This session looks at how the public perceives health issues and reviews recent polling data.


Liz Hamel headshot

Liz Hamel

Vice President and Director - Kaiser Family Foundation

Liz Hamel is Vice President and Director of Public Opinion and Survey Research at the Kaiser Family Foundation... Read Bio


9:30  – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45  – 10:45 a.m.

The Role of the Courts
This session focuses on the role of courts in health care, discussing the use of the legal system to regulate health care and health care delivery. The session also looks at current health care cases that have been elevated to the Supreme Court.


Sara Rosenbaum
Member, Presenter

Sara Rosenbaum, J.D.

Professor - George Washington University

Sara Rosenbaum, J.D. is the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Founding Chair of the... Read Bio


10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

The Role of Evidence in Policymaking
This session addresses the role that evidence plays in the policy process. It explores why and when evidence is used and provide examples of when evidence successfully informed, or failed to inform, policy development in both the legislative and executive branches.



Cynthia Woodcock
Committee Member, Member

Cynthia Woodcock, M.B.A.

Executive Director - The Hilltop Institute

Cynthia H. Woodcock, M.B.A., is executive director of The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Bal... Read Bio


Nichols Headshot
Member, Presenter

Len Nichols, M.A., Ph.D.

Director - Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE)

Len M. Nichols has been the Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and a Profess... Read Bio

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

The Role of the Private Sector in the Policy Process
This session addresses the critical role that the private sector plays in policy development and implementation. Presenters address the role of not-for-profit private organizations (e.g., advisory groups, associations, foundations) interacting with the legislative and executive branches of government and will feature recent real-world examples from the provider community.



Margo Edmunds, Ph.D.

Vice President, Evidence Generation and Translation - AcademyHealth

As Vice President for Evidence Generation and Translation, Dr. Margo Edmunds leads AcademyHealth's portfolios ... Read Bio


Tannaz headshot

Tannaz Rasouli, M.P.H.

Senior Director - Association of American Medical Colleges

As Senior Director of Public Policy and Strategic Outreach at the Association of American Medical Colleges, Ta... Read Bio


Lauren Riplinger Headshot

Lauren Riplinger, J.D.

Vice President - American Health Information Management Association

Lauren currently serves as AHIMA’s Vice President of Policy & Government Affairs. Read Bio

Speaker: Priscilla Ross, American Hospital Association 

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Federal Health Policy
This session explores issues related to Medicare and its payment and delivery system reforms, health insurance coverage, and health insurance marketplaces. 


Sabrina Corlette

Sabrina Corlette, J.D.

Research Professor - Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy

At CHIR Ms. Corlette directs research on health insurance reform issues as they affect consumers and patients. Read Bio


Cristina Boccuti headshot
Member, Presenter

Cristina Boccuti, M.A., M.P.P.

Director - West Health Policy Center

Cristina Boccuti is an expert on national health policy, focusing particularly on Medicare reform, health care... Read Bio


3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 – 5:00 p.m.

The States' Health Policy Agenda
This session reviews the key health issues facing the states, including Medicaid/CHIP, insurance exchanges, and the implementation of health care reform.   


Sandra Wilkniss Headshot

Sandra Wilkniss, Ph.D.

Program Director - National Governors Association

Sandra Wilkniss serves as a program director for the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’... Read Bio


Dianne Hasselman
Committee Member

Dianne Hasselman, M.S.P.H.

Deputy Executive Director - National Association of Medicaid Directors

Dianne manages a broad spectrum of activities including planning NAMD’s public policy and advocacy agenda in c... Read Bio


Justin Giovannelli headhsot
Author, Presenter

Justin Giovannelli, J.D., M.P.P.

Associate Research Professor - Georgetown University

Justin Giovannelli is an associate research professor and project director at the Center on Health Insurance R... Read Bio

Wednesday, October 30

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Behind the Curtain: Policymaking from the Staffers’ Perspectives
This session is an informal, talk-show format session that brings current Hill staffers together to talk about their personal stories, how they got to where they are, their backgrounds and their day-to-day life. They are a wonderful resource for information about what goes on behind the scenes, how they balance their home and work lives, and anything else that you can think of to ask them. *All comments are off the record.


KRosengren headhsot

Kristin Rosengren

Vice President and Co-Director - AcademyHealth

Kristin Rosengren is Vice President, Strategic Communications, and co-director of the AcademyHealth Translatio... Read Bio

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Information Sources for Policymaking
Participants meet in small groups with each expert to learn his/her agency’s role in providing information and resources for decision makers in the policymaking process.


Gregg Margolis
Committee Member

Gregg Margolis, Ph.D.

Director of Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs - National Academy of Sciences

Gregg S. Margolis, PhD, is the Director of Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs at the National A... Read Bio


Moira Forbes headshot

Moira Forbes, M.B.A.

Policy Director - MACPAC

Moira Forbes is a policy director at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). Read Bio


Jessica Farb headshot

Jessica Farb

Director - Government Accountability Office

Jessica Farb is a Director on the Health Care team at the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO). Read Bio


Karen Migdail headshot

Karen Migdail

Senior Communications Advisor - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Karen Migdail is Senior Communications Advisor at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Read Bio

Speaker: Paul Masi, M.P.P., MedPAC
Speaker: Alison Mitchell, Congressional Research Service 

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Federal Budgeting
This session presents the big picture of federal budgeting, its players, and the formal and informal budget processes, as well as how budgets influence policy and how tax cuts and budget deficits drive the policy agenda.


James Capretta headshot

James Capretta, M.A.

Resident Fellow - American Enterprise Institute

James C. Capretta has more than three decades of experience in health care and fiscal policy. Read Bio


2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 4:45 p.m.

How to Communicate with Policy Leaders
This hands-on workshop provides pointers for communicating effectively with decision-makers. Panelists review the various vehicles for communicating your message to key constituencies, tips on developing messages and outreach strategies, the use of media to bridge research and policy, and how to become more involved in health policy and politics.


KRosengren headhsot

Kristin Rosengren

Vice President and Co-Director - AcademyHealth

Kristin Rosengren is Vice President, Strategic Communications, and co-director of the AcademyHealth Translatio... Read Bio

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks