Monday, October 26

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Virtual Meet and Greet

Tuesday, October 27

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions


12:00 – 12:45 p.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.


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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


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Christopher Holt, M.A.

Director of Health Care Policy - American Action Forum

Christopher Holt is the Director of Health Care Policy at the American Action Forum (AAF)—a center right polic... Read Bio


12:45 – 1:15 p.m.


1:15 – 2:00 p.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.


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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

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Behind the Curtain: Policymaking from a Staffers’ Perspective: Interview #1
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:30 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


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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

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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


3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

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



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Emily Holubowich, M.P.P.

Vice President, Federal Advocacy - American Heart Association

Emily joined the American Heart Association in 2019 with more than twenty years of experience in health and fi... Read Bio

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Networking Activity

Wednesday, October 28

11:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m. Coffee Chats
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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


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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

12:15 – 12:45 p.m. Break
12:45 – 1:30 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

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Networking Activity
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

The Role of Evidence in Policymaking
This session will address the role that evidence plays in the policy process. It will explore 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.



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Stephen Parente, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Professor in the Department of Finance - University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management AcademyHealth Board Vice Chair

Stephen Parente, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S. is a Professor in the Department of Finance and the Minnesota Insurance I... Read Bio

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Lorin Ranbom

Director - Ohio State University Wexner College of Medicine

Lorin Ranbom is the Director of the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (GRC), a public unive... Read Bio

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

The Role of the Private Sector in the Policy Process
This session will address the critical role that the private sector plays in policy development and implementation. Presenters will 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


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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

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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

  •  Priscilla Ross, American Hospital Association 
4:00 – 4:15 p.m. Break
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

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


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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

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Sabrina Corlette, J.D.

Research Professor - Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR)

Sabrina Corlette, J.D., is a Research Professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) at Georgetown... Read Bio


Thursday, October 29


11:15 a.m. –11:45 a.m.

Coffee Chats
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 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.


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Chethan Bachireddy, M.D., M.Sc.

Chief Medical Officer - Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid)

Chethan Bachireddy is the Chief Medical Officer for the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (Me... Read Bio


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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

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


12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Break
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Information Sources for Policymaking
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about each expert agency’s role in providing information and resources for decision makers in the policy process. 


Lauren Adams

Lauren Adams, M.A.

Director of Communications and Public Relations - AcademyHealth

Lauren Adams, M.A., is director of communications and public relations at AcademyHealth, where she oversees pu... Read Bio


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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

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Alison Mitchell, M.P.P.

Specialist in Health Care Financing - Congressional Research Service

Alison Mitchell is a Specialist in Health Care Financing with the Congressional Research Service focusing on b... Read Bio

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Lara Robillard, M.P.Aff

Principal Analyst - Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Lara Robillard has been a principal analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in the Budget Analysis Di... Read Bio

  •  Stephanie Cameron, MedPac 
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 – 3:15 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. 


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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

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

How to Communicate with Policy Leaders
This hands-on workshop provides pointers for communicating effectively with decision-makers.  Panelists will 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.


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Kristin Rosengren

Vice President and Co-Director - AcademyHealth

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

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Happy Hour