2019 CAPH/SNI Annual Conference Speakers

See below for a list of keynote speakers from the 2019 CAPH/SNI Annual Conference.  Links to slide presentations are included at the end of the bio (if available).

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP, is an award-winning physician, researcher and advocate dedicated to changing the way our society responds to one of the most serious, expensive and widespread public health crises of our time: childhood trauma.  She was appointed as California’s first-ever Surgeon General by Governor Gavin Newsom in January 2019.  Her career has been dedicated to serving vulnerable communities and combating the root causes of health disparities.  She is the Founder of the Center for Youth Wellness, an organization leading the effort to advance pediatric medicine, raise public awareness, and transform the way society responds to children exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress.  Dr. Burke Harris’ TED Talk, “How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across the Lifetime” has been viewed almost 5 million times. Her book “The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity” was called “indispensable” by The New York Times.  She is the recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Heinz Award for the Human Condition.

Ai-jen Poo has reinvented labor organizing. As co-founder of Domestic Workers United, she and her collaborators (domestic workers and their employers) got the nation’s first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010, historic legislation that extended basic labor protections to over 200,000 domestic workers in New York state. This campaign has become a template for the nation, not just for domestic workers, but for increasing numbers of people working in the gig economy.

Today, Ai-jen is the Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Co-Director of Caring Across Generations, which is ensuring access to affordable care for the nation’s aging population and access to quality jobs for the caregiving workforce. She is author of the celebrated book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America, a MacArthur Fellow, and was named to TIME Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She has spoken at the Obama Summit, and accompanied Meryl Streep down the red carpet at the Academy Awards as part of the #timesup moment. Audiences feel called to their better angels in Ai-Jen’s presence–she is both fiercely political and strategic, and unmistakably gentle and inclusive. Her courage is contagious. Slide presentation here.

Celinda Lake is a prominent pollster and political strategist for progressives. She currently serves as President of Lake Research Partners. Lake’s polling and strategic advice has helped candidates such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jon Tester, Senator Debbie Stabenow, and Governor Bob Wise defeat incumbent Republicans and her expertise guided Senator Mark Begich to victory, making him the first Senate candidate in Alaska to oust the incumbent in 50 years. She has focused on women candidates and women’s concerns, having worked for Speaker Pelosi, Governor Janet Napolitano, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Mayor Annise Parker, and over a dozen women to the House and Senate.

Celinda worked for the largest independent expenditure to take back the House and has been a key player in campaigns launched by progressive groups such as the AFL-CIO, SEIU, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, Vote Vets, HRC, and EMILY’s List. Lake co-authored the book What Women Really Want with Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway, which examines the way women are changing the political landscape in America, and she also served as pollster for Senator Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential bid. She worked with innovative message projects that helped redefine language on the economy, inequality, big money in politics, climate change, public schools, teachers, and criminal justice reform. Slide presentation here.

Len M. Nichols has been the Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and a Professor of Health Policy at George Mason University since March 2010. He has been intimately involved in health reform debates, policy development, and communication with the media and policy makers for 25+ years, after he was Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Clinton Administration. Since that time he has testified frequently before Congress and state legislatures, published extensively and spoken to a wide range of hospital associations, hospital systems, physician groups, boards of directors, and health policy leadership forums around the country. After OMB, Len was a Principle Research Associate at the Urban Institute, Vice President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, and Director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation.

In addition to his positions at GMU, Len is on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and in 2016 was appointed by the Comptroller General to serve on the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), which advises the Secretary of HHS on Medicare payment policies.  Len was an advisor to the Virginia Health Reform Initiative and is now the payment reform advisor to the Virginia Center for Health Innovation.  Len was an Innovation Advisor to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at CMS in 2012, and has recently been the Principal Investigator on PCMH evaluation studies as well as in more general studies of how to use payment and delivery reform to achieve triple aim and health equity goals.

Recently he has become focused on how payment models may be used to incentivize sustainable investments in social determinants of health.  Len’s first job was teaching economics at Wellesley College from 1980-1991, where he became Associate Professor and Economics Department Chair, after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois in 1980.  Len got his B.A. from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and his M.A. in Economics from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife Nora Super of the Milken Institute. Slide presentation here.

William York, Executive Vice President of 2-1-1 San Diego, operates one the most successful 2-1-1 San Diego (211) providers in the nation. With his diverse expertise and knowledge in business management, care coordination service and information exchanges, and funding models, coupled with his spirit of collaboration and partnership, William has successfully secured 94% the organization’s $14 million budget in fee-for-service contracts and business partnerships.

Joining 2-1-1 in 2007, William has dedicated his focus and leadership to developing strong teams to manage the many operational hubs of 2-1-1 San Diego as well as the region’s Community Information Exchange. Overseeing 150 staff, William guides and directs multiple teams to meet the organization’s mission and goals. Under William’s leadership and vision, these teams built and launched the region’s first ever Community Information Exchange to bridge health and social services to address social determinants of health and improve upstream impacts such as health outcomes, equity and quality of life through a collaborative and multi-dimensional platform that provides case planning and facilitated connection to services for providers and clients, ongoing resource navigation, and data and outcomes. William’s stewardship of the Community Information Exchange has gained national recognition for social and technological innovation, including establishing cross-sector collaboration, community partnership, engagement and interoperability among human, health and social service providers.

Prior to 2-1-1, William served 10 years as the Operations Director for the American Express in Boston, Massachusetts. William is a member of the board of directors of Oasis, a nonprofit that focuses on ensuring today’s aging population has access to healthy living resources. He is also a member of the Truman National Security Project Advisory Board, the San Diego Veterans Coalition board of directors, Zero8Hundred board of directors, and was recognized as the San Diego Veteran of the Year by California State Assemblymember Toni Atkins in 2015. Slide presentation here.

Stacey Chang is a designer, an unintentional academic, and an unapologetic ringleader for novel solutions to age-old dilemmas in health. He serves as founder and executive director of the Design Institute for Health, a radical collaboration between Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. This first-of-its-kind institution provokes systemic change in health through design.

The Design Institute’s expertise is integrated into Dell Med’s revolutionary medical education and training program, as well as applied in launching the first master of arts degree in design in health in the nation in the fall of 2020. Through design-led approaches, the Institute’s work engages unlikely cross-sector collaborators to better coordinate systems of health and create models that can be replicated across our community and beyond.

Until 2014, Stacey served as the managing director of the healthcare practice at IDEO, the global design and innovation firm. Clients included governments, research institutions, hospitals, pharma, insurance, medtech, and all the upstarts trying to rewrite the script, in both established and emerging markets. Stacey has served as a TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board member, and a Thought Leader for NEJM Catalyst. He holds degrees in engineering from MIT and Stanford. Slide presentation here.

Robin D. Wittenstein, Chief Executive Officer of Denver Health, is an executive with more than 35 years of experience in the health care industry, serving communities through leadership roles in a number of hospitals, including an academic medical center, complex teaching hospitals and safety net hospitals.

Prior to leading Denver Health, Dr. Wittenstein was Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Population Health Officer (CPHO) at Penn State Health, overseeing the system’s network of clinics and academic affiliate hospitals across central Pennsylvania. Before that, Dr. Wittenstein held various leadership roles in hospitals throughout the northeast and Florida.

Dr. Wittenstein earned her bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration from Penn State, her MBA in health administration from the University of Miami and a doctorate of education from George Washington University. Dr. Wittenstein has served on numerous hospital alliance, health care and research foundation coalition boards. Slide presentation here.

Michelle Rhone-Collins joined LIFT in 2012 as the Founding LIFT-Los Angeles Executive Director. Under her leadership, LIFT-LA has become the organization’s largest and most financially successful operation. Rhone-Collins also seeded many of the program innovations that are now core to LIFT’s nationwide program model, most notably the focus on an intergenerational approach to breaking the cycle of poverty that targets parents and children in the formative early childhood years. In 2017, Rhone-Collins was promoted to Chief Cities Officer, overseeing all of LIFT’s regional operations and serving on the national Executive Team. In this capacity, Rhone-Collins was instrumental in developing LIFT’s current strategic plan, which offers a bold vision to extend LIFT’s direct services to 25,000 more parents and children and to launch a systems change strategy to reach the nearly 6 million families with young children living in poverty in the US. In January 2019, Rhone-Collins was promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Rhone-Collins’s career has been defined by standing up for equity and access for disenfranchised individuals and communities. Prior to joining LIFT, Rhone-Collins spent nearly 20 years leading youth and community development efforts in New York and Los Angeles. She began her career working with homeless and runaway teens as part of the University Settlement House in NYC’s Lower East Side. From there, she served in senior leadership roles at the Citizens Committee for New York City and the Beacon Community Center. She then moved to Los Angeles and led the New Vision Partners Youth Institute and, later, The Children’s Nature Institute. Slide presentation here.

Adam Schickedanz is a general pediatrician and health services researcher in the Department of Pediatrics at UCLA. His clinical and community-partnered research work focuses on improving health in low-income communities by addressing poverty and the social determinants of health directly as part of clinical care. He trained clinically at UCSF and has a doctorate in health policy and management from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He sees patients at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, one of the LA County Department of Health Services safety net medical centers affiliated with UCLA. He has worked for the last decade to integrate anti-poverty programs into health care, first at San Francisco General Hospital and now in the Los Angeles Department of Health Services pediatrics clinic at Harbor-UCLA. Slide presentation here.