2018 CAPH/SNI Annual Conference Speakers

We have nationally known speakers joining our conference this year in the areas of public policy, health care transformation, economic policy,  mental health, and others. Please see the list of guest speakers below.


Noha Aboelata

Presentation – Dr. Aboelata

Noha Aboelata, MD, Founder / CEO, Roots Community Health Center has devoted her career to improving the health and eliminating health disparities of underserved communities.  Through Roots she has pioneered the delivery of culturally responsive “Whole Health,” and championed the integration of navigation, empowerment, social enterprise, nutritional, pediatric, legal and mobile health services to address the myriad needs of over 10,000 clients.  She has overseen Roots’ growth from 2-person volunteer effort to a multi-campus, multi-county non-profit with over 70 staff.

Dr. Aboelata serves as a Trustee for the Alameda Health Systems and on the Board of Governors for the Alameda Alliance.  Prior to Roots, Dr. Aboelata, an Oakland native, served in senior executive roles for Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, the Native American Health Center in Oakland, and expanded publicly funded primary care services throughout Northern California’s East Bay.  Dr. Aboelata earned her medical doctorate from Howard University and served as a National Health Service Corps Fellow (2003-2005).


Sandra Hernández

Dr. Sandra R. Hernández became president and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation in January 2014. CHCF is an independent foundation with assets of more than $700 million, headquartered in Oakland, California, and dedicated to improving the health of the people of California.

Prior to joining CHCF, Dr. Hernández was CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, which she led for 16 years. She previously served as director of public health for the City and County of San Francisco.

Dr. Hernández is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. She practiced at San Francisco General Hospital in the AIDS clinic from 1984 to 2016. She is a graduate of Yale University, the Tufts School of Medicine, and the certificate program for senior executives in state and local government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Dr. Hernández serves as a board member of Covered California, a trustee of the Reno-based Western Asbestos Settlement Trust, and as an independent director of First Republic Bank. She is a member of the Public Policy Institute of California’s Statewide Leadership Council, the United States of Care Founder’s Council, the Well Being Trust Advisory Council, and the National Academy of Medicine’s planning committee for convening around the future of health services research.


Leon Evans

Presentation – L. Evans

For almost forty years, Leon Evans has worked with community partners in public health and safety to provide innovative approaches to hope and healing.  Evans is the former CEO of The Center for Health Care Services and Director of Community Services for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. He also served as the former CEO of Dallas County Mental Health Authority.

Communities throughout the nation and abroad have come to tour The Center for Health Care Services’ facilities and learn about programs that drive down the cost of health care and help thousands of people avoid jail and long-term hospital stays.  In the process of helping individuals and families regain independent, productive lives, Evans’ programs have saved over $95 million in taxpayer dollars over the past eight years and helped make Bexar County a healthier place to live.

Evans’ internationally recognized programs are the result of a highly effective and cooperative spirit throughout the health, law enforcement, judicial and non-profit organizations in San Antonio, Bexar County and the Nation.  Evans maintains a rigorous travel schedule, testifying at the local, state, and federal level on crisis, jail diversion, and homelessness.

Evans was recognized by CNN as one of our Nations Mental Warriors, whose programs have received the American Psychiatric Association Gold Award, and many other citations and recognitions for innovations and community partnerships and collaborations.  He is currently a member of the National Quality Partners “National Opioid Taskforce.”


Annie Lowrey

Annie Lowrey has spent her career covering economic policy and its impact on businesses. She has an incredible grasp on the inter-relationship between technological innovation, the labor force, specific industries, and the health of the economy. What will the economy look like in 5, 10, 50 years? Will AI eradicate jobs entirely? Or will it allow humans to work smarter and leaner—to use their full creative capacity? Why, in 2018, are mainstream politicians (and everyone else!) talking seriously about Universal Basic Income, a stipend given to every citizen? These are some of the questions Lowrey prompts audiences to think about. “It’s about UBI, yes, but more about using UBI to think about all kinds of other things: work, robots, AI, racism, babies, taxes, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, abundance,” she says.

One of Lowrey’s new keynotes is based on her book Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World. The idea is simple: what if every month the government gave you $1,000, with nothing expected in return? From this premise, Lowrey brilliantly explores rising inequality; persistent poverty; issues of race, class, and gender; and the entrenched belief that no one should get something for nothing. What role might UBI play in a world with advanced AI and little need for traditional human labor? Lastly, what does it mean for your sector and industry? (Likely more than you realize). Lowrey offers an unbiased, deeply reported account of UBI—while suggesting a better foundation for our society in this age of turbulence and marvels. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Washington D.C.


Matt Salo

Matt Salo was named Executive Director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) in February 2011. The association represents all 56 of the nation’s state and territorial Medicaid Directors, and provides them with a strong unified voice in national discussions as well as a locus for technical assistance and best practices.

Matt formerly spent 12 years at the National Governors Association, where he worked on the Governors’ health care and human services reform agendas, and spent the 5 years prior to that as a health policy analyst working for the state Medicaid Directors as part of the American Public Human Services Association.

Matt also spent two years as a substitute teacher in the public school system in Alexandria, VA, and holds a BA in Eastern Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.


Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt has decades of private and public sector leadership in health care.  Over his career, Andy has shaped some of the most significant and successful initiatives in health care impacting millions of Americans and the direction of the health care system. From 2015 to 2017 he served as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under President Obama, overseeing the Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Under his leadership, the U.S. health care system saw record reductions in the uninsured rate, nationwide improvements in quality, record low cost growth, and a major upsurge in value-based payment models.

Andy currently serves as Board Chair of United States of Care, a non-partisan non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care, and that policies to make progress toward that goal are politically feasible and fiscally responsible.

Andy lives in Minnesota with his family. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Jennifer Storm

Presentation – J. Storm

Jennifer Storm, Victim Advocate, Author, Speaker, Victim’s Rights Expert

From victim to survivor Jennifer Storm exemplifies the Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award that she won in 2012 as she is a tireless advocate for crime victims; having spent the last decade as a voice for victims by lobbing for expansive laws, representing the view of victimization in the media and providing direct services to thousands of victims.  As a survivor of child sexual assault and a hate crime in college, her personal struggles helped her make the decision to end her silence and use her voice to help others.

Jennifer Storm was appointed Victim Advocate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2013 by the Governor. She is charged with ensuring all crime victims’ rights and interests are protected at the state level. She oversees a program that assists over 40,000 crime victims annually with their post-sentencing rights. She advocates for victims’ rights before the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole. Ms. Storm has increased victim registration by 30% in her first three years in office, increased staffing by six full-time positions and manages a budget of three million dollars.

Previously, Ms. Storm joined Victim/Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) as the organization’s second Executive Director. A private, non-profit organization dedicated to serving victims of crimes, its mission is to reduce the trauma of a crime by empowering and assisting clients in reconstructing their lives through advocacy, support, information, and referrals.  Before joining VWAP, Ms. Storm was the first full-time director of the Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition, a nonprofit coalition dedicated to securing and defending fully-inclusive civil rights for LGBT people. In 2002, she was appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and later to the Homeland Security, Law Enforcement and Justice Systems Advisory committees where she also serves on the Terrorism Prevention and Local Law Enforcement Subcommittee.

Her media appearances are vast and include frequent appearances on all major networks, including ABC, FOX, NBC, NPR, CBS, and PBS as the county spokesperson for victims’ rights. She had done over 500 media and radio interviews in the past five years. Ms. Strom chronicled her own story of victimization and recovery in her critically acclaimed memoirs; Blackout Girl: Growing up and Drying out in America, Leave the Light On, Picking Up the Pieces Without Picking Up and her latest work, Echoes of Penn State: Facing Sexual Trauma.


Anthony Wright

Anthony E. Wright, Executive Director, Health Access

Anthony E. Wright has served as Executive Director for Health Access, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition since 2002. Health Access has led state and national efforts to win consumer protections, fight budget cuts and invest in our safety-net, encourage prevention, and advance coverage expansions and comprehensive health reform. Wright led California’s coalition effort to help pass the Affordable Care Act and state laws to implement and improve it, and campaigns to successfully pass first-in-the-nation laws to ensure timely access to care, and to stop hospital overcharging of the uninsured.

As a consumer advocate and community organizer, Wright has been widely quoted in state and national media. He has also worked for New Jersey Citizen Action, the Center for Media Education, The Nation magazine, and in Vice President Gore’s office in the White House.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Wright graduated from Amherst College magna cum laude in both English and Sociology.