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Melinda K. Abrams, M.S.

Melinda K. Abrams, M.S.

Executive Vice President for Programs, Commonwealth Fund
Melinda K. Abrams, M.S. is Executive Vice President for Programs at the Commonwealth Fund, where she has responsibility for the development and management of the Fund’s grant programs.
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Drew Altman (cropped)

Drew Altman, Ph.D.

President and CEO, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Drew Altman, Ph.D. is President and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (known as KFF).  He is an innovator in the world of foundations and non-profits and a leading expert on national health policy who publishes and speaks widely on health issues. 

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John Baackes

John Baackes

CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan

John Baackes is Chief Executive Officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan serving approximately two million members. L.A. Care is dedicated to providing access to quality and affordable health care for Los Angeles County residents through a variety of health coverage programs, including Medicaid, L.A.

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Alan Balch, Ph.D.

Alan Balch, Ph.D.

CEO, Patient Advocate Foundation

Alan Balch, Ph.D has more than 15 years of executive leadership in the non-profit sector with an emphasis on consensus-building and collaboration. He became the CEO of both PAF and NPAF in 2013.

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Elaine Batchlor, M.D.

Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH

CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital
Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, is the Chief Executive Officer of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, a state-of-the-art, community-oriented safety net hospital that now provides compassionate, quality care to the South Los Angeles Community. Throughout her career, Dr. Batchlor’s number one priority has been to improve access and quality of care for underserved communities utilizing innovative and collaborative approaches.
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Georges Benjamin

Georges Benjamin, MD

Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, currently serves as the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals.

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Donald Berwick, M.D., MPP, FRCP, KBE

Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, KBE

President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, KBE, is President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an organization that Dr. Berwick co-founded and led as President and CEO for 18 years.  He is one of the nation's leading authorities on health care quality and improvement.

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Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D.

Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D., JD, A.M.

Director of Domestic Policy Studies in Public Policy, Stanford University
Former Policy Director, Romney-Ryan 2012 Presidential Campaign
Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D., JD, A.M. is the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution; Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University; Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School; and an affiliate of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
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Bechara Choucair, MD

Senior Vice President and Chief Health Officer, Kaiser Permanente

Bechara Choucair, MD serves as chief health officer at Kaiser Permanente and oversees the organization’s efforts to address the social health of its 12.6 million members and work to improve conditions for health and equity for all 68 million people living in the communities it serves.

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Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH

Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH

Executive Vice President and CEO of Aledade Care Solutions, Aledade, Inc.
Mandy Cohen, MD is Aledade’s Executive Vice President and the Chief Executive Officer of Aledade Care Solutions, the company’s new health services unit. Dr. Cohen was most recently the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, where she led the state’s COVID response and transformation of North Carolina’s Medicaid program, focusing on whole-person care and the non-medical drivers of health.
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Patrick Conway

Patrick Conway, MD, MSc

CEO, Care Solutions at Optum
Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, currently serves as the CEO of Care Solutions at Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group where he leads a portfolio of care continuum businesses with over $20 billion in annual revenue serving tens of millions of people across acute and post-acute care, care in the home in-person and virtually, mental and behavioral care services and delivery, broad population and complex disease health management, specialty care, and government health services - serving Medicare, Medicaid, Dual-eligible, Commercial and Veterans Administration members.
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Walt Cooper

CEO, Whole Health Institute

Walt Cooper, PhD, is CEO of the Whole Health Institute, a nonprofit organization founded by Alice L. Walton to promote innovations that foster whole person health and well-being. Prior to his current role, Mr.

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Molly Joel Coye

Molly Joel Coye, MD, MPH

Executive in Residence, AVIA
A global leader in healthcare innovation, Dr. Molly Coye’s career has spanned executive leadership in government, academic and private health systems, innovative technology and health services firms, and national policy advocacy and development. Dr. Coye currently serves as Executive in Residence at AVIA, the leading network for health systems deploying digital solutions to innovate and transform healthcare, where she is executive sponsor for the Medicaid Transformation Project.
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Bruce Cozadd, MBA

Bruce Cozadd, MBA

Chairman and CEO, Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Bruce C. Cozadd, MBA, co-founded Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 2003 and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since April 2009.

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Aldy Duffield

Aldy Duffield

Senior Manager, Global Healthcare, Apple
Aldy Duffield is a global leader at Apple responsible for managing the design and strategy for Apple’s Global Healthcare Programs. Ms. Duffield has been with Apple since 2013 and her primary focus is to bring a defined strategy that enables consistent thinking in how Apple supports healthcare for their employees and families globally.
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Lisa Earnhardt

Lisa Earnhardt, MBA

Executive Vice President, Medical Devices, Abbott
Lisa Earnhardt, MBA joined Abbott, a global healthcare leader, in June 2019 as Executive Vice President, Medical Devices, a $12B business with 33,000 employees. Ms. Earnhardt’s portfolio includes advanced technologies that address some of the world’s most prevalent, costly, and difficult-to-manage chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic pain, and movement disorders.
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Michelle L. Edwards

Michelle L. Edwards, DNP, FACHE, FAANP

Chief Experience Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health
Dr. Michelle L. Edwards currently serves as the first ever Chief Experience Officer at Providence St. Joseph Health which operates 51 hospitals and nearly 1100 clinics in seven states.  In this role, she is responsible for ensuring a seamless, modernized, and differentiated consumer experience with augmented digitally-enabled access and navigation.
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Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.

Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, Ph.D.

Vice Provost of Global Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, Ph.D. is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Co-Director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute. He was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and held that position until August of 2011.
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William Fleming, PharmD

William Fleming, PharmD

Segment President, Clinical and Pharmacy Solutions, Humana Inc.
William K. Fleming, PharmD is Humana’s Segment President for Clinical and Pharmacy Solutions, where he is responsible for Humana’s transformation of the Clinical Solutions (strategy, quality, trend, and operations), the transformation of the Pharmacy Solutions (PBM, mail, specialty, retail), and the transformation of the company’s Enterprise Clinical Operating Model. William is a member of the Management Team, which sets the firm's strategic direction, and reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Broussard.
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Ernest Grant

Ernest Grant, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

President, American Nurses Association

 Ernest J. Grant, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, currently President of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has more than 30 years of nursing and leadership experience. Effective January 2019, Dr. Grant is the first man to serve as ANA president.

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John Halamka, M.D.

John Halamka, MD, MS

President, Mayo Clinic Platform

John D. Halamka, MD, MS is the President of Mayo Clinic Platform. Previously, he served for over 20 years as  the chief information officer (CIO) at the Beth Israel Deaconess Healthcare System.   He is chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), and a practicing emergency physician.

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Amy Hall, MPA

Amy Hall, MPA

Staff Director (D), Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives

Amy Hall, MPA, is Minority Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives. She previously served as a senior professional member, Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S.

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Julian Harris, M.D.

Julian Harris, MD, M.Sc., MBA

Chairman and CEO, ConcertoCare
Dr. Julian Harris, MD, M.Sc., MBA is Chairman and CEO of ConcertoCare, where he leads the tech-enabled, risk-based care company’s efforts to provide integrated, in-home care for adults with complex health and social needs. He has also been a Partner on the Healthcare Services team at Deerfield since 2019.
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Sandra Hernandez

Sandra Hernández, MD

President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation

Sandra R. Hernández, MD, is president and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation, which works to improve the health care system so it works for all Californians. Prior to joining CHCF, Dr. Hernández was CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, which she led for 16 years.

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Karen Ignagni

Karen Ignagni, MBA

President and CEO, EmblemHealth

Karen Ignagni, MBA serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of EmblemHealth. EmblemHealth provides quality, affordable health care coverage and administrative services to approximately 3.1 million people.

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Tom Insel, MD

Tom Insel, MD

Co-Founder and Chair, MindSite News

Tom lnsel, MD, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, has been a national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology.  From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

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Brent James, M.D.

Brent James, MD

Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, Stanford University

Brent James, MD is known internationally for his work in clinical quality improvement, patient safety, and the infrastructure that underlies successful improvement efforts, such as culture change, data systems, payment methods, and management roles.

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Chris Jennings

Chris Jennings

Founder/President, Jennings Policy Strategies

Chris Jennings is Founder and President of Jennings Policy Strategies.

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Patrik Jonsson

Patrik Jonsson

Senior Vice President, Eli Lilly and Company

Patrik Jonsson is senior vice president of Eli Lilly and Company, president of Lilly USA and chief customer officer. 

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Laura Kaiser, MBA, MHA

Laura Kaiser, MBA, MHA, FACHE

President and CEO, SSM Health
As President/Chief Executive Officer of SSM Health, Laura S. Kaiser, FACHE, leads a Catholic not-for-profit health system serving communities across the Midwest through a robust and fully integrated health care delivery system.
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Gary Kaplan, M.D.

Gary Kaplan, MD, FACP, FACMPE, FACPE

Senior Vice President, CommonSpirit Health

Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACP, FACMPE, FACPE, has served as chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle since 2000. He is also a practicing internal medicine physician at Virginia Mason. He is currently a Senior Vice President at CommonSpirit Health.

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Bob Kocher, M.D.

Bob Kocher, MD

Partner, Venrock

Bob Kocher, MD is a Partner at Venrock and focuses on healthcare IT and services investments. He currently serves on the Board of Jiff, Aledade, and Lyra Health, where he is also a co-founder, and is a Board Observer at Grand Rounds, Stride, and Doctor on Demand. He is a former Director at Castlight Health (CSLT).

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Annie Lamont

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Oak HC/FT

Annie Lamont is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Oak HC/FT where she focuses on venture and growth opportunities in Healthcare and FinTech.

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Wright Lassiter III

Wright Lassiter III, MHA

CEO, CommonSpirit Health

Wright L. Lassiter III, MHA is the CEO of CommonSpirit Health.

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Peter Lee, J.D.

Peter Lee, JD

former Executive Director, Covered California

Peter V. Lee, JD, served as the Executive Director of Covered California (the Exchange) until March 2022, where he oversees the planning, development, and ongoing administration and evaluation of the Exchange.

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Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA

Vivian Lee, MD, Ph.D., MBA

President, Health Platforms, Verily Life Sciences

Vivian S. Lee, MD, Ph.D., MBA., is President of Health Platforms at Verily Life Sciences, an Alphabet company whose mission is to apply digital solutions that enable people to enjoy healthier lives.

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Peter Long, Ph.D.

Peter Long, Ph.D.

SVP, Healthcare and Community Health Transformation, Blue Shield of California
Peter Long, Ph.D. is senior vice president of Healthcare and Community Health Transformation at Blue Shield of California, a 4-million-member nonprofit health plan that serves the state's commercial, individual, and government markets.
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Alan Lotvin, M.D.

Alan Lotvin, MD, MA

Executive Vice President, CVS Health, President, Caremark

Alan Lotvin, MD, MA is Executive Vice President at CVS Health and President of CVS Caremark. 

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James Madara, M.D.

James Madara, MD

CEO and Executive Vice President, American Medical Association
James L. Madara, MD serves as the CEO and executive vice president of the American Medical Association. Since taking the reins of the AMA in 2011, Dr. Madara has helped sculpt the organization’s visionary long-term strategic plan.
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Kedar Mate

Kedar Mate, MD

President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Kedar S. Mate, MD, is the President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Previously, Dr. Mate served as Chief Innovation and Education Officer.  In this role, he was responsible for research & development, innovation, and education at IHI.

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Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D.

Mark McClellan, MD, Ph.D.

Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University
Mark McClellan, MD, Ph.D. is the Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy, and Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University with offices at Duke and in Washington DC. Dr. McClellan is a doctor and an economist, and his work has addressed a wide range of strategies and policy reforms to improve health care, including such areas as payment reform to promote better outcomes and lower costs, methods for development and use of real-world evidence, and more effective drug and device innovation.
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Farzad Mostashari

Farzad Mostashari, MD

CEO, Aledade, Inc.

Farzad Mostashari, MD is the CEO of Aledade, a start-up he co-founded aimed at helping primary care doctors transform their practices and form accountable care organizations (ACOs). Prior to Aledade, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, where he focused on payment reform and delivery system transformation.

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Debra Ness

Debra Ness, M.S.

former President, National Partnership for Women & Families
Debra L. Ness, M.S. served as President of the National Partnership for Women & Families. Before assuming her current role as president in 2004, she served as executive vice president of the National Partnership for 13 years.
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Marcus Osborne

Marcus Osborne, MBA

Former Vice President, Walmart Health
Marcus Osborne, MBA serves as Vice President, Walmart Health, where he is focused on furthering Walmart’s goal of providing quality healthcare that is affordable and accessible.
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Stephanie Parks, MS

Minority Staff Director, Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives

Stephanie Parks, MS is the Minority Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives.

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Ron Pollack, J.D.

Ron Pollack, JD

Chair Emeritus, Founding Executive Director, Families USA
Ron Pollack, JD is Chair Emeritus and Founding Executive Director of Families USA, the national organization for health care consumers. Families USA's mission is to achieve highquality, affordable health coverage and care for everyone in the US. 
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Stuart Portman

Stuart Portman, MPH

Senior Health Policy Advisor on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

Stuart Portman, MPH serves as Senior Health Policy Advisor on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance for Ranking Member Mike Crapo. In this capacity, he handles all policies related to Medicaid and CHIP, and in the past has led policy development on issues related to the ACA Exchanges, health taxes, and health information technology.

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John Prince

John Prince, MBA

President and Chief Operating Officer, Optum

John Prince, MBA was named president and chief operating officer of Optum in April 2021. In this role, he is responsible for driving Optum enterprise performance overall and overseeing Optum’s technology, digital, global operations and enterprise clinical capabilities and Optum Financial Services.

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Donald Rebhun, M.D.

Donald Rebhun, MD, MSPH

Corporate Medical Director, Optum in Southern California
Donald J. Rebhun, MD, MSPH is the Corporate Medical Director of Optum in Southern California. He is a strong advocate of evidence-based medicine and is a passionate champion of information technology for patient safety and collaborative treatment decisions.  He is recognized for his work in areas of coordinated care and quality outcomes.
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Avik Roy

Avik Roy, MD

President, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
Avik Roy, MD is the President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP.org), a non-partisan, non-profit think tank that conducts original research on expanding opportunity to those who least have it.
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Craig Samitt, M.D., MBA

Craig Samitt, MD, MBA

CEO and Founder, ITO Advisors
Craig Samitt, MD, MBA is the CEO and Founder of ITO Advisors, a healthcare advisory and investment firm. Previously Dr. Samitt served as EVP, Chief Clinical Officer, and President of Anthem's Diversified Business Group, and most recently as President & CEO of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
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Sheila Savageau

Global Health and Well-being Leader, General Motors

Sheila Savageau is the Global Health and Well-being Leader at General Motors.  Sheila has been with General Motors since 2013 and has strategic oversight for global healthcare innovation and well-being strategy.

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Rishi Sikka, M.D.

Rishi Sikka, MD

Venture Partner, Lifeforce Capital

Rishi Sikka, MD is currently a venture partner at Lifeforce Capital.  Since 2016 he has served on the Board of Directors for Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico.

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Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt, MBA

Board Chair, United States of Care
General Partner, Town Hall Ventures
From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Slavitt 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, value-based payment reform and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
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Mark Smith

Mark Smith, MD, MBA

Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF

Mark Smith, MD, MBA is currently a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. He co-chairs the Guiding Committee of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network.

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Arthur Southam, M.D.

Arthur Southam, MD, MBA

Executive Vice President, Health Plan Operations, Kaiser Permanente
Arthur M. Southam, MD, is executive vice president, Health Plan Operations, for Kaiser Permanente, America’s largest not-for-profit health system with $80 billion in revenue, providing integrated health care and coverage to more than 12.2 million members and patients in eight states.
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Adam Stavisky, MA

Senior Vice President of US Benefits, Walmart

Adam Stavisky, MA, joined Walmart in 2018 and is the Senior Vice President of US Benefits.  Mr. Stavisky is responsible for the strategy, design, and delivery of all benefits for the 1.6 million US associates across Walmart, Sam’s Club and the eCommerce businesses. Mr.

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Steven Strongwater, M.D.

Steven Strongwater, MD

President and CEO, Atrius Health

As President and CEO of Atrius Health, Dr. Steven Strongwater, MD, leads 6,800 employees serving 675,000 patients across eastern Massachusetts with coordinated medical care, home health and hospice.

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Grace-Marie Turner

Grace-Marie Turner

President, Galen Institute

Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform.

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Barbara Wachsman

Barbara Wachsman, MPH, MCP

Former Director, Strategy and Engagement for Enterprise Benefits, Walt Disney Company
Barbara Wachsman, MPH, MCP served as the Director of Strategy and Engagement for all Enterprise Benefits for the Walt Disney Company. 
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Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker

CEO, UNITEHERE Health
Matthew Walker is CEO of UNITEHERE HEALTH, a Taft-Hartley trust fund offering health benefits to 225,000 participants throughout the United States. Reporting to a Board of Trustees made up equally of hospitality industry executives and union leaders, Mr. Walker oversees a $1 billion health fund for hospitality industry workers and their families.
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Jay Want, M.D.

Jay Want, MD

Executive Director, Peterson Center on Healthcare

Jay Want, MD, is Executive Director of the Peterson Center on Healthcare. He leads the Center’s expanding portfolio of initiatives and grants to identify high-performance models of healthcare, validate their impact on quality and cost, and facilitate their adoption on a national scale.

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Alan Weil

Alan Weil, JD, MPP

Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs

Alan Weil, JD, MPP became the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs on June 1, 2014.  A multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the serious exploration of domestic and international health policy and system change, Health Affairs is the nation’s leading journal at the intersection of health, health care, and policy.

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Gail Wilensky, Ph.D.

Gail Wilensky, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow, Project Hope
Gail Wilensky is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation. She directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs from 1990 to 1992 and served in the White House as a senior health and welfare adviser to President GHW Bush.
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