As the country and its leaders consider the future shape and scope of health care, the AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference is a one-of-a-kind event designed  to identify challenges, discuss solutions, and define the research needed to inform and evaluate policies to improve health and the performance of the health care system.

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AcademyHealth and APHA Team Up for a Third Day of Health Policy Discussions

We are pleased to work with our colleagues at the American Public Health Association (APHA) to inform U.S. health policy and improve the health of individuals and communities. Join us at a special, co-hosted closing plenary at this year’s National Health Policy Conference and stay for an extra day of policy discussions at the APHA Policy Action Institute, “Public Health Under Siege: Improving Policy in Turbulent Times.” Learn more.

Confirmed Main Stage Speakers

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Pamela Aaltonen, Ph.D., R.N.

President - American Public Health Association

Dr. Aaltonen, president of APHA, recently stepped down from her role as an administrator and faculty member of... Read Bio

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Stephanie Armour

Health Policy Reporter - The Wall Street Journal

Stephanie Armour is the health policy reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she covers the Affordable Car... Read Bio


Melinda B. Buntin, Ph.D.

Professor and Mike Curb Chair - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Melinda Buntin joined Vanderbilt School of Medicine in 2013 as professor and chair of the Department of Health... Read Bio

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Michael Chernew, Ph.D.

Professor - Harvard Medical School

Michael Chernew, PhD, is the Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy and the director of the Heal... Read Bio


Donna R. Cryer, JD

President & CEO - Global Liver Institute

Donna R. Cryer, JD, has channeled her personal experience as an IBD and liver transplant patient into professi... Read Bio

Committee Member

Cheryl Jaeger, M.A.

Principal - Williams and Jensen

Jaeger brings extensive experience to Williams and Jensen having served as a senior policy advisor for the Hou... Read Bio

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Joanne Kenen

Executive Editor, Health Care - POLITICO

Joanne Kenen, Executive Editor, Health Care at POLITICO, is a veteran Washington reporter who has covered all... Read Bio

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Len Nichols

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

Scott Pattison

Scott Pattison

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer - National Governors Association

Scott Pattison serves as executive director and CEO of the National Governors Association (NGA), the bipartisa... Read Bio

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Julie Rovner

Chief Washington Correspondent - Kaiser Health News

Julie Rovner is Chief Washington Correspondent for Kaiser Health News and host of the all-women panelist podca... Read Bio

Rasu Shrestha
Committee Member

Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA

CIO - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

As Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Shrestha is responsible for driving UPMC’s innovation strategy. Read Bio

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... Read Bio