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.

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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

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Lara Brown, Ph.D.

Director - George Washington University

Lara M. Brown, Ph.D., serves as the director of the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at the Geor... 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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Shonta Chambers, M.S.W.

Executive Vice President - Patient Advocate Foundation

Shonta Chambers is a seasoned non-profit executive and public health professional whose career spans more than... 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


Bechara Choucair, M.D.

Senior Vice President and Chief Community Health Officer - Kaiser Permanente

Bechara Choucair, MD, is senior vice president and chief community health officer at Kaiser Permanente. Read Bio

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Christopher Coloian, M.H.A.

Executive Vice President - Cotiviti

Chris is responsible for driving Cotiviti’s growth, leading its sales organization and emerging businesses, fo... Read Bio

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Naomi Fried, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO - Health Innovation Strategies

Naomi Fried, PhD, an innovation and digital health thought-leader, is the founder and CEO of the boutique adv... Read Bio

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Dan Gorenstein

Health Care Reporter - Tradeoffs – a Health Policy Podcast

Journalist Dan Gorenstein covers the business of health care. Previously, he served as the Senior Health Care ... Read Bio

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Jennifer Haberkorn

Congressional Reporter - Los Angeles Times

Jennifer Haberkorn covers Congress in Washington, D.C., for the Los Angeles Times. 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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Katie Meyer

Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Republican Leader - U.S. House of Representatives

Katie Meyer is Senior Policy Advisor to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy where she has been integral to ... 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


Wendell Primus

Senior Policy Advisor

Wendell Primus is the Senior Policy Advisor on Budget and Health issues to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 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

Hemi Tewarson

Hemi Tewarson, J.D., M.P.H.

Director - National Governors Association

Hemi Tewarson serves as the director for the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ Health ... Read Bio

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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

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Gloria Wilder, M.D., M.P.H.

President and CEO - Core Health and Wellness Centers

Gloria A. Wilder, M.D., MPH is a nationally recognized entrepreneur, pediatrician, public speaker and expert o... Read Bio

Member, Presenter

Gail Wilensky, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow - Project HOPE

Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D. is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation. Read Bio

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Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., M.S.

Senior Vice President - Henry Ford Health System

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS, is Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity, and Chief Wellness and Div... Read Bio