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We Held a Virtual Orientation in October 2021

The Fall Health Policy Orientation included virtual presentations by well-known experts, interactive panels and group discussions. Attendees received a crash course on the ins and outs of health policymaking and gained take-home skills to cut through the bureaucratic red tape to achieve their health policy goals.

Featured Speakers

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Sarah Dash, M.P.H.

President and Chief Executive Officer - Alliance for Health Policy

Sarah J. Dash, MPH, is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. Read Bio

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Committee Member, Member, Presenter

Adaeze Enekwechi, Ph.D., M.P.P.

Operating Partner - Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Dr. Adaeze Enekwechi is an Operating Partner focused on healthcare investments at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & St... Read Bio

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Christopher Holt, M.A.

Director of Health Care Policy - American Action Forum

Christopher Holt is the Director of Health Care Policy at the American Action Forum (AAF)—a center right polic... Read Bio

Rodney Whitlock

Rodney Whitlock, Ph.D.

Vice President - McDermott+Consulting

Rodney is an accomplished health care executive with more than two decades on the Hill where he specialized in... Read Bio

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John Michael O'Brien, Pharm.D., M.P.H.

President and Chief Executive Officer - National Pharmaceutical Council

John M. O'Brien, Pharm.D., M.P.H., is the president and chief executive officer of the National Pharmaceutical... Read Bio

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Jennifer Young

Co-founder - Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC

Jennifer B. Young served as the Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the Department of Health and Human Serv... Read Bio

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Christopher Jennings

President - Jennings Policy Strategies

Chris Jennings is an over three decades-long health policy veteran of the White House, the Congress and the pr... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Rita Carreón

Vice President, Health - UnidosUS

Rita Carreón is the Deputy Vice President for Health at UnidosUS. Read Bio

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Nicole Cooper, M.P.H., Dr.PH

Senior Vice President - UnitedHealth Group

Dr. Nicole M. Cooper currently serves as a Senior Vice President at UnitedHealth Group. She formerly served as... Read Bio

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Board Member, Committee Member

Eric Schneider, M.D., M.Sc.

Executive Vice President of the Quality Measurement and Research Group - National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

Eric Schneider is Senior Vice President for Policy and Research at The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthr... Read Bio

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Member, Presenter

Sara Rosenbaum, J.D.

Professor Emerita, Health Law and Policy - George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

Sara Rosenbaum, J.D., is Professor Emerita, Health Law and Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Hea... Read Bio

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Liz Hamel

Vice President and Director - Kaiser Family Foundation

Liz Hamel is Vice President and Director of Public Opinion and Survey Research at the Kaiser Family Foundation... Read Bio

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Committee Member, Presenter

Mark E. Miller, Ph.D., M.A.

Executive Vice President of Health Care - Arnold Ventures

Mark Miller leads Arnold Ventures' work to lower the cost and improve the value of health care. Read Bio

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Committee Member, Member

Andrew J. Barnes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Virginia Commonwealth University

Andrew J. Barnes, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Policy at Virginia Commonwealth Unive... Read Bio

Committee Member, Presenter

Danielle A. Lloyd, M.P.H.

Senior Vice President, Private Market Innovations and Quality Initiatives - America’s Health Insurance Plans

Danielle A. Lloyd is the senior vice president of private market innovations and quality initiatives for AHIP,... Read Bio

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Tannaz Rasouli, M.P.H.

Senior Director - Association of American Medical Colleges

As Senior Director of Public Policy and Strategic Outreach at the Association of American Medical Colleges, Ta... Read Bio

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Sabrina Corlette, J.D.

Research Professor - Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR)

Sabrina Corlette, J.D., is a Research Professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) at Georgetown... Read Bio

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Member, Presenter

Cristina Boccuti, M.A., M.P.P.

Director - West Health Policy Center

Cristina Boccuti is an expert on national health policy, focusing particularly on Medicare reform, health care... Read Bio

Hemi Tewarson

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

Executive Director - National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)

Hemi Tewarson, J.D., M.P.H. is the Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP). Read Bio

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Andy Baker-White, J.D., M.P.H.

Senior Director, State Health Policy - Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

As a member of ASTHO’s State Health Policy team, Andy provides research, analysis, and legal technical assista... Read Bio

Lauren Adams

Lauren Adams, M.A.

Senior Director of Communications and Marketing - AcademyHealth

Lauren Adams, M.A., is senior director of communications and marketing at AcademyHealth, where she oversees th... Read Bio

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Moira Forbes, M.B.A.

Policy Director - MACPAC

Moira Forbes is a policy director at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). Read Bio


Lara Robillard, M.P.Aff

Principal Analyst - Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Lara Robillard has been a principal analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in the Budget Analysis Di... Read Bio

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Marco A. Villagrana, M.S.W.

Analyst, Health Care Financing - Congressional Research Service

Marco Villagrana has conducted policy analysis in the public and private sector for over 20 years. Read Bio

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Stephanie Cameron, Sc.M.

Assistant Director - Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)

Stephanie Cameron, Sc.M is the Assistant Director at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a nonp... Read Bio

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James Capretta, M.A.

Resident Fellow - American Enterprise Institute

James C. Capretta has more than three decades of experience in health care and fiscal policy. Read Bio

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Kristin Rosengren

Vice President, Strategic Communications - AcademyHealth

Kristin Rosengren is Vice President, Strategic Communications, and co-director of the AcademyHealth Translatio... Read Bio

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Josh Caplan, M.A., M.P.P.

Director for Government Affairs - AcademyHealth

Josh Caplan is the Director for Government Affairs at AcademyHealth, overseeing advocacy and public policy str... Read Bio

About the Orientation

There is no bigger, hot-button issue today than health care. As debates persist and big decisions loom, now is the time to understand the fundamentals of health policymaking – how the many pieces of the health care puzzle work together, while providing content and context about the current political environment.

Attendees of the Health Policy Orientation explore the mechanisms of the policy process, including its key players (from relevant congressional staff to the three branches of government and federal agencies), an overview of the federal budget process, and insights into state health policy, public opinion, and more.

Registration Rates

Individual $775 $975
Fellow $675

Individual must be a current fellow member or join AcademyHealth as a fellow.