If you are interested in attending the next Health Policy Orientation, please fill out this brief form.

Once again, AcademyHealth hosted a successful Health Policy Orientation - this time in person! The Orientation was held in Washington, D.C. at the AcademyHealth office. Participants heard how to best get their message across to policy leaders, learned about the role of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches, and evaluated the current policy landscape both nationally and at the state level.

Featured Speakers

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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C. Anneta Arno, PH.D., M.P.H.

Director, Office of Health Equity - DC Health

Dr. C. Anneta Arno is an experienced public health professional with a track record in the field of health equ... 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

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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

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Mollyann Brodie, M.S., Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - KFF

Mollyann Brodie is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at KFF and Executive Director of KFF’s... 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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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

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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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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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Committee Member, Member

April Joy Damian, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Vice President and Director - Weitzman Institute Senior Scholar - AcademyHealth

Dr. April Joy Damian is a psychiatric epidemiologist, health services researcher, and classically trained publ... Read Bio

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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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Jeffrey Ekoma, M.B.A., M.S.

Senior Director, Government Affairs - Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Jeffrey Ekoma is the Senior Director of Government Affairs at the Association of State and Territorial Health ... 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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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

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Alison K. Hernandez, Ph.D., RN-BC

Policy Advisor for the Senate Special Committee on Aging - United States Senate

Alison is a Mexican-American, PhD-prepared nurse turned health policy staffer with the U.S. Congress in Washin... 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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Oliver Kim, B.A., J.D., L.M.M.

Health Policy Director - Bipartisan Policy Center

Oliver J. Kim is the health policy director for the Bipartisan Policy Center. He is also an adjunct professor ... 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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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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Ally Perleoni, M.A.

Manager of Government Relations - Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Ally Perleoni is Manager of Government Relations at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), where... Read Bio

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Steve Redburn, Ph.D., B.A.

Professorial Lecturer - George Washington University

Steve Redburn worked for 20 years in the Office of Management and Budget, where he was senior career executive... 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

Sara Rosenbaum
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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Kristin Rosengren

Vice President, Strategic Communications - AcademyHealth

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


Emily Stewart

Executive Director - Community Catalyst

Emily Stewart is the Executive Director of Community Catalyst. In this role, Emily oversees the overall direct... 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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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

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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Sacoby Wilson, Ph.D., M.S.

Professor and Director - University of Maryland-College Park

Dr. Sacoby Wilson is a Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department o... 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

About the Orientation

The Health Policy Orientation is a place to dive into all aspects of health policy. Attendees explore the many mechanisms of the policy process, including its key players (from relevant congressional staff to the three branches of government and federal agencies). Participants will receive an overview of the federal budget process, and insights into state health policy, public opinion, current affairs, including COVID-19, and more. 

The Orientation has a small meeting format – designed to encourage collaboration, interaction, and networking among participants and esteemed faculty.

2022 Registration Rates

Individual $1,500 $1,800
Fellow $1,300

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