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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


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Kristin Rosengren

Vice President, Strategic Communications - AcademyHealth

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

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Julie Rovner

Chief Washington Correspondent - Kaiser Health News

Julie Rovner is Chief Washington Correspondent at KFF Health News and host of its weekly health policy news podcast, “What the Health?” Read Bio


Joanne Kenen

Commonwealth Fund Journalist in Residence - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Joanne Kenen is the Commonwealth Fund Journalist in Residence at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Read Bio

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Sandhya Raman

Health Policy Reporter - CQ Roll Call

Sandhya Raman is a health policy reporter for CQ Roll Call in Washington DC. 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 rural health, the health care safety net and disability 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 & Stowe (WCAS). 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 private sector. 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 Services, as well as Senior Counselor to Secretary Mike Leavitt before cofounding Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC in January 2006. Read Bio

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Stan Dorn, J.D.

Director - UnidosUS

Stan Dorn has directed the Health Policy Project for UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Read Bio


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Eileen Appelbaum, Ph.D.

Co-Director - Center for Economic and Policy Research

Dr. Eileen Appelbaum is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Read Bio


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Hodan Omaar, M.A.

Senior Policy Analyst - Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, Center for Data Innovation

Hodan Omaar is a senior policy analyst at ITIF's Center for Data Innovation. Read Bio

Ashley Kirzinger

Ashley Kirzinger, Ph.D.

Director - KFF

Ashley Kirzinger is director of survey methodology and associate director of the Public Opinion and Survey Research Program. 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 Health at George Washington University. Prior to her retirement, she was the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy. 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 leading staff responsible for advising on policy, management, and budget for housing and urban development. 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 strategy. 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 Washington, D.C. 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 she lobbies on behalf of all U.S. medical schools and nearly 400 major teaching hospitals. Read Bio


Tisamarie Sherry, M.D., Ph.D.

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) - US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Tisamarie Sherry, M.D., Ph.D. is a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 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 University’s Health Policy Institute 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 spending, and health workforce analysis. Read Bio

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Amanda Brodt, M.P.P.

Director - AcademyHealth

Amanda Brodt, M.P.P., is a Director with AcademyHealth's Evidence-Informed State Health Policy Institute, where she supports state health policymakers move evidence into practice. Read Bio

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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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Beth Giambrone, M.P.P.

Senior Analyst - Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Beth Giambrone is a Senior Analyst on the State Health Policy team at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). 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 public health professional with expertise in health equity, social determinants of health, and mixed methods. She is currently a senior scholar at AcademyHealth. Read Bio


Kirstin Blom, MPIA

Policy Director - CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)

Kirstin Blom is a policy director at the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). 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 nonpartisan federal agency that advises the U.S. Congress on Medicare payment, quality, and access issues. 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 Division since July 2007. 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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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 equity, including national recognition for work promoting racial equity through a public health lens, community collaboration to transform views and perspectives related to the root causes of health disparities, and integration of health equity concepts into healthcare delivery systems. Read Bio

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Nick Hart, Ph.D.

President - Data Foundation

Dr. Nick Hart is President of the Data Foundation, a national non-profit organization that champions the use of open data and evidence-informed public policy to improve society. Read Bio


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Committee Member

Lee A. Fleisher, M.D.

Emeritus Professor - University of Pennsylvania

Lee A. Fleisher, MD, is Emeritus Professor and Former Chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. 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 the marketing department, as well as public relations, social media and digital strategies, and the graphic design portfolio. Read Bio