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Monday, October 24

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions


9:00 a.m.– 10:00 a.m.

Health Policy 2021-2022: What Happened, What’s Next.
This session will cover the tumultuous and eventful 2021-22 health policy landscape as policymakers at all levels of government continue to grapple with the ongoing public health emergency, deep inequities throughout the health care system, and longstanding policy battles over coverage, access, and affordability. Participants will come away with a better understanding of what topics (old and new) are dominating the conversation, how the players and their positions/priorities have changed since this time last year, and where there might yet be opportunities for bipartisanship despite the deep polarizations throughout the country.

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

How Congress Works
This session reviews the congressional timetable and processes, as well as the role of congressional staff and committees with specific examples of legislation on health programs.


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

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The Executive Branch
This session looks at the role of the White House in health policymaking and how it relates to health-focused and non-health focused cabinet-level agencies. Panelists also discuss the office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and the Public Health Service agencies.


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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 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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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

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Hot Topics in Health Policy
This session will cover a range of current topics, which are the focus of health policy debate and action.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Happy Hour (Optional)

Information to come.

Tuesday, October 25

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Public Opinion and Health Policy
This session looks at how the public perceives health issues and reviews recent polling data.

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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

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

The Role of the Courts
This session focuses on the role of courts in health care, discussing the use of the legal system to regulate health care and health care delivery. The session also looks at current health care cases that have been elevated to the Supreme Court.


Sara Rosenbaum
Member, Presenter

Sara Rosenbaum, J.D.

Professor - George Washington University

Sara Rosenbaum, J.D. is the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University. Read Bio

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Role of Evidence in Policymaking
This session will address the role that evidence plays in the policy process. It will explore why and when evidence is used and provide examples of when evidence successfully informed, or failed to inform, policy development in both the legislative and executive branches.

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch 
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

How Policymaking Really Works
This session will address the critical role that the private sector plays in policy development and implementation. Presenters will address the role of not-for-profit private organizations (e.g., advisory groups, associations, foundations) interacting with the legislative and executive branches of government and will feature recent real-world examples from the provider community.


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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

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Federal Health Policy
This session will explore issues related to Medicare and its payment and delivery system reforms, health insurance coverage, and health insurance marketplaces. 

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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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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

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

The States' Health Policy Agenda
This session reviews the key health issues facing the states, including Medicaid/CHIP, insurance exchanges, and the implementation of health care reform.



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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

Wednesday, October 26

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Information Sources for Policymaking
Participants will meet in small groups with each expert to learn his/her agency’s role in providing information and resources for decision makers in the policymaking process. 


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Committee Member, Member

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

Vice President and Director - Weitzman Institute

Dr. April Joy Damian is an epidemiologist, health services researcher, and classically trained public health p... 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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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

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Federal Budgeting
This session presents the big picture of federal budgeting, its players, and the formal and informal budget processes, as well as how budgets influence policy and how tax cuts and budget deficits drive the policy agenda.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

How to Communicate with Policy Leaders
This hands-on workshop provides pointers for communicating effectively with decision-makers.  Panelists will review the various vehicles for communicating your message to key constituencies, tips on developing messages and outreach strategies, the use of media to bridge research and policy, and how to become more involved in health policy and politics.


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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

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

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Closing Remarks