Health data and policy innovation are an integral part of all efforts to transform health care. Recognizing the consequential relationship that exists between health data and health policy advancements, we’re virtually convening the two communities to share their work, exchange ideas, collaborate, and tackle the most critical health issues facing the U.S. today..

Originally two independent events, the Health Datapalooza and the National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) were first presented jointly in 2020. The combined event established and reinforced the professional connection that exists between the health data and health policy communities.

Through a combination of plenary, breakout, and poster sessions, as well as networking and group working activities, the event harnesses and strengthens the synergies that exist between the data and policy worlds.  

Participants have the opportunity to offer innovative solutions to directly confront the challenges, opportunities, and threats facing health and health care.

2021 Planning Committee


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Committee Member, Presenter

Sachin Jain, M.D., M.B.A., FACP

President and Chief Executive Officer - SCAN Group and SCAN Health Plan

Sachin (pronounced SUCH-in) H. Jain, MD, MBA became president and CEO of SCAN Group and Health Plan on July 1,... Read Bio

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Shannon (Sartin) West

Chief Technology Officer - Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

Shannon Sartin is the Chief Technology Officer at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. Read Bio


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Committee Member

André Blackman

Founder and CEO - Onboard Health

André is the Founder and CEO of Onboard Health, a specialized executive search and advisory firm focused on c... Read Bio

Committee Member, Member, Presenter

Melinda B. Buntin, Ph.D.

Professor and Mike Curb Chair - Vanderbilt University

Melinda Buntin joined Vanderbilt School of Medicine in 2013 as professor and chair of the Department of Health... Read Bio

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Tanisha Carino, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President - Alexion

Tanisha Carino, Ph.D., is Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of Alexion Read Bio

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Committee Member

Rita Carreón

Deputy Vice President - UnidosUS

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

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Andrea Downing

Co-Founder - The Light Collective

Andrea Downing is a BRCA Community Data Organizer and an ePatient security researcher. Read Bio

Greg Downing
Committee Member

Gregory Downing, D.O., Ph.D.

Founder - Innovation Horizons, LLC

Gregory Downing, D.O., Ph.D. is the Founder of Innovation Horizons, LLC, a consulting practice with an emphasi... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Nwamaka Eneanya, M.D., M.P.H., FASN

Nephrologist and Assistant Professor - University of Pennsylvania

Nwamaka Eneanya, MD, MPH, FASN is currently an attending nephrologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine and ... Read Bio

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Board Member, Committee Member

Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D., FACP, FCCP

Executive Director - AAMC Research and Action Institute

Atul Grover, MD, PhD, FACP, FCCP is the inaugural Executive Director of the AAMC Research and Action Institute. Read Bio

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Committee Member

Paul Harrington

Board Member - The Physicians Foundation

Paul C. Harrington is a Board Member of The Physicians Foundation and the former Executive Vice President of t... Read Bio

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Emily Holubowich, M.P.P.

Vice President, Federal Advocacy - American Heart Association

Emily joined the American Heart Association in 2019 with more than twenty years of experience in health and fi... Read Bio

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Committee Member, Presenter

Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

President, Health Platforms - Verily Life Sciences

Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is the author of The Long Fix: Solving America's Health Care Crisis with S... Read Bio

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Committee Member, Presenter

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

Strategic Advisor - Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiatives (CEPI)

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H. is currently the Strategic Advisor to the CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Prepa... Read Bio

Committee Member

Kelsey Mellard, M.P.A.

CEO and Co-Founder - Sitka

Kelsey Mellard, M.P.A., is the CEO and Co-founder of Sitka. Prior to founding Sitka, Kelsey lead Health Syste... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Kistein Monkhouse, M.P.A.

Founder & CEO - Patient Orator

Kistein Monkhouse, MPA is the CEO & founder of Patient Orator, a digital health startup, that is using a mobil... Read Bio

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Stephen Parente, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Professor in the Department of Finance - University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management AcademyHealth Board Vice Chair

Stephen Parente, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S. is a Professor in the Department of Finance and the Minnesota Insurance I... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Mya Roberson, MSPH

Epidemiology Ph.D. Candidate - UNC Chapel Hill

Mya L. Roberson, MSPH is PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina a... Read Bio

Lucia Savage
Board Member, Member, Presenter

Lucia Savage, J.D.

Chief Privacy and Regulatory Officer - Omada Health CAPP Chair

Lucia Savage is a nationally-recognized thought leader on using HIPAA to advance digital health while protecti... Read Bio

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Board Member, Committee Member

Rasu Shrestha, M.D., M.B.A.

Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President - Atrium Health

Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA, is executive vice president & chief strategy and transformation officer for Atrium ... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Jessie Tenenbaum, Ph.D.

Chief Data Officer - NC Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Tenenbaum serves as the Chief Data Officer (CDO) for DHHS, assisting the Department in developing a strate... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Hassan Tetteh, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.A., M.S.

Health Mission Chief - Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center

Dr. Hassan A. Tetteh is a US Navy Captain and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services Univers... Read Bio