2020 Healthy NY Summit

April 16, 2020  
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
1 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Event Description


NYS Senator Gustavo Rivera
Chair, Health Committee
State Senator Gustavo Rivera represents the 33rd Senate District in the Bronx. Since taking office, Senator Rivera has focused his efforts on addressing issues of health inequity. In 2018, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins appointed Senator Rivera as the Chair of the Senate Health Committee. He is collaborating with colleagues, stakeholders, and constituents to improve health outcomes, increase access to health coverage, and ensure a financially viable health care system. Senator Rivera served as the ranking member of the Senate Health Committee for six years. In that role, he passed three smoking ban laws, and has been a champion of harm reduction policies. He is currently the main sponsor of the “New York Health Act.” In 2011, Senator Rivera launched the Bronx CAN Health Initiative. This health initiative shapes policies that will help tear down some of the institutional barriers that stand in the way of Bronxites having a healthier lifestyle.
Richard Gottfried
NYS Assemblyman Richard Gottfried
Chair, Health Committee
Richard N. Gottfried represents the 75th Assembly District, covering Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Murray Hill, Midtown and part of the Lincoln Center area of Manhattan. He is a leading state health policymaker, not only in New York but also nationally. He was a major architect of New York’s landmark managed care reforms, and continues to fight for stronger consumer and provider protections and public support for universal access to quality, affordable health care. He is the lead Assembly sponsor for the N.Y. Health Act to create a universal publicly funded single-payer health plan ensuring health care for ALL New Yorkers. His legislative work includes the passage of: the Child Health Plus Program; the Health Care Proxy Law; simplification of enrollment in publicly financed programs; the HIV Testing and Confidentiality Law; promotion of stronger primary and preventative care and formation of accountable care organizations; and the legalization of medical marijuana. In the Legislature, he has been the leading proponent of patient autonomy, especially in end-of-life care, and reproductive freedom. Assemblymember Gottfried is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Cornell University, and Columbia Law School. He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine; a member of the American Public Health Association, New York Civil Liberties Union, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Art Students League, and the China Institute.
Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan
Ann Sullivan, Commissioner
NYS Office of Mental Health
Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan was confirmed by the New York State Senate as Commissioner for the New York State Office of Mental Health on June 20, 2014. New York State has a large, multi-faceted mental health system that serves more than 700,000 individuals each year. The Office of Mental Health (OMH) operates psychiatric centers across the State, and also oversees more than 4,500 community programs, including inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs. As Commissioner, she has guided the transformation of the state hospital system in its emphasis on recovery and expansion of community based treatment, reinvesting over 60 million dollars in community services. Working closely with all mental health providers and health plans, she is responsible for the movement of the health benefit for the seriously mentally ill into managed care beginning October 2015. This new Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) benefit will embed in the Medicaid benefit critical recovery services such as crisis respite, peer, educational and employment supports. She has also been instrumental in expanding services for the mentally ill in prisons and in expanding the much needed community based continuum of care for the seriously mentally ill leaving prison and returning to their community.
Maryanne Schretzman, DSW
Executive Director, NYC Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence
Schretzman is the Executive Director of the New York City Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI), a unit of the Mayor's Office. Dr. Schretzman founded CIDI in 2011 with the mission and goal of harnessing the power of New York City's Health and Human Service agencies to provide cross-agency data analysis in order to strategically inform policy decisions and foster interagency collaboration in addressing complex social problems. All of CIDI’s initiatives aim to improve the lives of millions of New Yorkers through creative solutions which address urban challenges such as homelessness, poverty, employment, and other areas. Dr. Schretzman has always been motivated to create powerful solutions for the crises of the most vulnerable people and seemingly intractable challenges. Time and again she has proven that the key to success on these issues is analyzing, connecting and linking data across the agencies as a foundation for research and analysis. Maryanne Schretzman has been a social worker in NYC since the 1980s. During that time, which was the height of the crack epidemic, she developed programs for homeless families deeply affected by substance use and mental health issues. She has won numerous awards and grants for her groundbreaking work, including a President's citation and later, federal recognition in setting the gold standard for the methodology of homeless street counts.
Syra Madad, D.H.Sc., M.Sc., MCP
Senior Director of the System-wide Special Pathogens Program, New York City Health + Hospitals
Syra Madad, D.H.Sc., M.Sc., MCP is nationally recognized leader in public health and special pathogen preparedness and response. She is Senior Director, System-wide Special Pathogens Program at New York City Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest municipal healthcare delivery system overseeing special pathogen preparedness and response efforts across 11 acute care hospitals in addition to post-acute/long-term care facilities and ambulatory care sites. She is Principal Investigator of NYC Health + Hospitals Center for Global Healthcare Preparedness to Special Pathogens. In addition, Dr. Madad is Core Faculty in the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Assistant Professor in the Graduate Biotechnology/Biodefense Program at the University of Maryland. She is an Alumni Fellow at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Health Security’s Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Program and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavioral Informatics & Technological Enterprise Studies Program. Dr. Madad earned her Doctoral degree in Health Science with a concentration in Global Health from Nova Southeastern University, graduating with Alpha Eta Health Science Honor Society status. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Biotechnology with a concentration in Biodefense and Biosecurity and Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland. Dr. Madad holds numerous professional certifications, licenses and training certificates including Master Continuity Practitioner Certification (FEMA), Advanced Emergency Planning Certification, All Hazard Response (CBRNE) Training for Laboratory Personnel, Biosafety Level III Training, and Identification of the Primary Select Agents of Bioterrorism Training. Prior to her current role, Dr. Madad served as the Lead Continuity of Operations Liaison and State Trainer for the BioThreat and Chemical Threat Teams at the Texas Department of State Health Services, Emergency Preparedness Branch. In this role, she served on the Ebola and Other Infectious Disease Agent Surge Team and assisted with the Texas state 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak response. In 2015, Dr. Madad was awarded the Ebola Response Team Appreciation Award by the Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services in recognition of her contributions to the state Ebola response effort. Dr. Madad has a strong background in academia, teaching in graduate, undergraduate and professional programs with courses ranging from advanced microbiology to bioterrorism and biosecurity. Dr. Madad has held various faculty appointments, including Assistant Professor, Deputy Chair and Director of Education for various academic institutions in MD, NY, and TX. She serves on numerous editorial boards, advising committees and councils. Dr. Madad was awarded the prestigious J.V. Irons Award for Scientific Excellence in 2015 by the Texas Department of State Health Services for her significant contributions to the agency and scientific community and was highlighted as a “Pathogen Preparedness Pioneer” in NYC Health + Hospitals 2018 Press Release. Dr. Madad has a number of peer-reviewed articles, and has been a guest speaker at numerous scientific and medical conferences/workshops/webinars around the world. She is frequently quoted and appears on in major media outlets. Dr. Madad plays one of the lead roles in the Netflix docuseries, Pandemics: How to Prevent an Outbreak, which follows a handful of leaders throughout the world on the frontlines to prevent the next outbreak.

Registration & Networking Breakfast

Opening Keynote: Dr. Syra Madad, Senior Director of the System-wide Special Pathogens Program at New York City Health + Hospitals; also currently featured in Netflix's six-part docuseries, "Pandemic: How To Prevent An Outbreak."

The State of Health Care in New York

New York’s health systems and services are complex and ever-changing. Large hospital systems compete with independent practitioners, new insurance opportunities continually appear, and emergency services are rapidly expanding. What is the current state of health care in New York and where is it going? Panelists will discuss the future of government programs like Medicaid and updates on the push for universal health care, plus the potential for further service integrations across health agencies.
State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Chair, Health Committee
Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Chair, Health Committee
Ann Sullivan, Commissioner, New York State Office of Mental Health
Dr. Robert LoNigro, CEO, HealthCare Partners IPA

Prevention and Protection for All New Yorkers

Health care providers are continually moving towards a proactive model, attempting to prevent health problems before they occur. This panel will discuss forward-looking measures that are happening right now, from fighting opioid dependence and banning menthol cigarettes, to controlling the spread of pandemics. Our panelists will also break down how New York has and will respond to urgent health crises, technological advancements in the health space, cyber health developments, and best practices for health data security, and so much more.

  • Senator Peter Harckham, Co-Chair of the Joint Senate Task Force on Opioids, Addiction & Overdose Prevention
  • Hillary Kunins, Executive Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Maryanne Schretzman, Executive Director, New York City Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence 
  • John S. Shegerian, CEO, ERI



Improving Mental Health Outcomes Using Data Analytics

Although there is much we don’t know about mental health, technology and data are rapidly closing the knowledge gap. How can new developments in data analytics transform the way providers in the public and private sector treat mental health? Our expert panelists will answer this question and more, breaking down how health data analytics can predict potential behavior, clear away hurdles between a patient and their provider, measure the effectiveness of treatment, and so much more.
Thomas E. Smith, MD, Chief Medical Officer, New York State Office of Mental Health
John Katt, Director of Technology, Development & Data, Office of the New York City Public Advocate
Josh Morgan, National Director of Behavioral Health and Whole Person Care, SAS
Senator Luis Sepulveda, Member, Mental Health Committee

Addressing Social Determinants of Health in New York

The start of a new decade highlights the importance of addressing the social determinants of health by creating social and physical environments that promote good health for all. Economic status, physical environment, education level and more can impact people's health as much as their current health care options. Advances are needed not only in health care but also in fields such as education, childcare, housing, business, law, community planning, transportation and agriculture. Our panelists will address opportunities in these areas as well as necessary integration of community-based and clinical service structures. 
Denard Cummings, Director of the Bureau of Social Determinants of Health, New York State Department of Health
Torian Easterling, Deputy Commissioner, Center for Health Equity, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Matt Siegler, CEO, OneCity Health and VP of NYC Health + Hospitals
Michael P. Schnall, Vice President, Government Relations & Community Investment, New York Road Runners
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