2020 Virtual Healthy New York Summit

September 17, 2020  
1:00PM - 4:00PM
How COVID19 Has and Will Impact New York’s Health Care Policies, Innovation and Future
Event Description

The Coronavirus Pandemic shook up New York like almost no other health crisis in recent history. City & State’s Virtual Healthy New York Summit will bring together health care decision makers and policy experts from all sectors to identify challenges and discuss solutions to improve our system. Attendees will gain new insights and perspectives on the most critical issues and priorities in New York health care during and post the pandemic.

Gustavo Rivera
New York State Senator, 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
Assemblymember, 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. Ted Long
Executive Director of Test & Trace Corps, New York City Health + Hospitals
Theodore G. Long, MD, MHS is Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Care, and Executive Director of the Test and Trace Corps, at New York City Health + Hospitals, the largest public healthcare system in the U.S. New York City Health + Hospitals provides essential services to more than one million New Yorkers through 11 hospitals and more than 70 primary care clinic sites. Dr. Long is responsible for leading the nation's largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and transforming the health system’s current portfolio of ambulatory care, with more than five million visits per year, into an integrated and high-quality network providing care to all New Yorkers, without exception. Dr. Long additionally supervises the design and implementation of NYC Care, a new program that will guarantee access to care for all uninsured residents of New York City, as well as the System Office of Population Health which focuses on data analytics, chronic disease management, and social determinants of health. Dr. Long previously served as the Senior Medical Officer for the Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) where he led more than 20 federal programs including the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, and the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program. Before coming to CMS, Dr. Long served as Medical Director at the Rhode Island State Department of Health, where he led healthcare planning for the State. He was Principal Author for the first statewide evaluation of health service capacity and access to care, with a focus on primary care capacity and need. Dr. Long is a practicing primary care physician who did his undergraduate work, residency training, and post-graduate Master’s work in health services research at Yale University. Dr. Long is currently a faculty member in the Yale School of Medicine and the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, where he teaches about health policy and administration.
Mark Levine
NYC Councilmember, Chair, Committee on Health
New York City Councilman Mark Levine represents the 7th District in Northern Manhattan. He is a progressive policy leader on housing, education, economic justice, transportation, environmentalism and more. Levine has been a strong advocate for addressing inequality in New York City. He chairs the City Council’s Committee on Parks and Recreation, where he is pushing for greater equity for parks in New York’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. He is also a leading voice on affordable housing issues, including the fight to get legal representation for all tenants in Housing Court. As chairman of the City Council’s Jewish Caucus, he is focused on combating Jewish poverty in New York City and fostering intergroup relations. Levine is also a member of the Finance, Education, Housing and Buildings, Government Operations and Rules committees. He serves on the City Council’s Policy Working Group and is a member of the Progressive Caucus. He is vice chairman of the Progressive Caucus Alliance, which supports progressive candidates running for local office in New York City. In the 7th Council District, Levine has fought for safer streets, faster bus service, better schools, cleaner parks, more affordable housing and development that fits the scale and context of the neighborhood. Levine began his career as a bilingual math and science teacher at Junior High School 149 in the South Bronx. He went on to found Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, which helps low-income families in Upper Manhattan gain access to financial services, including more than $15 million in microloans. In the years before he entered the City Council, Levine served as executive director of Teach For America New York and as executive director of the Center for After-School Excellence at TASC. He has been recognized nationally for his work as a social entrepreneur. Levine also has long taken a leading role in his community. He was elected as a Democratic district leader in 2007. He also founded the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan, a diverse grass-roots organization focused on progressive activism and political reform.
Dr. Hillary Kunins
Executive Deputy Commissioner of Mental Hygiene, NYC DOHMH
Dr. Hillary Kunins is the Executive Deputy Commissioner of Mental Hygiene at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). In this role, she oversees the DOHMH’s major strategic initiatives to improve the mental health and behavioral health of all New Yorkers. Previously, Dr. Kunins served as Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use at DOHMH where, since 2012, she has led the DOHMH’s efforts to promote public health approaches to reducing the health and social consequences of drug and alcohol use in NYC, including preventing opioid overdose and prescription opioid misuse, and binge and excessive alcohol use; integrating best practices in substance use care into health care systems; and strengthening the continuum of services to address the needs of New Yorkers with substance use disorders. Dr. Kunins serves as the DOHMH lead for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 60 million dollar citywide opioid initiative, HealingNYC. As a general internist and addiction medicine physician, before joining DOHMH, Dr. Kunins worked in the Bronx for 16 years providing primary and addiction-related care to patients in both community health centers and in substance use disorder treatment programs. Dr. Kunins served as Medical Director of the Hub 2 Methadone Maintenance Program, in the Division of Substance Abuse at Einstein (2000-2003); Founder and Director of Project GROW – HIV prevention for women with substance use disorders (20032012) and Director of the Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine Residency Program at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2007-2012). She has been a Principal or CoInvestigator of foundation and federal grants related to buprenorphine treatment in primary care, disparities in substance use service utilization, and medical education/training to promote quality care for vulnerable populations. Dr. Kunins received her MD and MPH from Columbia University and her MS in Clinical Research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Kunins is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Family & Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Fellow of American College of Physicians, and Fellow of American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Howard A. Zucker
Commissioner, New York State Department of Health
Howard A. Zucker, M.D., is the Commissioner of Health for New York State. As the state’s chief physician, he leads the Department of Health’s public health initiatives and oversees its healthcare workforce and healthcare facilities. He has been working with Governor Cuomo to manage New York State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has worked at the helm on such critical issues as the 2018-2019 measles outbreak, vaping-related illnesses, Legionella, the Zika virus, Ebola, and medical marijuana. Dr. Zucker trained in pediatrics (Johns Hopkins), anesthesiology (University of Pennsylvania), pediatric critical care/pediatric anesthesiology (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), and pediatric cardiology (Boston Children’s Hospital) and is board-certified in six specialties. He has held academic appointments at Yale, Columbia, and Einstein medical schools; at Georgetown Law; and on the NIH faculty. He served as a White House Fellow, HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health, Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization, and Institute of Politics fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He holds a B.S. (McGill), M.D. (George Washington), J.D. (Fordham), and LL.M. (Columbia).
David Carlucci
New York State Senator & Chair of Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Committee
Senator and Democrat David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) represents the 38th District in the New York State Senate and has been in office since 2010. He has distinguished himself as a lawmaker who delivers results for residents in Rockland and Westchester Counties. Since taking office, he has passed more than 100 pieces of legislation, including making Naloxone available over the counter to help save lives and fight the Opioid epidemic. Senator Carlucci has worked with the Governor each year to promote fiscal discipline by passing on-time budgets, passing tax breaks for the middle class, implementing a property tax cap, and fighting for millions for public schools. He has pushed legislation to create jobs and grow our economy. This includes Jobs for Heroes, providing tax credits to businesses that hire returning veterans serving overseas, including his work to reduce burdensome regulations and promote entrepreneurism. Senator Carlucci also played an instrumental role in standing up for progressive issues and helped pass: same-sex marriage, the SAFE Act, Raise the Age of criminal responsibility, a $15 minimum wage plan, and the nation’s strongest Paid Family Leave policy. Senator Carlucci currently resides with his wife and two children in New City, New York, which is in Rockland County.
Bill Baccaglini
President and CEO, The New York Foundling
As President and CEO, Bill has overseen the expansion of The Foundling, reduced the charity’s operating deficit by $7.5 million, implemented policies and procedures that have resulted in the organization securing national accreditation and expanded the charity’s foster boarding and prevention programs. He has led the push towards Evidenced-Based Practices in The Foundling’s programs, increasing the effectiveness of service delivery for the people we serve, and enhancing The Foundling’s role as an industry leader. Prior to coming to The Foundling Bill spent more than twenty years in New York State government, developing programs and policies directly impacting children, youth and families. He was instrumental in the creation of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OFCS) in Albany, where later he served as Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Development. In this role, he oversaw the agency development of a new model for funding foster care services in New York State and led the agency’s initiative to expand mental health services in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Bill holds Master Degrees from both the State University of New York at Albany and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Brockport.
Amanda Eisenberg
New York City Health Care Reporter, POLITICO New York
Amanda Eisenberg is the New York City health care reporter for POLITICO New York. She also writes POLITICO New York Health Care, an early-morning email that breaks down the day’s news for health-industry insiders. Amanda is an avid bike rider and lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Todd M. Rogow, MPA, CHCIO
President and CEO, Healthix
As President and CEO of Healthix, Todd leads with more than 20 years of technical experience and a wealth of innovation in the health information exchange space. Todd previously served as Healthix’ Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, providing the vision, strategy and operational leadership which established Healthix as the largest publicly funded HIE in the nation. He has driven the organization’s rapid growth by implementing next generation application software and completing the technical systems merger of several New York State HIE organizations that now comprise Healthix. The most recent merger, with New York Care Information Gateway (NYCIG), positioned Healthix as the definitive source of clinical data in our region. Todd also established a comprehensive security program at Healthix, recently achieving HITRUST CSF® certification.
Dave A. Chokshi
Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Dr. Dave A. Chokshi is the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Chokshi most recently served as Chief Population Health Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals, where he built and grew an award-winning team dedicated to health system improvement, spanning innovative care models and analytics, primary care transformation, social determinants of health, community-based care management, and chronic diseases and prevention. He has taken care of patients as a primary care physician at Bellevue Hospital since 2014. Dr. Chokshi’s prior work experience spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including positions with the New York City and State Departments of Health and the Louisiana Department of Health, before and after Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Chokshi served on the FEMA delegation to New York City after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He also served as a White House Fellow and was the principal health advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Chokshi has written widely on public health and medicine including in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, Health Affairs, Science, and Scientific American. In 2016, President Obama appointed him to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. He trained in internal medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital, where he received the Dunne Award for Compassionate Care, and was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. During his training, Dr. Chokshi did clinical work in Guatemala, Peru, Botswana, Ghana, and India. He received his M.D. with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction from Penn, where he was elected by his peers to win the Joel Gordon Miller Prize. He also earned an MSc in global public health as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and graduated summa cum laude from Duke.
Jeffrey B. Short
Vice President and Chief of Staff, Montefiore Health System
Jeffrey B. Short is Vice President, Chief of Staff of Montefiore Health System and the leader of Montefiore’s Faculty Practice Group. Montefiore is one of the leading academic health systems in the country with 11 hospitals, 300 ambulatory locations, 35,000 employees and 6 million unique patient encounters. Montefiore’s Faculty Practice Group is one of the largest in the country with over 1500 physicians. Jeff received his BS in Accounting from the University of Scranton, and his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. He came to Montefiore from NYU Langone Medical Center, where he served as the Department Head for Strategy and Business Development. Earlier, Jeff worked as a management consultant for 13 years with both Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers. At PwC, Jeff was a Director and regional leader in the strategy and enterprise growth practice, working with clients such as the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Medicine. He also spent 3 years in Europe leading business development and healthcare engagements with clients in the Middle East and Europe.
Louise Cohen
Chief Executive Officer, Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC)
Louise Cohen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), a not-for-profit community development financial institution dedicated to expanding and strengthening the primary care safety net in the United States. PCDC provides capital and technical assistance to a wide variety of primary care providers, and advocates for improved and increased primary care access, capacity, quality, reimbursement, and capital resources in order to improve health outcomes, create healthier communities, increase health equity, and reduce overall health care system costs. Prior to assuming leadership of PCDC, she was Vice President for Public Health Programs at Public Health Solutions in New York City (2011-2015), where she oversaw a variety of programs to improve community health through food access and nutrition, women’s reproductive health, tobacco control, and child development. Ms. Cohen held successive leadership positions at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) from 1998-2011, including as Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Health Care Access and Improvement. Among her accomplishments at DOHMH, Ms. Cohen led the development and execution of Take Care New York, New York City’s first comprehensive health policy agenda. She also oversaw the Primary Care Information Project, which brought a public health and prevention-oriented ambulatory care electronic health record system to more than 2,500 primary care providers. Before her tenure at DOHMH, Ms. Cohen was Director of the Park Slope Family Health Center (now part of the NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers network). She served on PCDC’s Board of Directors from 2011 until she became CEO.
Charlotte Ostman
CEO, The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA)
Charlotte Ostman, LCSW-R is the Chief Executive Officer for Mental Health Association of Westchester. She is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization, corporate development, business operations and strategy. She earned a BS from Cornell University and her MSW from New York University. She has extensive administrative and clinical practice experience developing and delivering Behavioral Healthcare in various community based medical settings. Special areas of interest include innovation, crisis intervention, integrated care, value based care and telehealth. She serves on several industry boards including Coordinated Behavioral Health Services(CBHS) IPA, Hudson Valley Care (HVC) Health Home, NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and Not for Profit Westchester (NPW).
Michael V. McConnell, MD, MSEE
Clinical Lead, Mobile Health & Devices, Google Health
Michael V. McConnell, MD, MSEE is the Senior Clinical Lead for Mobile Health & Devices at Google Health and Clinical Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine, where he continues to see patients and teach in the Stanford Biodesign program. Dr. McConnell is a native of Brooklyn and did his BS and MS in EE/BioE at MIT followed by his MD at Stanford. He specialized in Cardiovascular Medicine and Imaging at Brigham and Women’s and Beth Israel Hospitals in Boston and then joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School. He spent the majority of his academic career at Stanford, with clinical and research expertise in cardiovascular imaging, prevention, and mobile health. He was Director of Preventive Cardiology and Director of Cardiovascular Health Innovation where he oversaw the top-enrolling MyHeart Counts study launching Apple’s ResearchKit. In 2015 he joined Google (now Verily) Life Sciences leading cardiovascular health projects, including Verily’s Study Watch, and in 2019 joined the Google Health team. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and was Principal Investigator of multiple research and training grants from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association (AHA). He is a founding member of the AHA’s Health Technology Advisory Group and recently co-chaired the task force for AHA’s 2030 Impact Goal.
Erin Billups
National Health Reporter, Spectrum News
Erin Billups has been reporting on health for Spectrum News since 2013. She’s covered a wide range of topics, from the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act to innovations in treatment for diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer. Erin’s coverage regularly highlights public policy responses to health epidemics and widening disparities in access to care. Erin is now the host of Spectrum Networks’ new initiative “Exploring Your Health,” which will take a deeper dive into major health issues affecting Americans. Erin has held several roles with Spectrum Networks. She hosted Spectrum News NY1’s weekly health program, "City Health Beat," for two years. She was the first reporter stationed at Spectrum’s Washington, D.C. Bureau, which launched in July 2011. In Washington, Erin covered President Obama's announcement of the end of the Iraq War and U.S. Supreme Court arguments on cases ranging from immigration reform to health care reform. Prior to working in the nation’s capital, Erin kept tabs on changes in David Paterson's administration and the transition to Andrew Cuomo's administration as NY1's State House Reporter. Her stint in Albany included covering the historic and controversial same-sex marriage bill, which passed in 2011. Before working for NY1, Erin was the political reporter for Spectrum News’ Capital Tonight in Upstate New York. She began her career with Spectrum News as the morning reporter in Albany. Prior to that, she was a general assignment reporter in Elmira-Corning at the ABC affiliate WENY-TV, where she also covered the health beat. Originally from Hollis, Queens, Erin was raised by her mother and grandmother, who was an emergency department nurse. Health and nutrition were regularly a focus of family conversation and a large part of why she chose to pursue the health beat. Erin is a graduate of the State University at Albany. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two children.

Welcome and Introduction


Keynote Address: Howard A. Zucker, Commissioner, New York State Department of Health


One on One with Dave Chokshi, Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Jon Lentz, Editor, City & State NY

With an introduction by Todd M. Rogow, President and CEO, Healthix


Special Presentation By Michael V. McConnell, MD, MSEE, Clinical Lead, Mobile Health & Devices, Google Health


The State of Health Care in New York:  Prevention and Protection for All New Yorkers

New York’s health systems and services have been turned upside down this year with COVID 19.  The health facilities became overrun and staff overwhelmed, issues with insurance emerged and various health services could barely keep up with the demand. Technology has become a bigger factor in terms of telehealth and telemedicine, electronic processing, shared data, etc. This panel will discuss forward-looking measures that are happening right now such as controlling the spread of the pandemic through tracing, as well as how New York has and will respond to future urgent health crises, best practices for data security, and so much more.

Amanda Eisenberg, Health care reporter, POLITICO New York (moderator)

Senator Gustavo Rivera, Chair, Senate Health Committee

Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, Chair, Assembly Committee on Health

Dr. Ted Long, Executive Director of Test & Trace Corps, NYC Health + Hospitals

Louise Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, Primary Care Development Corporation

Jeffrey B. Short, Vice President and Chief of Staff, Montefiore Health System


Addressing Health and New York’s Most Vulnerable Populations

Among many other things, the coronavirus has placed substantial mental health burdens on New Yorkers, delays in life saving treatments, many desperately needed children’s services came to a halt, and as we know, the elderly populations were especially hit especially hard. A $2 trillion stimulus package passed in March included $425 million for mental health and substance-use disorder programs, which proves we are on our way to dealing with some issues. But we have also seen that economic status, physical environment, education level and more can impact people’s health. Advances are still needed in New York.  Our panelists will address necessary integration of community-based and clinical service structures, and ways of combatting issues that have been brought to light by the pandemic.

Erin Billups, National Health Reporter, Spectrum News (moderator)

Hillary Kunins, Executive Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Senator David Carlucci, Chair, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee

Council Member Mark Levine, Chair, Health Committee

Charlotte Ostman, CEO, The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) 

Bill Baccaglini, President & CEO, The New York Foundling


Sessions Conclude

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