2021 Virtual Healthy New York

April 15, 2021  
1:00PM - 4:10PM
How Affordable Care, Disease & Addiction and Mental Health Impact New York’s Health Care Policies
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.

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.
Gustavo Rivera
Chair, Senate 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.
Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried.
Richard Gottfried
Chair, Assembly 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.
Mark Levine
Chair, City Council 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.
Ted Long
Executive Director, NYC COVID-19 Test & Trace Corps
Ted Long, MD, MHS is Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Care and Population Health at New York City Health + Hospitals, the largest public healthcare system in the U.S. He is also the Executive Director of the NYC COVID-19 Test & Trace Corps, responsible for COVID-19 testing as well as contact tracing for the more than 8 million residents of New York City. 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. He additionally supervises the NYC Care program, providing universal access to care for all New Yorkers. Within his office, he also oversees Population Health for the health system. 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.
Ann Marie Sullivan, M.D.
Commissioner, New York State 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.
Liz Misa
Senior Vice President, Ostroff Associates
Liz has been working in government for over 20 years and possesses extensive experience in the areas of healthcare policy, lobbying, budget development and strategic planning. Prior to joining OA, Liz served as the Deputy Medicaid Director at the New York State Department of Health for over 7 years and assisted in the day-to-day operations in the Office of Health Insurance Programs (“OHIP”) which operates a 60+billion Medicaid program and oversees a staff of over 1,000 employees. In that capacity, she worked on Medicaid redesign and a variety of health care transformation initiatives in the areas of Medicaid policy, transportation, housing and the social determinants of health. Liz has experience with the state budget process, both internally and externally. At the Department of Health, she assisted in the development, analysis and negotiation of the Medicaid budget. She also worked for the New York State Assembly Ways & Means Committee for 5 years and specialized in the areas of Medicaid, public health and aging. Liz worked previously at a law firm, representing health care clients, including health plans, medical schools and community-based organizations. She also worked for 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East as a research policy analyst and provided research support, developed policy positions and participated in campaigns for the largest healthcare union in the nation. She was named in City and State’s 40 under 40 Rising Stars. She has served as the co-chair of the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Affordable Housing Workgroup and the Evidence Based Benefit Review Advisory Committee (EBBRAC). As an advocate for the homeless, she co-authored the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article titled Housing as Health Care: New York’s Boundary-Crossing Experiment. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the State University of New York, University at Albany.
Maryanne Schretzman
Executive Director, 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.
Susan Herman
Director, Mayor’s Office of ThriveNYC
In February 2019, Susan Herman was named Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Director of the Office of ThriveNYC to lead the newly created Mayor’s Office of ThriveNYC. ThriveNYC is an unprecedented citywide commitment to tackle critical gaps in the mental health system to ensure mental health for all New Yorkers. ThriveNYC programs create a broader understanding of mental health, develop new pathways to care, close treatment gaps, and implement community-based mental health solutions. ThriveNYC is re-imagining the way the City approaches mental health by integrating it across City agencies and creating strategic partnerships with entities outside of City government. All of ThriveNYC’s work prioritizes equity and inclusion and builds the evidence base for innovation. Prior to joining the Mayor’s office, from January 2014 to February 2019, Herman served as Deputy Commissioner, Collaborative Policing in the New York City Police Department. Her role was to foster shared responsibility for public safety through productive partnerships with individuals, government agencies, and community-based organizations. The Office of Collaborative Policing concentrated on developing more nonenforcement options for police officers, designing creative and focused enforcement strategies, and improving access to police services. A member of the NYPD from 1985 to 1990, Herman served as the Special Counsel to the Police Commissioner to three consecutive Police Commissioners. Herman previously served as Director of Community Services at The Enterprise Foundation, one of the nation’s largest developers of affordable housing, where she led community-based initiatives on safety, employment, and access to social services; Director of the Domestic Violence Division of Victim Services (now Safe Horizon) in New York City where she managed services for people experiencing domestic violence including emergency, transitional, and permanent housing, and the police precinct-based Domestic Violence Prevention Project; Director of Mediation Services at the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution; as an attorney at the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (now Legal Momentum); and as an instructor at New York University’s School of Law and NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Herman also served as the Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims. In that capacity, she created the Teen Victim Project, the Stalking Resource Center, a national model for housing intimidated victims and witnesses, and the Critical Choices Forums for victims of 9/11. Immediately prior to returning to the Police Department in 2014, Herman was an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Pace University, teaching a wide range of courses including Criminal Law, Integrity Issues in Criminal Justice, Crime and Public Policy, and Creative Crime Control. A recipient of the United States Attorney General’s National Crime Victim Service Award, Herman is known for her new vision of justice set forth in her book Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime. Herman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College and a Juris Doctorate from the Antioch School of Law.
Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging
Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez has over three decades of experience in four industry sectors and areas: corporate, non-profit, government, and politics. She has excelled in each, although non-profit is where her commitment lives. Currently, she is the Commissioner for the Department for the Aging. She also serves on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board and on the Board of Trustees for the City University of New York, the largest urban public university system in the world. Previously Cortés-Vázquez worked at AARP as the Executive Vice President for Multicultural Markets and Engagement, and as the President and CEO of the Hispanic Federation, a network for Latino organizations throughout the East Coast. Cortés-Vázquez also served as the 65th New York State Secretary of State. Cortés-Vázquez obtained her undergraduate degree from Hunter College and earned a master’s degree from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a Toll Fellow and has earned certificates from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Columbia University’s School of Non-Profit Management. She is dedicated to her family, particularly her nieces, nephews, and grandsons.
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.
Dr. Ramon Tallaj
Board Chairman and Founder, SOMOS Community Care
Dr. Ramon Tallaj, served as the Under Secretary of Health in the Dominican Republic before moving to New York to work in the most underserved communities in need. In 2015, he founded SOMOS Community Care, now a network of over 2,500 health care providers who care for over 800,000 mostly immigrant patients throughout New York City. SOMOS is the only physician-led Performance Provider System participating in New York State's DSRIP Program for Medicaid redesign. As chairman of the board of Corinthian Medical IPA, a network of over 1,200 physicians, Tallaj has championed the pay-for-performance model in New York State as a way to improve health outcomes by enhancing preventive and chronic care management which he saved the saved the state $336M through the NYS Medicaid program. Since the start of the pandemic outbreak, Dr Tallaj and his network of doctors have been on the frontlines providing free testing in NYC’s primarily low-income communities of color and in NYC’s public and Catholic schools. SOMOS has set up more than 50 trilingual testing sites and were the first to offer antibody testing. They established a multilingual informational hotline and served over 2 million meals. Having traveled to the hardest hit Sun Belt states in the country they applied what has become a national model for care for those underserved. Based on this leadership and trusted authority, SOMOS Chairman Dr. Ramon Tallaj has been appointed to help lead the New York State COVID-19 Distribution Task Force created by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Cherry Drulis
Cherry Drulis
Healthcare Director, East, T-Mobile for Business
Dynamic executive with a proven track record in product development and launch in the healthcare space utilizing a background in nursing and patient care spanning from front line nurse to Chief Nursing Officer. Expert at creating value propositions to drive demand and ROI for innovative healthcare products. Skilled at developing partnerships with senior decision-makers to engage and retain client accounts. Articulate communicator and mentor; regarded for building and inspiring high-performing teams across the service delivery spectrum. Trusted advisor who stays abreast of industry best practices and supports short- and long-term business planning. Dedicated to exceeding goals and expectations. Passionate about continuous improvement, productivity, and efficiency.
Susan Beane
Susan J. Beane
Executive Medical Director, Healthfirst
Susan J. Beane, MD, joined Healthfirst in 2009, bringing with her extensive professional experience in managed care. As Vice President and Executive Medical Director at Healthfirst, Dr. Beane focuses on care management and clinical provider partnerships, especially programs designed to improve the delivery of vital, evidence-based healthcare to our members. Dr. Beane, a dedicated primary care physician and board-certified internist, is a strong proponent of collaborating with and engaging providers to improve health outcomes. Prior to joining Healthfirst, Dr. Beane served as Chief Medical Officer for Affinity Health Plan for five years, during which time she helped Affinity’s plan become a top performer in quality and member satisfaction. Before that, she worked at AmeriChoice and HIP USA, as medical director. Dr. Beane is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Karen Ignagni
Karen Ignagni
President and Chief Executive Officer, EmblemHealth
Karen Ignagni serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the EmblemHealth family of Companies. EmblemHealth has protected access to quality care for essential workers, small and large businesses, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries through its health plans, EmblemHealth and ConnectiCare for over 80 years. It has built a network of over 40 primary and specialty physician practices through AdvantageCare Physicians and BronxDocs. EmblemHealth Health@Work plays a critical role in serving the occupational health needs of eastern New York and EmblemHealth Family Dental Practices serve New York State workers. EmblemHealth recently launched WellSpark, a national wellness company focused on bridging the gap between physical and mental wellness. During her tenure as CEO and President, Ms. Ignagni lead an unprecedented modernization effort with a relentless focus on the customer experience. EmblemHealth’s growth and expansion of services has led to many accolades for her leadership in the health care industry, earning recognition by leading publications including the New York Times, City and State, Modern Healthcare, Crain’s, National Journal, Time Magazine, and Fortune Magazine. In 2020, Ms. Ignagni was recognized for her work by several publications including, Crain’s New York Business’ Notable in Health Care leaders, City & State New York’s Health Power 100, Labor Power 100, and Women’s Power 100 and was named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2020 Women to Watch in Health IT. In 2019, Ms. Ignagni was named one of Crain’s New York Business’ 50 Most Powerful Women in New York and was on the list of City & State New York’s Labor Power 100, The Responsible 100, and Women Power 100. She serves on the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) State Insurance Advisory Board, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) State Insurance Women Leadership Committee and also on the New York State Department of Health’s Marketplace Advisory Committee. In 2018, she was named one of Crain’s New York Business’ Notable Women in Health Care, named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s Female Health IT Leaders to Know and was on the list of City & State New York’s Women Power 100. From 2017 – 2019, Ms. Ignagni served as Chair of Columbia University’s National Board of Advisors for Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health. From 2016 – November 2019, she served on the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Special Medical Advisory Committee. Prior to joining EmblemHealth in 2015, Ms. Ignagni was President and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the insurance industry association that represents providers of health and supplemental benefits to more than 200 million Americans. Under her leadership, AHIP became the leading voice for the health plan community. Ms. Ignagni also directed the AFL-CIO’s Department of Employee Benefits. She was a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee and worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Ignagni resides in New York City with her husband.
Glen de Vries
Glen de Vries
Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Medidata
Glen de Vries is co-CEO and co-founder of Medidata, the most-used platform for clinical trials around the world. Medidata has powered tens of thousands of clinical trials, with millions of patients and billions of patient records. In 2019, in one of the largest healthcare technology acquisitions in history, Medidata became part of Dassault Systèmes. Glen has been driving Medidata’s mission since the company’s inception in 1999, “powering smarter treatments and healthier people” by advancing pharmaceutical business transformation with technology, non-traditional ways of thinking, and industry collaboration. Glen’s publications have appeared in Applied Clinical Trials, Cancer, The Journal of Urology, Molecular Diagnostics, and other journals. He serves as a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University, and is the author of The Patient Equation (de Vries & Blachman, 2020). Glen received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology and genetics from Carnegie Mellon University, worked as a research scientist at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and studied computer science at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematics. You can follow Glen on Twitter at @CaptainClinical
Charlotte Ostman, LCSW-R
Chief Executive Officer, 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).
Brian Tyrrell
Brian Tyrrell
Chief Operating Officer, EasyTru
Mr Tyrrell is a founder of EasyTru and has a proven record in delivering complex business solutions. A qualified investment analyst with over 25 years experience in the health and financial sectors among others, Brian has a deep understanding of efficiency, privacy and security requirements. In collaboration with Healthix, Mr Tyrrell has assembled an expert team which has developed a safe, secure and seamless platform to enable patients access their own data and use this to confirm their health status to a third party while not communicating or sharing any medical records.
Maya Kaufman
Reporter—Health Care, Crain’s New York
Maya Kaufman covers health care for Crain’s New York Business. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School’s Toni Stabile center for investigative reporting.
Sabrina Shulman
Senior Consultant, Brown and Weinraub
Sabrina Shulman joined Brown & Weinraub in January 2014 after over a dozen years building political, legislative and grassroots campaigns for nonprofit advocacy organizations. She most recently served as the Vice President for Political and Legislative Affairs at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health, where she spent six years overseeing all aspects of their government relations efforts and political operations. She spearheaded legislative and policy wins at the state and local level in New York by threading together multilayered campaign strategies including direct lobbying, grassroots mobilization, traditional and new media communications, and coalition development. Previously, she spent four years at Planned Parenthood of New York City, where she managed the organization’s relationship with federal, state and local governments; ran the political arm through both a 501(c)4 and political committee; and built their first grassroots advocacy program. Her early career was spent at the Empire State Pride Agenda, where she advanced the organization’s New York City legislative agenda and built support among community leaders statewide for legislative campaigns in Albany. Sabrina currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Keigwin + Company and the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. She is the former Board Chair for Live Out Loud. Sabrina is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

Welcome and Introduction By Jeff Coltin, Senior Reporter, City & State NY


One-on-One interview with Dave Chokshi, Commissioner, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene & Zach Williams, Albany Reporter, City & State NY


Prevention and Protection for All New Yorkers

With the change in the Federal administration, Cuomo was optimistic about the future of the pandemic although the number of illnesses and deaths continued to grow with the holiday surge, more and more people suffered from loneliness and depression, and vaccinations did not happen as quickly as expected.  Through it all, many organizations showed remarkable compassion, empathy and true leadership for the safety and wellness of New Yorkers.  How can companies and individuals continue to play a role in NY’s health system and what will be needed to rebuild our city? How can organizations step up support especially in terms of mental health and assisting our most vulnerable populations?

Kay Dervishi, Reporter, City & State NY (moderator)

Gustavo Rivera, Chair, Senate Health Committee

Ann Marie Sullivan, MD, Commissioner, NY State Office of Mental Health

Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging

Susan Herman, Director of the Mayor's Office of ThriveNYC

Susan J. Beane, MD, Executive Medical Director, Healthfirst

Charlotte Ostman, Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Association of Westchester


Making Health Care Available and Affordable to All New Yorkers

New York has done more than any state to expand access to healthcare and make it available to everyone. As we continue to fight COVID-19, making sure every New Yorker has access to quality healthcare and mental health services has only become more critical.  Several high-profile measures have been taken on the state and city levels to make sure New Yorkers are able to attain and keep health insurance. Meanwhile, debate continues over whether single-payer insurance is right for New York. What does it mean for New York to tackle these issues, and how will it impact patients, primary care providers, insurers, and the overall healthcare marketplace? Where does equity come into play here as we know health disparities have come to light?

Maya Kaufman, Reporter—Health Care, Crain’s New York (moderator)

Richard Gottfried, Chair, Assembly Health Committee

Mark Levine, Chair, New York City Council Committee on Health

Louise Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, Primary Care Development Corporation

Dr. Ramon Tallaj, Board Chairman & Founder, SOMOS Community Care

Karen Ignagni, President & CEO, EmblemHealth


Innovative Health Programs and Services in New York

New York’s health systems and services have been turned upside down in the last 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.

Sabrina Shulman, Senior Consultant, Brown & Weinraub (moderator)

Ted Long, Executive Director of the NYC COVID-19 Test & Trace Corps

Maryanne Schretzman, Executive Director, Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence

Liz Misa, Senior Vice President, Ostroff Associates

Brian Tyrrell, COO, EasyTru

Cherry Drulis, MBA, BSN, RN, Healthcare Director, East, T-Mobile for Business

Glen de Vries, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Medidata


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