Healthy NY Summit

April 24, 2019  
Healthy NY Summit
Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave, Room 14-220, New York, NY 10010
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Tackling the Health Challenges and Opportunities that Face New York
Event Description

City & State’s Healthy New York Summit will inform health care decision makers and policy experts on the most critical issues and priorities in New York health care. The full-day event brings insights and perspectives from all sectors of New York’s health care decision-making together to identify challenges and discuss solutions to improve our system. Join us for an extensive overview of New York’s 2019 health policy agenda and better understanding on the health care issues.

Mitchell Katz
Mitchell Katz
President and CEO, New York City Health + Hospitals
Dr. Katz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest municipal health system in the United States, with 11 acute care hospitals, 5 skilled nursing facilities, dozens of community health centers, a home care agency and an insurance plan, MetroPlus Health. He was appointed January 8, 2018. During his first year, Dr. Katz has focused on advancing the transformation of the public health care system with numerous new initiatives to expand access to primary care services, reduce administrative costs, invest in more front-line clinical staff, and build financial stability. Previously, Dr. Katz was the Director of the Los Angeles County Health Agency, an agency that combines the Departments of Health Services, Public Health, and Mental Health into a single entity so as to provide more integrated care and programming within Los Angeles. The Agency has a budget of 7 billion dollars, 28,000 employees, and a large number of community partners. Dr. Katz served as the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS), the second largest public safety net system in the United States. During this time, he created the ambulatory care network and empaneled over 350,000 patients to a primary care home. He eliminated the deficit of DHS through increased revenues and decreased administrative expenses, and used the new ACA funding to pay for an integrated electronic health system,. He moved over 4000 medically complex patients from hospitals and emergency departments into independent housing, thereby eliminating unnecessary expensive hospital care and giving the patients the dignity of their own home. Dr. Katz continued to see patients every week as an outpatient physician at Edward R. Royal Comprehensive Health Center and on the inpatient medicine service at LAC+USC, Harbor-UCLA, and Olive View-UCLA Medical Centers. Before he came to Los Angeles Dr. Katz was the Director and Health Officer of the San Francisco Department of Health for 13 years. He is well known for funding needle exchange, creating Healthy San Francisco, outlawing the sale of tobacco at pharmacies, and winning ballot measures for rebuilding Laguna Honda Hospital and San Francisco General Hospital. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Medical School. He completed an internal medicine residency at UCSF Medical School and was an RWJ Clinical Scholar. He is the Deputy Editor of JAMA Internal Medicine, an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (previously the Institute of Medicine) and the recipient of the Los Angeles County Medical Association 2015 Healthcare Champion of the year.
State Sen. Gustavo Rivera
Chairman, Health Committee
Gale Brewer
Gale A. Brewer
Manhattan Borough President
Gale A. Brewer is the 27th Borough President of Manhattan, with a role in deciding land-use and zoning issues in the borough, appointment of members to the 12 community boards, and the ability to introduce legislation in the City Council. Since she took office in 2014, her bills to reform the deed restriction process and remove criminal history from initial employment applications have been enacted, and her community land use planning groups have addressed development issues at the South Street Seaport and in East Midtown. Brewer previously served on the New York City Council for 12 years and passed legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for most hourly employees, requiring that all City data be published online, and protecting domestic workers from abusive practices-- the first such law in the nation. Brewer earned an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and did her undergraduate work at Columbia University and Bennington College.
Councilman Mark Levine
Chairman, NYC 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.
Assemblyman Richard Gottfried
Chairman, 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 Marie T. Sullivan
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.
Greg Olsen
Director, New York State Department for the Aging
Greg Olsen is the acting director of the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), where he oversees the agency’s day-to-day operations and the administration of federal and state-funded programs designed to assist the more than 3.7 million older adult residents in the state, as well as programs that assist family members and others involved with helping older adults needing greater levels of assistance. NYSOFA assists older New Yorkers to be as independent as possible, for as long as possible, through advocacy and the development and delivery of programs and services that support and empower older New Yorkers and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them. Greg has served in a variety of executive management positions within the agency. Prior to joining NYSOFA, he served as chief of staff and legislative and policy director for Assemblyman Steve Englebright, former chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Aging. Greg Olsen was executive director of the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans, a union supported organization representing hundreds of thousands of union retirees. He also served as executive director of the New York State Coalition for the Aging, a nonprofit membership organization representing over 200 community-based organizations providing non-medical long-term care to the state’s older adult population. He received his master’s degree in social work with a specialty in gerontology from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.
Michelle Anand
Senior Project Manager, Healthcare, NYC Economic Development Corp.
As a Senior Project Manager at NYCEDC, Michelle leads New York City’s economic development efforts in healthcare with the aims of fostering digital health innovation, improving health equity and outcomes, and creating good jobs. Her portfolio of work includes the Community Health Center Expansion Program, an $8.5M initiative to help increase primary care access for thousands of residents in underserved neighborhoods across NYC, the Digital Health Breakthrough Network, which provides rapid testing opportunities for health technology prototypes, and the Digital Health Marketplace, which connects buyers and sellers of health technology to facilitate commercial partnerships and promote the adoption of transformative, impactful technologies. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Michelle conducted research at MIT’s McGovern Institute of Brain Research, and spent time working with community organizers in Boston to understand the social issues facing low-income communities at a grassroots level. Michelle is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied neuroscience and women’s and gender studies.
Theodore Long
VP of Ambulatory Care, New York City Health + Hospitals
Theodore Long, MD, MHS is Vice President of Ambulatory Care 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 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.
Deborah Kaplan
Deborah Kaplan
Assistant Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene
Deborah Kaplan, DrPH, MPH, R-PA, has served as Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health at the New York City Health Department since 2003. The Bureau is dedicated to improving and reducing inequities in maternal, infant and reproductive health outcomes through program, policy and research initiatives. The Bureau applies a sexual and reproductive justice and racial justice framework to our work, and strives to fully engage community partners to move this work forward. Dr. Kaplan has over thirty years public health experience in clinical care, health education, program and policy development, and program leadership. She serves on the Board of Directors of CityMatCH, the National Organization of Urban MCH Leaders. She received her training as a Physician Assistant at Johns Hopkins University, holds a Masters in Public Health from Hunter College, and a Doctor in Public Health from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy.
Amanda Eisenberg
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.
Richard Park
Dr. Richard Park is board-certified in emergency medicine and completed his medical studies at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Park studied emergency medicine in the Long Island Jewish Medical Center's residency program, where he served as chief resident. He then worked as the Associate Program Director of the residency program in NS-LIJ's emergency department and was awarded the Teaching Attending of the Year Award by his residents in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Dr. Park was recognized as an expert educator, receiving a system-wide award in 2007. He then taught in the "Teach the Teacher" fellowship program. Dr. Park is the author and co-editor-in-chief of McGraw-Hill's Intensive Review of Emergency Medicine. He also educates both residents and attending physicians as the co-director of the NS-LIJ's Manhattan Board Review for Emergency Medicine. Dr. Park holds expertise in all facets of urgent care delivery and operation. His unparalleled education combined with his vision for delivering highly accessible, top-quality medical care has made CityMD the top urgent care in the NY metro area. Dr. Park lives on Long Island with his wife and two children.
Sylvia Rowlands
Sylvia Rowlands
SVP, Evidence-based Programs, The New York Foundling
Sylvia Rowlands has her Masters’ Degree in Clinical Psychology, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling and her Doctorate in School Psychological Services. She completed three years of post-doctoral work in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Catskill Family Institute. Sylvia spent 10 years as staff psychologist at the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Youth Leadership Academy (YLA), a juvenile justice residential facility for male violent offenders ages 12-17. While at the YLA, Sylvia participated in two comparison group outcome studies conducted by the University of Maryland and the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services. Sylvia transferred from the YLA to the OCFS Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Development to join the Program Research and Development team, where she co- facilitated the implementation of and provided clinical quality control for Multisystemic Therapy (MST), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), and Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) as pre-and post-placement interventions in New York City. While in the role of clinical quality control, Sylvia managed the data collection for a clinical trial of MST as a post placement option for youth leaving OCFS residential facilities. In 2003 Sylvia left OCFS to bring evidence- based practices to the New York Foundling. Sylvia is currently the Project Manager of the Blue Sky Implementation – a demonstration of the viability of providing MST, FFT and MTFC in a continuum of services for adjudicated youth. She is Senior Vice President of Evidence Based Community Programs at The Foundling and has been the driving force behind the shift from treatment as usual to Evidenced Based Practice in both General Prevention and Family Foster Care at New York Foundling. Through her work with the Child Success New York Project, she has played a significant role in the staggering decrease of the number of children in foster care in NYC. Sylvia is a member of the Blueprints for Health Youth Development Advisory Group and a panel member of the Roadmap to reform experts Advisory Group.
Doug Wirth
President and CEO, Amida Care
Doug Wirth is the President and CEO of Amida Care, a not-for-profit Medicaid special needs health plan (SNP) that specializes in providing comprehensive health coverage and coordinated care to New Yorkers with chronic conditions, including HIV and behavioral health disorders, and who are experiencing homelessness. Amida Care serves more than 6,000 members throughout New York City. Founded in 2003 by community health centers and AIDS community-based organizations, Amida Care is the largest Medicaid SNP in New York, with unprecedented quality outcomes: a viral suppression rate of 70% among its HIV-positive members; a 74% decrease in hospital admissions and readmissions; and a 35% reduction in overall medical expenses. Together, these results have produced significant cost savings from real improvements in health outcomes. In 2014, Mr. Wirth served on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Task Force to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State by 2020, which produced the Blueprint to reduce the rate of new HIV infections in the state. He previously served as a Senior Health Policy Advisor to NYC Mayors David Dinkins and Rudolph Giuliani, which included chairing the HIV Mental Health and Strategic Planning/Evaluation Committees for the NYC Health & Human Services Ryan White Planning Council. As Director of Government Relations for the Coalition of Community Mental Health Agencies, he led the community organizing effort that yielded 300 articles and 60 editorials supporting major mental health care reforms and $250 million in “community reinvestment” across New York State. In addition, as a Senior Faculty Member of the American Psychological Association’s HOPE Project, Mr. Wirth trained mental health professionals and clergy in the areas of human sexuality, HIV/AIDS, recovery, rehabilitation and cross-cultural healing. Mr. Wirth also previously ran five homeless shelters in the Midwest, where he successfully colocated a meal/food pantry program, with a work-readiness project, as well as a satellite primary care clinic, outpatient substance use programs and mobile HIV testing — all of which inform and guide the mission, goals and operations of Amida Care.
Eric Linzer
President & CEO, New York Health Plan Association
In January 2018, Eric Linzer became president and CEO of the New York Health Plan Association (HPA), an Albany-based organization that represents 26 health plans in New York State. These plans provide comprehensive health care coverage to more than eight million New Yorkers. As the chief executive of HPA, Eric is responsible for development of policy positions for the organization, advocacy with the executive and legislative branches of government, and serves as lead spokesperson to the media and the public on issues relating to the managed care industry. Eric came to HPA from the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans (MAHP) where he spent 15 years, most recently serving as executive vice president, where his responsibilities encompassed overseeing a wide range of operational activities as well as legislative and regulatory issues, outreach to business groups and brokers, and media relations and communications. Prior to joining MAHP in 2002, Eric was an account supervisor in the public relations division of Arnold Worldwide and worked in the public affairs department of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. He holds a JD from Suffolk University Law School, a Master’s degree in Political Science from Suffolk University and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Boston College. In 2019, Eric was named to City & State's inaugural Health Power 50, listing the 50 most influential leaders in the health sector. He is also a past recipient of the Massachusetts Medical Law Report’s Leader in Quality – Rx for Excellence Award. Eric and his wife, Pamela, have three teenage children, Hayes, Abigail and Megan, and a German Shepherd mix named Sarah.
Mary Mitchell
Mary Mitchell
Executive Director, Manhattan Staten Island Area Health Education Center
Ms. Mitchell created the MSI AHEC in 2004 and currently oversees its operations and several health career exploration and academic enrichment programs, serving middle school to medical school students. Her success in the development and delivery of health professions education programs is grounded in her ability to identify and establish strategic relationships with significant partners throughout Manhattan and Staten Island. Mrs. Mitchell is currently the Co-Chair for the New York State AHEC System, and participates with the National AHEC Organization (NAO) as a board member, and founder/Chair of the NAO Diversity Committee. She has also served as President and Secretary of the Board of Directors, and former Chairperson of the NAO Center Director Constituency Group. In addition, she serves as Membership Chairperson for the Northeast Region of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAMME). Ms. Mitchell is an experienced educator having developed and taught curriculum for adult education programs, health professions diversity and cultural awareness. She has delivered presentations at local and national conferences to include the NYS AHEC System, NYS C-STEP, National AHEC Organization, National Association of Minority Medical Educators, and the National Health Service Corps. Ms. Mitchell holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in Health Care Administration from Long Island University which included study in South Africa, a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health from St. Joseph’s College, and a Certificate in Non Profit Management from the Columbia University Institute for Non Profit Management.
Zachariah Reitano
Zachariah Reitano
CEO and Co-founder, Ro
Zachariah is the CEO and cofounder of Ro. Founded in 2017, Ro is a healthcare technology company with a mission to provide personalized healthcare to everyone on the planet. Ro has three end-to-end verticals: Roman (men’s health), Rory (women’s health), and Zero (fighting addiction). With Ro, members can experience discreet, safe and easy online platforms to get all the help they need — from treatment, to prescription, to delivery and beyond. As CEO and cofounder, Zachariah leads all medical and regulatory operations and oversees all verticals. Prior to Ro, he was the EIR at prehype, a leading venture studio in NYC. He also previously founded Shout, a mobile Craigslist backed by Accel and YC.
Ronald Richter
Ronald Richter
Ronald E. Richter has been working with New York’s vulnerable children, young people and families for more than two decades. Before joining JCCA, he was a New York State Family Court Judge for four years. He served as Commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services from 2011 to 2013. Prior to being appointed Commissioner, he served as ACS Deputy Commissioner and as New York City’s Family Services Coordinator during Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration. He was also an attorney at the Legal Aid Society. Mr. Richter graduated from Tufts University and received a Master of Science and a law degree from Boston University.
Michael Rodgers
Michael Rodgers
VP of Youth & Community Runner Engagement, New York Road Runners
Rodgers, who joined New York Road Runners in April 2013, serves as Vice President, Youth & Community Runner Engagement. He manages a variety of programs that offer the running community opportunities to actively support NYRR's mission to help and inspire people through running. One of the programs is NYRR's Team for Kids charity team that has more than 7,000 annual members who raise money for free running programs serving nearly 250,000 kids in New York City and across the country. Another program is NYRR Open Run, a free community run/walk program in 16 parks in New York City with more than 20,000 participants. Rodgers also oversees NYRR Run for the Future, a high-touch, high-impact summer program for girls in their senior year of high school to build self-esteem, confidence, and leadership skills, while training for a 5K race. Participants who complete the program receive a $2,000 college scholarship. He also leads NYRR Community Champions and Youth Ambassadors programs. Prior to NYRR, Rodgers was Vice President of Development at the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), where he led an effort to reinvigorate the organization’s development department by combining his fundraising experience with his passion for sports, advocacy, and civic engagement to implement industry best practices. Before joining WSF, Rodgers served as a regional vice president with CCS Fundraising, a top-tier consulting firm that offers a broad range of development and strategic services to the nonprofit community. During his 10 years at the firm, he worked with more than 60 nonprofit organizations, assisting clients with fundraising, strategic planning, campaign leadership development, and management. Rodgers is an avid sports fan, a lifelong athlete, and an active member of the local running community as a member of the New York Harriers. He has completed 24 marathons, five Ironman triathlons, and one ultramarathon. Rodgers has degrees from Elon University and l’Université de Liège.
Holly Lynch
Holly Lynch
Citizen Advocate
A native of New York City and a Harvard graduate, Holly is an award-winning advertising, strategic planning and brand communications veteran. In her 15+ years in communications she has worked with brands and institutions such as: Harvard University, MIT, Volvo, IBM, The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and Self-Esteem Fund, British Airways, Levi's, Frito-Lay, and many more. In addition, she has been a consultant for Procter & Gamble on how to innovate and promote healthier, more sustainable product lines for future generations. Her company, The 85-Percent, has focused specifically on advancing women both as consumers and institutional leaders. After 3 years and 2 rounds battling cancer, Holly is now shifting her years of strategic communications and business leadership in a new direction: public service and policy work. She currently sits on the board of numerous New York based foundations and committees that ensure a more economically viable and environmentally secure future for the poor, minorities, undocumented immigrants and disenfranchised youth. She’s also an Organizing for Action Fellow and an Aspen Institute Fellow.
Jonathan Langer
Jonathan Langer
CEO and Co-founder, Medigate
Jonathan Langer, CEO and co-founder of Medigate, has spent the last year and a half protecting medical devices and clinical networks in top hospitals and health systems across the United States. After witnessing the WannaCry attack on healthcare, Jonathan, along with his two co-founders, used their expertise to use to solve medical device security challenges. Jonathan gained his cybersecurity expertise in the Israeli Defense Intelligence Corps, where we worked his way up to branch leader and commanded a team of technical analysts focused on the research of cyber related domains, earning the prestigious Israel Defense Award. Jonathan holds a LL.B from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.
Daniel Barchi
Daniel Barchi
SVP and Chief Information Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian
Daniel Barchi is SVP and CIO of NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the largest healthcare providers in the US and the university hospital of Columbia and Cornell. He leads 2,000 technology, pharmacy, informatics, artificial intelligence, and telemedicine specialists who deliver the tools, data, and medicine that physicians and nurses use to deliver acute care and manage population health. Daniel previously led healthcare technology as CIO at Yale and earlier as CIO of the Carilion Health System. He was President of the Carilion Biomedical Institute and Director of Technology for MCI WorldCom. Daniel graduated from Annapolis, began his career as a U.S. Naval officer at sea, and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for leadership and the Southeast Asia Service Medal for Iraq operations in the Red Sea.
Jason Hill
Jason Hill
VP, Health Care Financial Services, TD Bank
Jason M. Hill, Vice President for NY Healthcare Finance has 18 years of banking experience and has been with TD Bank and legacy Commerce Bank since 2007. His entire banking career has been dedicated to the Healthcare Industry. Currently, as a Senior Relationship Manager for NY Healthcare Finance, Jason is responsible for managing and growing a portfolio comprised of acute care, long-term care, physician practice groups and Health Maintenance Organizations. Prior to TD, Jason started his banking career at North Fork Bank (now Capital One Bank) where he held the positions of Analyst, Portfolio Manager and ultimately Relationship Manager within the Healthcare industry segment. Jason earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 2001 from Connecticut College with a double major in Economics and Environmental Studies. He has been involved through the years with Big Brothers Big Sisters through a TD Bank Workplace Mentoring Program and serves on various committees for NY Healthcare Institutions. Jason is a resident of East Northport, NY where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Jeffrey Weiss
Jeffrey Weiss
Vice President for Medical Affairs and Associate Professor of Medicine, Montefiore Medicine
Jeffrey Weiss, MD is a senior clinician-executive, who has taken on progressive leadership positions for the Montefiore Health System. Dr. Weiss earned his B.S in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine. He then conducted his residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore where he was Chief Resident. In 2007, Dr. Weiss was named Institutional Medical Director for the Montefiore Health System. His role was to help optimize the performance of the Montefiore health delivery network by ensuring a smooth interface between its various components – the doctors, nurses, hospital, medical group, home health agency, nursing homes and the Care Management Organization ( CMO). Dr. Weiss’s responsibilities included leadership of nationally recognized patient safety, quality and peer review programs, management of a medical staff with 3,500 employed and voluntary physicians and supervision of GME activities for the second largest house staff program in the country. As part of a restructuring of organizational clinical leadership in 2012, Dr. Weiss was named Vice President for Medical Affairs for the Montefiore Health System. In this role, he has retained many of his previous responsibilities. In addition, Dr. Weiss now leads a team of Hospital System Medical Directors in driving physician alignment and creating a horizontally integrated approach to quality and clinical performance that drives patient centric and populated based healthcare across the system. Dr. Weiss is an Associate Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and active clinician, teacher and researcher. He lectures nationally on topics including leadership, physician alignment, just culture and patient safety in several forums, including being on the faculty for the AAMC and National Patient Safety Foundation.
Ramon Tallaj
Dr. Ramon Tallaj
Board Chairman, Somos Community Care
Dr. Ramon Tallaj is the Chairman of the Board of SOMOS Community Care – an organization founded in 2015 as the only physician-led performing provider system participating in New York State’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP). Dr. Tallaj’s vision supports SOMOS’ network of nearly 3,500 health care providers and over 600,000+ patients from immigrant-rich, largely underserved communities across New York City which face unique health challenges and benefit from an emphasis on preventive care and culturally competent health delivery. Most recently, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Dr. Tallaj led delegations of bilingual network physicians and specialists from New York to better deliver care in remote areas of Puerto Rico that suffered from lack of adequate care even before the hurricane. A native of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Tallaj completed his medical studies at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. After great success both in the Dominican Republic and New York, Dr. Tallaj completed his Internship in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and obtained his American Board of Internal Medicine Certification that same year. Dr. Tallaj established his private practice in Washington Heights in 1997 where he continues to serve his community and actively participate in a variety of institutions dedicated to improving the lives of all New Yorkers. Dr. Tallaj has served as Chairman of the Board of Balance Accountable Care Organization (2012- present); Attending Physician Department of Medicine Mount Sinai Hospital (2012-present); Chairman of the Youth Community Development Board for the Sports Commission of New York City (2002-2006), and Medical Director of the Latin American Initiative, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, since December 2006.

Registration & Networking Breakfast


Opening Keynote by Mitchell Katz, President and CEO, New York City Health + Hospitals

Making Health Coverage Available and Affordable to All New Yorkers
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. As part of the budget, Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers are seeking to enshrine elements of the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) into state law. Additionally, Mayor de Blasio announced his intentions to connect all New Yorkers to primary care providers. 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?
  • Holly Lynch, Citizen, Advocate (moderator)
  • Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Chairman, Health Committee
  • State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Chairman, Health Committee
  • New York City Councilman Mark Levine, Chairman, Health Committee
  • Eric Linzer. President and CEO, New York Health Plan Association
  • Jeffrey Weiss, MD, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Associate Professor of Medicine, Montefiore Medicine
  • Ramon Tallaj, Board Chairman, Somos Community Care
Innovative Health Programs and Services in New York
New and innovative programs are bringing screenings and preventative care directly into communities across New York City. Technological advancements in cyber healthcare and healthcare startups are also providing new options for patients and hospitals, including secure device connectivity and faster services. New York provides fitness and nutrition programs to all groups, while innovating organizations are providing access to genetic screening and molecular biomarkers that saves lives. This panel brings together top minds to discuss health care innovation, and how providers and consumers can engage in new and accessible ways.
  • Annie McDonough, Tech and Policy Reporter, City & State (moderator)
  • Greg Olsen, Executive Director, New York State Office for the Aging
  • Michelle Anand, Assistant Vice President,. Healthcare, New York City Economic Development Corp.
  • Richard Park, Founder and CEO, CityMD
  • Michael Rodgers, Vice President of Youth and Community Runner Engagement, New York Road Runners
  • Jonathan Langer, CEO and Co-founder, Medigate
  • Daniel Barchi, Chief Information Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian

Networking Luncheon

Introduction by Jason Hill, Vice President, Health Care Financial Services, TD Bank
Moving Toward Health Equity in NY
New York is home to vibrant communities from all corners of the world, all ages, ethnicities, genders, and more. All of them need the highest level of access to health care to keep our communities healthy and strong. This panel will address health policies, what professionals, providers and businesses can do to impact structural change, integration of reproductive advocacy, education, and care coordination into existing community-based + clinical service structures, Paid Family Leave and where to get care for all of NY’s communities.
  • Jeff Coltin, Staff Reporter, City & State (moderator)
  • Theodore G. Long, MD, MHS, Vice President of Ambulatory Care, New York City Health + Hospitals
  • Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
  • Deborah Kaplan, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Doug Wirth, President and CEO, Amida Care
  • Mary J. Mitchell, Executive Director, Manhattan Staten Island Area Health Education Center
  • Zachariah Reitano, CEO and Co-founder, Ro
The Next Steps for Mental Health Care and Vulnerable Populations in New York
Commitments to improving programs for mental health care and providing services for vulnerable New Yorkers have been made by Governor Cuomo, Mayor De Blasio, and many private organizations. For example, New York City first lady Chirlane McCray’s ThriveNYC program seeks to deal with mental illness and substance abuse, and Cuomo’s 2019 budget plan includes funds for several programs. How can these allocated dollars best be spent? What health issues should be prioritized and what is the best way to tackle them? This panel explores these topics and delves into what programs are being offered by private and non-profit organizations in New York as well.
  • Amanda Eisenberg, Health Care Reporter, Politico New York (moderator)
  • Ann Marie T. Sullivan, Commissioner, New York State Office of Mental Health
  • Gary Belkin, Chief, Policy and Strategy, Office of ThriveNYC
  • Ronald Richter, CEO, JCCA
  • Sylvia Rowlands, Senior Vice President, Evidence-based Programs, The New York Foundling

Conference Concludes

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