Healthy NY Summit

April 24, 2019  
Healthy NY Summit
Baruch College
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.
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.
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.

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, Committee on Health
  • Eric Linzer. President & CEO New York Health Plan Association
  • Jeffrey Weiss, MD, Vice President for Medical Affairs & Associate Professor of Medicine, Montefiore Medicine
  • Dr. Ramon Tallaj, Chairman of the Board, 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 & 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.
  • Dr. Richard Park, President & CEO, CityMD
  • Michael Rodgers, Vice President of Youth & Community Runner Engagement, New York Road Runners
  • Jonathan Langer, CEO and CoFounder, Medigate
  • Daniel Barchi, Chief Information Officer, New York-Presbyterian

Networking Luncheon

Introduction by Jason Hill - Vice President, Senior Loan Officer, Healthcare 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, Reporter, City & State (moderator)
  • Theodore G. Long, MD, MHS, Vice President of Ambulatory Care, New York City Health + Hospitals
  • Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
  • Deborah Kaplan, Assistant Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health
  • Doug Wirth, President and CEO, Amida Care
  • Mary J. Mitchell, Executive Director of the Manhattan Staten Island AHEC, and Advocacy Liaison for the New York State AHEC System
  • Zachariah Reitano, CEO and Cofounder, 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 VP of Evidence Based Community Programs, The NY Foundling

Conference Concludes

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