Detailed Agenda

Our 2021 Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of nearly 60 speakers from across the spectrum of care. The heading colors correspond to track colors on our Topical Agenda to help you organize your day.

The agenda and speaker list are driven by input from our Convening Panel of leaders in California Health Care and we’re looking forward to a great event on September 23rd! If you’re not already registered, you can do so here.

For now, let us know if you have any questions about the conference. We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd!

All agenda times are local!


8:00 - 8:15

Welcome & Introductions

DJ Wilson, Host of State of Reform, will kick off the day with comments framing the conference agenda, and the role of State of Reform hopes to play in this challenging era of health policy and politics. He will orient us to the conference, including a run down of how best to utilize the unique tools of the virtual platform.

DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform

8:15 - 8:45

Morning Keynote: A conversation with Sup. Kathryn Barger

Supervisor Kathryn Barger represents LA County’s 5th District, spanning 2800 square miles, 22 cities and 70 unincorporated communities. Prior to entering elected office, Sup. Barger served as a senior policy advisor on health, mental health, social services and children’s issues. She’s built upon that experience as a Supervisor, working on health policy, homelessness, and mental health issues. In this keynote, Sup. Barger will discuss the work taking place at the Board of Supervisors and how the efforts of the Board to support the health of LA County residents will impact and collaborate with the health care sector.

Kathryn Barger: Los Angeles County Supervisor, District 5

DJ Wilson: Host, State of Reform (moderator)

9:00 - 9:50

Capitol Insiders review the 2021 session

In what is always a popular session, these government relations professionals will discuss the gubernatorial recall election, state health policy, and the results from the 2021 legislative session. Bring your questions, as well as your own insights, to a session that is particularly interactive and forward thinking.

Paul Yost, MD: Past President, Orange County Medical Association 

Kyla Christofferson Powell: President & Chief Executive Officer, Civil Justice Association of California

Jim Gross: Partner, Nielsen Merksamer

Anne Bryant: Senior Director, Government Relations, Physicians Insurance (moderator)

9:00 - 9:50

The pandemic, the education system and our kids' health

It’s becoming increasingly clear that many children are struggling to navigate the pandemic. This session will discuss the lessons learned from COVID-19 and how those lessons can be employed moving forward to build a better, more prepared education system, which can more fully support the health status of our kids.

Sarah Arnquist: Vice President, Beacon Health Options 

Maryjane Puffer: Executive Director, Los Angeles Trust for Children's Health 

Tracy Mendez: Executive Director, California School-Based Health Alliance

Ron Tanimura: Director, Student Medical Services, LA Unified School District

9:00 - 9:50

How safety net providers are faring in 2021

The pandemic put an immense amount of strain on the health care system. In this breakout session, hear from safety net providers on burnout, telehealth and their experiences from the last year.

Jason Cunningham: Chief Executive officer, West County Health Centers 

Ilan Shapiro, MD: Medical Director, Health Education and Wellness, AltaMed

Alicia Mardini: Chief Executive Officer, East Valley Community Health Center

9:00 - 9:50

Driving affordability in California health care

The pandemic has disrupted health systems across the state, but the focus is slowly shifting back to costs and quality of care. This session will discuss the efforts to drive affordability, what’s being done to keep the unit cost low and what it means for both consumers and health care organizations.

Asm. Ash Kalra: Member, Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee

Bill Barcellona: Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, America's Physician Groups

Laurel Lucia: Director of the Health Care Program, UC Berkeley Labor Center

10:00 - 10:50

Legislators talk through health policy

This session will hear from legislators who will reflect on the successes and shortcomings of the 2021 legislative session. Bring your questions to a session that gives you the opportunity to hear directly from health policy makers in Los Angeles.

Sen. Monique Limon: Chair, Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee 

Asm. Adrin Nazarian: Chair, Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee

10:00 - 10:50

Transformation of the post-pandemic workforce

The pandemic has shown us that we need to think differently about what we ask our healthcare workforce to do. From increased sensitivity to provider burnout, to greater focus on team-based care, this session will discuss strategies underway to build a workforce ready for the needs of the community in the years ahead.

Caryn Rizell: Deputy Director, Healthcare Workforce Development Division, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

Edward S. Kim, MD, MBA: Physician-in-Chief, City of Hope Orange County; Vice Physician-in-Chief, City of Hope National Medical Center

Sunita Mutha, MD: Director, Healthforce Center at University of California San Francisco 

David Kinard: Senior Vice President, Business Development, Physicians Insurance (moderator)

10:00 - 10:50

ECM, HCBS & ILOS: The vision for CalAIM's power acronyms

Three key acronyms make up the backbone of innovations in the CalAIM approach to system transformation. Enhanced Care Management would replace the current Health Homes Program and Whole Person Care pilots. Home and Community-Based Services, supported by In Lieu of Services, will help address social determinants in an updated Medi-Cal. This panel will talk through these as well as the future of care coordination in California.

Beau Hennemann: Director of Special Programs, Anthem Blue Cross 

Martha Santana-Chin: Medi-Cal President, Health Net 

Susan Philip: Deputy Director, Health Care Delivery Systems, California Department of Health Care Services

Kelly Bruno: Chief Executive Officer, National Health Foundation (moderator)

10:00 - 10:50

Financing a better approach to health equity

Race, age and health status still correlate to variations in health outcomes. Increased awareness of the importance of investments in diversity and equity has led to new initiatives in health care. This session will review what’s being done to create more equitable outcomes and how we can work to improve upon what’s already underway.

Asm. Mike Gipson: Chair, California Assembly Democratic Caucus 

Verne Brizendine: Chief Executive Officer, Aetna Better Health of California

Louise McCarthy: Chief Executive Officer, Community Clinic Association of LA County

11:00 - 11:50

An update on federal health reform

Health care reform is an ever changing, but still central issue for the 117th Congress. During this session we will hear from congressional staff and policy advocates at work to shape the next wave of federal policies. Bring your questions to get a better understanding of what is to come in federal health reform.

Rachel Nuzum: Vice President, Federal and State Health Policy, The Commonwealth Fund 

Lisa Hunter: Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Families USA 

Scott Nelson: Partner, K&L Gates

11:00 - 11:50

The lingering impacts of COVID on our behavioral health

It is clear that the pandemic has weighed heavily on the mental health of individuals and the behavioral health of communities. This session will reflect on the impacts the pandemic has had and how the behavioral health system is responding.

Darren Xanthos: Principal, Health Management Associates

David Bond: Director, Behavioral Health, Blue Shield of California 

Jonathan Sherin, MD, PhD: Director, LA County Department of Mental Health

11:00 - 11:50

Scaling connections between health care and the community

COVID has shown us just how important coordination between health care and community is. This panel will discuss the interactions between health care and the community, and the lessons learned from work to connect the two.

Sonya Young Aadam: Chief Executive Officer, California Black Women's Health Project

Maria Lemus: Executive Director, Vision Y Compromiso 

Anuradha Rao, MD: Pediatrician, OMNI Family Network 

11:00 - 11:50

Reshaping the way health care is delivered and financed

It is increasingly clear that COVID will remain an endemic disease in America much like influenza or HIV. So, what does that mean for the future of care delivery and financing if seasonal surges of COVID hit the system each year? These thought leaders will talk through how health care may be impacted by this “new normal.”

Adam Barde: Senior Director, Health Transformation Implementation, Health Transformation & Network Development, Blue Shield of California

Tanya Dansky, MD: Senior Medical Director, MemorialCare Health System

Carole Cusack: Director, Payer Client Engagement & Strategy, 3M

12:00 - 12:50

How counties are responding to state-led health reform

Counties in California play a major role in the health ecosystem for the state. So, how are counties responding to the state-led health reforms coming down the pipe? This panel of experts will explore those changes, how counties are responding, and what the future holds.

Clemens Hong, MD: Acting Director, Community Programs, LA County Department of Health Services 

Gary Tsai, MD: Director, Substance Abuse Prevention & Control, County of LA Dept of Public Health

Clayton Chau, MD, PhD: Director and County Health Officer, Orange County Health Care Agency

Judi Nightingale: Director, Population Health, Riverside University Health System 

Lisa Chan-Sawin: Chief Executive Officer, Transform Health (moderator)

12:00 - 12:50

The digital divide and post-pandemic health care

Telehealth and the pandemic brought the digital divide front and center, showcasing just how big the gaps are between underserved populations and everyone else. This session will address how we can innovate on current technology and highlight key challenges and opportunities as we look to bridge the digital divide.

Katrina Parrish, MD: Chief Quality and Information Executive, LA Care

Jose Plaza: California State Director, Unite Us

Erica Galvez: Chief Strategy Officer, Manifest MedEx

12:00 - 12:50

Where are we having success in addressing homelessness?

Homelessness is a nationwide issue, but one that is increasingly dire in California. What’s being done to address this growing problem? What success have we seen in reducing the homeless population? This session will address the challenge of homelessness, and talk through the policy options available to California’s state and local leaders..

John Maceri: Chief Executive Officer, The People Concern

Michael Hochman: Chief Executive Officer, SCAN Health Plan Homeless Medical Group Initiative 

Chris Martin: Policy Director, Housing California

12:00 - 12:50

A status report on value based care

California has been deeply engaged in efforts to evolve from volume to value based health care. Yet there are still wide variations in health care performance based on quality and outcomes. This session will explore what has been working in California for value-based care, and where persistent obstacles limit moving this vision forward.

Dawn Weimar: Director of State Regulatory Affairs, 3M 

Barry Arbuckle, PhD: President and Chief Executive Officer, MemorialCare Health System

Linnea Koopmans: Chief Executive Officer, Local Health Plans of California (invited)

1:00 - 2:00

Afternoon Keynote: One on one conversations

The Afternoon Keynote will include one on one conversations with some of California’s most thoughtful leaders at the intersection of health care and health policy. These dynamic conversations will address their work serving the most vulnerable, low income populations in California and their efforts to ensure that Medi-Cal beneficiaries have access to quality health care.

Rob Bonta: Attorney General, State of California

Les Ybarra: President, California Medicaid, Anthem