Detailed Agenda

Our 2021 Virginia State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of over 60 speakers and experts from across the spectrum of care.

The agenda and speaker list are driven by input from our Convening Panel of leaders in Virginia health care and we’re looking forward to a great event on April 29th. If you’re not already registered, you can do so here.

The heading colors correspond to track colors on our Topical Agenda to help you organize your day.

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


9:00 - 9:15

Welcome and 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

9:15 - 9:50

Morning Keynote

Daniel Carey, MD, serves as Virginia's Secretary of Health and Human Resources, overseeing 12 health care agencies and departments. He is passionate about expanding access to care for Virginian's, improving the behavioral health system, and is making meaningful progress on substance use and addiction. Dr. Carey will open State of Reform with a look ahead to 2021 and his vision for health reform over the next nine months of the year. 

Daniel Carey, MD: Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia 

10:00 - 10:50

Policy Leadership: Republicans

This panel of some of Virginia's most important and impactful Republican legislators will review the work of the legislative session. They will talk through how the months ahead, from elections to interim hearings, will shape the scope of health policy in 2021 and beyond.

Sen. Jen Kiggans: Member, Senate General Laws and Technology Committee

Sen. David Suetterlein: Member, Senate Education & Health Committee

Del. Christopher Head: Member, House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee

10:00 - 10:50

Addressing inequities in health outcomes and system performance

The variation in access and outcomes to health care services during the pandemic has created a moral imperative to do better. These leaders will talk through how we can do better as a society, do better as a sector, and do better as professionals to address the stark variation in outcomes in US health care based on race.

Rene Cabral-Daniels: Chief Executive Officer, Cenevia

Ashley Kenneth: President & Chief Executive Officer, The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis

Christina Stasiuk, DO: Mid-Atlantic Medical Executive, Cigna

Taison Bell, MD: Assistant Professor of Medicine, UVA Health System 

10:00 - 10:50

New models of health care delivery post-COVID

The pandemic has drawn out some of the best in problem solving and meeting the moment, both from the private sector and the public. So, as our eyes look to the hope of a post-pandemic world, what have we learned from this last year that should stick around? This session will highlight the best lessons learned and what it means for the months ahead. 

Vimal Mishra, MD: Medical Director, VCU Health

Kurt Hooks: Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center

Alexis Aplasca, MD: Chief Clinical Officer, Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services 

Marlana Webster, MD: Former Co-Director, Primary Care Mental Health Integration, Hampton VA Medical Center

10:00 - 10:50

How has COVID changed us?

After one year of a collective struggle and trauma, from masks to ventilators, how will we have all changed as a result of this experience? In what ways are we different after March, 2020, than we were before? This group of thought leaders will look ahead and talk through what the lasting impacts of this time might mean for us all.

Melina Davis: Chief Executive Officer, Medical Society of Virginia 

Deborah Oswalt: Executive Director, Virginia Health Care Foundation 

Jill Hanken: Director of the Center for Healthy Communities, Virginia Poverty Law Center

Caroline Sutter: Co-Director, Mason and Partners Clinics

11:00 -11:50

Policy leadership: Democrats

This panel of Democratic legislators will talk through the highs and lows of the legislative session, and offer their thoughts on the work ahead for Virginia health policy. Bring your questions to what is always an interactive and wide-ranging conversation.

Sen. Creigh Deeds: Chair, Senate Privileges and Elections Committee

Sen. Barbara Favola: Member, Senate Education and Health Committee

Del. Dawn Adams: Member, House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee 

11:00 -11:50

Update from DMAS

This session will provide an update on the work of Virginia's Medicaid agency. Karen Kimsey will offer her opening thoughts, detailing the initiatives underway, and then take your questions in a conversation on the future of Virginia's safety net.

Karen Kimsey: Director, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

11:00 -11:50

Integrating the social determinants into a sustainable business model

We know the social determinants are primary drivers of one's health status. But, putting that awareness to use in a sustainable way that improves health is no easy task. This session of experts will talk through the new efforts to address SDOH and what is being learned through the work. 

Jeff Feit, MD: Vice President of Population Health and Chief Medical Officer, Valley Health

Alexander Billioux: Vice President, Social Determinants, United Healthcare

Kelly Cannon: Senior Director, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association

Karen Legato: Executive Director, Health Brigade 

11:00 -11:50

Re-designing our workforce for the post-COVID era

The pandemic has shined a light on the need for more access to health care providers, as well as the need to think differently about what we ask our workforce to do. From increased sensitivity to provider burnout to a greater focus on team-based care, this session will discuss strategies underway to build a workforce ready for the next wave of health reform. 

Bill Hazel, MD: Sr. Deputy Executive Director, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation 

Kathy Wall: Chief Human Resources Officer, Mary Washington Healthcare 

Tanyika Mobley: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services

12:00 - 12:50

Capitol insiders discuss health policy

These government relations professionals will discuss state health policy, look back on the 2021 session, and talk through how the 2021 elections might shift the conversation on health policy. Bring your questions, as well as your own insights, to a session that is particularly interactive and forward thinking. 

Doug Gray: Executive Director, Virginia Association of Health Plans 

Julie Dime: Vice President of Government Advocacy, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association

Scott Johnson: Partner, Hancock Daniel

Matt Mansell: Partner, Broad Street Group 

12:00 - 12:50

Managing mental health and substance abuse through COVID

This pandemic is going to leave us all, both individually and collectively, with some lasting impacts to our mental health. Some have begun to struggle with addiction to make things worse. This session will discuss the impacts of a year of COVID on our mental health and look ahead to how the system -- and our society -- will respond.

Del. Rod Willett: Member, House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee

Alison Land: Commissioner, Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services 

Bethany Teachman: Professor, Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

Kevin Roy: Chief Public Policy Officer, Shatterproof

12:00 - 12:50

The future of Virginia's long term care system

Virginia's long term care system has a range of unique attributes and assets. It likewise has a series of unique challenges. From managed care to the lessons from a year of COVID, this session will talk through the opportunities for system improvement in the long term care system, and how both state and federal policy are likely to impact the sector in the years ahead. 

Joe Hilbert: Deputy Commissioner, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Virginia Dept. of Health 

Keith Hare: Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Health Care Association

Kathy Vesley: President & Chief Executive Officer, Bay Aging 

12:00 - 12:50

Vaccines and the science of the pandemic

The last 12 months have produced a giant leap forward in vaccine science, launching an entirely new approach to vaccine research, development and deployment. This session will explain what we now know about the coronavirus, about how the science has adapted, and what this means for how we vaccinate ourselves moving forward. 

David Hering: Regional President, North America, Vaccines, Pfizer

Phyllis Arthur: Senior Director, Vaccines, Immunotherapeutics, and Diagnostics Policy, Biotechnology Industry Organization

Bob Mauskapf: Director, Office of Emergency Preparedness, Department of Health 

1:00 - 1:50

Update on federal health policy

With a new federal administration already making major strides on health policy, and with Congress primed to move even further on reform this summer, federal health policy is as dynamic now as it has been since passage of the ACA. This session will hear from policy advocates at work to shape the next wave of federal policy making in the Biden administration and 117th Congress. 

Paul Dioguardi: Senior Vice President, Forbes Tate 

Larissa Martin: Principal, Guidepost Strategies 

Karishma Shah Page: Partner, K&L Gates

1:00 - 1:50

What a community-based approach to health looks like

The more work we do as a health care sector to improve health, the more we realize the importance of connecting the service delivery system to the community that surrounds it. This breakout will talk through the lessons from those integration efforts, and the work that remains to be done. 

Rufus Phillips, IV: Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics 

Xavier Richardson: Chief Development Officer, Mary Washington Healthcare

Krystal Moyers: Director of Community Outreach, Agusta Health

Rebecca Sutter: Co-Director, Mason and Partners Clinics 

1:00 - 1:50

The changing nature of plan-provider relations

The relationship between the plan which pays for care and the provider which delivers it remains the single most important relationship in all of health care. So, how has the pandemic changed the nature of that relationship? This panel will highlight the conversations taking place and the outcomes as a result of the last 12 months. 

Ashley Edwards: Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Virginia Center for Health Innovation 

Sandy Chung, MD: Chief Executive Officer, Trusted Doctors

Brian Masterson, MD: Senior Behavioral Health Medical Director, United Healthcare

Priscilla Smith: System of Care Director, Behavioral Health, Magellan Health 

1:00 - 1:50

Building bridges from health care into the criminal justice system

The health care system often abruptly stops at the doors of the incarceration system. However, the ability to support formerly incarcerated individuals with wrap around health services can dramatically reduce rates of recidivism. This panel of thought leaders will discuss the data that underlies this connection, and highlight new models of system engagement that can lead to better health and social outcomes. 

Laura Yager: Director, Correctional Health & Human Services, Fairfax County 

Justin Brown: Senior Associate Director, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission 

Steve Herrick, PhD: Director, Office of Health Services, Virginia Dept. of Corrections

Mike Schaefer, PhD: Clinical Director, Gateway Homes 

2:00 - 2:50

Afternoon Keynote: Reviewing the 2021 Legislative Session

To end the day, State of Reform brings together some of the most thoughtful voices in Virginia health policy in a bi-partisan, bi-cameral conversation to review the recent legislative session. It will also look ahead to a big year of redistricting, elections and a new governor, making 2021 a year that will likely shape a full decade to come. 

Sen. Louise Lucas: Chair, Senate Education and Health Committee 

Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, MD: Member, Senate Education and Health Committee 

Del. Mark Sickles: Chair, House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee 

Hon. Justin Fairfax: Lieutenant Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia