Detailed Agenda

Our 2022 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference Detailed Agenda is a list of nearly 50 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 Oregon health care which makes it possible to look forward to a great event on October 25th! 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 in-person in Portland!


7:30 - 8:30

Networking Breakfast

The networking breakfast will take place before the start of the conference to allow attendees to grab a light refreshment and to connect with one another before we kick things off for the day.

8:30 - 8:45

Welcome & Introduction

This opening session will kick off the day with comments framing the conference agenda and the role State of Reform hopes to play in a new era of policy and politics.

Carter Kimble: Host, State of Reform

8:45 - 9:15

Morning Keynote: Financial challenges of the health system

Oregon hospitals are currently facing significant financial and workforce-related challenges that threaten access to care for patients across the state. An expert panel will offer details on the current environment and ongoing impacts of the pandemic, the root causes of the financial crisis now gripping our hospital system, and the path forward to stability and a rebuilt health care workforce. Becky Hultberg, President and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems will be joined by Wendy Watson, Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Permanente Northwest, and Cheryl Wolfe, President and CEO of Salem Health.

Becky Hultberg: President & Chief Executive Officer, Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems

Cheryl Wolfe: President & Chief Executive Officer, Salem Health

Wendy Watson: Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Permanente Northwest

9:30 - 10:30

Capitol insiders discuss health policy

In what is always one of our most popular sessions, this panel of knowledgeable insiders will discuss health policy and fiscal work from the 2022 session, ongoing policy conversations, and their predictions for the road ahead. It’s a can't-miss conversation on the politics, policies, and personalities driving health policy in Oregon.

Tom Holt: Managing Partner, The Holt Company

Courtni Dresser: Vice President, Government Relations, Oregon Medical Association

Fawn Barrie: Partner, Legislative Advocates Government Affairs

Ryan Fisher: Senior Associate, Government Affairs, NW Public Affairs

9:30 - 10:30

Initiatives for growing & supporting the workforce pipeline

Oregon, like most states in the nation, is facing significant challenges when it comes to growing and supporting its health care workforce. This panel conversation will focus specifically on efforts to support the workforce pipeline and will touch on topics including education programs, recruitment efforts, workforce diversity, and Future Ready Oregon.

Troy Larkin, PhD: Executive Director, Nursing Outcomes & Education, Providence Nursing Institute

Jennifer Purcell: Director, Future Ready, Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Paul Gorman, MD: Assistant Dean, Rural Medical Education, Oregon Health and Science University, Department of Medicine

9:30 - 10:30

Efforts to improve access to rural health care

Rural Oregonians face significant challenges when it comes to accessing needed health care. This panel will examine those challenges, which include rural workforce shortages and limited specialty care, while also highlighting efforts to improve access to care.

Brian Moore: President & Chief Executive Officer, Bay Area Hospital

Orion Falvey: Co-founder & Executive Director, Orchid Health 

Eric Swanson: President, Adventist Health Tillamook

Robert Duehmig: Interim Director, Oregon Office of Rural Health

9:30 - 10:30

Hitting the cost growth target

Oregon’s Sustainable Health Care Cost Growth Target aims to ensure that health care costs don’t grow at a rate that outpaces wages or the state’s economy. But with continually rising costs and a national inflation rate of over 8%, is the 3.4% cost growth target even possible? Join this panel of experts for a conversation on affordability, transparency, and efforts to lower the cost of care.

Dave Baden: Chief Financial Officer, Oregon Health Authority

Scott Shollenbarger: Chief Financial Officer, The Corvallis Clinic

Kirsten Isaacson: Research Director, SEIU 49

10:45 - 11:45

Policy Leadership: Republicans

Republican policy makers work continuously to represent their constituents’ needs in a Democrat-led legislature. This session will convene Republican leaders as they reflect on their health policy work from the last session and plan ahead for 2023.

Rep. Raquel Moore-Green: Member, House Interim Committee on Health Care

Rep. Christine Goodwin: Member, House Interim Committee on Health Care

Rep. Ron Noble: Member, House Interim Committee on Health Care

10:45 - 11:45

Multi-silo efforts to retain and support the workforce

The health care workforce is stressed across all sectors. Workers are experiencing burnout and employers are scrambling to find ways to retain employees. At the same time, discussions around diversity in the workforce and support for community levels of care continue. In this panel, you’ll hear from an array of experts about what they’re doing to address these challenges.

Rep. Travis Nelson: Member, House Interim Committee on Health Care

Emily Henke: Executive Director, Oregon Public Health Institute

Laura McKeane: Chair, Oregon Health Authority Health Care Workforce Committee

Matt Calzia, BSN, RN: Director of Nursing Practice and Professional Development, Oregon Nurses Association

10:45 - 11:45

Closing the coverage gap & preparing for the end of the PHE

The impending end of the public health emergency will bring both a loss of pandemic-era flexibilities and the beginning of the redetermination process. So, how is the state preparing for the end of the PHE? And, how will state leaders work to limit the loss of health coverage? Check in with our panelists to find out.

Sen. Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward: Co-Chair, Joint Task Force On the Bridge Health Care Program

Marty Carty: Government Affairs Director, Oregon Primary Care Association

Chiqui Flowers: Director, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace

Andrew Stolfi: Director, Insurance Commissioner, Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services

10:45 - 11:45

Innovations in health care delivery post-COVID

From telehealth to remote patient monitoring, new innovations are reshaping care delivery and coordination. What lessons have we learned about utilizing these tools to promote better health? Join this panel for a conversation on the innovations that will have a lasting effect post-COVID.

Jeremiah Rigsby: Chief of Staff, CareOregon

Mary Giswold, MD: Chief Operating Officer, Northwest Permanente

Jim Polo, MD: Executive Medical Director, Regence BlueCross BlueShield in Oregon

Chris DeMars: Director, Delivery System Innovation Office, Oregon Health Authority

12:00 - 12:45

Lunch Keynote: A conversation with OHA Director Pat Allen

Pat Allen is the Director of the Oregon Health Authority, which oversees the Oregon Health Plan, statewide behavioral health programs, the public health system, and other health-related initiatives. Allen will join us during our Lunch Keynote to discuss Medicaid, OHA priorities, and what the road ahead looks like for health policy in the state.

Pat Allen: Director, Oregon Health Authority

1:00 - 2:00

Policy leadership: Democrats

With majorities in both chambers, Oregon Democrats have significant sway over the health policy pursued in the state. We’ve convened this group of Democratic legislators to talk through policy from the 2022 session, interim work, and what the future looks like for Oregon health policy. Be sure to bring your questions to this valuable conversation!

Sen. Kate Lieber: Member, Senate Interim Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery

Rep. Rachel Prusak: Vice Chair, House Interim Committee on Health Care

Rep. Maxine Dexter: Member, House Interim Committee on Health Care

1:00 - 2:00

Moving the needle on behavioral health care

President Joe Biden announced that behavioral health care would be a nationwide priority during his State of the Union address. Find out how Oregon health care providers are prioritizing behavioral health care during this informative conversation.

Rep. Rob Nosse: Chair, House Interim Committee on Behavioral Health

Robert McAlonan: Director Provider Quality, Beacon Health Options

Mary Monnat: President & Chief Executive Officer, LifeWorks NW

Dwight Holton: Chief Executive Officer, Lines for Life

1:00 - 2:00

CCO 3.0 & the OHP waiver

Federal regulators recently announced the approval of Oregon’s 1115 Medicaid waiver renewal. The new waiver puts significant focus on maximizing coverage, improving health equity, stabilizing transitions, and value-based global budgets. So, what comes next for CCOs? What changes can we expect to see within the OHP during the 2022-2027 demonstration period? This panel will take up these questions and more!

James Schroeder: Chief Executive Officer, Health Share of Oregon

Lori Coyner: Senior Medicaid Policy Advisor, Oregon Health Authority

Bruce Goldberg: Professor, Oregon Health and Science University

1:00 - 2:00

The courts & their impact on health policy

From the Roe v. Wade decision to rulings on the ACA, the U.S. court system is impacting health policy in significant ways. This multi-silo group of thought leaders will weigh in on the politicization of the courts and its impact on science, medicine, and public health.

David Hart: Senior Assistant Attorney General, Oregon Department of Justice

An Do: Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon

Bruce Howell: Program Director, Willamette University's Certificate in Health Law Program

2:15 - 3:15

An update on federal health policy

The conversation around federal health policy is expansive, with a focus on lowering the cost of prescription drugs, investing in health equity, stabilizing access to affordable coverage, and more. This panel of subject matter experts will join us to share their insights and analysis on how the federal policy landscape continues to evolve. Bring your questions to get a better understanding of what is to come in Congress.

Kathleen Nolan: Regional Vice President, Health Management Associates

Matt Gallivan: Director, Leavitt Partners

Ingrid Ulrey: Region 10 Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2:15 - 3:15

How addressing social determinants impacts health equity

Social determinants play a major role in Oregonians’ health. Housing, education, racism, and access to care can all negatively affect a person’s health. Find out which initiatives and projects are underway that are working to help move the needle on addressing SDOH and health equity.

Jessica Soltesz: Social Health Director, Population Health, Kaiser Permanente Northwest

R.J. Briscione: Principal, The Focus Group Consulting

Richard Bruno, MD: Senior Medical Director of Primary Care, Central City Concern

2:15 - 3:15

Interoperability, data modernization & building infrastructure

The importance of interoperability and data utilization to improve care continues to emerge and grow in the state. This session will review the successes, challenges, regulations, and policies impacting this space, and will highlight the changes that health care organizations and consumers might see as a result.

Kate Othus: Chief Executive Officer, DataDx

Erick Maddox: Executive Director, Reliance e-Health Collaborative

Celia Higueras: Oregon State Network Director, Connect Oregon

2:15 - 3:15

How do we move forward with payment innovation?

Oregon has specific objectives and goals aimed at moving toward wider adoption of value-based payment models. But after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other major disruptors to the system, how can the state move forward with payment innovation? Where are we finding success and what new challenges stand in the way? Be sure to grab a seat at this important and robust conversation.

Jeanene Smith, MD: Principal, Health Management Associates

Eleanor Escafi: Director of Innovations, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon

Angela Mitchell: Vice President of Value Based Contracting, CareOregon

3:30 - 4:00

Afternoon Keynote: A conversation with former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber

We’re very excited to wrap up the conference with remarks from former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber! The vastly experienced leader in health policy will discuss his outlook on Oregon health policy and what he'll be watching going into next year. 

John Kitzhaber: Former Governor, State of Oregon



Please join us following the Afternoon Keynote session for a networking reception. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be included, giving attendees a wonderful opportunity to follow up on the discussions we've had throughout the day.