Closing General Session

Wednesday, Nov. 19 | 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The Closing General Session will feature Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation who will share her vision on achieving “A Culture of Health.” Her remarks will be followed by a conversation with some of the nation’s top health strategists on how to build the movement to get there.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has more than 30 years of personal experience as a medical practitioner, policy-maker, professor and nonprofit executive.

Lavizzo-Mourey served as the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine and Health Care Systems at the University of Pennsylvania. She directed Penn’s Institute on Aging and was chief of geriatric medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine.  She served as deputy administrator of what is now the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and worked on the White House Health Care Reform Task Force, co-chairing the working group on quality of care.


Panelist of Health Strategists

Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H. is Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership and Director of the Leading Change Studio at the Harvard School of Public Health. He served as the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  During his tenure, he championed the critical public health dimensions of the Affordable Care Act, promoted the enrollment of underserved populations into health insurance coverage and was the primary architect of landmark HHS strategic plans for tobacco control, health disparities and chronic hepatitis.

Mary Wakefield Ph.D., R.N., was named administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in 2009 from the University of North Dakota (UND), where she was associate dean for rural health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In the 1990s, she served as chief of staff to two North Dakota senators. She also has served as director of the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and worked on site as a consultant to the World Health Organization's Global Programme on AIDS in Geneva, Switzerland.