Building a Systems Approach to Community Health and Health Equity for Academic Medical Centers - June 20

For three years, 9 AAMC member institutions have engaged in an effort to “Build a Systems Approach to Community Health and Health Equity for Academic Medical Centers”. This livestream will cover the cohort’s final in-person meeting, themed “Communication for Sustainability”.  

Following brief presentations from each of the 9 teams, a reactor panel will provide feedback and discuss how community health leaders can more successfully ‘pitch’ their work for sustainable funding beyond ‘the next grant’.

Kurt Newman, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s National Health System

Kurt Newman, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Children's National, is a surgeon and recognized leader in pediatric health nationally and in Washington, D.C.

Since becoming CEO in 2011, he has fostered a culture of patient-centered care and championed innovations in research, operations and clinical care. He has forged productive partnerships with other health systems in the region, with government and community entities and with industry at the local, national and global level. He is also a strong advocate for expanding mental health access for kids and has led two national forums on this issue.

Dr. Newman joined Children’s National as a surgical fellow in 1984 and became Surgeon-in-Chief and Senior Vice President for the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care in 2003. He was instrumental in developing the vision for the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National, inspired by the bold vision of making surgery for children minimally invasive and pain-free. When the Institute was created in 2009 through a transformational $150 million gift, Dr. Newman served as founding Vice President.

Currently, Dr. Newman serves as the chairman of the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Trustees and previously served as the Chair of the Committee on Advocacy and Policy. He is also a member of the board of directors for the District of Columbia Hospital Association. In addition, Dr. Newman serves on the board of the Economic Club of Washington, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Federal City Council, D.C. Chamber of Commerce and Fight for Children. Previously, he served as a board member of commissioners of the Joint Commission, a member of the Board of Governors of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, as Chair of the Surgery Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and on the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success in Virginia.

U. Michael Currie, MPH, MBA

Sr. Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer, UnitedHealth Group

Michael has held roles in both the public and private sectors with responsibilities related to disease prevention, wellness, and health benefits.  He has spent more than 20 years of his educational and professional life focused on population health management.

Michael has lead the UHG Health Equity Services Program since its establishment in June of 2010 and is responsible for the development and coordination of enterprise efforts, initiatives and interventions to identify health disparities, as well as the enhancement or implementation of programs and services to address identified health disparities.

Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Michael was a Major Accounts Manager at CareFirst BCBS, managing CareFirst’s largest block of public sector business, a Wellness Director at Baltimore Gas & Electric, and a Program Director at both the state and local county health department levels.

Michael received his B.S. from Morehouse College, his MPH from George Washington University, and his MBA from Johns Hopkins University.  He has served on various boards and committees of local and national organizations.

Alison Rein, MS

Senior Director, Health and Human Services, Quantified Ventures LLC

As Senior Director of the Quantified Ventures Health and Human Services team, Alison Rein is dedicated to advancing creative, cross-sector, and collaborative solutions to thorny issues in public and population health, including helping clients explore and execute social impact investment projects leveraging the Pay for Success model.

With over 20 years of experience in the strategic consulting and healthcare fields, Alison excels at strategy and partnership development, innovation and design thinking, collaborative network building, sustainable financing, and program design and execution. An entrepreneurial thinker, Alison champions the use of data to generate evidence and insights that can inform new approaches to old problems. She brings substantive expertise in community-based health improvement, measurement and evaluation, health information technology and exchange, Health Tech, and multi-stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining Quantified Ventures, Alison served as Senior Director at AcademyHealth, where she partnered with public and private sector funders to advance population health improvement, drive toward delivery system transformation, and accelerate research capacity. She has also held roles as Assistant Director of food and health policy at the National Consumers League, and as a Practice Director conducting health economic outcomes and market research on behalf of life sciences and other healthcare clients.

Alison earned a B.A. in English, and an M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester. A 20+ year resident of the nation’s capital, she considers Washington, D.C., her home. When she’s not strategizing about financing health outcomes, Alison enjoys dancing, cooking for friends, trying her best at beach volleyball, and goofing around with her son.  

Charles (Chip) Roberts (Moderator)

Assistant Vice President for Development, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Charles (Chip) Roberts is the first development professional hired by the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and has served as the Assistant Vice President for Development since his hire in November 2007. His immediate assignment was to assist with the successful completion (over $7 million) of the Charter Class Scholarship Program, the first in the country ever to offer full scholarships to an entire class of medical students.

Prior to that, Mr. Roberts served as the first Director of Development for the Everglades Foundation in Miami, Florida, where he planned and implemented one of the most successful fund raising events in Florida, raising over $2 million in its second year. He began his career in 1986 with the University of Miami, during its historic $517 million capital campaign; at the time, the second largest in the history of higher education. He then spent over nine years at Florida International University as a development officer overseeing several academic areas and as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. He has served as the chief development officer at the Zoological Society of Florida, the YMCA of Greater Miami and Sunrise Community.

Mr. Roberts is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) of Central Florida and a past Vice President of AFP of Greater Miami. He is also a member of the Winter Park Rotary Club. A 1990 graduate of Leadership Miami, Mr. Roberts has presented fund raising topics to a number of community organizations, including Hands on Miami Leadership and the YMCA of Sao Paolo, Brasil. He is a graduate of The University of the South (Sewanee), with a degree in English literature. He and his wife Karen reside in Winter Springs, Florida with their four children. 

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