Sixth Annual Healthcare Summit

Event Date(s): 
November 19-21, 2015
Washington, DC
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Women In Government will be hosting the Sixth Annual Healthcare Summit on November 19-21, at the Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel. The meeting will convene women state legislators from across the nation to discuss the most pressing health related topics.

Check out the Agenda here




For Legislator or Registration information, please contact:
Cherisse Eatmon, Manager Legislative Outreach
202.333.0825 ext. 200

For Sponsor information, please contact:
Sumeira Kashim, Associate Director, Development
202.333.0825 ext. 210

For Policy information, please contact:
Brenna Kehew Sculley, Associate Director, Policy & Programs
202.333.0825 ext. 211

We would like to thank our conference sponsors!

Conference Materials 

Healthcare for Patients

Marc Boutin, JD, Chief Executive Officer, National Health Council


Vaccine Discussion

Amy Pisani, Executive Director, Every Child By Two


Heart Health & Failure

Cynthia Brown, WomenHeart:

Gary Puckrein, PhD, National Minority Quality Forum

The Future of Diabetes

William Rowley, MD, Institute for Alternative Futures

To find out data on your state from Dr. Rowley's study please email him at

Screening & Treatment: Hepatitis C

Dawn Fishbein, MD, MS, Scientific Director and Viral Hepatitis Research Director, MedStar Research Clinical Research Unit, MedStar Health Research Institute

Carmel Shachar, JD, MPH, Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation

Ending the Taboo- Overactive Bladder

Dr. Lisa Hawes, Chesapeake Urology Associates

John Kristan, American Urological Association

Mental Health, Criminal Justice, & Access to Care

Judge Steve Leifman, Miami-Dade County Court- Criminal Division


  • Congressional Mental Health Bills:
    • SB 524
    • HB 953
    • SB 993
    • HB 1854

Typical or Troubled Mental Illness Program

Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse

Mary Lou Leary, JD, MA, Deputy Director of State, Local & Tribal Affairs for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Gabrielle de la Gueronniere, JD, Director of Policy at the Legal Action Center

Anita Gupta, MD, Vice Chair, Associate Professor & Director, Drexel University College of Medicine.


Maria Taddeo, PharmD, Field Medical Scientist & Associate Director of Health Systems, Bristol-Myers Squibb

The Professionalism of Health & Beauty

Myra Irizarry Reddy, MA, Director of Government Affairs & Industry Relations, Professional Beauty Association

Breast Cancer: Improving Outcomes, Reducing Disparities

Josephine Sollano, PhD, Global Outcomes & Evidence, Pfizer, Inc.,

Shyrea Thompson, Susan G. Komen Foundation

#Heart2CurePH: Pulmonary Hypertension

Colleen Brunetti, Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Dane Christiansen, Health & Medicine Counsel, Pulmonary Hypertension Association

COPD: Working with the Legislature & New Data

Casey Harvell, Director of Public Policy, American Lung Association

Jamie Sullivan, Senior Director of Public Policy and Outcomes, COPD Foundation

The COPD foundation is implementing a new social media strategy and encouraging legislators to take part in this by using Twitter and Facebook to raise awareness.


o   12 mil Americans don’t know they have the 3rd leading cause of death---COPD. Are you safe?

o   Imagine breathing through a straw. That’s what it’s like having COPD. Learn how to protect yourself.


o   The theme for National COPD Awareness Month is #MeAndCOPD. Share this post if you or someone you know lives with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Having trouble breathing? Together we can find a cure for a disease that claims a life every four minutes in American.

o   COPD is the nation’s third leading cause of death…yet most don’t even know what it is. Having trouble breathing? You could be at risk. Learn more at --- we are here to help. #MeAndCOPD

o   Imagine breathing through a straw. That’s what it is like for millions of Americans with COPD. This COPD Awareness Month, share information about this silent epidemic. #MeAndCOPD

Keeping Stable Patients on Their Medications

Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy & Advocacy, US Pain Foundation

Seth Ginsberg, President, Global Healthy Living Foundation