Fourth Annual Healthcare Summit

Event Date(s): 
November 13-16, 2013
Washington, DC
Event category: 
Wednesday, November 13 - Saturday, November 16
Capital Hilton
Washington, DC

Women In Government is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Healthcare Summit, being held November 13-16, 2013, in Washington, DC. This comprehensive three-day event covered a wide range of issues including women’s health, diabetes, childhood obesity, healthcare reform, chronic disease prevention and management, health IT, and recent innovations in healthcare. The panels will include nationally known expert speakers discussing the issues with an emphasis on what state policymakers can do to improve the lives of their constituents. We anticipate 40-50 state legislators from across the country, with a total attendance of 100.

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Learn more about each presentation below:

Healthy Living & Childhood Obesity
Leadership for Healthy Communities is at the forefront of the battle being waged on preventing childhood obesity. Noted scholar  and advocate for social change, Maya Rockeymoore will discuss strides being made at the local and state levels on influencing healthy eating and active living to address the childhood obesity epidemic.
  • Learn more by viewing Dr. Rockeymoore's presentation here.
  • Access the Trust for America's Health F as in Fat report here.
  • Access the Leadership for Healthy Communities Fact Sheets here.

Diabetes Campaign Partners & WIG

Completing its third year of a successful diabetes campaign, Women In Government welcomed three of its diabetes campaign partners to discuss their company’s recent diabetes programs and activities.


  • Liz Cirri, CPA, MBA, the Associate Vice President for Government Healthcare and Reimbursement at Sanofi US, spoke about her company's community programs. Learn more by viewing her presentation here.
  • Rachel Bright, the Associate Manager for Changing Diabetes® Policy at Novo Nordisk, Inc. spoke about her company's new data program, Changing Diabetes Barometer. View Ms. Bright's presentation here, and access the barometer tool here.
  • Kara Witcoff, MS, the Director of Advocacy & Alliance Development at GlaxoSmithKline presented on how implementation impacts diabetes, and what tools, fact sheets, and options GlaxoSmithKline has available. Access the fact sheets through these links;

Nutrition & Physical Activity to Reduce Cancer Risk: Finding Our Focus
Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, a Nutrition Advisor for the American Institute for Cancer Research, is a registered dietitian who promotes healthy eating as a nationally syndicated nutrition news columnist, speaker, and consultant. She has been featured in over 2,000 news pieces and is currently known for her weekly column, HealthTalk, syndicated nationwide to newspapers and on the Internet.  Ms. Collins empowers her audiences and readers to go beyond the headlines and incorporate solid nutrition research into their lives.  She takes nutrition from daunting to doable.  Her presentation focused on the connection between nutrition choices and cancer.
  • View her presentation here.
  • Access information on how to reduce your cancer risk here.

Gestational Diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association gestational diabetes is estimated to affect 18 percent of all pregnancies. Nicole Johnson, DrPH, Miss America in 1999, has served as an international consultant and advocate for diabetes issues for more than twelve years.  She has worked tirelessly promoting awareness, prevention and early detection of the condition she has endured since 1993. During this discussion, she will focus on gestational diabetes and state policy solutions. 
  • To learn more about gestational diabetes, view her presentation here.

The Future of Medicine: Medical Innovations
Zeba Khan, MS, PhD, the Vice President, Strategic Market Access & Policy at Celgene Corporation spoke about how legislators play a critical role in protecting innovation through policies they promote.  This session explored medical innovations as an important source of high value jobs while being instrumental in advancing healthcare and saving lives.
  • Learn more by viewing Dr. Kahn's presentation here.

Bleeding Disorders 101
Amy Joy MacDougal, the Senior Clinical Consultant for Baxter Healthcare spoke about bleeding disorders, which refer to a wide range of medical problems that lead to poor blood clotting and continuous bleeding. Approximately 400,000 people worldwide are living with hemophilia, with an estimated 75 percent remaining undiagnosed and receiving inadequate care or no care at all.
  • To learn more about bleeding disorders, view her presentation here.

Potential Dangers of Compounding Medications
Pharmacy compounding can be beneficial for individual patients with a doctor’s prescription.  However, last year 696 illnesses and 45 deaths in 20 states highlighted the need for greater state pharmacy and FDA oversight of compounding pharmacies.  This segment discussed pharmacy compounding and action state legislators can take to protect state residents. Jennifer Gudeman, PharmD, the Director of Medical Affairs for the Ther-Rx Corporation and David Gandell, MD, Physician for Rochester Gynecologic & Obstetric Associates, PC spoke about how compounding medications can be dangerous, and why states need to cover FDA approved drugs.
  • Watch the 60 minutes segment on compounding medications, here.
  • View their presentation here.

Mental Health Medication & Medicaid
Darius Lakdawalla, PhD, a professor at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy, and Quintiles Chair in Pharmaceutical Development and Regulatory Innovation conducts research concerned with the economics of risks to health, medical innovation, and the organization of healthcare markets.  During this session, he focused on how limited state budgets have impacted access to a broad array of mental health drugs for Medicaid patients who are mentally ill.

  • To learn more, access his presentation here.

Jeanne Blankenship, the Vice President of Advocacy & Policy Initiatives at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spoke about how making informed food choices, developing habits for sound eating, and physical activity is critical to nutritional health. This session focused on these choices, and what defines malnutrition. For more information on malnutrition, please view her presentation here.

Improving Quality Healthcare
Nelly Ganesan, MPH, the Senior Manager for Avalere Health spoke about how measuring healthcare quality is imperative today.  Ms. Ganesen discussed the different measures available to address the need for efficient, effective, and high quality healthcare for all Americans is something which is important to every legislator.

  • Learn more about quality healthcare by viewing her presentation here.

Adequate Coverage & Exchanges
State governments, insurance companies, and patients across the nation are grappling with the new healthcare reform regulations.  What do they mean? Who do they impact? What is the project outcome? Melissa Bianchi, JD, a Partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP and Lori Reilly, JD, the Vice President for Policy & Research at PhRMA helped legislators to unravel the tangled knot of intended and unintended consequences.

  • Access the Assistant Secretary for Planning Evaluation (ASPE) Brief on Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums for 2014 discussed in this presentation, here.
  • Access the ASPE Issue Brief on coverage here.

Increasing Access to Care: Utilizing Pharmacies
Rina Shah, PhD, the Director of Product Operations for Walgreens spoke about how community pharmacies have moved into the position of providing healthcare services previously administered in doctor’s offices, such as wellness check-ups, uncomplicated sick care, and inoculations. This session focused on the wide variety of clinical services that can be accessed at a community pharmacy, and how many states already allow pharmacists to administer basic screenings.

  • Learn more by viewing Dr. Shah's presentation here.

Comprehensive Medication Management
According to the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, more than 3.5 billion prescriptions are written in the United States annually, and four out of five patients who visit a physician leave with at least one prescription. Terry McInnis, MD, MPH, the President of Blue Thorn, Inc. provided options for ensuring that patients are receiving only the prescriptions that they need.   

  • To learn more, view Dr. McInnis' presentation here.

HPV & Cervical Cancer 
Heather Limper, MPH, and Epidemiologist at the The University of Chicago Medicine provided an update on the HPV vaccines and the importance of school vaccination programs.

  • Learn more by viewing her presentation here.

Oncology Programming
Larry Lanier, MS, the President of the National Patient Advocate Foundation, and Jason Ranville, MA, the Director of State Government Relations of the National Patient Advocate Foundation provided information on patient access to central medications, an update on oral parity, and covering oncology treatment in the face of healthcare reform.

  • To learn more about oncology programming, please view Mr. Lanier's presentation here.

Dense Breast Tissue: How state legislatures are protecting women from missed & delayed disgnoses
Nancy Cappello, PhD, the Executive Director & Founder of Are You Dense, Inc. & Are You Dense Advocacy, and Jean Weigert, MD, FACR, the Director & Founder of Are You Dense, Inc. Are You Dense Advocacy, Inc. provided background information on what it means to have dense breast tissue, and the policy options available to legislators to improve awareness and screening.

  • For more infromation on dense breast tissue, please view Dr. Cappello's presentation here
  •  Learn even more by viewing Dr. Weigert's presentation here.

Jennifer Jobrack, MA, the National Director of Advocacy for Food Allergy Research and Education spoke about how food allergy is a serious medical condition affecting up to 15 million people in the United States , including 1 in 13 children. She presented on what policy makers can do to help counter life-threatening allergic reactions in school and various situations.

  • Access Ms. Jobrack's presentation here to learn more.

The Importance of Flu Vaccines
Charlissa Quick, the Division Chief of Community Health for the DC Department of Health spoke about how influenza is serious, and the ways legislators can engage with their constituents to educate the public, especially at-risk groups, front-line workers, and clinicians, about the need to be vaccinated and the safety of the vaccine; support the healthcare industry in its efforts to combat flu seasons; and ensure that flu vaccines are covered under public and private insurance without cost-sharing.


For Legislator or Registration information, please contact:
Johnathan Lozier, Sr. Legislative Outreach Associate
202.333.0825 ext. 214

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

For Policy information, please contact:
Brenna Kehew, Sr. Policy & Program Associate
202.333.0825 ext. 211