Health Policy Dialogues


Past Dialogues:

November 4, 2015

Michael Laposata, M.D., PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology, UTMB

"Diagnostic Error in America: The Problem and Potential Solutions" 


August 11, 2015

Craig Kovacevich, MA

UTMB Associate Vice President, Waiver Operations & Community Health Plans

Avrim Fishkind, MD

JSA Health Co-Founder/CEO/Consultant

1115 Waiver: Using Telepsychiatry to Advance Healthcare's Triple Aim & Optimize Resources


March 25, 2015

Richard Rupp, MD

Director of Clinical Trials and Clinical Research, Sealy Center for Vaccine Development

Perfect is the Enemy of Good: The Politics of Vaccination


March 18, 2015

Tom Quirk

CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Texas and Oklahoma

Quality and Cost Transparency in the HealthCare System


February 4, 2015

Crysta Baldwin, MS, RD, LD

Outpatient Clinical Dietitian, PrimeCare Midical Group

Let's Talk Nutrition, A Cornerstone of Preventative Medicine


January 7, 2015

Craig Thorton, PhD

Chief Strategy Officer, Mathematica Policy Research

Practical Evaluations: Effective Collaborations Between Evaluators and Providers


November 12, 2014

Elena Marks

President and CEO, Episcopal Health Foundation

How Philanthropy Can Improve Community Health


November 5, 2014

Joachim Roski, PhD, MPH

Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

Creating Value in Health Care through Big Data


October 22, 2014

Representative John Zerwas, MD

Texas State Representative, District 28

What Does the Future of Health Care Hold?


September 24, 2014

Vanessa Briggs

Managing Director of Health Promotion Services

The Art of Building Community and Clinical Bridges

June 23, 2014

Barbara J. Gage, PhD, MBA

Managing Director, Engleberg Center for Health Care Reform Institute, The Brookings Institute

Post-Acute Care: Moving Beyond the Silos (video)


April 30, 2014

Dan McCoy, MD, FAAD

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

The Future of Medicine: Health Care Reform and Beyond

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March 6, 2014

Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH

President and Founder, HealthBegins

Upstreamists and Community Health Detailing (video)


February 19, 2014

Rajiv Bhatia, MD, MPH

US Leader in Health Impact Assessment

Tackling Health Inequities: Field Experience of a Social Medicine Practitioner

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December 4, 2013

Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA

President, Lasker Foundation

The Role of Academic Medicine in Addressing Social Determinants of Health

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Supplemental Materials

Blue Ridge Report

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Article

Journal of the American Medical Association Article


November 20, 2013

Pam Jahnke, RN

Chief Nursing Officer, Galveston County Health District

Ruben Escamilla

Associate Director Revenue Cycle, UTMB

Jump Starting the Health Care Marketplace in Galveston County

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October 23, 2013

George "Holt" Oliver, MD, PhD

Vice President for Clinical Informatics

Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation

Predictive Health Analytics: Development, Use and Regulation


October 9, 2013

Representative Greg Bonnen, MD

Owner/President Texas Brain and Spine Center

Chairman, Houston Physicians' Hospital

Dr. Bonnen Goes to Austin, The 83rd Legislature from the Viewpoint of a Freshman Physician-Legislator and UTMB alumnus


October 7, 2013

Kenneth Smith, PhD

Lead Program Analyst, Chronic Disease & Environmental Health

National Association of County & City Health Officials

Nurtured Emergence: A National Strategy for Implementing Health in All Policies from the Ground Up

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September 10, 2013

Ben Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP

Senior Vice President, Health Policy & Legislative Affairs

The University of Texas Medical Branch

Texas' 83rd Legislative Session: A Look at How UTMB Fared

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April 17, 2013

Mohammed Shahbazi, PhD, MPH, CHES

Professor and Chairman, Behavioral and Environmental Health

Jackson State University

What can Mississippi’s (and Texas’) health care systems learn from Iran?

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April 4, 2013

Eric Cooper

President and CEO

San Antonio Food Bank

Hunger Games, Examining the Paradox Between Hunger and Obesity in the U.S.

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February 27, 2013

Howard Brody, MD, PhD

Professor and Director, Institute for the Medical Humanities

The University of Texas Medical Branch

Health Care Transformation and Bending the Cost Curve: Targeting the Top Five List of Overused Procedures

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February 4, 2013

Ben Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP

Senior Vice President, Health Policy & Legislative Affairs

The University of Texas Medical Branch

How to Communicate Your Political Views


November 28, 2012

Owen Murray, DO, MBA

Vice President of Offender Services

The University of Texas Medical Branch

Life Behind Bars


October 31, 2012

Ben Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP

Senior Vice President

Health Policy & Legislative Affairs

The University of Texas Medical Branch

Academic Medicine and Health Reform


July 10, 2012

Anne Dunkelberg

Associate Director

Center for Public Policy Priorities

Texas Has a Health Care Spending Problem, Not a Medicaid Problem

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June 27, 2012

Katrina Lambrecht, JD, MBA

Vice President and Chief of Staff

The University of Texas Medical Branch

Transforming Regional Health through Collaboration: Understanding the 1115 Demonstration Waiver

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May 16, 2012

Andrea Hricko

Director, Community Outreach and Education Program

Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center

Responding to Community Concerns About Air Pollution’s Health Effects


February 27, 2012

Larry Cohen, MSW

Founder and Executive Director, Prevention Institute

Intersection of Clinical and Community Prevention: National and Local Opportunities to Advance Health

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February 15, 2012

David L. Callender, MD, MBA, FACS

President, UTMB Health

Academic Medicine: The UTMB Perspective

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January 18, 2012

Robyn O'Brien, MBA

Founder, AllergyKids Foundation

The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It

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October 26, 2011

Eva M. Moya, PhD, LMSW

University of Texas at El Paso HP 2020 Task Force

Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 (2006-2011)

A Healthy Exchange: Implications of Healthy People 2020 for Research, Instruction, Policy, and Service


April 13, 2011

Dr. Kenneth I. Shine

Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

The University of Texas System

A Discussion of Health Policy


March 23, 2011

Dr. Edward Emmett

Professor and Director, Academic Programs in Occupational Medicine

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia

Rev. Horace Strand

Founder, Chester Environmental Partnership

Creating Effective Research-to-Policy Processes: Using Communication Strategies Driven by Community-Based Participatory Research Principles


March 9, 2011

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

BlueCross and BlueShield of Texas

Health Status of Americans: There's more to the story than the Affordable Care Act


February 23, 2011

Patricia Gray, JD, LLM

Director of Research

Health Law and Policy Institute

University of Houston

I Want You to Be My Friend - Practicing Medicine in the Age of Facebook 


January 20, 2011

Alexandra (Lexi) B. Nolen, PhD, MPH

Director, Center to Eliminate Health Disparities in the Division of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs

Director ad interim, Global Health Education Program and University of Texas Global Health Resource Center

Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Family Medicine, and Internal Medicine

LEAST Lead Initiative The emerging story of lead poisoning in Galveston children


January 5, 2011

David L. Callender, MD, MBA, FACS

President, UTMB Health

Academic Medicine and Health Reform: Opportunity and Challenge 


December 9, 2010

Karl Eschbach, PhD

Professor and Director of Population Research, University of Texas Medical Branch

Changing Demographics and Changing Health Care Needs in Texas


December 2, 2010

Matthew Dacso, MD, MSc

Premal Patel, MD, MSc

The New Global Health Paradigm - Skeptical Optimism from the Field


November 11, 2010

Benjamin Isgur

Director, Health Research Institute, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Prospering in a Post Reform World


October 28, 2010

Dr. Denny Vågerö

Senior Advisor to World Health Organization Europe

Closing the Global and National Health Gaps – Can it be Done in a Generation?


May 5, 2010

Clem Bezold

Chairman and Founder, Institute for Alternative Futures

Using Scenarios to Consider the Future of Academic Health Centers 


April 14, 2010

J. James Rohack, MD, FACC, FACP

President, American Medical Association

Director, Scott & White Center for Healthcare Policy

Professor of Medicine and Humanities for Texas A&M Health Science Center

Health System Reform in the United States 


March 17, 2010

Patricia Gray, JD, LLM

Director of Research and External Affairs for the Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston

Garnett F. Coleman

Texas House of Representatives, Senior Member of Public Health Committee

CHIP - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow


February 17, 2010

Brian Smedley, PhD

Vice President and Director, Health Policy Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Building Stronger Communities for Better Health: Moving from Science to Policy and Practice


February 3, 2010

Guy L. Clifton, MD

Professor, Runnells Distinguished Chair, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

A Roadmap to Value 


January 27, 2010

Dianne White Delisi

Senior Advisor, Delisi Communications

Home on the Range - Health Care in Texas 


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