NYSHealth’s “A Conversation With…” Series
In 2010, NYSHealth continued its efforts to convene State and local government policymakers, industry leaders, and health care advocates. Throughout the year, we hosted five events with experts in areas ranging from models to improve care for people with chronic illnesses, to health information technology, to veterans’ issues.
The format of the series provides an intimate discussion with health experts, and features an interview with a special guest and NYSHealth President and CEO James R. Knickman. This year's installments included:
- Dr. Edward Wagner, Director of the MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation at the Center for Health Studies’ Group Health Cooperative and creator of the widely used Chronic Care Model
- Colonel (Retired) James McDonough, Director of the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs, and Paul Rieckhoff, founder and Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), who discussed veterans health and mental health issues
- Michelle Mello, Ph.D., J.D., national expert on medical malpractice and Professor of Law and Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, who discussed health reform options and lessons learned from the success and failure of reform in other states
- Rachel Block, Deputy Commissioner for Health IT Transformation for New York State, who led a discussion about the State’s current efforts to encourage wide-scale adoption of health information technology
- Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University who discussed obesity policy issues, particularly with regard to children and regulating school food marketing and food served in schools