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Convening Key Stakeholders

In addition to making grants, NYSHealth plays a leading role in fostering discussions among grantees; community partners; national, State, and local officials; health care advocates; and other key stakeholders across New York State, holding dozens of conferences, webinars, and other events each year. In 2012, the Foundation hosted five meetings of its “A Conversation With…” series. This series, moderated by NYSHealth President and CEO James R. Knickman and other NYSHealth staff, brings together leaders in the field to discuss issues pertinent to the Foundation’s work. This year’s conversations included:

“What the Supreme Court Could Do to Health Reform: A Conversation with Abbe Gluck.” Professor Gluck laid out the elements of the Affordable Care Act and the four key questions that the Court would consider.

“National Diabetes Prevention Program: A Conversation with Kenneth Thorpe.” Dr. Thorpe discussed the national Diabetes Prevention Program, a model that has been shown to reduce the risk of developing diabetes by more than 50% in adults with prediabetes.

“Healthy Children, Toxic Schools: A Conversation with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.” Attorneys Dawn Philip and Christina Giorgio discussed how New York City regulations, public disclosure procedures, and insufficient oversight have created environmental hazards within the City’s public schools.

“Implementing Health Reform Post-SCOTUS: A Conversation on Consumer Engagement Strategies.” State officials and consumer representatives highlighted key opportunities to educate and engage individuals and small business owners about what the Affordable Care Act will mean for them.

“Suicide Prevention in the Military: A Conversation with Jacqueline Garrick and Dr. Yvette Branson.” Jacqueline Garrick, Director, Defense Suicide Prevention Office at the Pentagon, and Dr. Yvette Branson, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, discussed rising suicide rates among active military servicemembers and recent veterans.