Sessions & speakers

Monday, September 17, 2018

1:00 - 1:30 pm
Keynote Address: Building Equitable, Inclusive, Healthy Communities in America's Cities


Michael McAfee is the President of PolicyLink where he oversees strategy development, the alignment of PolicyLink assets, and the achievement of policy wins that ensure all people in America have economic security, live in healthy communities of opportunity, and benefit from a just society. He came to PolicyLink in 2011 as the inaugural director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. Under his leadership, PolicyLink emerged as a national leader in building cradle-to-career systems that ensure children and youth in our nation’s most distressed communities have a pathway into the middle class. His partnership with local leaders in more than 60 communities contributed to significant improvements in the educational and developmental outcomes for more than 300,000 children, and helped attract public and private investments that exceed $1 billion. Because of the focus on results, Promise Neighborhoods became a permanent federal program through the 2015 authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

1:35 - 2:50 pm
Public Sector & Payer Perspectives on Value-based Contracting: 
What are the opportunities with value-based contracting models? What is the best path forward for dealing with novel aspects of value-based contracting, such as annual evergreen contracting vs. multi-year terms and how to incorporate traditionally non-covered services into comprehensive programs. Featuring the former director of New York Medicaid, a director of contracting for Amerigroup Tennessee, and GHHI’s value-based contracting expert, the panelists will share examples of their innovative contracting structures and approaches to advancing value-based payment models.

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Stephanie Dowell is the Regional Market Lead and Statewide Contracting Director for Amerigroup, Anthem’s Government Business Division. Anthem is one of the largest health benefits companies in the United States. As a native Memphian, Stephanie has over 20 years of healthcare experience, serving in various leadership roles for government-sponsored managed care programs and the healthcare payer space.

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Jason Helgerson is the Founder/Chief Solutions Officer of Helgerson Solutions Group (HSG) and the former NYS Medicaid Director. After more than 20 years of public service he has embraced the “gig economy” and launched a multifaceted private sector career.  His primary work is through the consulting firm he founded, HSG, which is focused on helping companies, providers, payers and governments make the move to value in health care.

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Andrew Olson is a Social Innovation Specialist at GHHI. His work includes health-policy planning and analysis, advanced economic and financial modeling, conducting state-wide medical claims analysis with predictive modeling, and publishing over a dozen works on public health

1:35 - 2:50 pm
Spotlight: Salt Lake County: 
This session will provide a glimpse into the successful strategies of the Salt Lake GHHI site including how they got started, where they are now, and what funding sources they utilize. The team will also highlight the Lead Free Salt Lake County Initiative and the Asthma Home Visiting program that they successfully implement. Lead by Randy Jepperson of Salt Lake County, the session will also feature partners from Habitat for Humanity, Community Development Corporation of Utah, Centers for Disease Control, State of Utah Health Department, and many others. 

3:15 - 4:30 pm
Monetizing Non-Health Benefits: 
Healthy homes programs often rely on short-term grants even though benefits of their programs are long lasting for families and the broader community. For programs like home-based asthma control, the value of healthcare benefits are clear (e.g. cost reduction due to decreased hospitalizations and ED utilization) but the value of other benefits such as improved school and work attendance are more nebulous. Being able to quantify these benefits will help practitioners understand the wide-ranging value of their services and establish a business case for potential funders and payers. Interventions that we’ll discuss will include lead hazard control, home asthma remediation, and unintentional household injury prevention.

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Dr. Kevin Schnepel is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University. His research focuses on the economics of crime, health economics, labour economics, and environmental economics.

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Jeff Shumway is a Managing Director at Social Finance, where he leads the Advisory Services group. Jeff helps governments, nonprofits, and philanthropies use data and innovative funding mechanisms to get the best results for individuals and families. Since launching the Advisory Services group in 2014, Jeff has led over 50 advisory projects, applying the principles of Pay for Success and performance improvement to move the needle on challenging social issues.

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Robert L. Fischer is an Associate Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University, where he leads a range of evaluation research studies and teaches evaluation methods to graduate students in social work and nonprofit management. He is also Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

Disaster Recovery: Rebuilding Green & Healthy Homes: Communities across the United States are facing a growing need to invest in resilience planning in order to prepare for and recover from major weather events, infrastructure failures, and other types of disasters. Plans for disaster recovery that restore affordable, safe, and efficient housing are essential to the community recovery process. Session panelists will discuss their experiences creating and executing plans for affordable housing recovery in response to recent hurricanes, wildfires and other disaster events.

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Sharon Gaul is the Bee Branch Healthy Homes Resiliency Coordinator utilizing Community Development Block
Grant‐National Disaster Recovery (CDBG‐NDR) funds to reduce water intrusion into homes, ultimately contributing to the Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA). Sharon has worked in the land development and housing sectors for the last 17 years.

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Mandy Mahoney has served as President of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance since March 2013, and was previously its vice president of policy and operations.
Prior to joining SEEA in 2011, Mandy served as director of sustainability for the City of Atlanta under Mayors Reed and Franklin. 


Hector Moreno oversees the Quality Assurance & Quality Control program for Housing Interventions and, as GHHI’s Building Performance Subject Matter Expert, provides technical support GHHI sites in housing environmental and energy matters.

Tuesday, September 18

10:00 - 10:45 am
Pathways to Sustainable Funding:
 One of the most difficult aspects of trying to run a community-based program that addresses health, housing, and the environment is articulating the value of your work to build successful and sustainable relationships with funders. During this session, we'll ask funders what information they need to see and hear, how to grab the attention of organizations that can provide funding, and what strategies they suggest for pursuing sustainable financing for your work.


Bill Crim serves as President and CEO of United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL). He has worked for over 23 years on issues related to economic opportunity, health care, education and poverty – first as a research fellow for the Coalition on Human Needs in Washington, D.C. and then as a researcher, policy analyst, community organizer, lobbyist, and executive director for Utah Issues.

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C.J. Eisenbarth Hager is Director of Healthy Community Policies for Vitalyst Health Foundation. Her work centers on promoting public policies that support healthy lifestyles. As a result, her work touches a number of different specialties and policy areas, including urban planning, land use, transportation, urban design, housing, community development and sustainability. She also works with partners to bring health into the public policy decision-making process through tools like health impact assessments and health in all policies.


Jenn Jones is the Chief of Membership, Policy and Training at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). Prior to joining NCRC in 2017, Ms. Jones served in the Obama Administration as a senior policy advisor to HUD Secretary Julian Castro. Jenn was charged with leading HUD’s affirmatively-furthering fair housing, neighborhood and community revitalization, rental assistance transformation, criminal justice reform and socioeconomic mobility priorities for Secretary Castro.

10:00 - 10:45 am
Findings from Evaluations of Asthma Home-visiting Programs
: Hot off the presses, this session will feature findings from recent research on the efficacy of home-based asthma programs. Featuring researchers from GHHI’s own Baltimore program, Baylor’s asthma program, and an award-winning program from Memphis, they will share their preliminary findings and provide guidance to other asthma programs around the country on how to choose an appropriate level of evaluation for their program.

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Dr. Winnie Hamilton, Ph.D, S.M is director of the Environmental Health Service at Baylor College of Medicine, and has received numerous awards for her work in environmental health, including the U.S. EPA’s Children’s Environmental Health Champion Award. 


Brendan Brown is the Senior Associate for Research, Policy, and Environmental Health Science at the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative. Since 2011 he has led public health research on asthma, energy and housing, He is a co-investigator, project and quality assurance manager for ongoing HUD-funded (2013-2017) Healthy Homes Technical Study “A Cost Benefit Study of Green & Healthy Homes Interventions in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Rowland D. Yancey is the Program Evaluator with Methodist Le Bonheur Community Outreach at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis where he develops and implements community based evaluation plans based on feedback of program staff, leadership, and community served. He received a M.Ed. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.S. in Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

11:00 - 11:45 am
Back to the Basics: GHHI Model Year 4 and Beyond: This session is designed for our site champions who have guided their communities’ Learning Networks for the past 3+ years. These leaders have created strategies that make it easier for residents to receive the stabilizing home, energy, and health services they need. This session will highlight the newest innovations that GHHI Sites are implementing, so our veteran site champions can create a roadmap for 1) identifying new partners, 2) creating engagement strategies to add diverse funding and in-home services to their Networks, and 3) updating their Sites’ coordination plans so, collectively, they can drive even more impact.


Hersh Fernandes is the Senior Technical Assistant Specialist at GHHI. He helps cities, counties, and states implement GHHI’s coordinated home repair service delivery model. Hersh previously worked on data analysis at Amazon and on a number of teams within the Obama White House. He graduated from Texas A&M University, studying political science, philosophy, and sociology. Hersh has wanted to be an astronaut since he was 6.

11:00 - 11:45 am
 A Health Hazard with an Easy Solution: Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the EPA has determined that more than half of the US states host red zones, indicating the EPA’s recommended action level for radon exposure. This session will focus on explaining the importance of radon as a home health hazard and discuss what resources are currently available in the field.  Presenters will provide an overview of what radon is, why it’s a health risk, how to properly test for it, and how to effectively mitigate levels that are too high.  They’ll highlight current radon efforts across the country, discuss funding availability for mitigation and provide a roadmap that lays out the barriers as well as propose solutions for addressing radon in local communities.


Eleanor Divver started working in the Radon world in 1993 when she was with the Salt Lake County Health Department.  She then taught Public Health, Environmental Health and Healthy Lifestyles at the University of Utah for many years.  Currently, she is working for the State Department of Environmental Quality as the Radon Project Coordinator. 


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Owen David is the Radon Safety Specialist for the New Hampshire Radon Program at the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services.  Owen has worked for the state radon program for 6 years. As a Radon Safety Specialist Owen works to provide outreach and education to all New Hampshire residents on radon to reduce the impact of radon induced lung cancer in New Hampshire

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Robin Fish is a Program Manager at PEACE Incorporated of Syracuse, NY where she has worked in the Energy and Housing Department for 14 years.  Robin is currently responsible for coordinating funding for jobs with organizations within Onondaga County and the State of NY, including HEAP, National Grid, EmPower NY and the NYS Weatherization Program and the GHHI Greater Syracuse. During her time at PEACE Inc. she has attended various trainings and conferences to expand her knowledge in energy conservation.

11:00 - 12:30 pm
Making the Case: Broad Applicability of Value-based Contracts: 
What level of impact across health outcomes and cost savings is needed for a new program to be prioritized by an MCO or state Medicaid agency? This panel will feature leadership from two MCOs and a state Department of Health to discuss if there are ways to make the case that a proposed value-based contracting structure will have a broader impact, specifically: (1) the potential of the value-based contracting model as a tool for broader reform in healthcare payment models around the country, (2) public health issues in addition to asthma that would be the best fit for the model, (3) scale of the opportunity from the standpoint of potential number of lives impacted and Medicaid dollars saved, and (4) key challenges in implementing the model in other issue areas.

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Frank Robinson, Ph.D has over 45 years of public and nonprofit experiences in building healthy communities. For the past three years, Dr. Robinson has served as Vice President of Public Health at Baystate Health. In this role, he masterminds social impact investment strategies and administers outcome-based programs which address social determinants of health.

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Guy Gauthier is the senior director of State Programs at Priority Health. He oversees the business operations of Priority Health’s Medicaid division, managing consumer experience, ensuring compliance with state and other governmental contracts, and developing the business unit as a whole. Guy first joined Priority Health in May 1992, and has served as vice president of special projects, chief operations officer and chief financial officer.

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Robin Wagner is Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Aging and Adult Services within the Louisiana Department of Health.  She oversees Medicaid home and community-based programs to older adults and persons with adult onset disabilities, including PACE and Money Follows the Person.  She has been involved in Louisiana's Permanent Supportive Housing program since planning began in late 2005 and has been responsible for LDH's management of the program for most of its existence.

11:50 - 12:35 pm
Community Engagement through Workforce Development: 
This session will explore strategies to effectively engage communities in building capacity to meet their housing, health and energy efficiency needs, by investing in workforce development and creating sustainable career pathways.


Cecil Corbin-Mark is WE ACT for Environmental Justice’s (WE ACT) Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives. He holds a BA from Hunter College in Political Science and a M. Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University in England. Prior to joining WE ACT, Cecil worked for the following: the Bronx County District Attorney, NYS Justice Hon. W. T. Martin, the Mellon Minority Scholars Program and the NY Public Library.

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Jane Cohen is the Director of Environmental Health Policy where she is working across many disciplines and government agencies to craft and advocate passage of legislation related to lead poisoning prevention and healthy housing. Prior to joining Isles, Ms. Cohen was a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch where she  led field research on health, environmental and political issues in China, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Japan.


11:50 -12:35 pm
Aging in Place: Aging-in-Place (AIP) is a concept that is rising in popularity among local governments that are looking for ways to better care for their aging populations.  This session is intended to offer resources and practical advice to GHHI site representatives who are interested in starting an Aging-in-Place (AIP) program.  Session speakers will explain the importance of AIP, outline key components of an AIP program, and articulate the barriers as well as propose solutions in modeling AIP programs. 

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Julie Romine is the Director of Programs and Strategic Alliances at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.  Since joining the Habitat team 19 years ago, she has served in numerous roles and currently oversees all housing programs including new home ownership; green and healthy homes; aging in place; neighborhood revitalization; and other related activities.  She also manages strategic alliances, grants, and special financing mechanisms.


Dr. Kendell Cannon is the Medical Director, Welbe Health and Clinical Instructor, Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Cannon completed both medical school and her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Utah. She has additional training in Palliative Care, Hospice, Quality Improvement and Wilderness Medicine. Through her myriad experiences with patients, she has developed the strong belief that people should have more say in the direction of their medical care and the ability to choose the quality of life that suits their goals.


Jason Wheeler is Executive Director of ASSIST Inc Community Design Center in Salt Lake City Utah. Founded in 1969, ASSIST provides design and emergency home repair services for low-income, disabled, and elderly families and individuals. ASSIST also plays a critical role in community engagement in Utah, shaping shared transportation routes and advocating for affordable housing along the Wasatch Front.

1:30 - 2:15 pm
New Tools and Best Practices From the Field: 
Asthma is a complex disease that requires a multi-trigger, multi-component approach that combines evidence-based strategies to reduce exposure to asthma triggers in the home.  This session will review the effects of indoor allergen exposure and sensitization, focusing on mold/moisture, dust mite, cockroach, and rodent allergens, and the effects of indoor air pollutants (ozone, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon monoxide) on asthma incidence and morbidity. We'll also discuss proven strategies to identify and reduce exposure to these asthma triggers in your clients' homes. These are strategies that not only have the best chances to improve the health of the families you serve but also improve the efficacy and outcomes in your local programs. 


Hector Moreno oversees the Quality Assurance & Quality Control program for Housing Interventions and, as GHHI’s Building Performance Subject Matter Expert, provides technical support GHHI sites in housing environmental and energy matters.

Before coming to GHHI, Mr. Moreno worked for 16 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in Cincinnati, Ohio as a Microbiologist and Environmental Scientist. He later joined the Cincinnati Health Department in Ohio where he worked as an Environmental Health Sanitarian enforcing food safety codes and addressing indoor environmental factors affecting public health.

1:30 - 2:15 pm
Energy Home Makeover: 
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) provides electricity for business customers and local power companies, serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. Through their work, TVA has created a variety of tools that help residents and families conduct self-audits of their homes, identifying opportunities to increase energy efficiency and even earn rebates as they go. This session will focus on the innovations that TVA has created and the lessons they have learned deploying their services across their far-reaching footprint.

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Beth Parsons started her career in energy efficiency at the Tennessee Valley Authority working in Residential and Small Commercial Products & Services. After nine years, she took a position in the Special Accounts group. There she supported Regional Accounts, the Energy Services Company (ESCO), and worked on special projects. In December 2008 she became the project manager in Energy Efficiency Education and Outreach specializing in K-12 efforts. In October 2012 she joined the team working on the Smart Communities project, specifically Extreme Energy Makeovers, which led to her current work in limited-income. Beth is responsible for projects in Northeast Tennessee including the Knoxville Home Uplift pilot. She also manages the research on non-energy impacts for all the Home Uplift pilots.

1:30 - 2:15 pm
Navigating Rental Properties: 
Frustrated by the challenges landlords present in making home modifications for your families? Featuring leading policy experts and representatives who work directly with landlords and tenants, this panel will offer strategies for engaging with patients in rental properties, specifically focused on getting landlord approval for home improvement projects to address asthma triggers as well as overcoming the risks of retaliation that tenants face.


Cecil Corbin-Mark is WE ACT for Environmental Justice’s (WE ACT) Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives. He holds a BA from Hunter College in Political Science and a M. Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University in England. Prior to joining WE ACT, Cecil worked for the following: the Bronx County District Attorney, NYS Justice Hon. W. T. Martin, the Mellon Minority Scholars Program and the NY Public Library.

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Kim E. Lovely is a Healthy Homes Organizer/Educator for the Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) in Chicago. In this role, she provides legal resources, healthy homes training sessions to health professionals, educates families about hidden and visible health hazards in the home.

2:20 - 3:05 pm
GHHI Model: Breaking Barriers, Breaking Myths: 
The fundamentals of the GHHI Model are being implemented in over 30 cities, counties, and states across the country. Learn how partners, practitioners, and stakeholders are breaking down the barriers that prevent coordinated service delivery and redefining what's possible to deliver positive outcomes for their communities. 


Wes Stewart is the Senior Director of Technical Assistance and Legal Services for the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI). In his role, he provides national technical assistance on program design, management, and implementation to 17 GHHI sites, prospective GHHI sites and HUD Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Programs including: the cities of Atlanta, Lewiston, Newark, Providence, Waukesha and Wilmington, the counties of Baltimore and Salt Lake and the states of Delaware and Rhode Island.


Hersh Fernandes is the Senior Technical Assistant Specialist at GHHI. He helps cities, counties, and states implement GHHI’s coordinated home repair service delivery model. Hersh previously worked on data analysis at Amazon and on a number of teams within the Obama White House.

2:20 - 3:05 pm
Innovative Financing & GHHI Sites Working Side by Side: 
During this session, participants will learn how the Innovation Finance Team at GHHI involves cross-sector partnerships to improve social and health outcomes using asthma-focused feasibility studies and technical assistance grants. Participants will hear from current partners on the added value of these current collaborations in their communities. This session will cover the basics about innovative funding opportunities for GHHI Sites.


Sarita Hudson is the Director of Programs and Development at the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts. Sarita brings over 25 years of experience managing programs, developing coalitions, and building community capacity on issues including sexual violence prevention, women's rights and social justice.


Randy Jepperson is the Housing Program Manger at Salt Lake County. Randy has over 40 years of experience in construction and management of housing programs. He has a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Economics from the University of Utah and a Masters Degree in Applied Economics from the University of Utah. He loves outdoor adventures of white water rafting, fly fishing, skiing, hiking and biking.


Michael McKnight heads advocacy, policy analysis, and leads work on innovative financing and partnerships. He heads up projects around the country that include healthcare payers, healthcare providers, and healthy home providers, utilizing the impact that housing has on health outcomes as a new funding source for home repair services

 2:20 - 3:05 pm
How to Partner Successfully with Healthcare Payers for Healthy Housing Programs: Wondering how to get your foot in the door and partner successfully with a healthcare payer? The two panelists, one from the payer perspective and one from the provider perspective, will share their experiences setting up successful partnerships for healthy housing programs in their communities. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities as tables, then ask the panelists directly about their tips for engaging payers such as health plans or hospitals for a potential partnership, structuring the partnership/contract, and implementing coordinated services.


Laura Herrera Scott, M.D., M.P.H, is the Regional Vice President for Amerigroup Maryland and District of Columbia. In this position, Dr. Herrera Scott, is responsible for overseeing the administration of medical services for the Company’s health plans. Dr. Herrera Scott is also responsible for enhancing the innovation and effectiveness of new or existing healthcare policies as well as leading the development and implementation of activities designed to improve patient outcomes.

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Julie Kuhn is the Program Manager at Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI). Julie joined SUHI in August 2011 to direct the Asthma CarePartners program, a community health worker (CHW)-led, home-based asthma intervention for public and private insurers.  In her current role as program manager, Julie also oversees CROWD, the Center for CHW Research, Outcomes and Workforce Development, officially launched in 2017.