Congressional Briefing on Aging in America

Featured Speakers


Thomas Cornwell, M.D., is the founder and chief executive officer of the Home Centered Care Institute. Dr. Cornwell founded HomeCare Physicians in 1997 and has made over 33,000 house calls. His innovative care has received numerous awards including the first ever "House Call Doctor of the Year," and the "Pride in the Profession" award given by the American Medical Association to four "heroes in health care in America." The American Geriatric Society presented Dr. Cornwell with the 2015 “Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine" award. Dr. Cornwell has received extensive local and national media attention including features in the NY Times, TIME Magazine and PBS. Fast Company named him a 2017 top 100 “Most Creative People in Business” for “bringing health care into the home.” He is a past-president of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine. In 2012 Dr. Cornwell through a large philanthropic gift created the Home Centered Care Institute, a national education and research organization focused on expanding house call programs and the workforce nationally.

Lindsay Goldman, LMSW, directs The New York Academy of Medicine’s work in healthy aging. She has 16 years of experience in program development and administration, aging services, philanthropy, and social policy. Lindsay oversees Age-friendly NYC, the Academy’s partnership with the City Council and the Office of the Mayor, working to improve all aspects of city life for older people. Lindsay serves as the Academy’s liaison to the World Health Organization and provides technical assistance to localities implementing a “health and age in all policies” approach to governance. Lindsay conceptualized and developed IMAGE:NYC, the Academy’s open-source interactive map of aging, and founded the multi-disciplinary Healthy Aging Section of the Academy Fellows. Recent publications include “A Demographic Success Story” in The Handbook of Geriatric Assessment 5th Ed. (2019) and “Age-friendly New York City: A Case Study,” in Age-friendly Cities and Communities in International Comparison (2016). She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an MSW from NYU.

Whitney Austin Gray, Ph.D., LEED AP, WELL AP, senior vice president at Delos, brings over a decade of expertise as an international leader in the intersection of health and built environment. At Delos, she leads the Delos Insights team focused on conducting industry research and supporting industry adoption of healthy building practices. She led the development of the first case studies focused on the WELL Building Standard, and helped to launch over 100 educational and training sessions related to WELL in over 25 countries, reaching over 15,000 design and health professionals. Prior to joining Delos, Dr. Gray served as the Health Research and Innovation Director for Cannon Design, a global health care design firm, where she oversaw the company’s primary and secondary research, prototyping and innovation platforms. Before her tenure with Cannon Design, she led building science research at the MedStar Institute for Innovation. She holds dual appointments as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Dr. Gray’s efforts have been widely published and she is an invited presenter at national and international conferences. Dr. Gray co-founded the NIH Health in Buildings Roundtable, is an Advisory Board member at the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, and with the International Academy of Health Design. She received her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her B.A. in Public Health Studies from The Johns Hopkins University, and was the first public health professional to become LEED AP.

Lance Robertson, MPA, was appointed to serve as Assistant Secretary for Aging and the Administration for Community Living's Administrator on August 11, 2017. His vision for ACL focuses on five pillars: supporting families and caregivers, protecting rights and preventing abuse, connecting people to resources, expanding employment opportunities, and strengthening the aging and disability networks. His leadership in the fields of aging and disability began in Oklahoma, where he served for 10 years as the director of aging services within the state’s Department of Human Services. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at Oklahoma State University, where he co-founded the Gerontology Institute and served as the executive director of the nation's largest regional gerontology association. Assistant Secretary Robertson earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and a master of public administration degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, and he is a veteran of the United States Army.

Sabrina Smith, DrHA, is chief operating officer for the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). Most recently, she served as ATA’s interim chief executive officer. Dr. Smith holds a Doctorate of Health Administration and Leadership from the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Smith has 20 years of cross-industry experience in healthcare, academic medicine, and non-profit management. In her current role, Dr. Smith serves as an external liaison with business partners, member groups overseeing the development and design of innovative new programs and services that drive and create value for the greater healthcare ecosystem. She leads the unified Member Groups working collaboratively with leadership to identify solutions to the pressing issues in virtual care adoption and implementation. Before coming to ATA, she was senior vice president for business operations for the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS), a global membership organization of over 12,000 regulatory professionals working in the rapidly growing medical device, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. While at RAPS, Dr. Smith established and operationalized their strategic international efforts in Asia and Europe. Past roles include chief operating officer for the American Academy of Physician Assistants where she oversaw business operations and longitudinal PA Workforce Research. As assistant vice president of MedStar Health Research Institute, a subsidiary of MedStar Health an integrated health care system, Dr. Smith worked collaboratively administering a research portfolio of 1200 active clinical and federal trials that supported the organizations bio-medical and health services research efforts. Dr. Smith lives in Ashburn, Virginia with her husband and family.

Moderator

Sarah J. Dash, MPH, is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. She drives the mission and vision of the Alliance, as well as advances and maintains the reputation of the organization as the leading nonpartisan resource for policymakers and health leaders in an evolving health policy environment. Sarah joined the Alliance in 2014 as the vice president for policy and became president and CEO in May 2017. Sarah has long been an influential force in shaping health policy, having served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill and as a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Sarah holds a master’s degree in public health from Yale School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and literature from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sarah also holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.