Summit | What’s Next on Social Determinants of Health


*Timing and panels are subject to change.


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Light Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Sarah J. Dash, MPH
President and Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for Health Policy

8:40 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

Opening Panel

Perspectives from Former State Surgeons General

Joe Thompson, M.D., MPH
Former State Surgeon General, State of Arkansas; President and Chief Executive Officer, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement; Professor, UAMS Colleges of Medicine and Public Health

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., M.S.
Former State Surgeon General, State of Michigan;
Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness & Diversity Officer, Henry Ford Health System

Moderator: Sarah J. Dash, MPH
President and Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for Health Policy

9:10 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

Panel 2

Measuring the Nonmedical Needs of Our Communities

Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., M.Phil.
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Quality Forum         

Mat Reidhead, M.A.
Vice President of Research and Analytics, Missouri Hospital Association         

Jamo Rubin, M.D., MBA
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TAVHealth

Moderator: Adaeze Enekwechi, Ph.D., MPP
President, IMPAQ, LLC

9:55 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.     


10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote Discussion

“Social Determinants of Health: Holy Grail or Dead-End Road?”

Lisa Fitzpatrick, M.D., MPH, MPA
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Grapevine Health;
Lecturer, The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

Moderator: Allison Hamblin, MSPH
Senior Vice President, Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

10:30 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.

Panel 4

Connecting the Dots: Health Beyond Health Care

Howard Koh, M.D., MPH
Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, Department of Health Policy and Management,
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School

Sandeep Wadhwa, M.D.
Chief Health Officer and Senior Vice President of Market and Innovation, Solera Health

Kamillah Wood, M.D., MPH, FAAP
Senior Vice President, Health and Housing, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future

Moderator: Krista Drobac, MPP
Partner, Sirona Strategies; Chair, Aligning for Health

11:15 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Panel 5

Future Policy Considerations

Dora Hughes, M.D., MPH,
Associate Research Professor, Health Policy and Management,
The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

John McCarthy, MPA
Founding Partner, Speire Healthcare Strategies

Hon. Allyson Y. Schwartz, MSW
President and Chief Executive Officer, Better Medicare Alliance

Moderator: Elizabeth M. Wroe, J.D.
Principal, Leavitt Partners


Joe Thompson, M.D., MPH, is the president and chief executive officer at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI). His work is centered at the intersection of clinical care, public health and health policy. He is responsible for developing research activities, health policy, and collaborative programs that promote better health and health care in Arkansas.

Dr. Thompson has led vanguard efforts in planning and implementing health care financing reform, tobacco- and obesity-related health promotion and disease prevention programs. He has worked with Arkansas’s executive and legislative leadership and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a creative alternative to Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In addition, Dr. Thompson is guiding Arkansas’s innovative initiatives to improve health system access, quality and cost including a systematic, multi-payer overhaul of Arkansas’s health care payment system.

From 2005–2015 Dr. Thompson served as Surgeon General for the State of Arkansas in the administrations of Republican Governor, Mike Huckabee and Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat. As Surgeon General, Dr. Thompson worked closely with and often served as a bridge between the Governor’s office, the Arkansas legislature and public and private organizations across the state to develop relevant health policy initiatives. Previous accomplishments include serving as the lead architect of the Tobacco Settlement Act of 2000 and instituting the Arkansas Health Insurance Roundtable. Under his leadership, ACHI helped pass the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006, documented the state’s success in halting progression of the childhood obesity epidemic, and passed a tobacco excise tax increase to provide funding for more than two dozen health initiatives.

Dr. Thompson earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as the RWJF Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Luther Terry Fellow in Preventive Medicine advising the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health in Washington, DC, and the Assistant Vice President and Director of Research at the National Committee for Quality Assurance in Washington, DC. In 1997, he served as the First Child and Adolescent Health Scholar of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (then the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research) before returning to Arkansas.


Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., M.S., is Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity, and Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer at Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System. She is a board-certified emergency medicine physician; Chair of the Gail and Lois Warden Endowment on Multicultural Health. In 2003, she was appointed by Governor Granholm as the nation’s first state-level Surgeon General. In 2012 she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. She focuses on health care equity, infant mortality/maternal & child health, chronic disease, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, and tobacco use. Dr. Wisdom provides strong leadership in diversity, population health, and improving the health of those disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes. Dr. Wisdom founded the award-winning program – the African American Initiative for Male Health Improvement (AIM–HI) and the Women Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network: Detroit to reduce infant mortality. As Michigan Surgeon General, she founded the nationally known Generation With Promise program - a youth leadership and empowerment effort now housed at Henry Ford. Under her leadership, the health system has received numerous awards for its equity, diversity and inclusion efforts, including the American Hospital Association Equity of Care Award in 2015, and No. 2 ranking on DiversityInc’s 2017 Top Hospitals and Health Systems list. Recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Wisdom has authored several peer-reviewed publications, appeared on national television, including ABC’s Nightline, and has presented to audiences across the country and internationally.