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2012 GIH Annual Meeting Preconference Sessions

March 7, 2012

1:00 – 4:00 P.M.  (Registration required.)

Building a Better Mousetrap: System Reform to Improve Care 

Transforming health systems to better meet the needs of patients will require changes to strengthen delivery of care for those who have good access to care, as well as to improve care for those who find it harder to obtain timely and effective services. Foundations are well-positioned to help.

Attend this GIH annual meeting preconference session to augment your knowledge and inform your work on this complex issue. In this preconference session, you will hear from leading thinkers and doers about their vision for a redesigned delivery system.  

  • Joseph McCannon, Senior Advisor to the Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Karen Davis, President, The Commonwealth Fund
  • Joshua Sharfstein, Secretary, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Susan Sherry, Deputy Director, Community Catalyst



Reading for Life: Early Childhood Literacy and Health

Reading ability is the strongest individual predictor of adult health status. But for far too many children, particularly those in low-income families, learning to read is a major challenge associated with child health issues such as developmental problems and frequent school absence because of illness. Kids with reading difficulties are at increased risk for high school dropout, criminal activity, incarceration, unemployment, and long-term poverty. Nearly all children can become successful readers, especially when they receive targeted, developmentally appropriate help early on. 

Attend this GIH annual meeting preconference session to examine research linking early childhood literacy to health, promising interventions, and policy changes that would help move this work forward. Session speakers include:

  • Judith Meyers, President and CEO, Children's Fund of Connecticut
  • Ralph Smith, Senior Vice President, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Gabriella Conti, Assistant Professor, Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
  • Barry Zuckerman, Professor, School of Medicine, Boston University, and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
  • Laura Bailet, Executive Director, Nemours BrightStart
  • Ann Segal, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Disadvantaged Children and Families, Wellspring Advisors, LLC



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