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2015 Annual Conference: Networking Breakfasts

2015 AC Breakfasts

Access the conference agenda, speaker profiles, and session handouts here.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 8:00 - 9:30 A.M. 

New Health Foundation Breakfast - New This Year!

Are you in the early years of forming a health foundation? Join the trustees and staff of other new foundations to compare notes and swap strategies. Leaders of more established conversion foundations will also be on hand to give advice and reflect on their experiences.

Behavioral Health Funder Network Breakfast 

Join this networking breakfast to connect with colleagues interested in mental health and substance use issues. This session will feature roundtable discussions on current behavioral health topics during which participants can share ideas, seek advice, and develop new contacts.

Health Reform Funder Network Breakfast 

Robert Ferguson, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
David Sandman, New York State Health Foundation

This breakfast meeting will address next steps in health reform activities for foundations, GIH, and the field of health philanthropy. This session will feature roundtable discussions on various topics during which grantmakers can share information about new initiatives, swap strategies, raise concerns, and ask one another’s advice. This year, two funders will kick off the conversation by sharing their recent work on outreach and enrollment. 

Health Equity Funder Network Breakfast

Camara Jones, Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, APHA President Elect

Achieving health equity requires innovative solutions that encompass a wide range of grantmaker perspectives, strategies, and approaches. This session will explore the multiple pathways funders are taking to eliminate health disparities and address the social determinants of health. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with other funders, learn about emerging practices and interventions, and share information about challenges and opportunities within health equity funding.

Healthy Eating / Active Living Funder Network Breakfast 

William Dietz, Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

Join your fellow funders interested in healthy eating, active living, and obesity prevention for an opportunity to network and discuss some growing questions facing grantmakers: what are the lessons learned about current and past investments; where are the persistent challenges;  what will have the greatest impact; and which conditions optimize success? This session will share highlights from conversations taking place among health funders and professional evaluators, and discuss the potential implications for funders.


FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 8:00 - 9:30 A.M.

Trustee Breakfast - New This Year!

Join other foundation trustees for breakfast and talk candidly (and confidentially) about the challenges of foundation governance. Trustees from different foundations will start things off with a few key questions, and the conversation will flow from there.

Integrative Health Funder Network Breakfast

Lori Knutson, Health and Wellness Services, Touchstone Mental Health

Are you interested in elevating prevention and wellness in your work? Join this facilitated discussion to explore strategies for advancing mental, physical, and social health services to achieve optimal well-being. Participants will hear from a leading integrative health clinician about holistic wellness approaches and have the opportunity to share ideas, opportunities, and challenges.

Kids’ Access Funder Network Breakfast

Anne Dunkelberg, Center for Public Policy Priorities in Texas
Bill Jordan, New Mexico Voices for Children
Bruce Lesley, First Focus

This breakfast meeting will address children’s access to health care and provide an update on health reform implementation from the perspective of state and national advocates. We will tackle the most pressing issues for the coming year, as well as challenges and opportunities that funders might consider as they develop their own grantmaking strategies. We will also discuss the status of the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Oral Health Funder Network Breakfast

Brenda Sharpe, REACH Healthcare Foundation
Katie Eyes, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
David Krol, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Diane Oakes, Washington Dental Service Foundation

Join your fellow funders interested in oral health for a chance to network and discuss what makes for “good” investments in oral health. Speakers from four foundations from across the country will lead the discussion and share how they have approached this question from their unique perspectives and circumstances.

Population Health Funder Network Breakfast

Raymond Baxter, Kaiser Permanente
Debbie Chang, Nemours
George Flores, The California Endowment
James Knickman, New York State Health Foundation
Pamela Russo, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Join this network breakfast to learn more about the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. A number of health funders are members of this roundtable, and they will offer their thoughts and insights into how their respective foundations are working both together and separately to advance population health and the roles other funders can play in advancing population health efforts.

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