Fall Forum 2022

November 16-18, 2022

Hilton Washington DC National Mall The Wharf

Better Health Policy Through Stronger Communities

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All Sessions Are Listed in Eastern Daylight Time

View by day: Wednesday, Nov 16 | Thursday, Nov 17 | Friday, Nov 18

The 2022 GIH Fall Forum will be held in-person. For information about COVID-19 policies and vaccination and masking requirements, please visit our FAQs.

Wednesday, November 16

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Registration Open
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2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Safeguarding the Health, Well-being, and Rights of the LGBTQ Community
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This session will provide a careful look at the urgent legislative threats to the LGBTQ community and the health impact of those threats. Funders will participate in conversations about supporting advocacy, policy, and community engagement work that both addresses policy threats and supports the health, emotional well-being, and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

2:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
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  • Cara V. James
    President and CEO
    Grantmakers In Health

2:20 p.m. Overview of LGBTQ Health Landscape and Threats
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The opening keynote speaker will address the features of LGBTQ health (accessing services, culturally responsive care, disparities) and the legislative landscape (threats at the state and national level, opportunities within the current administration, reflections on the midterm elections). 

  • Lindsey Dawson
    Associate Director of HIV Policy and Director of LGBTQ Health Policy
    Kaiser Family Foundation

3:00 p.m. Table Conversations: Reflections on Presentation
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  • Ann Rodgers
    Program Director
    Grantmakers In Health

3:20 p.m. Break

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3:30 p.m. Funder/PSO Panel: Sharing Models and Opportunities
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Speakers on this panel will highlight the projects and models that funders are currently supporting related to LGBTQ health, as well as reflect on the gaps and opportunities for other funders to engage on this issue.

  • Brian Hujdich (Moderator)
    Executive Director
    National Coalition for LGBTQ Health
  • Saida Agostini-Bostic
    Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • Nathan Kasai
    Program Officer
    Gill Foundation
  • Andrew Katusin
    Program Officer
    The Cleveland Foundation
  • José A. Romero
    Director of Community Advocacy, Education, and Research
    Pride Foundation
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4:40 – 5:00 p.m. Closing Reflections
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The closing keynote speaker will reflect on the day’s conversations and offer thoughts and inspiration on moving forward and making progress for the better health of the LGBTQ community.  

  • Julianna S. Gonen
    Federal Policy Director
    National Center for Lesbian Rights

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Thursday, November 17

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
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9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Updates and Opportunities to Advance Health Through Medicaid and CHIP
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This session will bring together policy experts from CMS and elsewhere to provide updates on Medicaid and CHIP in key areas such as mental and behavioral health, unwinding the public health emergency, health equity, and maternal health. Participants will have an opportunity to engage with experts in discussion and identify opportunities for health funders to support policy implementation in their communities.

  • Kara Odom Walker (Moderator)
    Executive Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer
    Nemours Children’s Health
  • Anne Marie Costello
    Deputy Director of Policy
    Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services (CMCS)
  • Jessica Stephens
    Director of the Division of Enrollment Policy & Operations
    Children and Adults Health Programs Group, Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services (CMCS)
  • Hemi Tewarson
    Executive Director
    National Academy of State Health Policy
  • Vikki Wachino
    Viaduct Consulting
  • Ellen-Marie Whelan
    Chief Population Health Officer
    Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services (CMCS)
    Senior Advisor
    Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
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12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lauren LeRoy Health Policy Lecture Luncheon
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The Lauren LeRoy Health Policy Lecture Series was established in honor of former GIH President and CEO Lauren LeRoy and her commitment to increasing communication between the worlds of philanthropy and policy.

  • Chiquita Brooks-LaSure
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Break

2:00 – 4:30 p.m. GIH Policy Agenda Discussion
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GIH is developing a policy agenda that explicitly identifies our public policy priorities for the coming year. This policy agenda will guide our programming, communications, and advocacy efforts. During this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about GIH’s strategic plan and provide input on both our policy priorities and activities to advance these objectives.

Friday, November 18

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
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9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
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  • Cara V. James
    President and CEO
    Grantmakers In Health

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Community Organizing to Build Power and Advance Health Equity
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This session will explore community organizing as an essential strategy for health funders seeking to build community power and advance health and racial equity. 

  • Rev. Alvin Herring 
    Executive Director 
    Faith in Action Network
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10:15 10:30 a.m. Active Listening: A Critical Power Building Skill
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This interactive session will engage participants in an active listening exercise that will help funders reflect on their own stories and experience how organizers engage communities, build trust, and support agency.

  • LaDon Love
    Executive Director
    SPACES in Action
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10:30 – 11:00 a.m. The Art and Science of Community Organizing
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This session will examine the key elements of community organizing, consider how organizing aligns with other power-building strategies, and explore the evidence base related to successful efforts.

  • Jennifer Ito
    Research Director
    University of Southern California Equity Research Institute
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11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Shifting Landscape for Organizers
This session will feature a panel discussion of community organizers working to advance social justice and will explore changing dynamics, emerging opportunities, and future directions.
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  • Jennifer Ito (Moderator)
    Research Director
    University of Southern California Equity Research Institute
  • LaDon Love
    Executive Director
    SPACES in Action 
  • Aija Nemer-Aanerud

    Health Care for All Campaign Director
    People's Action

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Funder Perspectives: Addressing Challenges and Seizing Opportunities to Build Community Power
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Working together in small groups, funders will discuss a variety of topics related to philanthropy’s role in building community power, such as changing organizational culture to elevate power building, community-centered approaches to evaluation, and aligning community organizing with other power building strategies.