Fall Forum 2023

November 1-3, 2023

National Housing Center
1201 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Feeding Hearts and Minds: Food as Medicine, Divided Media, and Implications for Public Policy



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Wednesday, November 1

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Registration

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Opening Keynote: Working Together for a Stronger Medicare

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Meena Seshamani
Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare,
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Keynote: Medicaid and CHIP Update


Kate Massey
Executive Director
Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Health Updates from the Hill

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Conor Sheehey
Senior Health Policy Advisor
United States Senate Committee on Finance (Minority Staff)

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Eva DuGoff
Senior Health Advisor
United States Senate Committee on Finance, (Majority Staff)

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Philanthropic Strategies to Advance Public Policy

4:45 – 5:15 p.m 'Advocacy' Isn’t a Dirty Word – Boosting Public Health’s Ability to Engage in the Policy World – Book Discussion


Shelley Hearne
Deans Sommer & Klag Professor for Public Health Advocacy and Director, Lerner Center for Public Health Advocacy
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

5:15 – 5:30 p.m. Closing Reflections

5:30 p.m. Adjourn

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Thursday, November 2

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Keynote: State of Food as Medicine


Alissa Wassung
Executive Director
Food Is Medicine Coalition

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Federal Agenda for Food as Medicine


Colin Pekruhn (Moderator)
Program Director
Grantmakers In Health


Caree Cotwright, PhD, RDN
Director of Health Equity and Nutrition Security, Food and Nutrition Services
U.S. Department of Agriculture


Rachel Fisher
Senior Advisor, President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Stacy Hammer
National Nutrition Consultant, Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Indian Health Service
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Christine Going
Senior Advisor, Food Security Program Office, Veterans Health Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Opportunities for Partnership and Investment Around Food as Medicine

12:00 – 1:45 p.m. Lauren LeRoy Health Policy Lecture Luncheon

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Dr. Robert Califf
Commissioner of Food and Drugs
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Break

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Building the Food as Medicine Movement: Opportunities, Innovations, and Filling the Gaps 


Brent Ling (Moderator)
Director of External Affairs
Wholesome Wave


Jenn Bass
Executive Director
Hunger & Health Coalition


Jill Birnbaum
Senior Vice President of Advocacy
American Heart Association

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Ismail Samad
Interim Executive Director
Corbin Hill Food Project


Pamela Schwartz
Executive Director, Community Health
Kaiser Permanente

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Philanthropy’s Role in Moving Food as Medicine


Diana Johnson (Moderator)
Manager, Food Initiative
The Rockefeller Foundation


Kate Masuch
Director of Corporate Sustainability and Social Impact
Novo Nordisk


Trenae Simpson
Director, Grants and Programs
CareQuest Institute for Oral Health


Valerie Stewart
Director, Healthy Communities
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. Closing Reflections

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Funder Briefing and Conversation: USDA Summer Meals 2024


Stacy Dean
Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services
U.S. Department of Agriculture


Friday, November 3

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:40 a.m. Keynote: The Polarization of News, Erosion of Trust, and the Need for a Healthy Information Ecosystem


Kirsten Eddy
Senior Researcher
Center for News, Technology, and Innovation

9:40 – 10:45 a.m. Connecting Community: Exploring the Link Between Local Media, Public Trust, and Civic Engagement


David Rousseau (Moderator)
KFF Health News


Ava Kian
Race and Health Equity Fellow


Tom Rosenstiel
Senior Fellow
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research


Diane Webber
Supervising Editor, Health Policy

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Need for News: Advancing Health and Civic Engagement with Investments in Local Media


Allyn Brooks-LaSure (Moderator)
Vice President, Communications
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Nora Ferrell
Director of Communications
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust 


Duc Luu
Director of Sustainability Initiatives/Journalism
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation 

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Steve Sapienza
Senior Strategist, News Partnerships
Pulitzer Center 

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Creating a Healthier Information Ecosystem


Irving Washington (Moderator)
Senior Fellow for Misinformation and Trust


Kamara Jones
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Mark Miller
Vice President of Communications
de Beaumont Foundation 

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Reed Tuckson
Coalition for Trust in Health and Science

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Closing Reflections

2:45 Adjourn