Friday, August 17th
8:30am – 10:00am
Many state health policymakers are working to address social and economic elements, such as access to healthy food, safe housing, and reliable transportation, which make up 80 percent of factors impacting people’s health. This session highlights practical strategies for working across state agencies and other sectors to address the social determinants of health. It features accountable health models in Michigan and Rhode Island, and strategies used by Massachusetts to make sure hospital community benefit investments align with state health priorities.
ModeratorMary G. McIntyre, Chief Medical Officer, Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH)
Deborah Garneau, Health Equity Institute Director, Rhode Island Department of Health
Paula Kaiser VanDam has served as the Director of the Bureau of Community Services at MDHHS since 2012. In this role, Paula oversees the Department’s work related to housing and homeless services, victim services including domestic and sexual violence, poverty reduction initiatives including Community Services Block Grant funding, community partnerships related to accessing public benefits and local resources, and the implementation of the Community Health Innovation Regions. Through this work Paula is dedicated to providing prevention and services to improve the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of individuals and families.
Sandra Wolitzky, Assistant Attorney General, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
Sandra Wolitzky is an Assistant Attorney General in the Health Care Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts. The Health Care Division enforces health care laws to protect the rights of Massachusetts consumers and works to promote public health and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, she clerked at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the District Court for the District of Massachusetts and practiced law in the commercial litigation group at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.