Healthcare is more than individual patient level analysis. The health status of these populations of varying demographics must be brought to the forefront of healthcare discussions. Moreover, with prominent issues like vaccine hesitancy rising today, population health is becoming an increasingly relevant topic. This panel will tackle the importance of addressing both patient and population health needs, the ways in which population health and its pressing concerns are evolving, and the new technologies and innovations influencing how we care for all patients.
Heather Klusaritz, MSW, PHD
Associate Director, Center for Community & Population Health, Perelman School of Medicine
Dr. Klusaritz is the Associate Director of the Center for Community and Population Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and faculty in the Masters of Public Health program at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Klusaritz also serves as the Director of Community Engagement for the Center for Public Health Initiatives and holds an appointment at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Klusaritz has worked clinically as a member of interdisciplinary care teams caring for vulnerable populations at Penn Medicine for two decades. Her research interests focus on access to health care for marginalized populations and the design of health systems to eliminate disparities in health access and outcomes. Currently, Dr. Klusaritz co-directs a project that aims to generate best practices of scalable inter-professional integrated behavioral health training in primary care, and is a Co-Investigator of a newly designed Community Medicine Leadership Fellowship that aims to strengthen the primary care workforce in underserved areas by developing primary care leaders to better meet the needs of complex and high utilizing patients. Dr. Klusaritz has done extensive work on patient-centered medical home and played important roles in practice transformation including screening for and addressing social determinants of health. Dr. Klusaritz co-leads Penn Medicine’s Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and implementation process (CHIP) for FY 2019, shepherding participation in a collective impact model across the greater Philadelphia Region. In addition, Dr. Klusaritz serves on many task forces at the local and state level to bridge the health care system – community divide to better address social determinants of health.
LeROY e. jones, MS
CEO, GSI Health
LeRoy Jones founded GSI Health to help solve a problem—the uninformed, uncoordinated care being practiced in today’s healthcare system. He drives innovation in healthcare IT to create a world in which data-driven technology optimizes care delivery, and ultimately makes patients healthier. Lee has helped develop architectures and operational models for healthcare information exchange, and has contributed to many federal programs and industry initiatives that establish standards and shape the future of healthcare IT. Under his leadership, GSI Health has pioneered working models for effective collaboration in community-based care delivery and become an industry leader in population health management solutions.
Lee holds an M.S. in Engineering in the Management of Technology jointly from The Wharton School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
EVAn anderson, jd, phd
Public Health Law Researcher, UPenn Schools of Nursing and Medicine
Dr. Evan Anderson is a public health researcher. His research explores the relationship between laws and population health, with a specific focus on bridging the gap between legal and epidemiological researchers. He teaches health policy at the University of Pennsylvania in the School of Nursing and in the Masters of Public Health program. Dr. Anderson was previously the Senior Legal Fellow at Public Health Law Research, a National Program of RWJF, and a Senior Fellow at the Centers for Law and the Public Health: A Collaborative between the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Georgetown Law Center.
CEO & Principal, COPE Health Solutions
Allen Miller is the CEO of COPE Health Solutions. He has over 20 years of experience providing strategic planning, business development, managed care/value based payment, network development and care management consulting services. Allen has lead assessments, planning, development and implementation of integrated delivery networks, Independent Physician Associations and Accountable Care Organizations throughout the US. Under Allen’s leadership, COPE Health Solutions has become the pre-eminent go-to solutions company for health systems and health plans looking to take on a leadership role in population health for all lines of business.
COPE Health Solutions complements its consulting services with the largest health care talent pipeline in the country, known as COPE Health Scholars providing a unique health care training experience to over 4500 students annually in over 20 hospital and ambulatory sites throughout California and Washington State. Allen and his team are consistently on the cutting edge of work to implement new health care policy, including federal demonstrations and state waivers across the country, by partnering with providers and payers to transform fragmented, acute care “un-systems” of delivery into coordinated systems of care focused on improving the health of populations, while enhancing efficiency and aligning financial incentives.
A graduate of UCLA, both for his Bachelors of Science and his Masters of Public Health in Health Services, Mr. Miller also completed an intensive on International Business at Oxford University in England.
The Wharton School MBA Candidate
Raised in Lake Stevens, Washington, I left the Pacific Northwest to attend Duke University where I majored in Biology with a concentration in Anatomy, Physiology & Biomechanics. While an undergraduate, I published my first case reports in academic journals as first author. Following graduation in 2017, I matriculated at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) as a Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar. At Vanderbilt, I organized Tennessee congressional support for medical student bills and initiatives as chair for National Affairs for the VUSM chapter of the American Medical Association. I have conducted basic science and clinical research, with most of my background in the use of genome editing systems to manipulate Hepatitis C binding proteins. In addition, I volunteer my time as an ambassador and alumni interviewer for Duke University Admissions. I spend my free time watching football, supporting all things Duke, and staying active both by running and playing basketball.
Following Wharton, I will return to Nashville, TN for complete my M.D. and shift my focus to address the systems-level problems in healthcare delivery and the undue burden of cost placed on society as a function of the current system.