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Thursday, January 25, 2018
9:00am to 9:15am
Welcome — Frederick Isasi, Families USA
9:15am to 9:50am
Morning Plenary: Faces of the Movement
Even as social justice movements have grappled with major political setbacks over the last couple of years, there has been a powerful resurgence of activism on a broad array of critical issues. We’ll honor and hear from powerful leaders from different strands of the social justice movement writ large and explore how they connect.
Sheryl Grossman, ADAPT
Elena Hung, Little Lobbyists
Gaby Pacheco, TheDream.US
Angel Padilla, Indivisible
Moderator: Patrick Willard, Families USA
9:50am to 10:30am
Protect Our Care Panel
The leaders of the Protect Our Care Coalition will discuss the future of protecting the gains of, and building upon, the Affordable Care Act.
Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Debra Ness, National Partnership for Women & Families
Anne Pfrimmer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Robert Restuccia, Community Catalyst
Brad Woodhouse, Protect Our Care Coalition
Moderator: Frederick Isasi, Families USA
10:30am to 11:00am
Keynote: No Liberty without Affordable Healthcare
Speaker: Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ)
11:00am to 12:00pm
Workshops / Session 1
Make the Money Follow You: Diversifying Funding Models to Support Consumer Assistance
Dr. Marco Vujicic, American Dental Association, Health Policy Institute
Melissa Burroughs, Families USA
The Budget, Tax Cuts, and Threats to Health Care Programs (Closed to Press)
3:15pm to 4:45pm
Afternoon Plenary: Racial Discrimination and Health Care: What’s the Path Forward?
The health justice movement has failed to break the grip of racial and ethnic health and health care disparities in our country. Experts will explain how structural and institutional racism and experiencing interpersonal racial discrimination shape health and health care, including new data from NPR’s "Discrimination in America" survey. We’ll then discuss how advocates can work to remedy this injustice.
Dr. Camara Jones, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
Dr. David Williams, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Marshall Chin, Finding Answers, University of Chicago
Andrea Ducas, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Dr. Tekisha Everette, Health Equity Solutions, Inc.
AJ Jones II, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Ed Tepporn, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Families USA
Frederick Isasi, Families USA
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Networking Reception: We Are Family: Community Catalyst and Families USA Reception
Friday, January 26, 2018
9:00am to 10:15am
Morning Plenary: The Political Brain: How People Hear What We Say About Health
The author of The Political Brain explains the way messaging works in the current political environment.
Speaker: Drew Westen, Westen Strategies, LLC
Moderator: Lisa Shapiro, Families USA
10:15am to 10:45am
Families USA Update
A chance to hear from some of Families USA leaders about priorities for 2018.
Speaker: Frederick Isasi, Executive Director
11:00am to 12:15pm
Workshops / Session 3
Tell Your Program Story: Upholding Your Place in the Health Care Landscape
Afternoon Plenary: Tale of a Medicaid Block Grant: Notes from the Puerto Rico Health Crisis
The current Administration and Congress continue to push the idea of ending the federal commitment to pay a guaranteed percentage of medical costs for low-income people by capping Medicaid. Few people know that Puerto Rico and the other US territories have struggled with inadequate Medicaid block grants for decades—and then the hurricanes hit and exposed the devastating consequences.