SPEAKERS

Some of the amazing speakers who’ve been confirmed to speak at this year’s conference.

 
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Former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy

Joining us on day one of the conference is Dr. Vivek Murthy, who served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States of America.

A staunch public health advocate and champion, Dr. Murthy's tenure as Surgeon General included a focus on the opioid crisis, support for walkable communities, and the pursuit of a more comprehensive approach to well-being.

Dr. Murthy's prior work includes cofounding innovative organizations like Doctors for America and Trial Networks.

In a focused and intimate keynote conversation, Dr. Murthy will share his thoughts on the state of our nation's healthcare system, systemic challenges to improving public health and battling some of our most pressing issues, and the way forward.

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SAM QUINONEs

Award-winning journalist, author, and storyteller Sam Quinones will speak on the second day of the conference, sharing his perspective on the opioid crisis gripping the United States and chronicled in his book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic.”

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VEENU AULAKH

Ms. Aulakh, Executive Director of the Center for Care Innovations, will share innovative methodologies for supporting cross-sector collaboration aimed at improving the health of communities.

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As Grants Manager for Bikeshare Hawaii, Ms. Espiritu will provide a timely update on efforts to bring comprehensive transportation solutions in the urban core of Oahu.

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NADINE TENN SALLE

Bringing the voice of independent providers to the discussion of alternate payment methods and payment reform is Dr. Nadine Tenn Salle of the Hawaii Independent Physicians Association.

MICHAEL STOLLAR

The President and CEO of the Hawaii Medical Service Association, the state’s largest health insurance plan, Mr. Stollar will participate in a featured plenary on day one of the conference focused on the evolution and future of health care financing and value-based payment.

KATHRYN BRAUN

Presenting comprehensive strategies for addressing Hawaiʻi’s health care workforce development challenges is Dr. Kathryn Braun, Director of the Office of Public Health Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi.

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ANDREw GARRETT

Mr. Garrett discusses lessons learned from the Community Health Needs Assessment process undertaken by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, with key findings for future collaborative efforts

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HEATHER LUSK

Following Mr. Quinones' keynote on Friday, Ms. Lusk provides an important view of our state efforts to combat the opioid crisis through the Hawaii Opioid and Overdose Leadership Association.

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KEAWE KAHOLOKULA

Dr. Kaholokula is the Chair of Native Hawaiian Health at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa and will present on innovative use of culture-based interventions and health promotion strategies for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations.

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On the first day of the conference, Mr. Chang, Executive Director of Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo, discusses grassroots learning networks and how they develop equitable community solutions.

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KATHERINE BURKE

Ms. Burke introduces Na Pou Kihi, an indigenous framework to address social determinants of health via workforce development enhancements and a social justice curriculum.

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ANDREW AOKI

Mr. Aoki leads a panel including Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, the University of Hawaii, and Hawaii Public Health Institute on the origins and implications of Pilinaha, a connections-oriented framework and approach to community health.