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Canada-US Health Summit Agenda Topics & Schedule

Woodrow Wilson Center1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20004 



Registration and Breakfast

6th Floor Atrium


Welcome Remarks

6th Floor Joseph H. and Claire Flom Auditorium

  •  Deborah Bae, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • David Biette, Senior Advisor, Canada Institute, Wilson Center
  • Dani Peters and Oliver Kim, Co-Organizers, Canada-US Health Summit


Healthcare in Canada and the United States: Debunking the Myths,

Building Constructive Partnerships

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Our opening panel will set a foundation for understanding the current and
changing nature of both health systems, which is important to fostering a
cross-border dialogue on health and healthcare

  • Sherry Glied, PhD, Dean, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University
  • Antonia Maioni, PhD, Professor, Institute for Health and Social Policy,McGill University
  • Moderator: Dora Hughes, MD, MPH., Senior Policy Advisor,Sidley Austin LLP


Topics in Health Quality and Outcomes Measurement

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Metrics are important, but which ones matter most in accounting for health, quality, and value? This panel will discuss lessons learned, future initiatives, and incorporating patient-reported outcomes.

  • ​Helen Burstin, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, National Quality Forum
  •  Astrid Guttmann, MDCM, MSc, Chief Science Officer, Institute forClinical Evaluative Sciences, Ontario
  •  •Kathleen Morris, Vice President, Research and Analysis, CanadianInstitute for Health Information
  • Pierre Yong, MD, Director, Division of Quality Measurement,Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  •  Moderator: Tara Oakman, Senior Program Officer, Robert WoodJohnson Foundation



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Health IT: Solutions for Improving Health Outcomes

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What are the needs and challenges to achieve national, sub-national, and cross-border coordination of electronic health records?

  • Michael Green, CEO, Canada Health Infoway
  • Thomas A. Mason, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
  •  Peter Vaughan, CD, Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness
  • Moderator: Hal Wolf, Senior Healthcare and Informatics Executive, Vice Chair elect, Board of Managers of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society



6th Floor Dining Room

Looking Out: Learning Beyond Borders to Inform Decision-Making in Healthcare

  •  The Hon. Kathleen Sebelius, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  •  Moderator: Susan Dentzer, Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Pathways to Delivery System Reform

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Both the United States and Canada are considering how to use delivery system reform models such as coordinated care to improve patient care. Panelists will share examples of lessons learned and overcoming barriers to systemic change.

  •  Robert Bell, MD, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Government of Ontario
  • William Golden, MD, Medical Director, Arkansas Medicaid
  • Hoangmai (Mai) Pham, M.D., Acting Chief Innovation Officer, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
  •  Stephen Rosenthal, Senior Vice President, Population Health Management, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Moderator: Lisa Simpson, MB, President and CEO, AcademyHealth



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Hosted by Dun & Bradstreet


Cross-Border Perspectives in Public Health and Regulatory Cooperation

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How can both the United States and Canada collaborate to address public health priorities of mutual interest? How can we build upon existing crossborder partnerships in public health and regulatory cooperation to achieve common goals

  • Karen DeSalvo, MD, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  •  Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister, Health Canada
  •  Stephen Ostroff, MD, Acting Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  •  Gregory Taylor, MD, Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Moderator: Victor Dzau, MD, President, National Academy of Medicine


Topics in Innovation

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This panel will cover topics such as: How can we share effective innovations and make those innovations scalable across regions, nations, and borders? What is the current and future role of consumer engagement to better improve health outcomes?

  •  Erika Harding, Director of Replication Initiatives, University of New Mexico
  •  Shelly Jamieson, CEO, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
  • Robert Pendleton, MD, Chief Medical Quality Officer, University of Utah Healthcare
  •  Tom Marsden, Director, Global Development, Business Development, Dun & Bradstreet
  •  Anne Snowdon, PhD, Chair, Odette World Health Innovation Network, University of Windsor
  •  Moderator: David Williams, MD, President and CEO, Southlake Hospital


Evening Reception

Embassy of Canada

501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Hosted by GS1 Canada and the Embassy of Canada



Welcome and Breakfast

6th Floor Atrium


Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1a

Public Health and Research

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  • Jane Aubin, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Vice-President, Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Michael Engelgau, Deputy Director, Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science, National Institutes of Health
  •  Frank Plummer, PhD, Senior Advisor, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Jean Slutsky, Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer, and Program Director for Communication and Dissemination Research, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • Moderator: Suzanne Ffolkes, Vice President of Communications, Research!America

1. How can we build upon existing cross-border partnerships in medical research to achieve common goals in health?
2. What pressing public health needs must be addressed 5, 10, 20 years from now? How can research help address those needs?
3. How can research serve as a tool to improve patient and health system outcomes?

Breakout Session 1b

Innovation Topic: Transforming Canada and U.S. Health Systems by

Leveraging Cross-Border Supply Chains

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  • Joseph Drozda, MD, Director of Outcomes Research, Mercy Health
  • Martha Huston, President, Cardinal Health Canada
  • Eileen Mac Donald, President, GS1 Canada
  • Moderator: Anne Snowdon, PhD, Director, Odette World Health Innovation Network

1. How can a standards-based supply chain be an innovation strategy for quality improvement, safety, and health outcomes?
2. What are Canada-U.S. collaborative opportunities to streamline supply chain processes to drive economic value and improve outcomes and patient safety?
3. Why is innovation a challenge in Canada and the United States, and why has so little progress been achieved?
4. What is the capacity of innovation in both nations’ health systemsand the potential to accelerate system transformation-quality improvement, safety, health outcomes, and economic value?
5. How can we capture evidence of impact of innovation and create health system metrics for the future?



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Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 2a

Consumer Engagement for Health System Improvement

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  •  Irfan Dhalla, MD, Vice-President, Evidence Development and Standards, Health Quality Ontario
  •  Cindy McDaniel, Senior Vice President, Consumer Health, The Arthritis Foundation (United States)
  • Jeff Richardson, CEO, Mosaic Community Services (Maryland)
  •  Janet Yale, President and CEO, The Arthritis Society (Canada)
  • Moderator: Kathryn (Katy) Spangler, Senior Vice President, Health Policy, American Benefits Council

1. How can we better involve consumers in market access evaluations pre- and post-market)?
2. How can we empower consumers to improve care and disease management?
3. What is the role of large employers, insurers, and government, how can they work together with patients and consumers?
4. What are best practices in workplace wellness?

Breakout Session 2b

Delivery System Reform

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  • Jaeson T. Fournier, DC, MPH, CEO, West Side Community Health Services
  • John H.V. Gilbert, CM, PhD, FCAHS, Co-Chair, Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative
  •  Alan Glaseroff, MD, Co-Director, Stanford Coordinated Care, Stanford University
  •  Doris Grinspun, RN, PhD, CEO, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
  • Moderator: Robin Osborn, Commonwealth Fund

1. How do we improve care coordination across care settings?
2 How are we streamlining payments to incentivize care?
3. How are we improving program efficiency to strengthen quality at reduced cost?
4. Quality standards: How and what to measure now, 10 years from now?
5. How do we consider social determinants of health when measuring quality and health outcomes?
6. How can we leverage our joint efforts on medical education to strengthen delivery system reform efforts in both countries?
7. How can delivery systems meet needs of rural populations?


Closing Remarks

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  •  Thomas Scully, Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, General Partner, Welsh Carson Anderson and Stowe