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Institute for Health Policy Forum

Public Health and the Delivery System: Vital Connections

November 29 & December 2, 2021

Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy held a two-part virtual forum examining how public health department and delivery system leaders are navigating the pandemic response and how we can support an effective public health system for the future.

This forum series:

  • Discussed opportunities to strengthen partnerships and collaboration between public health and the broader health care delivery system.
  • Identified the barriers public health and delivery system leaders face – including financial, workforce, and infrastructure challenges – and discussed ways to ensure a well-financed and supported public health system in the future.
  • Lifted up promising policy solutions to promote and improve our public health system in ways that address public health needs and advance health equity.

The first conversation, Public Health and the Delivery System: Navigating the Pandemic Response, was held on Monday, November 29. In this discussion we will elevated perspectives from public health department and delivery system leaders to gain a clearer understanding of their experiences and lessons learned responding to the pandemic.

Our second conversation, Public Health and the Delivery System: Building a Stronger System for the Future, was held on Thursday, December 2. Building off the perspectives elevated in part 1, this discussion focused on how we build a stronger system in the future that improves the public’s health in an equitable way, both in public health emergencies and in the longer term.

Dr. David Grossmans, MD, MPH, Interim Senior Vice President, Social and Community Health at Kaiser Permanente shares his insights on public health and the delivery system and the importance of partnership.

Forum series highlights

Part one: full event recording

Part two: full event recording

Part 1: Navigating the pandemic response (Nov 29)

10:00 a.m.Welcome & opening remarks
10:15 a.m.Panel discussion: Navigating the pandemic response
11:00 a.m.Audience questions & answers
11:10 a.m.Closing remarks

Part 2: Building a stronger system for the future (Dec 2)

12:00 p.m.Welcome & opening remarks
12:10 p.m.Panel discussion: Building a stronger system for the future
12:50 p.m.Audience questions & answers
1:00 p.m.Closing remarks
Greg Adams

Greg A. Adams

Greg A. Adams is the chair and chief executive officer of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals. He has over 30 years of leadership experience as a senior health care executive and has played an integral role in leading the transformation and improvement of patient care outcomes at Kaiser Permanente. In addition, Adams has been a key leader in driving the organization’s mission of providing high-quality, affordable care and coverage; strengthening the culture; and ensuring Kaiser Permanente continues to be a great place to work.

Adams is a member of the board of directors for America’s Health Insurance Plans, chair of the Health and Retirement Committee of the Business Roundtable, and is both a governor and steward within the Global Health and Healthcare Community at the World Economic Forum. Additionally, Adams is a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives and The Executive Leadership Council. He also serves on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. He is a past member of the California Chamber of Commerce board of directors and the California Hospital Association’s board of trustees.

Adams has a bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and graduate degree from Wichita State University.

Oxiris Barbot, MD

Oxiris Barbot is a physician, public health practitioner and innovative leader at the intersection of public health, social justice and healthcare delivery.  Her commitment to social justice is the common thread through her career in advocating for health equity, children’s well-being, and community health.   

Prior to being Senior Fellow for Public Health and Social Justice at The JPB Foundation she was health commissioner for NYC and Baltimore City.  As the former Health Commissioner for New York City, Dr. Barbot was instrumental in directing the city’s response to the first wave of COVID by taking science informed actions that flattened the transmission curve and addressed racial inequities.   

Anthony Barrueta

Anthony A. Barrueta, JD

Tony Barrueta is senior vice president of government relations for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals. In this role, Barrueta oversees Kaiser Permanente’s legislative and regulatory policy efforts, leading a team of legislative advocates and policy professionals across Kaiser Permanente. He directs development of Kaiser Permanente’s public policy positions in collaboration with senior leadership throughout the organization to ensure Kaiser Permanente maintains a common voice in support of the organization, its members and the communities it serves. Barrueta is a member of the National Executive Team.

He is immediate past board chair for the Public Health Institute, is a member of the boards of directors of the Alliance of Community Health Plans and the California Latino Economic Institute, and serves on the Statewide Leadership Council for the Public Policy Institute of California.

A native of Washington, Barrueta received a bachelor’s degree in history from Boston College in 1987 and his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991.

Patty Hayes

Patty Hayes, RN, MN

Patty Hayes is the former Director of Public Health Seattle & King County. She has over 35 years experience in public health and policy. Previously, Patty was the Executive Director of a statewide non-profit, WithinReach, which assists families and individuals to access health and food resources. In addition, Patty held a number of positions at the state Department of Health, including Assistant Secretary for Community & Family Health and Director of Policy, Legislative and Constituent Relations.

Patty has her nursing degree and masters degree for the University of WA. In 2020, the UW named Patty, Alumna Summa Laude Dignata, which is the highest recognition the University awards an alumni. In October of this year, the King County Council Awarded Patty the Martin Luther King medal of distinction for her leadership during the pandemic. Patty retired from Public Health Seattle & King County on October 1, 2021.

Stephen Parodi

Stephen Parodi, MD

Stephen Parodi, MD, is executive vice president of External Affairs, Communications, and Brand at The Permanente Federation. He is also as an associate executive director for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) with responsibility for hospital operations, inpatient quality, patient safety, care of complex and special needs populations, skilled nursing facilities, home health, hospice, and advanced analytics. Dr. Parodi also serves as a liaison for Kaiser Permanente’s engagement in local and international health care delivery initiatives.

Dr. Parodi received his medical degree from Georgetown University, completed his internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and infectious disease fellowship at the UCLA Affiliated Program in Infectious Disease. He is a fellow in the Infectious Disease Society of America and serves as a delegate to the California Medical Association for the Very Large Group Forum. He has served on Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America committees related to public policy, government affairs, and antimicrobial stewardship. He actively collaborates with the California Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on public health matters. Dr. Parodi also serves as chair of the board of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP).

Megan Ranney

Megan Ranney, MD, MPH

Megan Ranney is an emergency physician, researcher, and national advocate for innovative approaches to public health.She holds the Warren Alpert Endowed Professor of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is Founding Director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health. She is also the Associate Dean of Strategy & Innovation at the School of Public Health at Brown University. Her federally funded research focuses on developing, testing, and disseminating digital health interventions to prevent violence and mental illness.

Megan is the co-founder and Senior Strategic Advisor for AFFIRM at the Aspen Institute and President of the Board of She is a Fellow of the fifth class of Aspen’s Fellowship Program, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Dr. Ranney has received numerous awards for technology innovation, public health, and research. She is a frequent media commentator on outlets ranging from CNN to the New York Times. 

John Auerbach

John Auerbach, MBA

John Auerbach is the Director of Intergovernmental and Strategic Affairs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As such, he is the lead strategic advisor on CDC engagement with the government agencies at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels, public health partners, and other external partners. Within the agency, he assists the Director in the development of priority initiatives. Over the course of a thirty-year career, he has held senior public health positions at the federal, state, and local levels.

Previously, John served as the President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health, an Associate Director at CDC, the Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Boston’s health commissioner.

In addition to his government service, Auerbach was a professor of practice in health sciences and director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University and the director of the largest Women, Infants and Children program in Massachusetts.

Dr. David Grossman

David Grossman, MD, MPH

David Grossman is interim senior vice president of social and community health for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals.

In this role, Dr. Grossman leads Kaiser Permanente’s social health strategy in partnership with the Permanente Medical Groups as well as oversees the organization’s public health advocacy and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He reports directly to Kaiser Permanente’s chair and chief executive officer and is a member of the National Executive Team.

Dr. Grossman leads the organization’s efforts to advance a social health practice that connects members with social services, programs, and resources to alleviate food insecurity, social isolation, and other social needs. He partners with Kaiser Permanente’s executive vice president and chief medical officer on programs that drive equitable health outcomes.

Dr. Grossman received his undergraduate education in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and medical degree at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. A board-certified pediatrician, he completed his residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Cecilia Echeverría

Cecilia Oregón, MPP, MPH

Cecilia Oregón is the executive director for Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy. In her role, Cecilia leads strategy and operations for the Institute. Her specific areas of expertise include access to health care for underserved populations as well as behavioral health, school-based health, and early childhood issues.

Cecilia joined Kaiser Permanente in 2013 as the director of safety net partnerships for the National Community Benefit program. In her role, Cecilia helped accelerate safety net grant strategy and initiatives.  She also fostered the development and spread of national and regional safety net partnerships.

Cecilia has a bachelor’s degree in social welfare, a master’s in public policy, and a master’s in public health from University of California, Berkeley. She currently serves as the vice chair of the Alameda County First 5 Commission and sits on the boards of directors for the Insure the Uninsured Project and Northern California Grantmakers.

Anand Parekh

Anand Parekh, MD, MPH

Anand Parekh is the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) chief medical advisor providing clinical and public health expertise across the organization. Prior to joining BPC, he served as deputy assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Parekh is a board-certified internal medicine physician, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, an adjunct assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, and an adjunct professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His book Prevention First: Policymaking for a Healthier America was released in December 2019 and argues that prevention must be our nation’s top health policy priority. 

Mary Pittman

Mary A. Pittman, DrPH

Mary A. Pittman, is chief executive officer and president of the Oakland-based Public Health Institute (PHI), one of the country’s largest and oldest independent non-profit public health organizations. At PHI and throughout her career, she has been a nationally recognized leader in improving community health, safety net and Medicaid provision of care for vulnerable populations, addressing health inequities, building the public health workforce, and promoting prevention.

Mary’s significant experience in both public health and health care settings have made her an expert and adviser in the field of population health, and a leader in efforts to re-vision how diverse stakeholders can work together to build healthier communities, stronger hospitals and public health systems, and more strategic investments in community health.

Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith, MD, MPH

Lauren Smith is the chief health equity and strategy officer for the CDC Foundation. As chief health equity and strategy officer, Dr. Smith partners with the CDC Foundation’s other senior leaders to develop and drive strategic efforts to embed health equity across the Foundation’s COVID-19 response activities with an explicit focus on addressing systemic racism and its impact on vulnerable populations’ resiliency amidst the pandemic. Previously Dr. Smith was co-CEO of FSG, a social impact consulting firm, and served as medical director and interim commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

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