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Thursday Opening Plenary Session Keynote

Presidential Address

Eric B. Bass, MD, MSPH
Professor of Medicine with joint appointments in Health Policy and Management, Epidemiology, and Nursing at the Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Bass attended Duke University for college and medical school, and received his residency training in internal medicine and an MPH degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed a fellowship in general internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, and joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1989. His strongest research interests are in evidence-based medicine and assessment of the effectiveness, safety, and costs of medical and surgical management strategies. He has been the Director of the Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center for the last 12 years and previously served as the Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins DEcIDE Center (Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness). He recently was appointed to serve as the Co-Director of a research facilitating team for the Johns Hopkins Community Health Partnership, an innovative multidisciplinary program funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

His current teaching activities focus on medical student education at the interface between medicine and public health. He is the Director of the medical school’s course on Foundations of Public Health, and Co-Director of the medical school’s Scholarly Concentration in Public Health and Community Service. He was the Director of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins for 15 years. He served as the Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine for 5 years, and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of a journal dedicated to community-based participatory research called Progress in Community Health Partnerships. He has published 209 peer-reviewed articles and 40 evidence reports. He continues to have a clinical practice as a general internist. Dr. Bass is the current President of the Society of General Internal Medicine.

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Friday Plenary Session

Primary Care: Romance and Reality

Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA
Founding President, California HealthCare Foundation

As President of the California HealthCare Foundation, Smith built the Foundation into a recognized leader in the public reporting of care quality, health policy analysis, and applications of new technology in healthcare. Smith also spearheaded the launch of California HealthLine and iHealthBeat, daily electronic publications with a combined circulation of 60,000.

CHCF was originally created to manage the monetization of stock of the newly formed WellPoint Health Systems, which yielded $2.5 billion. After completing the transaction, Smith led the development of the Foundation’s philanthropic operations, starting with approximately $500 million in assets. CHCF has made $650 million in charitable grants and has a current corpus of approximately $720 million. While at the California HealthCare Foundation, Smith also established the CHCF Center for Healthcare Reporting at USC, an award-winning initiative which partners with local publications and broadcast outlets throughout the State; the CHCF Innovation Fund, which invests in companies advancing the Foundation’s mission; the CHCF Leadership Fellows Program, whose 300 alumni/ae are leaders in virtually every clinical enterprise in California; and the California Joint Replacement Registry.

Before founding CHCF, Dr. Smith was Executive Vice-President of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, where he oversaw programs in HIV, Reproductive Health, and the Health Care Marketplace. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and of Public Health.

Dr. Smith was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine in 2001. He serves on the Boards of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Archstone Foundation, and on the National Governors Association’s State Health Policy Advisory Board.

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Saturday Plenary Session Keynote

Rethinking How to Strengthen Partnerships with Communities

America Bracho, MD

Dr. Bracho is the Executive Director of Latino Health Access, a center for health promotion and disease prevention located in Santa Ana, California. Latino Health Access facilitates mechanisms of empowerment for the community and trains community health workers as leaders of wellness and change. Dr. Bracho worked as a physician in her native Venezuela for several years, after which she came to the U.S. to obtain a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Michigan. She is also a certified diabetes educator.

Dr. Bracho is a current member of the Board of Trustees for Casey Family Programs and a former trustee of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. She served on the Institute of Medicine Round Table on Health Disparities and on the Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Initiative Program. Dr. Bracho has been a consultant and presenter for national and international organizations and institutions of higher education. She has been a valuable faculty member for several international courses in Latin America, Australia and Europe. She has received several awards for her contributions including: The California Leadership Award, James Irvine Foundation 2008; Doctor of Humane Letters, honorary degree from the Arizona School of Dentistry& Oral Health, May 2007; Southern California Public Health Association’s Milton Roemer Award, April 2005.