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Griffith Leadership Center Biennial Symposium 2019 Disruption, Innovation and Impact in Healthcare

On September 27, 2019 national health care experts joined University of Michigan School of Public Health students, faculty, and staff in conversation about leadership, disruption, innovation and impact in our communities at the 2019 Griffith Leadership Center Symposium.

The biennial GLC Symposium helps strengthen the connections among research, teaching and practice and create opportunities for leadership development, mentorship, and experiential learning by immersing students in dialogue alongside health care policy makers, executives, and practitioners.

Griffith Leadership Center Advisory Board member Chris Allen connects with Michigan Public Health alumnus Vaughn Williams and current Health Management and Policy student John Rhodes.
The GLC Symposium was an incredibly enriching experience; the mentorship from alumni and industry professionals was on display throughout the day, and I walked away with a renewed sense of purpose for my emerging career. I cannot wait to see where these connections will bring me next! - Alexander D. Fox, Master's Student in Health Management and Policy

This year, students had the opportunity to connect and build relationships with Michigan Public Health alumni, University of Michigan faculty, executives from health systems, insurance companies, law firms, government organizations, and public health organizations, as well as faculty, students, and professionals from across the country.

Together, the attendees considered the issues facing emerging healthcare leaders, and participated in breakout sessions to answer a range of important questions:

  • What are the leadership skills necessary to successfully achieve impact?
  • How do we think about disruption in health care from a global and a national perspective?
  • What is the grassroots movement to redesign health care?
  • What are some of the important and emerging themes?

Left: Master's student Niveen Elder introduces Michigan Public Health alumna Ellen Lukens, Division Director, Specialty Payment Models

Speakers at the symposium included:

  • Kaveh Safavi, MD, JD - Senior Managing Director, Head of Global Health Practice, Accenture
  • Michael Lanham, MD - Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Michigan Medicine
  • Rick Jelinek, MBA, MHSA - EVP, CVS Health and Aetna
  • Rose Marie Martinez, ScD- Senior Board Member, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
  • Paula Lantz, PhD - Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
  • Joneigh Khaldun, MD, MPH - Chief Medical Executive/Chief Deputy for Health, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Marty Makary, MD, MPH - Author, Unaccountable; Professor of Surgery and Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University
  • Heather Wall, MBA - Chief Commercial Officer, Civica Rx
  • Ellen Lukens, MPH - Division Director for Specialty Payment Models, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
  • Emmarie Huetteman, MPA - Correspondent, Kaiser Health News
  • David Green, MPH - Co-Founder and Executive Director, Alina Vision; Co-Founder, LegWorks, Inc., Deutsche Bank Eye Fund, Sound World Solutions, and Aurolab
  • Nicole Cooper, DrPH, MPH - Vice President of Social Responsibility, UnitedHealthCare
Rick Jelinik, Executive Vice President of Integration for CVS Health and Griffith Leadership Center board member, gives his presentation, 'Creating Value by Transforming the Retail Experience for Consumers.'
"Healthcare is changing every day and the GLC Symposium provided me with the opportunity to hear from renowned professionals who are leading those changes. I was also able to connect with Michigan alumni and leaders who I sought great career advice from. For anyone looking for an opportunity to getting a pulse on the different dimensions of healthcare and engaging with leaders, the GLC Symposium is an event you won't want to miss!" - Niveen Elder, Master's Student in Health Management and Policy
"The GLC Symposium provides a unique opportunity for students to engage with Health Management and Policy alumni who are now change-agents and leaders in the industry. I was able to form authentic relationships and speak about my career goals with experienced healthcare leaders who were previously in my shoes. The GLC Symposium provided me with a space to ask questions, to connect, and to seek mentorship opportunities from alums who are always willing to contribute their time to support healthcare's future leaders." - Mary Figueroa, Master's Student in Health Management and Policy
Top Left: MHSA students Shivam Vyas and Rahul Gupta join Master of Health Informatics alumus Ben Henig for a photo; Top Right: Shoou-Yih Daniel Lee, Professor and Associate Chair of the Health Management and Policy department, and Faculty Lead of Griffith Leadership Center; Bottom: Health Management and Policy alumna Debbie Chang, Senior Vice President, Policy and Prevention and Corporate Officer, Nemours Children's Health System, speaks to the GLC Symposium.
“I really enjoyed the GLC Symposium as it helped me connect with people in the healthcare field that have been established and were willing to come back and help emerging healthcare leaders like me. It was a great atmosphere of new learning and it was great to be a part of it!” - Yonathan Tessema, Master's Student in Health Management and Policy
Summer Enrichment Program and Michigan Public Health students and alumni assemble for a group photo at the GLC Symposium. Back Row: Mary Figueroa, Amani Echols, Alexandra Lehmann, Faith Harron, John Rhodes; Middle Row: Yamani Vinson, Sandra Vidal, Guadalupe Cervantes, Nia Willis, Sitting: Quian Callender)

Learn more about the Griffith Leadership Center by visiting: sph.umich.edu/glc