- This event has passed.
Veterans Health Summit II
September 22, 11:00 am
We will identify issues and obstacles that veterans and other vulnerable populations face when accessing quality health care and discuss ideas and solutions to address those obstacles. This summit will build upon the summit we hosted last year, where we identified veteran health care issues that were being magnified by the pandemic and shared potential solutions built around emerging technology (e.g. blockchain, decentralized AI, confidential compute) and telehealth. Similar to last year, we will highlight the role that emerging technology can play in removing barriers to health care, not just among veterans, but all vulnerable populations, especially those from marginalized communities. This will be highlighted by a presentation of a joint project between Dixon Center and ConsenSys Health.
Agenda At A Glance (all times EDT)
1100-1105 — Welcome and Introduction. . . . . . Sean Manion, PhD
1105-1125 — Opening Remarks. . . . . .Colonel David W. Sutherland, U.S. Army (Ret.), Dixon Center Chairman
1125-1255 — Panel – Veterans Health Challenges. . . . . .Colonel Sam Whitehurst, USA (retired) (moderator)
1255-1305 — Break
1305-1340 — Technology Highlight – Veterans and vulnerable populations incentivized care initiative (VICI) . . . . . .Heather Flannery
1340-1455 — Panel – Exploring Data & Technology Solutions for SDoH Challenges . . . . . . Pierre Vigilance, MD, MPH (moderator)
1455-1500 — Closing Remarks. . . . . .Sean Manion, PhD
1100-1105 — Welcome and Introduction
Sean Manion is a neuroscientist with two decades of federal brain research/admin experience. He is taking over as the series chair of the IEEE Healthcare: Blockchain & AI Virtual Series for the pharma-focused 2022 season.
He is a member of the HIMSS Blockchain Task Force as well as the IEEE SA 2418.6 standards working group for Blockchain in Healthcare & Life Sciences where he chairs the research subgroup. He is a founding chief editor for the open access, peer-reviewed journal Blockchain for Science published by Frontiers, and he is a Fellow of the non-profit British Blockchain Association (BBA) and a health and life sciences editor for the review board of the Journal of the BBA.
He co-authored the book Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare with journalist Yael Bizouati-Kennedy (2020, CRC Press – HIMSS Series) delivering a roadmap for how this technology can be used to advance research and improve health outcomes.
Sean Manion, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, ConsenSys Health
1105-1125 — Opening Remarks
Retired Army Colonel David W. Sutherland is the Chairman of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services where he brings innovative approaches to leverage community-based support to deliver profound results for veterans.
Colonel Sutherland culminated his 30 years of service as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with principal focus on Warrior and Family Support. In that position, he created a support network providing grassroots solutions for veterans and military families. Prior to that, he served as Combat Brigade Command during Surge Operations in Iraq in 2007-2008
Colonel David W. Sutherland, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Chairman, Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services
1125-1255 — Panel: Veterans Health Challenges
Moderated by Colonel Sam Whitehurst, U.S. Army (Ret.)
The first panel discussion focuses on the challenges that veterans and their families face accessing quality healthcare. Not only this, but the unique challenges faced by female veterans, veterans from communities of color, rural veterans, and the lessons learned from the last 18 months of COVID-19.
Colonel (Ret.) Sam Whitehurst is the Vice President for Programs & Services at Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services. Since 2012, Dixon Center’s collaboration and capacity building has impacted nearly 2.1 million individuals and organizations. Dixon Center partners with business and industry, service providers, and training institutions to develop and operate direct service programs for veterans and their families. The goal is not to create new programs. Rather, the goal is to enable the integration of military and veteran services into existing programs to increase impact.
Colonel Whitehurst joined the Dixon Center team in 2019 and drawing upon his 29 years in the United States Army as an infantry officer, including multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, is now focused on ensuring that service members, military veterans, and their families reach their full potential and successfully integrate back into their communities. He finished his military career as the National Director for the Army’s Soldier for Life program.
Colonel Sam Whitehurst, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Vice President (Programs & Services), Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services
Carrie Farmer, PhD
Co-Director, RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute and Director, RAND Health Care Quality Measurement and Improvement Program
Maggie Allard, MD, MPH
Founder & CEO, Community Health Design Institute
Healthcare Administrator and Public Health Leader
Sr. Director of Veteran Initiatives, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Tempa Sherrill, M.S., LPC-S
Senior Director for Strategy and Innovation, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
1305-1340 — Technology Highlight – Veterans and vulnerable populations incentivized care initiative (VICI)
Heather Flannery chairs the IEEE SA Open P2418.6 Standards Development Working Group (blockchain in healthcare and life sciences), served as FY19 and ’20 Co-Chair and FY21 Chair of the global HIMSS Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force, chairs the Healthcare Interest Group at the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), and is an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Frontiers Blockchain for Science.
She is also Co-Founder and Board Chair of Blockchain in Healthcare Global (“BiHG”), a 501(c)6 trade association organized under the IEEE ISTO. Ms. Flannery has served as Industry Faculty for the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (US HHS ONC) and is an active consultant, advisor, and keynote speaker.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ConsenSys Health
1340-1455 — Panel: Exploring Data & Technology Solutions for SDoH Challenges
Moderated by: Pierre Vigilance, MD, MPH
Throughout their health journeys, vulnerable populations (both veteran and non-veteran) must regularly balance clinical and non-clinical needs. As partners on this journey, organizations focused on population health have various programs, platforms, and software at their disposal.
The afternoon panel expounds upon the social determinants of health challenges these populations face, as identified in the morning panel. Recalling these determinants, we shall explore how health systems, technology companies, and the federal government can leverage data and technology tools to address the complex scenarios these populations face.
ConsenSys Health’s Vice-President for Population Health & Social Impact, Dr. Pierre Vigilance has spent more than two decades in non-profits, government, academia, consulting, and for-profit settings. Holding both medical and public health degrees from Johns Hopkins, his primary expertise is in population health strategies informed by time in public health practice, community health engagement, and operations management. He brings a health equity-focused approach to all his work, and currently resides in Philadelphia with his family.
Pierre Vigilance, MD, MPH
VP Population Health & Social Impact, ConsenSys Health
Barry Lewis, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer, Centene - Absolute Total Care
Joshua P. Prasad, MPH
Director for Health Equity Innovation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Vice President of Operations, Activate Care