2022 Medicaid Conference

Investing in Equity and Collaboration
Date & Time
Jul 21, 2022
9:30AM - 3:30PM
In Person: NYAM, 1216 5th Ave., NYC
Virtually: Via Zoom link

The conference featured a keynote by Amir Bassiri, NYSDOH Medicaid Director. The conference agenda and additional information are listed below.

A recording of the sessions can be viewed here.


Networking Coffee (8:30 - 9:30) 
Welcome (9:30 - 9:45) 

  • Anthony Shih, MD, President, United Hospital Fund 
  • Lori Frank, PhD, Senior Vice President for Research, Policy, and Program, New York Academy of Medicine

Morning Keynote (9:45 - 11:00): State of the State of New York Medicaid

  • Amir Bassiri, MSW, Medicaid Director, Office of Health Insurance Programs, New York State Department of Health
  • Click here to view the slides from this presentation

Break (11:00 - 11:15)    
Morning Panel (11:15 - 12:30): Improving Medicaid through Regional Health Planning  

  • Wade Norwood, Chief Executive Officer, Common Ground Health 
  • Ann Marie Cook, MPA, Executive Director, Lifespan 
  • Laura Gustin, MPH, Executive Director, Systems Integration Project 
  • Carol Tegas, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Performing Provider System 

Lunch (12:30 - 1:30)   
Fireside Chat (1:30-2:15): Leveraging Community Networks to Address Social Needs  

  • Christopher Joseph, Executive Director, EngageWell IPA 
  • Lori Andrade, Chief Operations Officer, Health Equity Alliance of Long Island (HEALI) & Health and Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI)  

Afternoon Panel (2:20-3:20): Connecting to Medicaid Prior to Release from the Criminal Legal System 

  • Tracie Gardner, Senior Vice President for Policy Advocacy, Legal Action Center  
  • Shira Shavit, MD, Executive Director, Transitions Care Network 
  • Jeffrey Coots, JD, MPH, Director, From Punishment to Public Health, John Jay College of Criminal Justice   
  • Patsy Yang, DrPH, Senior Vice President, Correctional Health Services, NYC Health + Hospitals  

Closing (3:20 - 3:30) 

  • Anthony Shih, MD, President, United Hospital Fund    
  • Melinda Abrams, MS, Executive Vice President for Programs, Commonwealth Fund

Biographies of conference speakers may be viewed online or as a downloadable pdf.




This conference was supported by funding from The Commonwealth Fund, NYAM, UniteUs, Amida Care, and Manatt Health. All speakers, moderators, and panelists were generous with their time and insights. This conference benefited from the expertise of Lori Andrade (Health and Welfare Council of Long Island), Amir Bassiri (New York State Department of Health), Ann Marie Cook (Lifespan), Jeffery Coots (John Jay College), Tracie Gardner (Legal Action Center), Laura Gustin (Systems Integration Project), Chris Joseph (EngageWell IPA), Tina Latimer (Common Ground Health), Sidney Lin (University of California – San Francisco), Kathryn Quigley (New York State Department of Health), Shavon Reid Smith (NYC Health + Hospitals), Lauri Scott (Finger Lakes Performing Provider System), Crystal Seward (Legal Action Center), Dr. Shira Shavit (Transitions Clinic Network and University of California- San Francisco), Carol Tegas (Finger Lakes Performing Provider System), Wade Norwood (Common Ground Health), and Dr. Patsy Yang (NYC Health + Hospitals).

UHF staff contributed to the success of the conference, including James Andrews, Catherine Arnst, Emily Arsen, Giovanna Braganza, Alex Brandes, Hillary Brown, Alice Ehrlich, Adam Fifield, Miles P. Finley, Gabby Groenke, Hollis Holmes, Kevin Mallon, Peter Newell, Joey Rodriguez, Sally Rogers, Chad Shearer, and Dr. Anthony Shih.