The 2022 conference featured a keynote by Amir Bassiri, NYSDOH Medicaid Director. A recording of the conference sessions can be viewed here.

The conference agenda, speaker bios, and additional information are listed below.



  • 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: 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   

Morning Panel: 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 

Fireside Chat: 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: 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  


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

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

Speaker Biographies


Links to Conference Resources