Keynotes

Keynote: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Health Equity for All: Looking Back and Moving Forward with Health Reform in America

Daniel E. Dawes, JD

Daniel E. Dawes, JD
Attorney, healthcare strategist, commentator and author

Mr. Dawes is a nationally-recognized leader in the health equity movement and has led numerous efforts to address health policy issues impacting vulnerable, underserved and marginalized populations. The author of "150 Years of ObamaCare: The History and Future of the Affordable Care Act."

Keynote Description

Almost 35 years ago, a movement was born to advance health equity in America: The notion that everyone should be able to reach their optimal level of health. This presentation will take a past, present and future look at health reform and put attendees in the front seat so they get a clear view of the incredible turning points in the health equity and health reform movements. An engaging and thought-provoking view on the creation, impact and future of Obamacare will be provided along with a road map for a more equitable, accessible and person-centered health system moving forward.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Expand their understanding of health equity through an exploration of its historical context and prioritization via federal laws and public policies.
  • Explain how health is a "state of being" impacted by a vast array of factors that reach beyond the clinic walls.
  • Envision a way forward to promote equity and address the social and behavioral determinants of health.


Keynote: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Redesigning the System to Achieve Meaningful Engagement and Patient and Family Centered Care

Melissa Thomason

Melissa Thomason
Patient and Family Advisor, Vidant Health System, North Carolina; Chair, Patient Advisory Council, East Carolina Heart Institute; member, North Carolina Institute of Medicine's Patient and Family Engagement Taskforce

A former public school teacher, Melissa Thomason underwent open-heart surgery at the age of 28 and two more the year after. Eventually diagnosed with a rare disorder called Loeys Dietz Syndrome (LDS), she discovered that no one on her healthcare team had heard of LDS. Melissa quickly became her own best advocate and a champion for patient engagement and now inspires others to believe in the transformational power of patient engagement. She has shared her story with hundreds of healthcare workers and has finally "found purpose in all of the pain."

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Gain insights on how culture impacts health outcomes.
  • Explain how meaningful patient engagement promotes accountable care.
  • Implement strategies to deliver patient- and family-centered care.