Health Policy and Management Events

Including Health Policy Expert and Comparative Health Policy events

Upcoming Events


Stay tuned for more!


Past Events

Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Rachel Levine to Speak at Brandt Lecture

The annual Edward N. Brandt Memorial Lecture in Women’s Health will feature Dr. Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary of Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services. The lecture will take place on Zoom on Oct. 13 from 1-2pm. Advance registration is required:

Dr. Rachel L. Levine serves as the 17th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), after being nominated by President Joe Biden and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2021. As Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Rachel Levine fights every day to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. She’s working to help our nation overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and build a stronger foundation for a healthier future - one in which every American can attain their full health potential.


Abortion at the Supreme Court: Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization 

This special session will discuss Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization to be argued at the United States Supreme Court this upcoming term.  Discussants will present an overview of the case. They will review  the major arguments made by the State of Mississippi and its amici in favor of eliminating women’s constitutional right to a pre-viability abortion as well as the arguments made by the clinic and its amici for preserving this right. Speakers: Sara Rosenbaum (HPM), Sonia Suter (GW Law), Gretchen Borchelt (National Women’s Law Center), Amita Vyas (PCH), Karen McDonnell (PCH)

Friday, October 8 | 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. EDT | Zoom


Social Determinants of Health and Medicaid

Social factors, such as employment, racism, housing and food security, can have a profound impact on the physical and mental health of low-income Medicaid beneficiaries and their use of health services.  In addition to helping to cover health, Medicaid can contribute to addressing these underlying social issues.  This seminar will discuss the interaction of social and health care factors, focusing on research and policies for the District of Columbia.  Speakers: Melissa McCarthy and Yixuan Li (HPM) and Erin Holve (DC Dept. of Health Care Finance)


Public Health Powers During a Pandemic – Round II

To protect public health and reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, sweeping and sometimes controversial measures have been adopted by states, local governments and/or organizations, such as school and business closures and mandates to be vaccinated or wear masks.  This session will discuss the powers that federal, states, local governments and organizations like schools, hospitals and businesses have to protect public health under pandemics and emergencies and the controversies that arise when there are conflicts.  We will also discuss a GW project to encourage vulnerable populations in the DC area to get vaccinated. Speakers: Melissa Goldstein (HPM), Naomi Seiler (HPM), Tony Yang (SoN)

Meeting ID: 940 4048 3414 Passcode: GWHPH


Health Policies for 2021 and Beyond?

The outcome of the 2020 elections may lead to changes in the Presidency and Congress.  This may create major opportunities for changes in both health coverage/care policies and public health policies.  Our panel of experts will highlight important issues that may arise in 2021.  Speakers: Dora Hughes (HPM), Jeff Levi (HPM), and Leana Wen (HPM)

Friday, January 15 | 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. EDT | WebEx

Meeting number: 120 916 2797
Password (case-sensitive): GWHP6


COVID-19 Vaccine Policies and Politics

The session explores the correlates of COVID-19 vaccine refusal among the American public and challenges in achieving a high vaccination rate when it becomes available. The speakers will also discuss the potential impact of the politicization of the vaccine on the uptake. Speakers: Ali Moghtaderi, PhD, MBA (GW HPM), Tim Callaghan, PhD (Texas A&M), and Ethan Porter, PhD (GW Media & Public Affairs)

Friday, November 20 | 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. EDT | WebEx

Meeting number: 120 916 2797
Password (case-sensitive): GWHP6


Health Workforce Topics

This session will focus on recent work from the Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, such as their COVID-19 workforce estimators or information about the mental health workforce.  Speakers: Qian (Eric) Luo (HPM) and Clese Erikson (HPM)

Friday, December 18 | 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. EDT | WebEx

Meeting number: 120 916 2797
Password (case-sensitive): GWHP6


Immigration & Health Policies and the Courts

A central goal of the Trump Administration has been to limit immigration and the rights of immigrants.  This session will review key policy issues that relate to health.  It will also focus on policies to restrict immigrants’ ability to access benefits such as Medicaid, including the “public charge” regulation and a Presidential proclamation.  This session will discuss evidence about the effect of these policies and the contentious litigation in these areas.  Speakers: Leighton Ku (HPM), Sara Rosenbaum (HPM), and Randy Capps (Migration Policy Institute)

Thursday, October 15 | 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. EDT | WebEx

Meeting number: 120 613 7926
Password (case sensitive): HPMseminar


Public Health Powers During a Pandemic

To protect public health and reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, sweeping measures have been adopted since the spring, including shelter-in-place, school and business closures, travel restrictions, mask wearing, and social distancing.  This session will discuss the powers that federal, state and local governments have to protect public health under pandemics and emergencies.  It will also discuss the government’s role in protecting worker safety through regulation of businesses.  Speakers: Melissa Goldstein (HPM), Naomi Seiler (HPM), and David Michaels (EOH)

Friday, September 18 | 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. EDT | WebEx


MHA in Action: COVID-19 Webinar

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the globe, GW’s public health community is on the front lines serving populations around the country. Join MHA@GW Program Director, Dr. Leonard Friedman, as he hosts a live roundtable discussion with GW students, faculty and alumni. These public health leaders will shed light on their roles in overcoming this unprecedented challenge. This live webinar is a chance to meet with GW’s active public health community as they discuss their latest initiatives, perspectives and predictions. We hope you are able to join us and find out how GW is leveraging its best minds to aid in the fight against COVID-19 and ensure the future of public health across the world.
Wednesday, May 6 | 7:00 p.m. EDT | Zoom


Population Health, Public Health and Health Systems in a Post-Covid-19 World

The first in a series of seminars that will provide GWSPH students and alumni with a better sense of what public health and health care practice will look like in the post-pandemic period. HPM faculty will assess the key opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for those trained in public health and health management. Jeff Levi will serve as the moderator for Robert Bonar, Dora Hughes, Patricia MacTaggart, Anne Markus, Sara Rosenbaum and Patricia Pittman.
Friday, April 17 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Zoom recording


Unique Challenges Facing the Abortion Provider Workforce

Alice Mark, Medical Director for the National Abortion Federation, discusses underlying challenges facing abortion providers and how these have been exacerbated by the COVID19 crisis. Heather Shumaker, Senior Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center, explains current state policies and litigation affecting the abortion provider workforce. Jen Villavicencio, OB/GYN and Clinical Lecturer at the University of Michigan, talks about the impact of abortion care policies in Michigan and changes that providers are making to reduce risks of exposure. 
Thursday, April 9 | Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity Emergency Workforce Policies to Address COVID-19 Mini Webinar Series (pre-recorded)


Mobilizing Health Professions Students

Jo Wiederhorn, MSW, of the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) discusses the early graduation of fourth year medical students in New York State and the proposed roles these new physicians would have in the COVID-19 response. Garrett Chan, PhD, RN, of HealthImpact outlines potential strategies for nursing students in California to aid in the pandemic while also maintaining academic and practice partnerships. READ SUMMARY

Monday, April 6 | Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity Emergency Workforce Policies to Address COVID-19 Mini Webinar Series (pre-recorded)


Is There a Right to Not Work During COVID 19?

This session builds on a prior webinar entitled Why Occupational Standards Matter and focuses the question of whether health personnel have the right NOT to work when they feel their health or their family’s health, or life, is in danger.

The WHO affirms that employers must "allow workers to exercise the right to remove themselves from a work situation that they have reasonable justification to believe presents an imminent and serious danger to their life or health ..." without undue consequences.

Panelists from three professions - medicine, nursing and home care - discuss the different ways in which they are experiencing tensions between the social mission of their work, on the one hand, and its limits when employers have not provided adequate worker protection, on the other.   They also discuss policies and practices that would help alleviate this tension, including child care, housing, and hazard pay. READ SUMMARY
Friday, April 3 | Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity Emergency Workforce Policies to Address COVID-19 Mini Webinar Series (pre-recorded)


Increasing Supply by Tapping Retirees and Other Health Practitioners

Lauren Block of the National Governors Association discusses policy strategies that states are using to increase workforce capacity. Jean Moore, director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies in Albany, reports on New York State’s efforts, including the use of retirees and other volunteers, and provides advice to other states as they prepare for the surge from COVID-19. READ SUMMARY

Friday, April 3 | Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity Emergency Workforce Policies to Address COVID-19 Mini Webinar Series (pre-recorded)


The Importance of Standards

This session asks whether national enforceable occupational standards matter, and if so, why the United States has no occupational safety standards for airborne pathogens.  

The World Health Organization has issued guidance with a list of 13 health worker rights relevant to the COVD-19 pandemics, 8 of which refer to either the right to obtain training in infection control, or the right to appropriate protective gear.  Panelists discuss why issuing a national safety standard is so important to ensuring those rights in the current situation. They also explore why employers and the Trump administration have opposed issuing an emergency standard. READ SUMMARY

Thursday, April 2 | Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity Emergency Workforce Policies to Address COVID-19 Mini Webinar Series (pre-recorded)


Expanding Scope of Practice

This session focuses on emergency measures states can take to remove certain restrictions on the scope of practice of a variety of health professions, as a strategy to maximize the current workforce capacity.

The COVID-19 crisis makes the basic principle of having all personnel working at the top of their education and license especially urgent, both as a way to enhance efficiency and to reduce frustration among health care team members.  Panelists review changes that should be considered and then discuss executive orders already issued by governors in ten states.  READ SUMMARY
Tuesday, March 31 | Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity Emergency Workforce Policies to Address COVID-19 Mini Webinar Series (pre-recorded)


Telehealth to Support Primary Care During COVID-19

Sanjeev Arora, MD, discusses how the Project ECHO model is being applied to support primary care providers during this pandemic. Bob Phillips, MD reports on how primary care practitioners are applying emerging telehealth policies and the tough choices practices are making to maintain financial viability with dramatically reduced in-person visits. READ SUMMARY

Friday, March 27 | Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity Emergency Workforce Policies to Address COVID-19 Mini Webinar Series (pre-recorded)


Federal and State Preparations – Focus on 1135 Waivers

Section 1135 of the Social Security Act allows CMS to waive certain Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP regulations to support state effort to address COVID-19. This session examines the status of 1135 waivers and shares Washington State’s efforts to address critical health workforce needs.
Thursday, March 26 | Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity Emergency Workforce Policies to Address COVID-19 Mini Webinar Series (pre-recorded)


Health Insurance, Price Changes, and the Demand for Pain Relief Drugs
Physicians often claim that they practice “defensive medicine,” including ordering extra imaging and laboratory tests, due to fear of malpractice liability.  Caps on non-economic damages are the principal proposed remedy.  This Collaborative Health Economics Seminar Series (CHESS) event features a talk by Ali Moghtaderi, PhD, Assistant Research Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership at the GW Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy Research.  He will discuss his recent study investigating whether damage caps do in fact reduce testing, overall healthcare spending, or both. He and his coauthors looked at the effects of “third-wave” damage caps, adopted in the 2000s, on specific areas that are expected to be sensitive to med mal risk:  imaging rates, cardiac interventions, and lab and radiology spending, using patient-level data, with extensive fixed effects and patient level covariates.
Thursday, November 29 | 10:30 am – 11:45 am | 950 New Hampshire Avenue 5th Floor Conference Room


Brandt Lecture in Women's Health
Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) will give the Edward N. Brandt, Jr. Memorial Lecture in Women’s Health. She will speak about NWLC's work to advance women's health, including the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund, which is housed at and administered by NWLC. The TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund connects those who experience sexual misconduct -- including assault, harassment, abuse, and related retaliation in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers -- with legal and public relations assistance. Ms. Goss Graves, who has served in numerous roles at NWLC for more than a decade, has spent her career fighting to advance opportunities for women and girls. She has a distinguished track record working across a broad set of issues central to women’s lives, including income security, health and reproductive rights, education access, and workplace fairness. Ms. Goss Graves is among the co-founders of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund. A light lunch will be available prior to the lecture, from 11:30am - noon; the lecture will begin at noon. RSVPs are strongly encouraged but not required.
Friday, December 7 | 11:30 am – 1 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue B100A


Health Insurance, Price Changes, and the Demand for Pain Relief Drugs
​This Collaborative Health Economics Seminar Series (CHESS) event features a talk by Aparna Soni, a PhD candidate in Business Economics and Public Policy at Indiana University. Overdose deaths from prescription opioids are on the rise, and recent proposals by policymakers to curb opioid misuse. call for price-based solutions, such as opioid taxes and removal of opioids from insurance formularies.   However, there is limited evidence on how opioid consumption responds to price stimuli. Soni will discuss her recent study addressing estimates the effects of prices on the utilization of opioids as well as other prescription painkillers. She used nationally representative individual-level data on prescription drug purchases to exploit the introduction of Medicare Part D in 2006 as an exogenous change in out-of-pocket drug prices. She found that new users have a relatively high price elasticity of demand for prescription opioids, and that consumers treat over-the-counter painkillers as substitutes for prescription painkillers. Her results suggest that increasing out-of-pocket prices of opioids, through formulary design or taxes, may be effective in reducing new opioid use.
Thursday, November 15 | 10:30 am – 11:45 am | 950 New Hampshire Avenue 6th Floor Conference Room


Annual Gibbs Oration, Coile Lecture and Young Alumni Presentation
Please join us for the 28th Annual Gibbs Oration, 12th Annual Coile Lectureship, and 16th Annual Young Alumni Speaker. 

  • Gibbs Orator: Donald R. Gintzig, GWSB BBA '79, MBA '81, President and CEO, WakeMed Health & Hospitals
  • Coile Lecturer: Keith Fernandez, MD, National Chief Clinical Officer, Priva Health
  • Young Alumni Presenter: Anne Swett, GWSPH MHSA '13, Operations Manager, LifeBridge Health

This all-day event brings together national health care leaders, GW alumni, students, and faculty for a conversation about the future of health care and provides an exclusive networking opportunity. The agenda will include breakfast, MHA Alumni Association board meeting, panel discussions, networking lunch, keynote lectures and reception. Register here
Friday, Nov 9 | 9 am - 5 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue |  


Physician Behavior and Hospital Influence
This Collaborative Health Economics Seminar Series (CHESS) event features a talk by alk by Ian McCarthy, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Emory University and NBER.  Due to differential financial incentives between hospitals and physicians, and given the prevalence of physician agency problems in health care, he says that there are strong incentives for hospitals to influence physician behaviors toward their own financial objectives. He argues that the most direct way for hospitals to achieve this goal is through the purchase of physician practices (i.e., vertical integration). He was involved in research estimating variation in utilization among physician-hospital pairs and the subsequent effects of vertical integration using the population of the Medicare fee-for-service inpatient and institutional outpatient claims from 2008 to 2015 and exploiting within-physician variation across hospitals. Despite hospitals' claims of efficiency gains, he and his colleagues found that vertical integration tends to increase total Medicare payments for the same physician-hospital pairs by between $47mm and $130mm per year.
Thursday, November 8 | 12 – 1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue 4th Floor Conference Room

Physician Organization and Incentives in Childbirth: Evidence from Physician Practice Management Companies
This Collaborative Health Economics Seminar Series (CHESS) event features a talk by Ambar La Forgia, a PhD Candidate in Health Care Management and Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  She will discuss a growing form of medical practice consolidation: the Physician Practice Management Company (PPMC). Over 60,000 physicians have joined PPMCs to increase their collective market power and leverage economies of scale. In contrast to acquisitions by hospitals, physicians in a PPMC retain autonomy over the clinical and operational decisions of their practice. PPMCs, however, can influence physician behavior by using a combination of financial incentives, such as providing physicians with equity in the PPMC, and non-financial incentives, such as distributing peer comparison reports. She will discuss data she has published on three PPMCs that represent 40% of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Ob-Gyns) in Florida to study how PPMCs influence Ob-Gyn treatment decisions.
Thursday, November 1 | 12 – 1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue 3rd Floor Conference Room

10th Annual Southby Lecture in Comparative Health Policy
As the only school of its kind in the Nation’s Capital, Milken Institute SPH occupies a unique space at the confluence of research, practice and policy. Please join us for an engaging conversation with Dr. Dale Smith on the paradigm shift occurring in healthcare.
Friday, Oct 26 | 4pm - 5 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue |  

Lunch with Community Health Center Leader Greg Nycz
Each year, ​The Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy recognizes a Distinguished Visitor, who is in residence for three days each fall, lecturing, meeting with students, and consulting with faculty and research staff. Greg Nycz, the Executive Director of Family Health Center of Marshfield, Inc., a community health center serving rural and low-income patients throughout Northern Wisconsin, is this year's Distinguished Visitor. Nycz has spent his career of more than 45 years supporting the planning and operations at Family Health Center, providing leadership to an organization with widespread impact in fifteen counties in Wisconsin. At this faculty and staff lunch, Nycz will discuss policy, partnerships and programs in pursuit of health equity from a community health center lens! 
Tues, Oct 2 | 12 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue |  5th Floor Conference Room

Learn About the Research Presented at the AcademyHealth Meeting
Please join HPM faculty and researchers to hear about cutting edge health policy research that was presented at the nation's leading health policy conference, the AcademyHealth Research Conference.  Speakers will include Polly Pittman, Anne Markus, Clese Erickson, Jeongyoung Park (SoN), and Eric Luo,  They will present recent research about health workforce, community health centers and nursing issues.  Another session, involving other faculty and staff who presented at AcademyHealth or at the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) this summer will be held on Wed, October 24.  Be on the lookout for more information.
Wed, Sept 26 | 12 -1:30 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue |  5th Floor Conference RoomWhat: HPM Research Seminar

Milken Institute School of Public Health's School Commencement Celebration
The celebration will take place at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 17 at the Charles E. Smith Center. This year's GWSPH commencement speaker is Anne Schuchat, M.D., principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Rear Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service. The celebration will be immediately followed by reception featuring light hors d'oeuvres and music. This reception will be held in the Milken Institute SPH building. The Department of Health Policy and Management will gather on the 6th floor during the reception. 
Thurs, May 17 | 5 pm | celebration: Charles E. Smith Center, 600 22nd St. NW; reception: 950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW

Bargaining, Competition and Prices in Hospital Markets​ (CHESS event)
Eric Barrette, Health Care Cost Institute
Thurs, Apr. 26 | 12 -1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue |  6th Floor Conference Room

Research Days Keynote Address:  “Where Research Questions Come From”
Health Policy and Management Professor and Chair Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD will present the keynote address.
Wed., Apr 11 | 4:30 to 5:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, 1st Floor Convening Center

Mitigating under-provision of health services for the poor: A lab-in-the-field experiment in Burkina Faso​ (CHESS event)
Damien de Walque, World Bank
Thurs, Apr. 12 | 12 -1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue |  4th Floor Conference Room

Can Agricultural Technology Diffusion be Harnessed to Reduce Malnutrition? Experimental Evidence from Uganda  (CHESS event)
Dan Gilligan
Thurs, Mar. 22 | 12 -1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue |  4th Floor Conference Room

The Future of EU and US Health Care Systems
The health care systems of developed economies are facing similar pressures from the combined impact of technology, demographic change and globalization.  Xavier Prats Monné, the Director-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) at the European Commission, will give a presentation and participate in a discussion on the future of the EU and US health care systems. He will discuss how EU-US cooperation could help address these challenges and overcome global threats such as antimicrobial resistance.  He will be joined by Dean Lynn Goldman,  EOH Professor Lance Price, director, Antibiotic Resistance Action Center, Maureen Byrnes, lead research scientist in the school’s Department of Health Policy and Management, and Vikki Wachino, former deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  
Thurs., Mar 8 | 11 am to 12 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, Theatre A, Level B1

Perceptions of Providers’ Communication among the Low-Income: Does Race and Gender Concordance matter?  (CHESS event)
Anushree Vichare, GWU
Thurs, Mar. 8 | 12 -1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue |  4th Floor Conference Room

Can Agricultural Technology Diffusion be Harnessed to Reduce Malnutrition:  Experimental Evidence from Uganda  (CHESS event)
Dan Gilligan, PhD, deputy director, International Food Policy Research Institute's Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division
Jan 25 | 12 -1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, 4th Floor Conference Room

Using Payment Reform to Reduce Ethnic Disparities Among the Uninsured  (CHESS event)
Len Nichols, GMU
Thurs, Feb. 8 | 12 -1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue |  4th Floor Conference Room

The Effect of Education on Health; A Cohort, Life Course Approach  (CHESS event)
Robert Kaestner, UIC
Thurs, Feb. 22 | 12 -1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue |  4th Floor Conference Room

Brown Bag Lunch:  Lessons and Key Findings from a Multi-Site, Multi-Year, Pediatric Asthma Translational and Implementation Study

This event featured:

  • Anne Rossier Markus, PhD, JD, MHS
  • Avi Dor, PhD
  • Maya Gerstein, MPH, DrPH(cand.)
  • Eric Luo, MPSA, PhD(cand.)

They discussed the CHAMPS (Community Healthcare for Asthma Management and Prevention Symptoms) study, a translational and implementation research study that spanned 2010 to 2015.  The main aim of the study was to determine whether providing evidence-based, intensive asthma education, counseling and environmental remediation strategies to pediatric patients with moderate to severe asthma was feasible for community health centers across the country.  Secondary aims included an evaluation of clinical effectiveness on asthma symptom reduction and an economic analysis of cost-effectiveness due to the reduction in asthma symptoms.  Despite challenges, the study team was able to conclude that implementing such an intervention is possible in a health center setting.  The team also found that CHAMPS, as implemented by health centers participating in the study, was clinically-and cost-effective.

Wed., Dec. 13 | 12 -1 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue |  6th Floor Conference Room

Price-setting by Committee: Evidence from Medicare  (CHESS event)
David Chan, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine
Wed., Dec. 6 | 12 -1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue |  4th Floor Conference Room

Wellness on the Corner:  Health Care in Retail Settings
Tues., Dec. 5 | 12 -1 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue | Room B100B
This event featured Professor Carol A. Kelly, MPA as moderator, plus an expert panel consisting of John Gay, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Consumer Healthcare Products Association; Ed Kaleta, Vice President, Government Relations and U.S. Public Policy, Walgreen Co.; Thomas E. Menighan, BS, Pharm, MBA, ScD, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American Pharmacists Association; and Joel White, President, Horizon Government Affairs.
View a link to the Facebook Live video of the event here

Medicaid's Role in Addressing the Opioid Crisis
Nov. 16 | 12 -1 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, 6th Floor Conference Room
Associate Research Professor Naomi Seiler and Professor Leighton Ku examined Medicaid's role in reducing opioid abuse. 

HIV Treatment as Economic Stimulus: Community Spillover Effects of Mass ART Provision in Rural South Africa (CHESS event)
Nov 9 | 12 -1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, 6th Floor Conference Room
Zoë McLaren of the University of Michigan, a visiting professor at GW

Gibbs Oration, Coile Lecture and Young Alumni Lecture
Nov 10 | 2 -5:10 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue (the day's events also included a breakfast, professional development sessions, a networking lunch, and a reception from 5:30 to 7 pm)
This year's 27th Annual Gibbs Oration, 11th Annual Coile Lectureship and 15th Annual Young Alumni Speaker event featured:

  • Gibbs Orator: Chet Burrell, President and CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the Mid-Atlantic's largest health care insurer
  • Coile Lecturer: Paul Keckley, PhD, Managing Editor, The Keckley Report, a recognized industry thought-leader
  • Young Alumni Presenter: Larry Jessup MHA '11, Deputy Division Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Impact of Physician Competition and Vertical Integration on Access, Quality, and Costs (CHESS event)
Thursday, Oct 26 | 12 -1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, 6th Floor Conference Room
William Encinosa, PhD, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Brandt Lecture in Women's Health
Tuesday, Oct 31 | 12 -1:00 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, B100A
Honorable Pat Schroeder, former U.S. Representative from Colorado and champion of women’s health, was the longtime co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, the first woman on the Armed Services Committee, and a leading sponsor of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Women's Health Equity Act, and many others. She spoke about current issues in women’s health.

Women in Health Policy Panel 2
Wednesday, October 25 | 1 - 2 p.m. | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, Room B100B
This HPSA event featured acclaimed female professionals in the field of health policy who are affiliated with the Milken Institute School of Public Health's Department of Health Policy and Management:  Professor Maureen Byrnes, Professor Carol Kelly, Dr. Lydia Isaac, Professor Sara Rosenbaum, and Professor Jane Thorpe

Women in Health Policy Panel 1
Wednesday, October 18 | 1 - 2 p.m. | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, Room B100B
This HPSA event featured acclaimed female professionals in the field of health policy Melanie Egorin (Democratic House Ways and Means Committee), Seemin Pasha (Alliance of Community Health Plans), Karen Pollitz (Kaiser Family Foundation), and Kirsten Sloan (American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network).

Safety Net Responses to Economic Downturns (CHESS event)
Thursday, Oct 12 | 12 -1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, 5th Floor Conference Room
Keith Finlay, PhD, a labor economist at the U.S. Census Bureau

The Changing Healthcare Landscape in Washington State:  1964 to Today
Tuesday, October 10 | 8:45 a.m. | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, 3rd Floor Conference Room | RSVP 
Faculty/Staff Lunch 
Tuesday, October 10 | 12:00 p.m. | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, 3rd Floor Conference Room | RSVP 
The Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy hosted two events to discuss health care access and safety net clinics with a leader in the field, Anita Monoian.  She is the president and chief executive officer of Yakima Neighborhood Health Services (YNHS) located in the south central part of Washington state. Over her nearly 40-year career at YNHS, Monoian has earned national recognition for her work in Yakima County and transformed YNHS from one primary care site to a full scope organization providing over one hundred thousand medical and social visits every year.  Please RSVP (below) by October 3rd.
Student Breakfast 

Community Health Educators and Maternal Health: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial (CHESS event)
Thursday, Sept 28 | 12 -1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, 5th Floor Conference Room
Jessica Leight, PhD, an assistant professor in American University's Department of Economics

Do Hospitals Cost-Shift? New Evidence from the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (CHESS event)
Sept 14 | 12 -1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, 5th Floor Conference Room
Michael Darden, an associate professor of Health Policy and Management at GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health

The Affordable Care Act: A Great Unraveling? (Health Policy Expert event)
Thursday, Sept. 7 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, Rm. B100B
Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy Sara Rosenbaum gave an update on the current healthcare legislative environment.

The Effect of Screening Mammography on Breast-cancer Mortality: Quasi-experimental Evidence from the Netherlands (CHESS event)
Thursday, Aug. 31 | 12 -1:15 pm | 950 New Hampshire Avenue, 6th Floor Conference Room
HPM Visiting Professor Tom Van Ourti, a professor of applied health economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, will speak.

Improving Healthcare Delivery and Payment -- French and American Approaches
May 9, 2017
Olivier Bogillot, PhD, deputy head of global policy, Sanofi, and former deputy advisor for healthcare and social affairs, Presidency of the French Republic, discussed improving healthcare delivery and payment via French and American approaches.

The Affordable Care Act: What Comes Next?
April 4, 2017
The Milken Institute School of Public Health hosted a symposium to discuss the future of health reform, including the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act and efforts to repeal it. The symposium included discussions of possible health care market reforms and what a repeal and replace process might look like. Sara Rosenbaum, Leighton Ku and Maureen Byrnes of GW served as moderators for three panels.  Panelists, including Jeff Levi and Janet Heinrich of GW and noted Washington policy experts and insiders, discussed the impact that health policy changes would have on key sectors from consumers to public health and health systems to the broader economy. (Read more)

Future of Medicaid and the Health Safety Net
Leighton Ku
March 21, 2017

Leighton Ku discussed changes that are being considered by Congress for Medicaid, the health insurance for low-income Americans, and related safety net providers, such as community health centers, safety net hospitals, family planning and mental health clinics.

Public Health and Population Health in an Evolving Health System 
Jeffrey Levi
February 14, 2017

Professor Jeffrey Levi discussed population health approaches (accountable health approaches), and what surrounds the healthcare delivery system and how that plays into creating healthy communities and populations.

ACA Repeal and Replace (The Implications of Health Care Reform) 
Sara Rosenbaum
January 17, 2017

Professor Sara Rosenbaum discussed the implications of health care reform as it pertains to the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Learn about Research Funding Strategies 
The Faculty and Staff Affairs Committee invites you to hear from a number of senior principal investigators in the Department about strategies they use to obtain research funding. Short presentations will be followed by questions and discussion. The panel will include Katie Horton, Sara Rosenbaum, Fitz Mullan, Lorens Helmchen and Jeff Levi. RSVP here (contact Katie Horton at or 202-994-4129 with any questions)
day | time | 950 New Hampshire Avenue |  1st Floor Auditorium

Please scroll down to see a longer list of future events

Additional Reading