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46th CHEF Virtual Annual Meeting is February 24 – Healthcare 2022: Building Connections in a New Normal – A Prerequisite for Effective Leadership

Join us as we kick off a year of “Connections, Communication, Collaboration and Community” with values-driven leaders at CHEF’s exciting virtual annual presentation and awards ceremony.

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This year’s interactive event will begin with a virtual networking opportunity with your colleagues and peers. Our CHEF President, Leslie R. Johnson, RN, FACHE, will provide opening remarks and set the stage for moderator Dr. Jay Bhatt and our esteemed panelists to discuss “Healthcare 2022: Building Connections in a New Normal – A Prerequisite for Effective Leadership.”

Moderator: Dr. Jay Bhatt, MPH, MPA, Managing Director, Deloitte
Dr. Jay Bhatt is a public health and physician executive who serves as the managing director at Deloitte. He has worked at national and local levels to improve outcomes for vulnerable populations, including by strengthening the design and delivery of care and public health.

Most recently, Dr. Bhatt served as chief clinical product officer at Medical Home Network and MoreCare – a Medicaid ACO and Medicare Advantage Plan in Chicago and Cook County. He has consulted on the COVID-19 response for the Illinois Department of Public Health supporting informatics initiatives for congregate settings. He also has served as senior vice president and chief medical officer at the American Hospital Association, as well as president of its subsidiary, the Health Research Educational Trust. Prior to that role, Dr. Bhatt served Chicago as managing deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Health.

Speaker: John Auerbach, MBA, Director of Intergovernmental and Strategic Affairs, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
John Auerbach, MBA, is the director of Intergovernmental and Strategic Affairs at the CDC. In this role, Mr. Auerbach oversees a range of activities as lead strategic advisor on CDC engagement with government agencies at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels, public health partners, and other external partners. He is the main point of contact for HHS’ Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA) and the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA), coordinating requests and responses across the agency.
Mr. Auerbach most recently served as the president and CEO of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) where he oversaw TFAH’s work to promote sound public health policy and make disease prevention a national priority. Over the course of a 30-year career, he has also held senior public health positions at the federal, state, and local levels. Additionally Mr. Auerbach was a professor of practice in health sciences and director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University. In his early career, he served as director of the largest Women, Infants and Children program at a community health center in Massachusetts.

Speaker: Theresa Eagleson, Director, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Theresa Eagleson has served as director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services since January 2019. Immediately prior to her appointment by Governor Pritzker, she was the executive director of the Office of Medicaid Innovation at the University of Illinois for four years. Director Eagleson had previously been the longest serving Medicaid director in the state’s history, from 2007-2014. She has served in policy and administrative positions in state government since 1990, with a concentration in human services and healthcare. Her career included Governor’s budget and policy teams under two previous administrations and 15 years at the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
Director Eagleson is a founding board member of the National Association of Medicaid Directors and was elected by her peers to serve two terms. She was also a member of the Edgar Fellows Class of 2014.

Speaker: Ngozi O. Ezike, MD, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
Dr. Ngozi Ezike is a board-certified internist and pediatrician who joined IDPH from Cook County Health where she had served for more than 15 years. She has delivered inpatient care at Stroger Hospital as well as primary and preventive care in community and school-based clinics. As Medical Director for the Austin Health Center, located on the West-side of Chicago, Dr. Ezike engaged with the community through health initiatives involving obesity, diabetes, and breastfeeding. In her last role with Cook County Health, she served as medical director at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.
Dr. Ezike is a national policy advisor on juvenile correctional health topics and has presented at numerous local and national conferences.

Speaker: Marvin O’Quinn, President and Chief Operating Officer, CommonSpirit Health
Marvin O’Quinn has been the president and chief operating officer of CommonSpirit Health in San Francisco since February 2019 and the senior vice president and chief operating officer of Dignity Health since 2009. Prior to joining Dignity Health, Mr. O’Quinn served as president and chief executive officer of Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida. Before assuming his role at Jackson Health System, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Atlantic Health System in Florham Park, New Jersey, and held executive positions with New York Presbyterian Health System, Providence Medical Center and Providence Milwaukee Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
Additionally, Mr. O’Quinn has held key positions with other hospitals and medical centers in Portland, Fresno and Seattle. His board appointments include Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science (chair), PriMed/Hill Physicians, Francisco Partners and Ministry Leadership Center.

The panel discussion and Q&A session with our experts will focus on the necessity for innovative collaborations in what is now the new normal. How values-driven leaders have built connections – by addressing health equity with communities and different cultures, implementing clinical and human services data interoperability, and integrating provider and public health – in order to ensure healthy communities during the greatest challenge the industry has experienced in our lifetime.

Following our presentation, our ACHE Regent, Georgia Casciato, FACHE, will present our 2021 RAC Awards, and Awards Committee Co-Chairs Tim Weidman, The Walsh Group, and Austin B. Frazier, Jr., RHIA, Loyola University Medical Center, will present our 2021 CHEF Awards.

The evening’s schedule:

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. State-of-the-Art Virtual Networking on Remo
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion (1 Hour ACHE Qualified Education)
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Awards Program

Early Bird Pricing:

ACHE/CHEF Member: $40.00
Non-Member: $55.00
Student: $25.00

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