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May 11, 2023 (Cleveland, OH)

170+ Community Leaders Gathered for The Center for Health Affairs 2023 Annual Meeting

The Center for Health Affairs welcomed more than 170 people this week to our Annual Meeting in Cleveland. Featuring a fireside chat with hospital leaders, panel discussions on telehealth and workforce, and presentations from the Cleveland Department of Public Health on health equity and from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on mental and behavioral health, the agenda was packed with insightful presentations and discussion.

“This is an event we have been looking forward to for quite some time,” said The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS President & CEO Brian Lane, in opening remarks. “The pandemic necessitated we put our plans on hold until it was once again safe to gather and take a moment to focus our attention on the future. So here we are today, and we are thrilled to see you all, and to be able to provide this opportunity to hear from such an excellent program of experts.”

We at The Center extend our thanks to all of the speakers, moderators and panelists who contributed to their time and expertise to a rewarding and engaging day of conversation:

  • Timothy Heimann, VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System; Julie Idoine, Select Medical; Donald Malone, Cleveland Clinic; Daniel Simon, University Hospitals; and Airica Steed, MetroHealth, who joined The Center’s Brian Lane for a fireside chat.
  • Jeana Singleton, Brennan, Manna & Diamond; Tony Burke, Teladoc Health; Steven Shook, Cleveland Clinic; and Kyle Zebley, American Telemedicine Association, who discussed the current and future states of telehealth.
  • Capt. Jeffrey Coady, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, who spoke on the evolving nature of the mental health and substance use crisis.
  • Lita Wills, Cleveland Department of Public Health, who shared the City of Cleveland’s strategies to advance health equity.
  • Kyle Underwood, Cleveland Clinic; Adam Haas, Cleveland Clinic; RandiLynn Lukac, Altius Healthcare Consulting Group; Alan K. Nevel, The MetroHealth System; and Adrianne Shad, University Hospitals, who shared their insights and strategies for navigating healthcare workforce challenges.

Also an important part of the day were the event sponsors, who were essential partners and supporters and whose contributions helped make the event possible. The Center extends its gratitude to:

  • Lanyard sponsor, AmeriHealth Caritas.
  • Photo Frame sponsor, Premier.
  • Gift sponsors: Catholic Charities, North Coast Ventures and Today’s Lifestyle Construction. 
  • Breakfast sponsor, Graystone Consulting Morgan Stanley. 
  • Lunch sponsor, The Essentials Group.
  • Bronze sponsors: Baldwin Wallace; Carleton McKenna; Crown Castle; Greater Cleveland Partnership; H2O; Hylant; Maloney + Novotny; ReadySet; Revelocity; Sisters of Charity; Tucker Ellis; and United Way of Greater Cleveland.
  • Silver sponsors: Dignity Health Global Education; Global Industrial; Trellis Point; HBK Vertilocity; VPL; West CMR; and YMCA of Greater Cleveland.
  • Gold sponsor, CHAMPS Group Purchasing.

The Annual Meeting was the latest opportunity for members of the community to come together for networking and learning. Watch for more information in the coming months as The Center continues our roundtable series this fall. Meanwhile, view recordings of our Annual Meeting, Fall 2022 Workforce Roundtable and discussion on Cybersecurity Challenges in Healthcare.