Business Forum Breakfast
Friday, November 17, 8–10 am
Panel discussion with President & CEO of Public Health Solutions Lisa David, President & CEO of Emblem Health Karen Ignagni, New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera, and VP of New York-Presbyterian Hospital System Kate Spaziani on what comes next for healthcare after the Affordable Care Act. Moderated by Distinguished Lecturer of Journalism at Queens College Sheryl McCarthy, with opening remarks by Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. Breakfast will be served.
Free and open to the public, but seating is limited.
Public RSVP deadline is November 14:
Email Business.Forum@qc.cuny.edu, call (718) 997-5252, or register online here.
Members of the media will be provided with complimentary parking and reserved seating.
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, New York
Student Union, Fourth Floor Ballroom
Click here for directions to the college, and here for campus map.
Lisa David is the President and CEO of Public Health Solutions, an organization working to improve health outcomes in New York City’s most vulnerable communities. She leads the organization in successfully providing public health services to underserved families and children, offering grants and management assistance to over 200 community-based organizations, and guiding public health research and program evaluation. She also provides leadership in executing long-term strategies to address the public health needs of low-income communities throughout New York City.
Lisa has over 30 years of experience in the public health and healthcare sectors. Prior to joining Public Health Solutions, Lisa held positions as the Interim CEO of Medicines360, the EVP and COO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Vice Chair for Administration of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Columbia School of Physicians and Surgeons. Lisa currently serves on the Health and Mental Health Advisory Committee for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and is a member of the United Hospital Fund Policy Forum. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Medicines360, and on two committees of the Human Services Council: the Value Based Payment Commission and the Priority and Strategy Council.
Senator Gustavo Rivera represents the 33rd Senate District in the Bronx, which includes the neighborhoods of Kingsbridge Heights, Belmont, Fordham, University Heights, Van Nest, East Tremont, Crotona and Mount Hope.
Since his election in 2010, Senator Gustavo has dedicated his efforts to changing the way business is done in the legislature and ensuring that the families of the 33rd Senate District have a voice in Albany.
In January 2013, Senator Rivera became the ranking member of the New York Senate’s Health Committee. Since then, Senator Rivera has championed legislation that addresses issues of health inequity, such banning smoking within 100 feet from schools and afterschool programs. Since March 2017, he became the main sponsor of the “New York Health Act,” a bill that will create an innovative single payer health care system in New York State.
In 2011, Senator Rivera launched the Bronx CAN (Changing Attitudes Now) Health Initiative. The goal of this community oriented health initiative is not only to encourage Bronx residents to develop healthy behaviors, but to shape policies that will help tear down some of the institutional barriers that stand in the way of Bronxites having a healthier lifestyle.
Senator Rivera also worked as a community organizer on New York State campaigns, as well as on President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. He was also employed as a professor and a staff member for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Karen Ignagni serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of EmblemHealth, a New York City-based not-for-profit health insurance company. EmblemHealth was formed through the merger of two New York legacy insurance plans, Group Health Incorporated (GHI) and Health Plan of New York (HIP), and today provides quality, affordable health care coverage and administrative services to approximately 3.1 million people. Prior to joining EmblemHealth in September 2015, Ignagni was President and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the insurance industry association that represents providers of health and supplemental benefits to more than 200 million Americans. At AHIP, Ms. Ignagni was active in working with the White House and congressional leadership on the development of health reform legislation, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). She also led two mergers with other organizations to form AHIP, and made it the leading voice for the health plan community in America. During her tenure, AHIP was ranked by Washington Insiders as the second most effective trade association in Washington.
Ms. Ignagni also directed the AFL-CIO’s Department of Employee Benefits. She was a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee and worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Ignagni has won many accolades for her leadership in the health care industry, earning recognition by leading publications including the New York Times, National Journal, The Hill, Time Magazine, The Washingtonian, Fortune Magazine, and Modern Healthcare, for her extensive health policy background and intrinsic feel for politics.
In 2017, Ms. Ignagni received the Heritage Healthcare Leadership Award and was named one of Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York.
Kate Spaziani is Vice President of External Affairs for the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network. In this role, she oversees and coordinates communications, marketing, and community affairs for NYP’s four regional hospitals and physician services division. Ms. Spaziani previously served as Vice President of Grants and Federal Relations for NYP, managing the Hospital’s federal government affairs strategy and overseeing its grant applications for programs such as the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program.
Ms. Spaziani joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2012 with over thirteen years of legislative, legal, and government affairs experience. As Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), former Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, she worked on the drafting and passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, the development of annual budget resolutions, and federal deficit reduction policy. Ms. Spaziani also has held positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving as Legislative Director to Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) and Legislative Assistant to Representative Marion Berry (D-AR), and has practiced law at Powell Goldstein LLP on health law and election law matters.
Ms. Spaziani received an A.B. magna cum laude from Duke University in Public Policy Studies and her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.