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Agenda at a Glance

Agenda at a Glance

The 2019 Annual Conference program will take place from June 12-14, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Morning Invitationals:

8:30 am–11:00 am

  • CEO Working Group on Access and Coverage (by invitation)
  • Healthy Eating/Active Living Learning Community (by invitation)

Newcomers’ Welcome

10:30 am–11:30 am


11:00 am–12:00 pm

  • Open Lunch
  • Terrance Keenan Institute Reunion (by invitation)

Afternoon Site Visits:

  • 12:00 pm–3:30 pm
    Seattle's South Park Neighborhood: Aligning Community Development, Climate Adaptation, and Health Equity Efforts
  • 12:30 pm–4:00 pm
    Best Start: Nurturing Early Childhood Development and Family Well-Being
  • 12:30 pm–4:00 pm
    Innovation and Inspiration: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Discovery Center
  • 1:00 pm–4:30 pm
    Improving Oral Health Care for Seattle's Tribal Communities

Afternoon Workshops:

1:00 pm–4:00 pm

  • Achieving Excellence in Foundation Governance
  • Using All the Tools in the Policy Change Toolbox

1:00 pm–2:30 pm

  • Beyond the Grant: Fostering Sustainability and Scale for Grant-Funded Projects

Opening Plenary

  • 5:00 pm–5:30 pm
    Opening Remarks: Faith Mitchell, President of Grantmakers In Health
  • 5:30 pm–6:30 pm
    Plenary Speaker: Dr. Shena Ashley, Vice President for the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute

Opening Reception

6:30 pm–7:30 pm

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Networking Breakfasts:

8:00 am–9:30 am

  • Behavioral Health Funder Network Breakfast
  • Evaluating Complex System Change Efforts: The Value of Participatory Methods and Creative Data Visualization
  • HEAL Funder Network Breakfast
  • Health Reform Funder Network Breakfast
  • Health Equity Funder Network Breakfast
  • Creative Health Care Solutions to Addressing Depression across the Lifespan
  • What's Keeping Trustees Up at Night?
  • What's Keeping CEOs Up at Night?

Thursday Morning Plenary

10:00 am–11:00 am

  • Plenary Speaker: Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


11:30 am–12:30 pm

  • A Public Health Approach to Substance Use and Criminal Justice Reform: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion
  • Advocacy Cohorts: An Innovative Approach for Improving Health
  • Funding Equitable Access to Health Care for Immigrants and Refugees in Politically Volatile Times
  • Increasing Evaluation Capacity: Lessons from Central Texas
  • Innovations in the Health Care Safety Net
  • Partnering with Tribal Nations to Achieve Innovative Solutions for Nutrition and Health
  • Rowing Upstream: Accountable Communities for Health
  • Supporting ACOs in Addressing the Needs of Complex Care Populations: A Snapshot of Approaches and Gaps for Philanthropy

Quick Takes and Tech Bytes:

11:30 am–11:50 pm

  • QUICK TAKE: Communicating Impact: Answering the Crucial Question
  • QUICK TAKE: Messaging Beyond Jargon: Creating Equity in Social Change Communications

12:00 pm–12:20 pm

  • TECH BYTE: Divest/Invest Toolkit: Confronting Criminalization, Health, and Community Safety
  • QUICK TAKE: Impact Investing: Pathways to the Social Determinants of Health

Terrance Keenan Award Luncheon

12:45 pm–2:00 pm

  • Awardee: Diane Kaplan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rasmuson Foundation


2:30 pm–3:30 pm

  • Palliative Care: A Trailblazing Movement for Better Care Quality and Health Outcomes
  • Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline by Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Adolescents
  • Doing. Failing. Learning. Doing Better: Realities and Reflections on Place-Based Community Health Improvement
  • Funder Strategies to Address High Maternal Mortality Rates: Insights from Texas
  • Health Depends on a Vibrant Democracy: Scaling Up Integrated Voter Engagement in the Midwest
  • Health Equity and the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Living the Values of Equity and Inclusion in the Board Room: Honest Reflections from Our Journey
  • Race, Gender, and Immigration Status: New Frontiers in Health Funding for Latinxs

Quick Takes and Tech Bytes:

2:30 pm–2:50 pm

  • QUICK TAKE: Engaging and Empowering Girls through Active Living
  • TECH BYTE: Technical Solutions: A Platform for Cross-Agency Coordination

3:00 pm–3:20 pm

  • TECH BYTE: Be Heard, Even When You Can't Speak For Yourself
  • QUICK TAKE: Stop Losing Talent to Amazon: Creating Leadership Pathways with Foundation Fellowships


4:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Arts and Cultural Assets for Health
  • Bringing Culture and Strategy Together for Better Outcomes
  • Catalyzing a Movement for Health and Housing
  • Connecting Youth and Law Enforcement: Informed Responses to Trauma and Community Health
  • From Abstract to Actionable: Practicing Authentic Parent and Family Engagement in Children's Health Grantmaking
  • Learning from Each Other: Getting Evaluations of Complex Health Interventions Right
  • Leveraging Funder Collaboratives to Advance Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Policy
  • Moving Substance Use Disorder Treatment into the Health Care Mainstream: Strategies for Funders

Quick Takes and Tech Bytes:

4:00 pm–4:20 pm

  • QUICK TAKE: Introduction to an Innovative Community-First Funder Collaborative Model: San Joaquin Valley Health Fund
  • QUICK TAKE: Veteran's Health Care

4:30 pm–4:50 pm

  • QUICK TAKE: Strengthening Your Philanthropy by Connecting with the 1-in-5 People Who Live with a Disability
  • TECH BYTE: Connecting Health Disparities and Voting through Data Tracking and Visualization


6:00 pm–7:30 pm

A must see on any visitor’s itinerary to Seattle – walk among the amazing colorful glass sculptures both indoors and out while enjoying delicious food and local Seattle wines and beer!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Networking Breakfasts:

8:00 am–9:30 am

  • Children and Families Funder Network Breakfast
  • Film Screening with Dr. Thomas LaVeist: Something About Brownsville
  • Integrative Health Funder Network Breakfast
  • Paths to Universal Coverage
  • New Health Foundations: An Exploration of How Strategic Grantmaking Evolves
  • Oral Health Funder Network Breakfast
  • Population Health Network Breakfast
  • Obesity Prevention: Where Do We Go from Here?

Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy Plenary

10:00 am–11:00 am

  • Awardee: Benet Magnuson, Executive Director of Kansas Appleseed


11:30 am–12:30 pm

  • FORESIGHT: Designing A Future for Health
  • Healing-Centered Approaches to Addressing Youth Violence
  • Health Insurance Enrollment
  • Moving Health Care Upstream: Advancing Cross-Sector Solutions through Capacity Building
  • “Right-Sizing” Health Care in Rural Communities

Quick takes:

11:30 am–11:50 am

  • Adapting Internal Foundation Staffing Practices for Systems Change Work

12:00 pm–12:20 pm

  • The Patient Experience


12:45 pm–2:00 pm

  • Plenary Speaker: Dr. Jerome Adams, the 20th Surgeon General of the United States