Transform Care and Thrive in Risk, Together

From the general session to breakouts, learn from the best of the best as they share their insight, knowledge and solutions in the dynamic world of population health. 
 

Lynn Barr, MPH

Founder and Executive Chairwoman, Caravan Health

Lynn is a recognized leader in the movement to transform and improve our nation’s health care systems. She organized the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium to overcome barriers for rural health providers in innovative payment models. In 2014, she formed Caravan Health to provide turn-key services to providers starting population health programs and alternative payment models. As Caravan Health Founder, Lynn leads the company in bringing better care to patients and helping health care providers achieve financial success. 

Lynn holds a B.S. from Excelsior College and a Master of Public Health from The University of California, Berkeley.

 

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Tim Gronniger

Chief Executive Officer, Caravan Health 

Tim came to Caravan Health after more than a decade in high level federal government health policy positions. He served as Chief of Staff and Director of Delivery System Reform at CMS, where he led the agency’s work on drug spending issues, physician payment, and alternative payment models. Before joining CMS, Tim was a senior adviser for health care policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council. Tim began his federal career on Capitol Hill, first as an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, and then as a senior professional staff member for Ranking Member Henry Waxman at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Tim holds a B.A.  from Harvard University and Masters degrees in Public Policy and Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Anna Loengard, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Caravan Health

Dr. Anna Loengard leads clinical and population health initiatives at Caravan health. She came to Caravan from  Hawaii, where she served first as Chief Medical Officer and then Executive Director of the Queen’s Clinically Integrated Physician Network, Hawaii’s largest statewide CIN. Before moving to Hawaii, she focused on palliative care and home-based primary care for the frailest elderly in the Department of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. In 2007, she founded Successful Caring, a company designed to educate caregivers to better navigate our fractured healthcare system. 

Dr. Loengard holds a  B.A from the University of California, San Diego and an M.D. from Stony Brook University. She trained in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University and completed a geriatrics fellow.ship at the University of Arizona.  
 

 

Jack Newsom, Sc.D

Chief Program Officer, Caravan Health

Dr. Newsom has more than twenty years of experience developing health care solutions. He came to Caravan from CenseoHealth, a firm specializing in risk adjustment programs, where he headed up Analytics & Reporting. Prior to that, Jack built out an analytics team at Silverlink Communications that leveraged demographic, behavioral, and claims-based segmentation models to optimize healthcare communications. Prior to Silverlink, Jack led account strategy at PharMetrics and managed pharmacy data aggregation at Dendrite International (both now part of IMS Health).

Jack holds a MS, MBA, and BA from Dartmouth College and a Doctor of Science from Boston University’s School of Public Health.

Greg Paris

Vice President of Client Success, Caravan Health
 

Greg leads the team responsible for delivering excellent service to Caravan Health ACO members. Greg came to Caravan Health from StuderGroup, the country’s largest health care consulting company, where he served as Executive Coach, Rural Service Line Leader, and National Speaker. Prior to joining StuderGroup, Greg was the CEO of Monroe County Hospital, a nationally recognized hospital in Iowa. He was named the Iowa Hospital Association Executive of the Year in 2007 and is a member of StuderGroup’s Hall of Fame.

Greg holds a B.A. from Iowa State University and a Masters in Health Care Administration from Des Moines University. 

Quint Studer

Founder and CEO, The Studer Group

Quint Studer is a businessman, a visionary, an entrepreneur, a mentor to many, and extremely dedicated to the Northwest Florida community. He has given his life to designing the building blocks for people and organizations that guide them to achieving and sustaining high performance.

Quint and his wife, Rishy, moved to Pensacola in 1996 and have not been afraid to invest in its future. He headquartered Studer Group in our area and Quint has now moved into the role of community volunteer and head of the Studer Community Institute, a nonprofit, research-based entity started in 2014 with the goal of improving the quality of life in the community. SCI’s efforts focus on improving education and economic development through two tracks: Research and advocacy in early childhood education, and leadership training and employee development for small and medium-sized businesses.
 
Quint says he has a human responsibility to act and to do so with a sense of urgency and always connect his actions back to purpose.

Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH

Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Mandy Cohen was appointed to the role of Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in January 2017 by Governor Roy Cooper. Secretary Cohen and her team work tirelessly to improve the health, safety and well-being of all North Carolinians. DHHS has 17,000 employees and an annual budget of $20 billion serving as the home to NC Medicaid, Public Health, Mental Health/IDD/SUD, State Operated Hospitals and Facilities, Economic Services, Adult and Child Services, Early Childhood Education, Employment Services, and Health Services Regulation. Secretary Cohen and her team are focused on building a strong, efficient Medicaid program, improving early childhood health, safety and education and combatting the opioid crisis.

A graduate of Cornell University, she received her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Shil Chawla

Practice Manager, Ajay Chawla, MD

Shilpa Chawla manages a practice of internal medicine and geriatrics in Shelby, Ohio where she provides leadership guiding daily operations and policy implementation through strategic thinking and decision making. She has rich experience in engineering and management while working with large organizations including Raytheon and Comtech Telecommunications where she received a US patent for location based wireless service. She is the chairperson for North central Ohio SCORE, a nonprofit organization that helps small businesses in the community. She became a certified mentor because she enjoys teaching, learning and giving back to the community. In her free time, she likes to travel and spend time with her family.

Her educational background includes a Masters in Engineering from California State University Fullerton and Masters in Business Administration from Ashland University in Ohio.

Danielle Dral, RN

Care Coordinator, McKenzie Health System

Danielle graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration in 2008, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oakland University in 2011. She has worked in a variety of medical settings including acute care, emergency health, home care, outpatient telehealth clinics, and is currently a Care Coordinator at McKenzie Health Systems. She believes that life-long learning and serving those in need, particularly vulnerable populations, are essential to providing compassionate and quality nursing care.

As Care Coordinator, Danielle’s primary focus is to help members of her community achieve their best possible health outcomes. She strives to evaluate each patient in their entirety, considering all of the factors that impact their well-being, to be an advocate for them and to provide them with all the resources available to succeed. Her goals are to bring awareness of disease prevention and health education to her community, and to continue advocating and supporting each patient she meets.
 

Kristy Enger, RN
Population Health Nurse, CCM Health

Kristy Enger is a registered nurse serving as the Population Health Nurse/Care Coordinator at CCM Health in Montevideo, Minnesota.  Kristy passionately serves the local community by providing resources and education to local area providers, clinical staff and community members.  She has served as the Population Health Nurse for the CCM Health ACO Community through its entirety.  Kristy has developed strategies for creating engaged staff around preventive care for the local community.
 
Kristy is dedicated to achieving excellence in providing high quality patient care through her training and experience in motivational interviewing and in the role as a clinical health coach. 
 

Michelle Gagnon, RN

Chronic Care Manager/Coordinator, Helen Newberry Joy

Michelle is an RN, Care Manager/Coordinator at the Gibson Family Health Center located in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Michelle started her career in the home health setting and went on to earn her PN license.  She then started then started the next phase of her career, long term care.  Michelle was a midnight charge nurse while attending RN school full time.  Once she earned her RN license, she worked her way up from floor nurse to Director of Nursing at the long term care facility. 

As she continued to advance her career, Michelle started at the Gibson Family Health Center in January 2019 and has been insuppressible since then.  The Care Management Program has grown and she has had many successes with her clients.
As a grandmother of five, Michelle spends most of her free time with them and enjoying life through their eyes.
 

Heather Geary, RN

Population Health Nurse, Ohio County Healthcare

Heather has been a Population Health Nurse for Ohio County Healthcare since first joining the ACO in 2016. Heather has found her passion in Population Health and has found joy in serving her community and helping others learn how to effectively deliver outstanding care to Ohio County Healthcare’s patients.

Heather has worked for Ohio County Healthcare for 8 years and graduated nursing school in 2015. Heather is proud to be a Population Health Nurse, and hopes to teach others how to implement Value Based Medicine to give patients the best care possible.
 

Melissa Hayse

Wellness Nurse, Ohio County Healthcare
 
Melissa Hayse graduated from Baptist Health College – School of Practical Nursing in 2010 and became an LPN. She is currently enrolled in the LPN-RN program at Western Kentucky University.
Melissa’s success as a Wellness Nurse stems from her background in both Customer Service and Community Outreach.  She developed a strong passion for people after her first trip to Haiti and, upon her return, began working with impoverished families in her community to help give them a better quality of life.

Melissa continues to develop this passion through her involvement with the Ohio County Health Coalition as she works to make fresh fruits and vegetables available to patients in the community.

 

Billi Jo Hennika

Chief Operating Officer, McKenzie Health System

Billi Jo Hennika is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Champion at McKenzie Health System (MHS). Billi Jo began at MHS in 2011 as the Director of Healthcare Practice where she directed six family practice offices. In 2013 she accepted the role as COO.

As ACO Champion Billi Jo focuses on population health management and has a great understanding of the needs of the community as well as the lack of services available. Billi Jo led the practices to obtaining Patient Centered Medical Home status in 2013, developed the Chronic Care Management program in 2014, championed MHS to shared savings within the ACO in 2017, led the organization in implementing a nursing services program at the Sanilac County Correctional Facility in 2018.

MHS has obtained the following under the leadership of Billi Jo; First Critical Access Hospital in Michigan to be fully accredited Level IV Trauma facility (2017), be certified as a “Stroke Ready” facility by HFAP (Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program) (2018), and Level lll Geriatric Emergency Department Accredited (2019).
 
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