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2017 Annual Membership Meeting 

Nov. 1 - 2 at the Westin Indianapolis

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2016 Speaker Lineup

Thursday, Oct. 6​

Hahn Keynote Address: Bennet Omalu, M.D.
​Chief Medical Examiner, San Joaquin County, California and Professor, UC Davis Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Dr. Bennet Omalu's autopsy of former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster in 2002 led to his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Webster had died suddenly and unexpectedly, following years of struggling with cognitive and intellectual impairment, destitution, mood disorders, depression, drug abuse, and suicide attempts. 

Together with colleagues in the Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh, Omalu published his findings in the journal Neurosurgery in 2005 in a paper titled "Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in a National Football League Player." 

Omalu has also discovered CTE in the brains of veterans, publishing the first documented case in a November 2011 article. 

Dr. Omalu is the central character in the book, Concussion (2015), and a film of the same name. The movie's production led to the creation of a foundation named after Omalu to advance CTE and concussion research. 

Today, CTE has become generally accepted and Dr. Omalu’s findings have revolutionized neuroscience, sports medicine and safety, the study of all types of brain trauma, and the entire sports industry.

Sam Quinones
American Journalist

“Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic”

The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma’s campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive - extremely addictive - miracle painkiller.

Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin—cheap, potent, and originating from one small county, Xalisco, Nayarit, on Mexico’s west coast and independent of any drug cartel, assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico.

Quinones will share his story of finding hope in the same Rust Belt river town that led the country into the opiate epidemic – Portsmouth, Ohio, where townspeople are turning away from dependence and toward economic as well as municipal self-reliance, and, with that, recovery.

Larry Sabato
Founder and Director, University of Virginia Center for Politics

“Sabato’s Crystal Ball: 2016 Elections and Implications for Health Care”

A comprehensive website run by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, Larry J. Sabato‘s Crystal Ball features detailed and frequently updated analysis for elections across the country. The Crystal Ball keeps tabs on presidential elections, along with every Senate and gubernatorial race, as well as the tightest campaigns for the House.

The Crystal Ball has been a leader in accurately predicting elections since its inception. In 2004, the Crystal Ball notched a 99 percent accuracy rate in predicting all races for House, Senate, Governor and each state’s Electoral College outcome. 

Friday, Oct. 7     ​

TeKolste Keynote Address: Doc Hendley
Founder, Wine to Water

“Digging for Hope: Turning Wine to Water”

Hendley is the founder and current president of Wine to Water, a 501 (c) (3) aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world. Hendley first envisioned the concept of Wine to Water in 2003 while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Wine to Water has worked in Sudan, India, Cambodia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Peru, South Africa, and Kenya. The organization responded to the 2010 Haiti earthquake by bringing a water purification system to be implemented within disaster areas. By 2014, Wine to Water had implemented sustainable drinking water initiatives in 18 countries for more than 300,000 people.

In May 2009, Hendley was selected as one of the CNN Heroes of the year out of nearly 9,000 submissions. As a small not-for-profit team, Wine to Water believes that ordinary people, in community, can make an extraordinary difference in our world.

Laura Adams
CEO, Rhode Island Quality Institute

“Having Enough Dots to Connect: Broadening Healthcare’s Perspective and Potential”

Few would dispute that the US healthcare system is not performing to its potential. As health care systems transition to new payment models, the greatest opportunity to deliver on the promise may not lie in engaging patients with us, but engaging in the lives of our patients. This presentation will address the need to create a health care system guided by a new definition of health, new ways to tell the truth about performance, and the recognition that the consumer is already in control of their health.

Aaron Carroll, M.D.
Director, Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research Indiana University

“Global Health Care: What Can the US Health Care System Learn From Other Countries?”

As we in the US continue to disagree about how to fix our health care system, many are starting to look globally to see what other systems can teach us about reform. Contrary to what many in the media often portray, there are many, many different kinds of health care systems all over the world. Some do better in terms of quality, some do better in terms of access, and almost all of them do better in terms of costs. There are trade-offs, though, to many of the approaches that other countries take, and merely focusing on one or a few aspects in particular fails to give the full understanding of the complexities involved in comparing other health care systems to our own.

Dr. Carroll, a leading expert on health care policy, will walk audience members through the design of a number of countries' health care systems, explain how they differ from ours in terms of cost, quality, innovation, technology, wait times, coverage, and flexibility. He will explain how many of them made the choices they did, and what that has meant for their past and future. Finally, he will show how adopting some of the ideas behind them, while leading to inevitable tradeoffs, could make the US health care system much more successful.

​Allison Massari
Patient-Centered Care Advocate and Educator

“The Heart and Soul of Patient Care”

Every health care professional has a crucial impact on patient-centered care – including those who do not have direct patient contact. By specifically recognizing the ways that their work is directly tied to a human being, Allison Massari generates a deeper connection to the patient experience for each participant. They learn that their expertise, attentiveness, and kindness improves the health and success of patients, boosts their own sense of well-being, and directly affects the bottom line of their business through patient satisfaction scores and reimbursement.

2016 Presentation Materials (for download)

Dr. Bennet Omalu

Dr. Kendall Stewart - Responding to the Opiate Epidemic

Laura Adams

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