Healthcare Collaborative Speakers

Healthcare Policy and Economics in 2022: Readiness for Your Association and Members

February 15, 2022,
8:30–11:30 a.m.
Location: Virtual
CAE Credit Hours: 3.0

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One time only to members and non-members $49 until February 8. Non-members use code HCC2022 to take advantage. 

Pricing for February 9–February 14:
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About the Speakers

Laurie McGraw

Laurie McGraw
Senior Vice President, Health Solutions, and President, AMA Innovations

C-level trend-shaper at the intersection of technology and healthcare, Laurie McGraw leads executives, investors, founders , and Boards in propelling the future of healthcare through innovation across the sector. Laurie currently leads the American Medical Association (AMA) in simultaneous roles. As Senior Vice President of Health Solutions, she drives the unit that provides AMA’s data solutions used for innovation and standard-setting across the entire healthcare industry. As the leader of the AMA’s innovation arm, she convenes leaders from Silicon Valley and across the nation to foster cross-industry innovation that will drive the future of medicine and improve the health of the nation.   

Recently appointed as Executive Advisor to HLM Venture Partners, tapped to evaluate, advise and recommend growth and investment strategies for the firm’s portfolio companies. In tandem with her leadership at the AMA, McGraw has served on numerous advisory committees and advisory/board roles. She was named one of Crain’s Notable Women Executives for 2020 and to the Forbes Technology Council in 2021. A longtime advocate for women, she launched and hosts the Inspiring Women with Laurie McGraw podcast to provide insights for women seeking to make a positive impact in the world. McGraw is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned an Sc.B. in cognitive science. She is also a passionate outdoor enthusiast who served on the Yellowstone Park Foundation’s Advisory Board for many years. She currently resides in Colorado.  

Michelle Hood

Michelle Hood

Executive Vice President and COO, American Hospital Association

Michelle Hood is the Executive Vice President and COO of the American Hospital Association.  Hood joined the AHA in 2020 and has previously served on the AHA’s Board of Trustees, its Executive Committee, and chaired the board’s Operations Committee.

Throughout her career, Hood has held positions at academic, national faith-based, and rural health care systems. She came to Northern Light Health (formerly Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems) in April 2006 from Billings, Mont., where she was president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Montana Region, as well as president and CEO of its flagship hospital, St. Vincent Healthcare. Hood served on the boards of three state hospital associations and chaired two of those organizations.
She is on several community and national boards, including serving as past chair of both the University of Maine System Board of Trustees and the Vizient New England Board. Hood received a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and a Master of Health Care Administration from Georgia State University.

Paul Keckley

Paul Keckley

Editor, The Keckley Report

Paul H. Keckley is Managing Editor of The Keckley Report, a healthcare policy analyst and widely known industry expert.

He is a frequent speaker and advisor to healthcare organizations focused on long-term growth, sustainability, and advocacy strategies. In addition to The Keckley Report, he has published three books and 250 articles. During the period preceding the passage of the Affordable Care Act, he facilitated sessions between the White House Office of Health Reform and major industry trade groups as private sector input was sought in the legislation.

He is an advisor to Erdman, Sullivan Cotter, Lumeris, Western Governors University, and the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. He is a member of the Health Executive Network and Healthcare Financial Management Association. Previously her served as Managing Director of the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis, Executive Director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Chief Executive Officer of PhyCor Management, and Managing Partner of The Keckley Group; a healthcare research and policy analysis firm.

He completed his B.A at Lipscomb University, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University, and a fellowship in economic policy at Oxford University.

Linda Caradine-Poinsett

Linda Caradine-Poinsett

CEO, American College of Prosthodontists

Dr. Linda Caradine-Poinsett is the Chief Executive Officer for the American College of Prosthodontists and ACP Education Foundation. Previously, Linda served as Executive Director of several well-respected organizations in the dental, legal, and medical industries. 

Linda has extensive experience in strategy and financial analysis, leadership development, organizational alignment and refocusing, strategic planning, fundraising, and strategic partnership development. 


Stephanie Mercado

Stephanie Mercado

CEO, National Association for Healthcare Quality

A 20-year healthcare industry veteran, NAHQ CEO and Executive Director Stephanie Mercado has dedicated her career to elevating healthcare professions and advancing workforce performance to achieve better health outcomes. She is driven by a passion to improve healthcare the conviction that reducing variability in healthcare quality competencies will reduce variability in care delivery. She believes that the workforce is the biggest leaver to impact quality and leads with a desire to leverage human potential to improve healthcare. At NAHQ, Mercado led the development of the industry-standard Healthcare Quality Competency Framework, comprising eight domains, 29 competencies, and 486 specific skill statements. This Framework solves a longstanding challenge: the reality that healthcare quality competencies, though vital to industry success, were developed locally, and independently, without the benefit of a defined standard of excellence. At NAHQ Mercado also led the development of the first and only database in the world that tracks workforce performance related to these competencies, identifying strengths and growth areas for the profession and the national and local levels. This database is fueling never-before-seen insights and will drive improvement for the profession for years to come.  Mercado has served on the Institute for Healthcare (IHI) Improvement's National Steering Committee for Patient Safety and the Association Forum Healthcare Collaborative Steering Committee. She is a board member of the Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), among other appointments. She speaks nationally about strategies to drive quality and performance improvement in healthcare sharing the good news about competency development: if there is a will, there is a way.

Marvin Lindsey

Marvin Lindsey

CEO, Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois

Marvin is the CEO of a statewide behavioral health association in Illinois. Marvin provides leadership, guidance, and advocacy for member agencies in the design and building of an effective community behavioral health system throughout Illinois. He is also an executive for a limited liability company of behavioral health providers, ProviderCo, created to act as preferred providers for behavioral health services to Medicaid beneficiaries for third-party payors across the State of Illinois.

In his work capacity, Marvin recently served on the Illinois Medicaid Advisory Committee and the Illinois Behavioral Health Workforce Taskforce. He currently serves on the Illinois Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependency, Governor’s Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee, and several other state workgroups and committees.

Prior to joining CBHA, Marvin worked as an adult and adolescent behavioral health clinician and as a social science researcher, as a research assistant and senior research assistant with Harvard University, TASC, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He serves on the Community Advisory Committee of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Urban Health Program; committee member of the DePaul University’s Men of Color Program and also serves as the co-chair of the UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work’s Dean Advisory Committee and facilitates the university’s We Are Men Program that recruits and supports African American male MSW graduate students. Marvin also serves on the Centene Health Equity and Wellness Council that advises the national health plan on equity issues.

Marvin is a graduate and scholar of the American Society of Association Executive’s Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP). 

Marvin attended Loyola Academy, received his bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and his master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work.

Marvin has received awards for community service and leadership and was the 2019 commencement speaker at the UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work graduation ceremony.

Register Now

Take advantage of special pricing!
One time only to members and non-members $49 until February 8. Non-members use code HCC2022 to take advantage. 

Pricing for February 9–14:
Members: $49 / Non-Members: $69
About the Healthcare Collaborative

Chicago represents the largest geographic concentration of healthcare professional organizations in the United States. Chicago is also home to many of this nation's premier universities, hospitals, payers, patient organizations, innovators, and think tanks. With this critical mass, we have the opportunity to convene our healthcare community, help transcend industry segments, and facilitate collaborative solutions to the pressing challenges we all face.


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