Entrepreneurial leaders from across the US are mobilized to improve US health care

Washington, DC, July 12, 2016 –– The Aspen Institute today named the second class of its Health Innovators Fellowship —21 health care leaders who will participate in a two-year Fellowship designed to strengthen the leadership of innovators across the US health care ecosystem and challenge them to create new approaches that will improve the health and well-being of all Americans.

The Fellows come from all parts of the country and hail from a wide variety of health care industries and sectors—including medicine, pharmaceuticals, public health, biotechnology, insurance, mental health, government, venture capital, genomics, and more.

“I am delighted to welcome this talented and inspiring group of health care leaders with a track record of accomplishments and the potential for even greater contributions in the future,” said Rima Cohen, managing director of the Health Innovators Fellowship. “The Fellows bring a diverse set of life experiences and skills to their work; we’re thrilled to be able to give them a platform from which they can harness their energy and expertise to tackle our nation’s most pressing health care challenges.”

The Aspen Institute launched the Fellowship in 2015 in partnership with the Greenville Health System, South Carolina’s largest not-for-profit healthcare system and an advocate for healthy living initiatives across the state.

“The Health Innovators Fellowship challenges leaders to create meaningful change in health care,” said Michael C. Riordan, president and CEO of Greenville Health System. “As an academic health center with a vision to transform healthcare, we are excited to partner with the Aspen Institute and witness the power of the Fellows’ collective ability to innovate care.”

The Health Innovator Fellows will spend four weeks over the course of two years exploring their leadership, core values, desired legacies, and their vision for the health care system. Each Fellow commits to launching a leadership venture that will stretch and challenge them and have a positive impact on health care in the U.S. The Health Innovator Fellows join more than 2,200 other entrepreneurial leaders from 49 countries to become members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).

The members of the second class of Health Innovator Fellows are:

Photos and bios are available at: http://agln.aspeninstitute.org/fellowships/healthinnovators

Sonia Angell, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY

Piraye Beim, Founder and CEO, Celmatix, New York, NY

Cybele Bjorklund, Head of Policy, Sanofi, Washington, DC

Dipal Doshi, Chief Business Officer, Amicus Therapeutics, Inc., Princeton, NJ

Amy Duross, Managing Director, GE Ventures, Healthcare Incubations, Menlo Park, CA

Wayne Franklin, Director and Founder, Texas Adult Congenital Heart Program, Texas Children’s Hospital Heart Center, Houston, TX

Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

Michael Howell, Chief Quality Officer, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL

David Hutchings, Vice President of Therapy, Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care, Spring Hill, TN

Sachin Jain, CEO, CareMore, Los Angeles, CA

Anthony Johnson, President and CEO, Empire Genomics, LLC, Buffalo, NY

Megan Jones Bell, Chief Science Officer, Founding Executive Team, Lantern; Consulting Assistant Professor, Stanford University; Palo Alto, CA

Catherine Kenworthy, President and CEO, Interactive Health, Chicago, IL

Margaret Lapiz, Executive Vice President, the Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA

Stacy Lindau, Associate Professor, University of Chicago; Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, NowPow, LLC; Chicago, IL

Rupal Patel, Founder and President, VocaliD, Inc., Boston, MA

Wizdom Powell, Associate Professor of Health Behavior, University of North Carolina, Gillings School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC

Ricardo Rivera-Cardona, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration, San Juan, Puerto Rico

David Roberts, Dean for External Education, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Kyle Rolfing, Founder and President, Bright Health, Minneapolis, MN

Elsie Taveras, Chief, General Academic Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Boston, MA

The Health Innovators Fellowship Program was created in 2015 to strengthen the leadership of innovators across the US health care ecosystem and to connect, inspire, and challenge them to create new approaches that will improve the health and well-being of all Americans. This two-year program is modeled on both the highly successful Henry Crown Fellowship and the Liberty Fellowship, using the time-tested method of text-based dialogue and building upon the Aspen Institute’s commitment to values-based, action-oriented leadership. The Aspen Institute controls the content of the Fellowship and the selection of the Fellows.

Greenville Health System, South Carolina’s largest not-for-profit healthcare system, is a public academic healthcare delivery system committed to medical excellence through clinical care, education and research. Its mission is to heal compassionately, teach innovatively, and improve constantly. https://www.ghs.org/

The Aspen Global Leadership Network is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector—currently, more than 2,200 Fellows from 49 countries—who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their creativity, energy and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. All share the experience of participating in the Henry Crown Fellowship or one of the dozen Aspen Institute leadership initiatives it has inspired in the United States, Africa, Central America, India, the Middle East and China. www.aspeninstitute.org/leadership

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.


Contact: Rima Cohen
Managing Director
Health Innovators Fellowship
(202) 736-3555

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