Third Annual Jim Jontz Lecture | Health Care: The State Perspective

The Third Annual Jim Jontz Lecture

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

12 noon – 1:30 pm

1540 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

The Panel


Welcoming Remarks:   Cheryl C. Kagan, ADA Education Fund Executive Director


Moderated by:   Michael J. Wilson, ADA Education Fund Secretary


Karen Davis

One of the nation’s leading health economists, Karen Davis, Ph.D., is president of The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropic entity engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues.  Among the long list of distinguished positions in her career have been Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Deputy Assistant Secretary of health policy in the Carter Administration.


Hon. Heather Mizeur

Heather R. Mizeur has represented the 20th district (Montgomery County) of Maryland in the House of Delegates since 2007. Prior to her election, Heather served as MA Senator John Kerry’s Domestic Policy Director and was significant to his health care reform agenda during the 2004 presidential campaign. In Annapolis, she has sponsored and won passage of a number of bills to improve access to health coverage, including the Family Coverage Expansion Act (2007), Kids First Act (2008), and Family Planning Works Act (2011). In 2009, the Obama Administration tapped Heather to serve on the State Legislators for Health Reform Task Force, a select group of legislators advising the White House on best practices, policies, and priorities critical to federal health reform.


Tara Straw

Tara Straw is HCAN’s Legislative and Policy Director. In this role, she develops legislative strategy to protect, promote, and improve the Affordable Care Act; leads HCAN’s response to regulations that implement the law; and works with HCAN partners in Washington, DC and in the states. In 2009, Ms. Straw served as Deputy Legislative and Policy Director and was HCAN’s lead Senate lobbyist. Prior to HCAN, Ms. Straw was the head lobbyist for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She also worked on federal and state legislation at the March of Dimes and as a health policy analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures. She received a Masters of Public Policy at American University in Washington, DC, where she also received her undergraduate degree.


Special thanks to the ADA Ed Fund Sponsors and Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and her staff for their leadership and support for this event.

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The ADA Education Fund is an independent, charitable entity that focuses on increasing public awareness through education and community organizing that builds capacity for change. The Ed Fund produces periodic policy briefs, hosts progressive speakers on a range of issues, sponsors advocacy and research fellowships, and works to expand civic participation through community organizing around economic and social justice issues.