Data! Fostering Health Innovation in Kentucky and Ohio 2015

Erlanger, Kentucky
Thursday, October 29, 2015


Niall Brennan, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Niall Brennan, Chief Data Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will discuss the data transparency, innovation and open data efforts launched by CMS.

Naomi Cytron, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Naomi Cytron is a Senior Research Associate in the Community Development department at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Much of her research has focused on neighborhood change and regional equity, and she has authored numerous reports and articles on topics ranging from concentrated poverty to transit-oriented development. She was the senior editor of What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities, a volume of essays published in 2014 by the San Francisco Fed and the Urban Institute ( Prior to joining the Fed, Naomi worked as a consultant on affordable housing finance and managed a fair housing testing program. Naomi has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Macalester College.


Ryan Adcock, Cradle Cincinnati

Ryan Adcock is the Executive Director of Cradle Cincinnati. Cradle Cincinnati was formed in 2013 as collaboration between health and civic leaders working to reduce infant mortality in Hamilton County. In 2014, the collaborative was successful in cutting sleep-related infant deaths in Hamilton County by more than half. Prior to this role, Ryan spent seven years as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Mayor Mark Mallory where he served as the city's chief liaison to the federal government and the State of Ohio. He has a Master’s in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University.

Katie Bachmeyer, Starfire 

Katie lives in Madisonville with her husband, 1-year old daughter, rambunctious blue tick heeler, and best neighbors in the city. She collects stories and outcomes for Starfire, a non-profit intent on building better lives alongside people with developmental disabilities and their families. Before Starfire, she received undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Video Production from the University of North Carolina in Asheville. She swore she'd never return to Cincinnati, so went on to live and work in Alaska, Seattle, South Korea, and Macedonia, until the inevitable. Now back in Cincinnati, her work at Starfire has shown her what her life's work is really meant to be, and what truly being loved and accepted "as-is" can do to change every single one of our lives.

Michelle Budzek, The Partnership Center, Ltd.

Michelle Budzek is the President of The Partnership Center, Ltd. Her life’s work has been around improving the lives of homeless and low income persons. In her journey she has:  been both a community and parish organizer; developed and managed a large non-profit agency and shelter for homeless families; developed low-income housing; designed and facilitated the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Continuum of Care (CoC) for the Homeless process and grant funding; and provided program design services to community agencies. She is a national HUD HMIS Technical Assistance provider which currently includes managing the National HMIS Data Lab, developing Annual Performance Reporting and System Wide Measurement, authoring or assisting with the development of many on-line Guidebooks and tools for HUD. She has provided technical assistance for all of the federal partners in their process of working together and implementing HMIS.

Eric Friedlander, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Eric Friedlander was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in 2010 by Governor Steve Beshear. A state government employee since 1985, Deputy Secretary Friedlander has spent his entire public service career working for agencies within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The majority of his work with the Cabinet has been in the area of Health Services - from the Office of the Inspector General to the Office Family Resource and Youth Services Centers. Friedlander was appointed as the Executive Director of the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs by three different governors. In his role as the Commission Director, he oversaw a wide variety of health services for children with complex medical needs. One of the Cabinet’s most high-profile agencies is kynect, Kentucky’s state-based health benefit exchange, which has achieved tremendous success and received widespread national recognition for its full participation and successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Through Medicaid expansion and kynect more than 413,000 Kentuckians were newly insured from October 1, 2013 through April 15, 2014. During his tenure, Friedlander has been responsible for the oversight of the budgets, contracts, regulations and legislation, as well as serving as an adviser on a variety of public policy issues. Friedlander was also integral to the transition from a fee-for-service model to managed care for the majority of Kentucky’s Medicaid population, which has saved taxpayer dollars and improved member health outcomes. A native of Louisville, Friedlander is a graduate of Brown High School and Antioch University, where he earned a degree in Economics. 

Robert Kahn, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Robert Kahn, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Chair for Community Health at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he helps direct the hospital’s population health work.  Dr. Kahn's interests lie at the intersection of poverty and child health, seeking to understand what leads to worse health among poor children and where we might intervene most effectively.  His research focuses on the most common pediatric conditions such as asthma and prematurity, through both a clinical and population health lens. His work includes both NIH-funded research and efforts to build collaborations with critical community agencies.  Dr. Kahn completed residency and fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Boston. He obtained a Masters in Public Health at Harvard.

A. Scott Lockard, Clark County Health Department and Kentucky Health Departments Assoc.

A. Scott Lockard is the Public Health Director for the Clark County Health Department and President of the Kentucky Health Departments Association. He has over 25 years’ experience in public health. He is an internationally certified early childhood development trainer and consultant for Great Kids, Inc. He has served as part time faculty in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University. He is a 2006 graduate of the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute and a 2011 graduate of the National Public Health Leadership Institute. He was the 2010 recipient of the KHDA Trailblazer Award recognizing extraordinary accomplishments of a public health director who had served in that role 5 or fewer years and the 2014 recipient of the KHDA Outstanding Public Health Director of the Year.

Glen P. Mays, University of Kentucky

Glen P. Mays serves as the Scutchfield Endowed Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Dr. Mays’ research centers on strategies for organizing and financing prevention, public health and population health management initiatives, with a special focus on estimating the health and economic effects of these efforts. He directs the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is the founding director of the National Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRN) Program, and serves as associate director of the Center for Health Services Research at UK. He leads studies on topics that include prevention and public health delivery, health insurance design, provider payment methods, care coordination and telemedicine, and community-based care systems. He serves on the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) standing study section on health care research and training, and has chaired federal scientific advisory committees devoted to prevention and preparedness research. Mays earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Brown University, earned M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees in health policy and administration from UNC-Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health economics at Harvard Medical School.

Theresa Reno-Weber, Louisville Metro Government 

As the first Chief of Performance & Technology for Louisville Metro Government, Theresa oversees the Office of Performance Improvement (OPI), Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and the Department of Human Resources (HR); coordinating the people, processes and technology required to improve the way government works. Along with a talented team of professionals, Theresa launched and continues to manage Louisville’s internationally-recognized OPI Team and LouieStat program. She has spoken both internationally and nationally on the subjects of performance management, data-driven decision making, and culture change and co-authored a chapter in the book Beyond Transparency. A former Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard, Theresa earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and previously worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. She is a current Moneyball for Government Fellow, is part of Living Cities City Accelerator and Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities inaugural cohorts and serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and the International Association of Internal Management Consultants (AIMC). Theresa lives in the Highlands with her husband and 3 children.

Michael Topmiller, HealthLandscape

Michael Topmiller, Health GIS Research Specialist at HealthLandscape, has expertise in GIS, mixed-methods research, and population health. Dr. Topmiller’s diverse background includes experience conducting fieldwork, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and working as a GIS specialist for community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects in Mexico, North Carolina, and Northern Kentucky. Current research interests include health disparities, immigrant health, social determinants, and participatory GIS. Dr. Topmiller received his PhD in Geography from the University of Cincinnati, a MA in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University, and BAs in both Mathematics and Secondary Education from the University of Kentucky.


Contact Information

  • Rachelle Seger

    Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
    Phone: 502-326-2583 
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