COVID-19 Webinar Miniseries Session 2 – At the Front Line: Public Health and Health System Challenges

Adriane Casalotti, MPH, MSW, is the chief of government and public affairs for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), whose mission is to improve the health of communities by strengthening and advocating for local health departments. There she leads the Association’s efforts on policy development, communications, and federal advocacy. Ms. Casalotti joined NACCHO in October 2018 from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where she led the Agency’s work with Congress on a wide range of policy topics and high‐profile issues. Prior to her time at FDA, Ms. Casalotti spent seven years on Capitol Hill, serving as deputy chief of staff, legislative director, and health policy adviser for a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce committeeMs. Casalotti also has experience providing direct services, community outreach, and program planning for community-based non-profits. In addition, she has conducted policy research and advocacy on asset building, housing, public health, and education policy. Ms. Casalotti has been quoted in numerous publications, including the Associated Press, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, and The Atlantic. She received both her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.

Contact: acasalotti@naccho.org

 

Craig Cordola, FACHE, is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Ascension. In this role Mr. Cordola has overall responsibility for the healthcare and business operations of Ascension in support of the Mission. This includes all of Ascension’s Ministry Markets serving communities in 21 states and Washington, D.C., and Ascension Post-Acute Services. He also has responsibility for Ascension subsidiaries Medxcel Facilities Management and the Resource Group, Ascension’s group purchasing organization. Mr. Cordola joined Ascension in September 2017 as the ministry market executive for Ascension Texas. He previously served as Senior Vice President of the Memorial Hermann Health System in southeast Texas as president of its Central/West Region. In this role, he also had executive responsibility for their academic relationship with The University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston.  Prior to serving as a regional president, he worked in various roles throughout Memorial Hermann including chief executive officer of the Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center Campus, chief executive officer of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and, prior to that, served as its assistant vice president of operations. Before joining Memorial Hermann he served at Texas Children’s Hospital, the primary pediatric teaching facility for Baylor College of Medicine, as a director of operations for Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates. In addition to his professional and community commitments, Mr. Cordola is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served as President of the organization’s Southeast Texas Chapter. He graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in psychology and continued his studies at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where he earned dual degrees with a Master of Healthcare Administration and a Master of Business Administration.

Contact: ellen.bubak@ascension.org

 

Sarah J. Dash, MPH, is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. She drives the mission and vision of the Alliance, as well as advances and maintains the reputation of the organization as the leading nonpartisan resource for policymakers and health leaders in an evolving health policy environment. Sarah joined the Alliance in 2014 as the vice president for policy and became president and CEO in May 2017. Sarah has long been an influential force in shaping health policy, having served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill and as a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Sarah holds a master’s degree in public health from the Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and literature from MIT. Sarah also holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.

Contact: sarahdash@allhealthpolicy.org