A Year in Review: America’s Fight Against COVID-19

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 committee. Ms. 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

George Diaz, M.D., completed his medical residency and also served as a Chief Medical Resident at at the University of Utah. He has been practicing Infectious Diseases at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett (PRMCE) since completing his training in Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington in 2005. He is currently practicing as a hospital based Infectious Diseases provider. Additionally, he is the Medical Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at PRMCE. He also works for Providence St. Joseph Health as a System Provider Informaticist, which focuses on improving the Infectious Diseases care of patients by improving the electronic medical record. In his free time, he provides service to the Infectious Diseases Society of America as a spokesman, member of the Clinical Affairs Committee.. He also serves as a member of the Epic Infectious Diseases Steering Board (based in Wisconsin). He has an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor at the Washington State University College of Medicine.

Contact: George.Diaz@providence.org

Frederick Isasi, J.D., MPH, was selected to be Families USA’s second-ever Executive Director in January 2017 because of his life-long commitment to achieving high-quality, affordable health care for all. Mr. Isasi frequently testifies in Congress and is a well-known national speaker on Medicaid, state innovation, health system transformation, behavioral health, and the social determinants of health as well as health care quality, payment, and equity issues. Mr. Isasi’s passion for health care reform began when he was growing up in North Carolina as the son of Cuban immigrants. There, he saw firsthand many of the barriers to health care experienced by the poor, people of color, people with language barriers, and rural communities. Before joining Families USA, Mr. Isasi served as the Health Division Director at the bipartisan National Governors Association’s (NGA) Center for Best Practices. Prior to NGA, Mr. Isasi served as Vice President for Health Policy at the Advisory Board Company where he founded its Health Policy Department. Prior to this work, Mr. Isasi served as Senior Legislative Counsel for Health Care on both the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) for former Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), the only Democrat serving on both committees during the creation of the Affordable Care Act. Earlier in his career, Mr. Isasi served as a health care attorney with Powell Goldstein, where he worked closely with states on Medicaid reforms and represented public hospitals; prior to that, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the District of Columbia Primary Care Association. Mr. Isasi holds a JD from Duke University, an M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina, and a B.S. in Cellular Biology and a second major in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin.

Contact: fisasi@familiesusa.org

Julie Rovner is the Chief Washington Correspondent at Kaiser Health News and host of KHN’s “What the Health?” podcast. She joined KHN after 16 years as health policy correspondent for NPR, where she helped lead the network’s coverage of the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. A noted expert on health policy issues, Ms. Rovner is the author of the critically praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z, now in its third edition. In 2005, she was awarded the National Press Foundation’s Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress. Prior to NPR, Ms. Rovner covered health policy for National Journal’s Congress Daily and for Congressional Quarterly, among other organizations.

Contact: jrovner@kff.org

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