Better Health through Data: Opportunities and Limitations of Health Data

Samantha Artiga serves as Vice President and Director of the Racial Equity and Health Policy Program at KFF. In this role, Ms. Artiga leads KFF’s work to provide timely and reliable data, information, and policy analysis on health and health care disparities affecting people of color and underserved groups and efforts to advance racial equity in health and health care. Her work focuses on the intersection of racism and discrimination, social and economic inequities, and health. She also has conducted extensive work related to the health and health care needs of low-income populations and immigrant families and previously served as Associate Director of KFF’s Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Ms. Artiga holds a master’s degree in health policy from the George Washington University.

Contact: samanthaa@kff.org

Niall Brennan, MPP, as Chief Analytics and Privacy Officer at Clarify Health, leads the company’s analytics and informatics strategy. He also leads the Clarify Health Institute, which leverages Clarify’s data assets to provide thought leadership and establishes research partnerships with academics and policymakers across the industry. Mr. Brennan is a seasoned executive with deep knowledge of data, analytics, and the healthcare industry. Prior to Clarify, he was President and CEO of the Health Care Cost Institute, where he oversaw HCCI’s overall research agenda, highlighting trends in U.S. health care spending and the factors behind those trends. Niall served as the Chief Data Officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, where he led the Obama administration’s health care transparency efforts, built an advanced analytics enterprise, and played a key role in implementing numerous Affordable Care Act provisions, including the Qualified Entity Program and the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. Prior to CMS, Niall held senior roles at a variety of leading Washington DC health policy organizations, including the Brookings Institution, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Urban Institute. Niall received his MPP from Georgetown University and his BA from University College Dublin, Ireland.

niall@clarifyhealth.com

Elizabeth Lukanen, MPH, serves as the Deputy Director of State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), a health policy research at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Ms. Lukanen has 20 years of experience in health policy and specializes in translating complex research findings into actionable, policy-relevant information. Ms. Lukanen currently oversees SHADAC’s technical assistance to states in the areas of data use, analysis, and evaluation. In this capacity, she manages SHADAC’s work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) State Health & Value Strategies (SHVS) project, providing technical assistance to state policymakers and Medicaid agencies on topics such as Medicaid policy, health equity, multi-payer delivery system and payment reform, quality measurement, coverage and access expansions, health insurance exchanges, and population health. She also serves as the principal investigator on a project that provides on-demand data analysis and statistical modeling to inform Medicaid policy for the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) using a wide variety of federal surveys. In these roles, she is vocal about the importance of collecting and reporting disaggregated data to explore issues of health equity, while actively working with policymakers to improve data on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Before joining SHADAC, Ms. Lukanen served as a Senior Research Economist at the Minnesota Department of Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from McGill University and a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University.

Contact: elukanen@umn.edu

Irene Dankwa-Mullan, M.D., MPH, is a nationally recognized industry physician and scientist, thought leader, health equity scholar, and author with over 20 years of diverse local-regional, national, and global leadership experience in primary care, healthcare systems, businesses, and the community. She is Chief Health Equity Officer and Deputy Chief Health Officer at Merative formerly IBM Watson Health. IBM created the IBM Watson Health unit, bringing together technologies, data and analytics, that would ultimately make up Merative. While at IBM, she was a member of the IBM Industry Academy, a selected community of pre-eminent leaders to drive innovation and engage in cutting-edge work for the industry. She was also formerly Director, Office of Research Innovation and Program Coordination, and then Deputy Director for extramural scientific programs at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIH.  While at the NIH, she was an active member on many key strategic boards and committees, including many that were cross-sectoral and transdisciplinary promoting health equity and health in all policies. Dr. Dankwa-Mullan helped launched the transformational research agenda at the NIH to advance the science of health disparities research in a deliberate and inclusive engagement process involving the NIH, community partners and the broader scientific community. She is the lead scientific editor of the first authoritative resource textbook ‘The Science of Health Disparities Research’ designed to help researchers and the community identify relevant questions, design approaches, and conduct studies to advance the discipline. She currently co-chairs the Patient-centered Primary Care Coalition project
to translate primary care research and evidence into action for the community of primary care clinicians, researchers, payers, and policymakers. She also serves on various advisory committees to promote public health, health equity, as well as measures impacting health disparities. She has published widely on health disparities, evaluation of AI and machine learning technologies, including on the integration of health equity, ethical AI and social justice principles into the AI-ML development lifecycle.

Contact: idankwa@merative.com

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