Stephen Parodi, M.D., is executive vice president of External Affairs, Communications, and Brand at The Permanente Federation, and is also an associate executive director for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG). As an executive vice president on the Federation’s National Permanente Leadership Team, Dr. Parodi has oversight over the Federation’s external affairs functions, which include government relations, public policy, communications, and brand strategy. He serves as chairman of the board of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP) and also helps to oversee Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health in Washington, D.C. At TPMG, Dr. Parodi’s areas of responsibility include patient safety, the care of complex patients, laboratory medicine, risk management, transgender health, nephrology, renal transplant services, and infectious disease. He also serves as a liaison for Kaiser Permanente’s engagement in local and international health care delivery initiatives. He has held several leadership roles including the chief of Infectious Disease and HIV Care director for the Napa Solano Service Area, chair of Infectious Disease for TPMG, chair of the Northern California Regional Infection Control Committee, chair of the KP HealthConnect Governance Committee, and regional medical director of Hospital Operations. Dr. Parodi practices as an infectious disease physician providing inpatient and outpatient consultation, HIV care, and travel medicine services. He has a special interest in the treatment and prevention of infections due to multidrug resistant organisms and hospital epidemiology. He led clinical projects related to the reduction of health care-acquired infections, antimicrobial stewardship, reduction in dialysis-related infections, and regional outbreak responses. His work in hospital operations has included programs such as enhanced recovery after surgery, patient blood management, observation medicine, and bedside multidisciplinary rounding. Dr. Parodi received his medical degree from Georgetown University, completed his internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and an infectious disease fellowship at the UCLA Affiliated Program in Infectious Disease. He is a fellow in the Infectious Disease Society of America and serves as a delegate to the California Medical Association for the Very Large Group Forum. He has served on Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America committees related to public policy, government affairs, and antimicrobial stewardship. He actively collaborates with the California Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control on public health matters.
Patricia (Polly) Pittman, Ph.D., is the Fitzhugh Mullan Professor of Health Workforce Equity at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University. As director of the Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, Professor Pittman built an extensive research enterprise focusing on policies that enable the health workforce to better address health equity, including protection of labor rights of health workers. Her current portfolio includes directing two HRSA-supported Health Workforce Research Centers, as well as several foundation supported grants. Trained in medical anthropology and public health, she works with interdisciplinary teams in mixed methods designs. She has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and has served as PI on over 40 research grants relating to health workforce policy. These most recently include a background paper commissioned by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) for the new National Academies of Medicine Committee on Nursing 2020-2030. She teaches Advanced Health Policy Analysis and Health Workforce Policy.
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.
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