Health and the Economy Summit

June 9, 2021

The Health and the Economy Summit, a program of the 2021 Signature Series, explored how the health care ecosystem and the health of our nation’s population have become inextricably intertwined with the financial health of our country. Throughout the virtual Summit, keynote speakers and expert panels discussed the economic impact of COVID-19 at the individual, local, state, and federal levels, explored links between workforce productivity, coverage, and population health, and examined short and long-term policy implications and tradeoffs.


Wednesday, June 9, 2021
1:00 p.m. | Health and Wealth: The Path Forward | View recording »
1:30 p.m. | Defining “Essential” in Essential Worker | View recording »
2:30 p.m. | Benefits to Benefit Health | View recording »

Thursday, June 10, 2021
1:00 p.m. | Supporting Small Businesses to Support Health | View recording »
2:00 p.m. | Policymaking Under Pressure | View recording »
3:00 p.m. | Governing to Improve Community Health | View recording »



  • Evan Armstrong, Vice President, Government Affairs, Retail Industry Leaders Association
  • Katherine Baicker, Ph.D., Dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor, The University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy
  • Rhett Buttle, MPP, Founder and Principal, Public Private Strategies
  • Sarah Dash, MPH, President and CEO, Alliance for Health Policy
  • Lisa Dubay, Ph.D., Sc.M., Senior Fellow, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Dan Gorenstein, Executive Producer and Host, Tradeoffs Podcast
  • Suzanne Hultin, Program Director, Employment, Labor, and Retirement Program, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Scott Keefer, J.D., Vice President of Public Affairs Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Katie Mahoney, J.D., MHA, Vice President, Health Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Mark Miller, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Health Care, Arnold Ventures
  • Mike Murphy, MPA, Chief of Staff, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • Khalid Pitts, MPH, Small Business Owner, Cork Wine Bar and Market
  • Brian Rahmer, Ph.D., M.S., Senior Fellow, Well-being and Equity (WE) in the World, University of Delaware, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Hillary Schieve, Mayor City of Reno, Nevada
  • Isabel Soto, Director of Labor Market Policy, American Action Forum
  • Kate Sullivan Hare, MHSA, Vice President of Policy and Communications, Alliance for Health Policy
  • Hemi Tewarson, MPH, J.D., Executive Director, National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
  • Shayla Thompson, Government Affairs Manager, National Employment Law Project
  • Edmond Toy, Ph.D., Senior Economist and Budget Analyst, Colorado Office of State Planning & Budgeting
  • Joel White, President, Council for Affordable Health Coverage
  • Caryn York, Chief Executive Officer, Job Opportunities Task Force

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