Part I Briefing: COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment

Richard Hughes IV, JD, MPH, is managing director and Vaccines and Preventive Services leader at Avalere Health. A nationally recognized public health thought leader, Hughes has led many efforts to expand vaccine access. Prior to joining Avalere, Hughes practiced health law in Washington, DC. In addition to roles at Merck and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, he was a gubernatorial appointee to the Arkansas State Board of Health. Hughes previously held a faculty appointment at The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. He earned his JD from The George Washington University Law School and MPH from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Contact: rhughes@avalere.com

Esther Krofah, MPP, is the executive director of FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute. She has deep experience in the government, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors, where she has led efforts to bring together diverse stakeholder groups to solve critical issues and achieve shared goals that improve the lives of patients. Most recently, Krofah was the director of public policy leading GlaxoSmithKline’s engagement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and relevant Executive Branch agencies on broad health-care policy issues, including leadership in improving vaccinations and care for people living with HIV. Prior to GSK, Krofah served as the deputy director of HHS’ Office of Health Reform, where she led the development of policy positions for significant regulatory priorities, including the health insurance marketplaces. Prior to HHS, Krofah served as a program director at the National Governors Association (NGA) health-care division, working directly with governors’ health policy advisors, state Medicaid directors, and state health commissioners on health insurance, health workforce, and Medicaid coverage issues. Before joining the NGA, Krofah worked in consulting at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where she worked with public sector and commercial clients, including assisting states in developing state-based exchanges. Krofah received a B.A. from Duke University and a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Contact: ekrofah@milkeninstitute.org

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D., serves as the executive director of Healthcare Ready, where she works to meet the most pressing patient needs before, during and after natural disasters, disease outbreaks and catastrophic events. Healthcare Ready coordinates with health and emergency management across the public and private sectors to ensure communities are prepared and able to bounce back following disasters. Prior to joining Healthcare Ready, Nicolette was the Senior Advisor to the State Department’s Special Coordinator for Ebola during the height of the Ebola Epidemic of 2014. In this role, she helped coordinate international response efforts. Nicolette currently serves as the Public Health Representative on FEMA’s National Advisory Council and as a Commissioner on the Baltimore City Sustainability Commission. Additionally, she serves as a co-Chair of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HPHSCC), leading on supply chain issues. In this role she also manages the Medical Materials Coordination Group within the HPHSCC. Nicolette holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Contact: nlouissaint@healthcareready.org

Reed Tuckson, M.D., is the managing director of Tuckson Health Connections, a health and medical care consulting business that brings people and ideas together to promote optimal health outcomes. Previously, he enjoyed a long tenure as executive vice president and chief of medical affairs for UnitedHealth Group. Prior to that, Dr. Tuckson’s career includes leadership positions as senior vice president for Professional Standards of the American Medical Association (AMA); President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles; senior vice president for Programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; and the Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia. 

Contact: drreed@tucksonhealthconnections.com