Signature Series Programming

Our Signature Series programming has pushed the conversation forward by critically examining major issues that have challenged leaders and policymakers in health care for decades.


The Alliance for Health Policy’s annual Signature Series is an opportunity to tackle the toughest health policy issues through engaging bipartisan and cross-sector discussions. The Series has pushed the conversation forward by critically examining major issues that have challenged leaders and policymakers in health care for decades. The Series invites speakers and audiences from across the ideological spectrum to attend these nonpartisan forums.

The Signature Series is composed of several in-person and virtual events spanning the course of the year and is divided into two distinct parts based upon theme. To inform the development of these themes, the Alliance leverages our extensive network of experts and leaders to gather the best and brightest minds from across the health care industry. We challenge them to examine current barriers, highlight promising opportunities, and curate new ideas and approaches to tackle these topics. The resulting events take a unique look at intractable and emerging issues.


Each part of the Signature Series consists of three events:

  1. Thought Leader Discussion: An exclusive, invitation-only discussion designed to foster dialogue among experts, stakeholders, and academics.
  2. Summit: A public event consisting of expert panels and keynote addresses to examine cutting edge thinking and best practices.
  3. Briefing: A congressional briefing addressing the “how-to” and policy implications of the relevant theme.

In addition to these events, the Alliance team engages in an intense and iterative process to reach out to frontline experts, academics, and stakeholders via focus group sessions, office hours, and other facilitated discussions. Throughout this year of exploration, we also discover how the two themes intersect with each other and seek to build upon the knowledge learned in each event by weaving lessons into future Series discussions.

2021 Signature Series

Part I: Health and the Economy

The health care ecosystem and the health of our population have become inextricably intertwined with the financial health of our country. Through this theme, we explored the economic impact of COVID-19 at the individual, local, state, and federal levels, explore links between workforce productivity, coverage, and population health, as well as examined short and long-term policy implications and tradeoffs.

Part I Events

  • Thought Leader Discussion (Invitation Only) | April 7, 2021
  • Summit | June 9-10, 2021
  • Briefing | August 19, 2021

Part II: Health Equity

In 2020, COVID-19 both exacerbated and spotlighted longstanding inequities that lead to radically different health outcomes based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, and disability, among other factors. Amidst heightened attention to these inequities from across the health policy spectrum, this theme sought to better understand the complex and interrelated drivers of health disparities, explored actionable lessons learned, and examined policy options to advance health equity and improve health outcomes.

Part II Events

  • Thought Leader Discussion (Invitation Only) | July 15, 2021
  • Summit | September 15-16, 2021
  • Briefing | October 15, 2021

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