The Role of the Health Care Workforce in Delivery System Reform

Blair Childs is senior vice president of public affairs for Premier Inc. Blair Childs is the primary spokesperson and communications strategist for Premier on key issues impacting healthcare cost and quality. He serves as liaison to the U.S. Congress, White House, healthcare policymakers, and other major bodies involved in healthcare policy and regulation. Based in Washington D.C., Childs leads Premier’s Advocacy, Communications, Safety, and Thought Leadership units and serves on the company’s Executive Team. Prior to coming to Premier, Childs was Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning and Implementation for AdvaMed, the Advanced Medical Technology Association. Childs has held senior management positions in professional, trade, and advocacy associations and a Fortune 50 company. Childs has been at the center of policy issues in Washington, D.C. for more than two decades, playing a leading role on issues impacting medical devices, pharmaceuticals, insurers, and hospitals. He has been responsible for organizing and leading public policy advocacy programs at the state and national levels on some of the nation’s most visible and complex issues over the last two decades, including tort, Medicare, and healthcare reform. He is a respected and well-recognized expert on health policy and advocacy, and has appeared on all the major television networks as well as been quoted in most national publications.

Tim Dall is head of Life Sciences Consulting at IHS Markit, based in Washington DC, is a health economist with over 20 years’ experience conducting research and policy analysis in the areas of health economics, disease cost and prevention, and health workforce modeling. Mr. Dall and his team have been developing a microsimulation computer model that is used to model current and future supply and demand for health care services and providers. His work supports strategic planning and advocacy work for governments, associations and health systems. Mr. Dall earned his Master of Science in Labor Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US, and his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Utah State University, Logan, Utah, US.

Cheryl Phillips is the President and CEO of the Special Needs Plans Alliance, a national leadership association for special needs and Medicare-Medicaid plans serving vulnerable adults.  Prior to this she was the Senior VP for Public Policy and Health Services at LeadingAge. She has also served as the Chief Medical Officer of On Lok Lifeways, the originator of the PACE (Program of All-Inclusive care for the Elderly) model based in San Francisco, CA, and the Medical Director for Senior Services and Chronic Disease Management, for the Sutter Health System, a network of doctors, hospitals and other health providers in Northern California. As a fellowship-trained geriatrician her clinical practice focused on nursing homes and the long-term care continuum. While at Sutter Health, she developed and led a care coordination program for high-risk seniors enrolled in the Medicare Advantage plan. Dr. Phillips is a past president of the American Geriatrics Society, the organization representing health care professionals committed to improving the health of America’s seniors; and is also a past president of the American Medical Directors Association, the physician organization for long-term care. She continues to serve on multiple technical advisory groups for chronic care, nursing home quality and home and community-based services and has provided multiple testimonies to the U.S. Congress. She is a frequent speaker to boards of directors for aging service providers, state and national meetings. She served as a primary care health policy fellow under Secretary Tommy Thompson, and was appointed by the Governor as a California Commissioner on Aging and appointed to the Olmstead Advisory Committee for California.  Dr. Phillips is on the Board of Directors of the SCAN Foundation. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from University of the Pacific and her medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Robert Phillips is a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he was a varsity swimmer and student government president. After graduation from the University of Florida College of Medicine with honors for special distinction, he completed training in family medicine at the University of Missouri in 1998, followed by a two-year fellowship in health services research and public health. After fellowship, Dr. Phillips became assistant director of the Robert Graham Center, Washington DC, and from 2004-2012, he served as its Director. In 2012, he moved to the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) as Vice President for Research and Policy where he leads the launch of a national clinical registry and population health tools. Dr. Phillips currently practices part-time in a community-based residency program in Fairfax, VA, and is Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University and Virginia Commonwealth University. He served on the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education and as president of the National Residency Matching Program. From 2006-10, he was vice chair of the US Council on Graduate Medical Education, and he currently serves on the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics. He served as a Fulbright Specialist to the Netherlands in 2012 and New Zealand in 2016. A nationally recognized leader on primary care policy and health care reform, Dr. Phillips was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2010.


Sarah Dash is president and CEO of the Alliance for Health Policy. Previously, Ms. Dash was a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute in the Center on Health Insurance Reforms and served as a senior health policy aide on Capitol Hill. She received her master’s degree in public health from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science from MIT.