Building off of increased momentum to address health equity and support health system resiliency, the LAN is proud to convene a Health Equity Advisory Team (HEAT), turning this momentum into action. As a public-private partnership, the LAN recognizes that alternative payment model (APM) design and implementation must intentionally address factors that drive health inequities.

The LAN established the HEAT to help identify and prioritize opportunities to advance health equity through APMs, to influence design principles and to inform LAN priorities and initiatives. Its goal is person-centered—leverage APMs to help make needed care more accessible, drive better patient outcomes, and reduce disparities. Patient experiences, priorities, and perceptions are crucial elements the HEAT will explore.

The HEAT’s diverse team of regional and national implementers and health equity subject matter experts brings valuable perspectives for and experience with identifying and mitigating health inequities across communities and in the nation’s health care system.

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Dr. Marshall Chin*
Richard Parrillo Family
Professor of Healthcare Ethics

University of Chicago


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Karen Dale
Market President
AmeriHealth Caritas
District of Columbia


Bukata Hayes
Vice President of Racial and Health Equity
BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota

Cary Sanders
Senior Policy Director
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

Dr. Craig Jones
Capitol Health Associates

Dr. LaShawn McIver
Office of Minority Health
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Jean Moody-Williams
Deputy Director
Center for Clinical Standards & Quality
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Dr. Ellen-Marie Whelan
Chief Population Health Officer
Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Dr. Dora Hughes
Senior Advisor
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Kate Davidson
Director, Learning and Diffusion Group
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Christina Severin
President & Chief Executive Officer
Community Care Cooperative

Dr. Jorge Petit
President & Chief Executive Officer
Coordinated Behavioral Care, Inc.

Dr. Alice Hm Chen
Chief Medical Officer
Covered California

Dr. Romana Hasnain-Wynia
Chief Research Officer
Denver Health

Dr. Pamela Riley
Medical Director
Department of Health Care Finance
Washington DC Medicaid

Dr. Damon Francis
Chief Clinical Officer
Health Leads

Dr. David Nerenz
Director Emeritus of Center for Health Policy &
Health Services Research
Henry Ford Health System

Dr. Jennifer Moore
Founding Executive Director
Institute for Medicaid Innovation

Sinsi Hernández-Cancio
Vice President for Health Justice
National Partnership for Women & Families

Kelly Crosbie*
Chief Quality and Population Health Officer,
Division of Health Benefits, NC Medicaid
NC Department of Health and Human Services

Chris DeMars
Director, Transformation Center
Deputy Director, Delivery Systems Innovation Office
Oregon Health Authority

Dr. Jose Peña*
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Medical Director
Rio Grande Valley ACO

Jerry Peterson
Executive Director
Ruth Ellis Center

Dr. Laurie Zephyrin
Vice President, Health System Equity
The Commonwealth Fund

Aswita Tan-McGrory
The Disparities Solutions Center
Administrative Director
The Mondan Institute

U. Michael Currie
Senior Vice President & Chief Health Equity Officer
UnitedHealth Group

Jennifer Kons
Health Director, Community Investment
United Way of Greater Cleveland

Dr. Lenny Lopez
Professor of Medicine
University of California San Francisco
Chief of Hospital Medicine
San Francisco VA Medical Center