Kitty Bailey, Be There San Diego Executive Director; Rolf Benirschke, Chief Patient Officer, Legacy Health Strategies.
Nick Macchione, FACHE, Agency Director, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.
Ann Albright, PhD, RD, Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, CDC.
Anthony DeMaria, MD, Be There San Diego Chair.
Jerry Penso, MD, MBA, Chief Medical and Quality Officer for AMGA and President of AMGA Foundation.
Faith-based panel: Pastors William A. Benson, Clarice Christian, Don E. Conley, Terrell Fletcher; Student Minister Hugh Muhammad; Suzanne Afflalo, MD; Co-Moderators: Rev. Gerald Brown and Rolf Benirschke.
Kitty Bailey and Rolf Benirschke.
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Improving Population Health Through an Innovative Collaborative
At the CDC, Dr. Albright leads a team that strives to eliminate the preventable burden of diabetes through research, programs and policies that translate science into practice. Previously she held a variety of posts in health care, including serving as Chief of the California Diabetes Program for the California Department of Health Services. She is well known for her work in diabetes, including the implementation of evidence-based care guidelines and the development of campaigns to increase the understanding of diabetes and how to prevent and manage it.
AMGA is a trade association that represents 400-plus multispecialty medical groups with more than 170,000 physicians nationwide, delivering care to one in three people in the country. Dr. Penso leads best-practices learning collaboratives for the member groups, research programs and AMGA’s national hypertension campaign. Previously, Dr. Penso served as medical director for Continuum of Care for Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group. He served on the Integrated Healthcare Association Board of Directors, the California Cooperative Healthcare Reporting Initiative Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute.
Nick Macchione manages one of the largest health and human services networks in the nation, supporting the public health, safety, and well-being of the more than 3.2 million county residents. With an annual budget responsibility of $2 billion, he oversees a workforce of 6,000 employees, hundreds of volunteers and 1,000 contractors that collectively provide direct services to more one million clients annually. He directs the delivery of health and social service safety net programs. In 2010 his agency and the rest of county government embarked on an ambitious ten-year, county-wide wellness initiative known as Live Well San Diego.
Kitty Bailey is a healthcare strategist, innovator and community-builder. She has a track record of bringing multi-stakeholder groups together to achieve impressive results. Since 2013, she’s led Be There San Diego, a robust regional collaborative involving major medical groups, hospitals, health plans and the County of San Diego with a shared goal of preventing heart attacks, strokes and diabetes in the region. She’s held previous executive positions at North County Health Services and the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation.
As the third most accurate placekicker in NFL history at the time of his retirement, Rolf Benirschke had an illustrious 10-year career with the San Diego Chargers. But a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis forced him to embark on a journey of faith and self-discovery. That journey led him to establish in 2009 Legacy Health Strategies, has worked with leading pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare organizations to help guide patients on their personal treatment journeys and measurably improve outcomes and patient satisfaction.
Dr. DeMaria is past Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, he is past President of the American College of Cardiology and of the American Society of Echocardiography. Dr. DeMaria is the former host of "Cardiology Update" on Lifetime Television and is listed in "The Best Doctors in America." A prolific researcher, he has authored or co-authored more than 700 articles for medical journals and various professional papers in areas of non-invasive techniques, pharmacology, acute myocardial infarction and exercise.
A retired Kaiser Permanente family medicine physician, she's founder and leader of "A Healthier Me." It's a six-month lifestyle change program, designed to improve the overall health and quality of life through education and application. It focuses on healthy dietary choices, promotes regular activity/exercise, discusses weight loss strategies and improves blood pressure management. Each session includes lunch, health info, weight and blood pressure checks, exercise with a trainer and incentive prizes.
Dr. Benson is the spiritual leader of Total Deliverance Worship Center, which aims to contribute to the spiritual, relational and entrepreneurial advancement of the Christian community. A respected community leader, he is the founder of "Men of Valor," a ministry established in 2004 to support men through counseling, education and empowerment. He’s also the president of Pastors on Point of San Diego, comprised of faith leaders who work together to create a better quality of life for their community.
Pastor Clarice Christian has served at three churches in the last three decades, including at Immanuel Chapel Church, which she founded in 1994 and leads. She was former the president and is current first vice president of the San Diego County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. A nurse, she worked for 26 years of the Medical-Oncology Department at Kaiser Permanente and served as a nursing instructor in Texas. She’s also the owner of CChrist Books, a Christian bookstore in Lemon Grove.
Pastor Conley served honorably in the U.S. Navy then worked for various civilian employers. He began serving Encanto Southern Baptist Church full time in 1998. He is an advocate of the biblical approach to human health and wellbeing. Pastor Conley believes that the church in the African American community is the center for promoting physical and spiritual health as a path to peace and prosperity for all people.
Terrell Fletcher was an accomplished NFL running back who now serves as the chaplain for the San Diego Chargers. Through his foundation, Destiny-N-Me, he offered college scholarships to deserving teens. He also was involved in his church, including teaching Bible study. Today, Pastor Fletcher leads The City of Hope International Church, a global humanitarian organization based in San Diego. He is an author and worldwide speaker, who seeks not only to motivate but share practical tools to empower individuals to realize their goals.
Student Minister Hugh Muhammad is the local representative of The Nation of Islam and has led Muhammad Mosque No. 8 since in 1997. He is a respected community leader, serving on various boards and committees working to improve the quality of life in Southeastern San Diego and beyond. He is the Founder and CEO of I Am My Brother’s Keeper, a nonprofit organization established in 2005 to offer training, education, and resources in a variety of areas. A successful businessman, he serves as president and CEO of RBW Security, which specializes in security/loss prevention and executive protection.
Rev. Brown is a pastoral staff member at City of Refuge Church of God in Christ, in addition to leading UAAMAC, an organization that builds the capacity of clergy and lay leaders to fight poverty and advocate for social and economic justice. He is a member of the Interfaith Committee for Work Justice and the Center for Social Advocacy for San Diego County. A retired Marine, he has received many awards, including the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice Faith Leader of the Year, KEMET HIV/AIDS Coalition Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Heroism.
As the third most accurate placekicker in NFL history at the time of his retirement, Rolf Benirschke had an illustrious 10-year career with the San Diego Chargers. But a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis forced him to embark on a journey of faith and self-discovery. That journey led him to establish in 2009 Legacy Health Strategies, which works with leading pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare organizations to help guide patients on their personal treatment journeys and measurably improve outcomes.
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