2021 FedHealth Conference Agenda

FedHealth Conference Agenda

                Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m.
David Berteau, President & CEO, PSC

Kathy Taylor, Chair, PSC FedHealth Conference and Senior Vice President, DRT Strategies

  TED Talk by White House COVID-19 Equity Task Force Chair
8:40 a.m.
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, Director, Equity Research and Innovation Center, Yale School of Medicine (confirmed)
The White House released a National Strategy to combat the pandemic that has equity at its core. To help ensure an equitable response to the pandemic, President Biden signed Executive Order 13995 on January 21 creating a task force to address COVID-19 related health and social inequities. Get the latest updates from the chair of the task force, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith.
  Opening Keynote
8:45 a.m.
Amy Abernethy,MD, PhD, Principal Deputy Commissioner, FDA – invited  
9:15 a.m. 

Public Health Information: From Knowledge to Action
9:30 a.m.
The importance of transparent and readily understandable public health information has never been more evident than today’s continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  What public health information challenges are federal agencies facing and what strategies are being used?  How do public beliefs and perceptions impact an agency’s ability to affect national public health outcomes (such as sustained testing and vaccination adoption in the case of COVID-19). Are there any initiatives/challenges that need to be addressed to better gain public acceptance of programs aimed at improving health outcomes?


  • Dr. Jane Kim, MD, MPH, Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine for the VA’s National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 
  • James Macrae, Associate Administrator, Bureau of Primary Health Care, HRSA

10:15 a.m. 

Role of Data and Evidence-Based Policymaking
10:30 a.m. 
From supporting groundbreaking clinical research, to evaluating the impact of nutrition assistance programs, companies are providing health and social policy research solutions to policy makers in the United States and around the world. This session will examine future government needs, how data is shaping policy frameworks, and how industry and government are developing comprehensive, multi-disciplinary solutions to today’s real-life challenges.  


  • Dr. Jesus J Caban, Ph.D., Chief, Clinical & Research Informatics, Walter Reed Bethesda
  • Susan Gregurick, Ph.D., Associate Director for Data Science, National Institutes of Health
  • Dr. Elliot Siegel, Ph.D., Chief of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at VA Maryland and Vice Chair at the University of Maryland  
  • Ray Wedgeworth, Director, Data Analytics and Systems Group, Center for Program Integrity, CMS
11:15 a.m. 

Acquisition Panel
11:30 a.m. 
Acquisition officials discuss an overview of the procurement landscape. What can industry expect for the remainder of FY21 and into FY22?


  • Jim Berns, Acting HCA, DHA 
  • Phil Christy, Deputy Executive Director, OALC, VA
  • Dr. Francine Hemphill, Director of Acquisitions and Head of Contracting Activity (HCA), ACF
  • Andrew Jernell, Division Director for IT Acquisition, FDA
12:15 p.m. 

NITAAC Closing Keynote Address
12:30 p.m.
Brian K. Goodger, Acting Director, NITAAC
NITAAC is close to releasing the final RFP for $40B CIO-SP4 IT Support GWAC. Get the latest updates from the NITAAC Acting Director.
  Wrap-up and Summary
1:00 p.m.
  Networking (via Remo platform)
1:10 p.m. 
At the conclusion of the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to network in a virtual setting using Remo. Click here for a full overview of what to expect at the networking reception, and for tips on how to use the platform.

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