Social Determinants of Health: Key Concepts
Dr. Geoffrey Swain
A board-certified Family Physician, Dr. Swain has extensive teaching, health policy, and public health leadership and practice experience, including as academic medical faculty since 1990, and providing medical direction at the City of Milwaukee Health Department since 1993.
His particular expertise in the social and economic determinants of health focuses on reducing health inequities through upstream, population-level, policy and programmatic interventions.
He is the Founding Director of the Wisconsin Center for Health Equity, and co-authored two WI 2020 State Health Plan “Focus Area Profiles” (Health Disparities; and Social, Economic, & Education Factors). He has broad experience with local, statewide, regional and national groups addressing health equity and social determinants of health.
Dr. Swain has been Academic Partner on three Wisconsin Partnership Program grants, including a completed 4-year, $400,000 project addressing socioeconomic and other barriers to fatherhood involvement, and two 5-year, $1 million initiatives aimed at criminal justice and housing policies.
Social Drivers of Health Care Costs
Dr. Joseph Valenti
Joseph S. Valenti, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, where he attended Both Canisius High School and Canisius College. After receiving a dual undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology, Dr. Valenti did cancer research for three years at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He then went on to medical school at State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where he graduated with Honors. While in medical school, he twice was the recipient of the Medical Society of the State of New York Community Service Award.
He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo where he received the Buffalo Gynecologic and Obstetric Society Award for academic and clinical excellence. He also served as the Chairman of the Resident’s Section of the Medical Society of the State of New York and as a Delegate to the American Medical Association.
Dr. Valenti moved to Denton in 1998, eventually opening Caring for Women, PA in 2001. He is the former Chief of the Ob/Gyn department at Denton Regional Medical Center and the former Chief of Staff at North Texas Hospital, where he also served on the Governing Board. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Physicians Foundation, where he helped edit the Buz Cooper, MD, PhD book Poverty and the Myths of Healthcare Reform. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a current member of the Texas Medical Association and Denton County Medical Society. He has served as President of the Denton County Medical Society and is the former Chairman of the Texas Medical Association’s Committees on Maternal and Perinatal Health, Constitution and Bylaws, and Socioeconomics.
Dr. Valenti is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has particular expertise in the area of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and laparoscopy, as well as pelvic floor repair, and he is a Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) Certified Gynecologic surgeon.
Dr. Valenti has twin sons Nicolas and Oliver. He enjoys playing roller hockey, and his hobbies include antique car restoration and toy train collecting.
Local Look at Health Equity
Anne E. Schwartz
With more than 30 years’ experience, Anne E. Schwartz is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist, author and internationally recognized trainer and adviser on strategic communication and public relations for police and prosecutors.
She partners with the U.S. Department of State, Department of Justice, American Bar Association and the National Association of Attorneys General to share communications best practices in the U.S. and abroad. She provides communications/media training for law enforcement on behalf of Wisconsin DOJ and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Association.
As Communications Director for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Schwartz led the team that developed an award-winning public service campaign, “Dose of Reality,” to create awareness on prescription opiate abuse. That program continues today. At the Milwaukee Police Department, she developed and commanded the Milwaukee Police Department’s Office of Media & Communications for nearly a decade. She received a national Webby award in 2013 in the government category for creating and developing MPD’s website, a site that led the way for other law enforcement agencies to communicate by building their own sites.
In 1991, as a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal she broke the story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and wrote the book, “The Man Who Could Not Kill Enough: The Story of Milwaukee’s Jeffrey Dahmer.” Anne and the reporting team were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her book was later made into a television movie.
She co-authored, “Strategic Approaches to Improve Communications Initiative: A White Paper for Law Enforcement Executives” (October 2010) and “Strategic Communication: A Toolkit for Police Executives” (October 2011) for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). At the request of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, she subsequently provided training to police executives nationwide and in Canada on the communication strategies outlined in the publications.
Anne is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is a founding member of the Public Affairs Committee for the Major Cities Chiefs Association, a committee formed to advise the country’s major city Police Chiefs on public affairs issues. She is the public information officer for the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Death Response Team (LEDR) which assists police agencies and families in cases of line of duty deaths.
Dr. Michelle Graham
Michelle L. Graham, MD, MME, FAAFP, is the President of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County. Dr. Graham serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Wisconsin and Michigan for UnitedHealthcare’s Clinical Services team, where she leads the clinical services, quality, and affordability initiatives across the market. She has extensive administrative leadership experience, recently serving as the Vice President of Medical Affairs for legacy Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, where she championed quality/LEAN/utilization, medical staff affairs, enterprise inpatient EMR – EPIC implementation, and system physician leadership development and mentoring programs. She currently serves as a District 1 Director on the Board of the Wisconsin Medical Society and is the Past President of the Medical Society of Milwaukee Foundation. Dr. Graham is currently the Treasurer for the Foundation for St. Francis and Franklin – Ascension Healthcare She also sits on the Advisory Council for Feeding America – Feeding Wisconsin and the WHIO Board of Directors.
Michelle hails from Iowa and earned a Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts degree from Simpson College. She earned both her MD degree and Master in Medical Education from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and completed her family practice residency at the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation, a community-based University of Iowa program. She is board certified in Family Medicine, and has served on the clinical faculty at the University of Iowa as the Assistant Director for the Waterloo, Iowa – based University of Iowa Family Medicine Residency, the Northeast Iowa Medical Education Foundation. Dr. Graham has extensive medico-legal experience, serving as an expert witness throughout her academic career. She has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and graduated as the University of Iowa Family Medicine Student of the Year. She has also been certified in LEAN Healthcare by the University of Michigan.
Dr. Graham is passionate for population health, quality improvement, medical education, and providing care for the underserved. She has spoken internationally for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Christian Medical and Dental Society. She has taught internationally in Togo, Africa, in collaboration with the Peace Corps. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Graham has served as a medical missionary in Mexico and Peru, as well as leading medical mission trips to Honduras for many years.
Gina Green-Harris, MBA
Director, Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships
Director, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute- Regional Milwaukee Office
Director, Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families- Regional Program Office
UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
Gina Green-Harris provides leadership and governance to guide and build the capacity of the WAI Milwaukee office programs. She leads the outreach and research program in Milwaukee which is designed to provide resources and recruit minorities into research that is culturally specific to African- Americans. Since joining Institute the Milwaukee program has more than doubled the number of African Americans enrolled in the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP). In addition, she was instrumental in collaboration between the University and Milwaukee Health Services, Inc (a federally Qualified Health Center) to establish a minority specific memory clinic in the heart of Milwaukee. This is the first of its kind and is being established as a national model for other FQHC’s to replicate. The Institute’s work is being followed by researchers across the state and nation to learn about their outreach and recruitment model.
Ms. Green-Harris has served on local, state and federal boards and committees she is a member of the SMPH’s Equity and Diversity Committee and was recently appointed to the National Institute on Health’s National Think-tank for Community Engagement.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Central State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Franklin University specializing in leadership coaching and team development. She has won several awards for her work and is an international speaker on leadership and Alzheimer’s disease. Ms. Green Harris believes that her current work is her ministry appointment. She spends lots of time working with her faith community and is a licensed minister. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her motto in life is “meet the people where they are” and what she loves most about herself is that she never meets stranger.
Dr. Veronica Gunn
Veronica Gunn, MD, MPH, FAAP, is Vice President of Population Health Management and Payment Innovation at Children’s Hospital and Health System in Wisconsin. In this role, Dr. Gunn facilitates efforts to develop new and innovative care delivery strategies that support growth, differentiation of services, operational efficiencies and financial performance. She works closely with primary care, specialty care, inpatient services and community services to develop the infrastructure required for Children’s to act as a clinically integrated network. Prior to this role, Dr. Gunn served as the Medical Director of Community Services, where she provided medical input to the child welfare, community services and public policy teams helping the health system evaluate the needs of children in the community and identify resources to enhance the well-being of those children.
Dr. Gunn has significant expertise in care coordination and public health for children. Throughout her career in clinical practice, research and policy development, Dr. Gunn has advocated for the utilization of effective, evidence-based strategies to improve health. She served as chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, where she advised the Commissioner on matters of health policy and assisted in setting health priorities for the Department and State. Prior to her role as CMO, Dr. Gunn served as Medical Director for the Tennessee Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination, where she worked collaboratively with other child-serving State Departments, community agencies and academic partners to apply evidence-based or promising practices to reduce infant mortality, improve maternal health, and increase EPSDT screening.
Dr. Gunn received her undergraduate degree from Rhodes College, and medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed pediatric residency and chief residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and obtained a Masters of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is board certified in general pediatrics.
Dr. Gunn has lectured nationally on applying evidence to improve health outcomes for maternal and child health populations. She has served in numerous leadership positions, and her efforts have received much recognition including the March of Dimes, Healthy Baby Advocate Award, the Nashville Business Journal’s Woman of Influence in Public Policy Award, the Project Blossom Award for Efforts to Reduce Infant Mortality, and the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Woman of Influence in Community Support
Rosha Hamilton, RN, BSN, MSW, Director, Population Health for Ascension WI. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Carroll-Columbia College of Nursing, Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Leadership at Bradley University. Her past experience as a nurse and social worker has been in acute and ambulatory Oncology. In her previous role as the Director of Community Health Services, she developed community outreach programs targeting underserved populations around cancer, chronic disease and wellness.
In her current role, she serves as the operational leader for a Care Coordination Team of RNs, Social Workers and Health Coaches providing transitional care and chronic disease management for high-risk/high-cost/high-utilization patients to decrease readmissions, reduce emergency room utilization and improve self-management of chronic diseases. She is the strategic statewide leader for population health initiatives, value-based purchasing projects to improve RAF, Star ratings and quality outcomes.
Dr. John Meurer
John Meurer, MD, MBA, is Professor of General Pediatrics and Director of the Institute for Health & Equity at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The Institute mission is to improve health and advance equity through partnerships. It is comprised of 80 faculty, staff and PhD students in research and education in biostatistics, epidemiology, bioethics, and community health. With community partners, Dr Meurer co-leads work to study and improve systems to promote early childhood development in Milwaukee, Brown, Portage, Monroe and Vernon counties supported by MCW Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin. He is funded by NIH for translational research workforce development and to evaluate the impact of variable state Medicaid expansion on diabetes outcomes. John enjoys teaching about health systems management and policy. He is a proud husband and father of 3 adult kids.
Putting Local Data into Action
Kathleen Pritchard is President of DATA YOU CAN USE, Inc., a Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization that works with foundations, government, and other nonprofit organizations to access and use data to inform decisions and improve communities. She is a skilled evaluator and specializes in integrating quantitative and qualitative data to measure success and communicate results. She is also a seasoned planner and implementer of cross-sector efforts that are informed both by theory and the voice of those most affected. Her work includes contributions to articles and textbooks on evaluation in scholarly journals and textbooks.
Katie holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has served as a policy and research analyst, and consultant for the State of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee. Additionally, Ms. Pritchard served three terms as the elected President of the Village of Whitefish Bay, was a Director of the North Shore Fire Department, and on the Executive Council of Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District, and the Lake Front Development Advisory Commission.
In the nonprofit sector, Dr. Pritchard was President and CEO of the Planning Council for Health and Human Services, and before that Director of Community Impact for the United Way of America where she led the national outcomes measurement work and the community engagement Standards of Excellence. She serves on the Research Committee of the Public Policy Forum, the Chair of the Data Council for Milwaukee Succeeds and as Milwaukee’s representative to the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership. She is a founding member of Healthier, Safer, More Prosperous Milwaukee.
Driving Systemic Change
Prior to Joining the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at MCW, Maureen Busalacchi served as Executive Director of Health First Wisconsin, formerly known as SmokeFree Wisconsin. For over a dozen years, Maureen has been working on public health policy issues including advocating for prevention funding, the smoke-free air law and raising tobacco taxes. Before that, Maureen worked for the Wisconsin Medical Society after cutting her teeth on several political campaigns, and she also worked for the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care. She served as an advisor to organizations including the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute and Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL), and as a mentor for the Wisconsin Women’s Policy Institute. Maureen was on the board of her daughters’ school PTO and serves on her neighborhood association board. Maureen is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences on advocacy and public health issues. She’s an avid biker, hiker and gardener. She lives with her husband, Steve, and her two daughters in Madison, WI.
Alex Lasry currently serves as Senior Vice President for the Milwaukee Bucks, directing the teams Digital marketing, and leading the company’s development initiatives. Alex was instrumental in the Bucks rebrand and the historic public-private partnership for a new arena and 30-acre development project in downtown Milwaukee. Additionally, he’s part of the Management Committee that oversees the organizations’ strategic growth
Prior to joining the Bucks, Alex worked at the White House as the Deputy Counselor for Strategic Engagement, where he served as a top aide to the Senior Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett. He also served as a staff member for the President’s Jobs Council and the White House business outreach team. Before the White House, he worked as an analyst for Goldman Sachs, with a focus on legislative issues such as Dodd-Frank and advised the company on the regulatory environment.
Alex was born and raised in New York, but currently resides in Milwaukee. He serves on the boards of the Marcus Center for Performing Arts, Milwaukee Film Festival and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Milwaukee. He graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and recently received his MBA from the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
David Muhammad is the Violence Prevention Manager within the Office of Violence Prevention in the City of Milwaukee Health Department. David is an experienced community leader with over 15 years of experience as a youth development professional. Having worked previously for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, and Our Next
Generation, he has a distinguished record for community development. Beginning his work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History, he was recognized as a national leader for combining the arts with social justice efforts. Mr.
Muhammad has been a presenter at the Field Museum, the National Black Arts Festival, and many colleges and universities.
Ken is the Executive Director of Kids Forward [formerly the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF)], a statewide research and advocacy organization with a mission to inspire action and promote access to opportunity for every kid, every family and every community in Wisconsin. Kids Forward Projects include: the Wisconsin Budget Project, Kids Count, and Race to Equity. Ken’s previous positions include: Policy Advisor in the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families; Director at Dartington-I, an international research and practice organization focused on improving outcomes for children in need; Special Assistant to the Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Families; and Lieutenant U.S. Navy.
Ken has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Duke University and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Ken resides in Madison with his wife Kristin and his son Will.
CEOs Reimagining Solutions
Susan Lloyd directs the Zilber Family Foundation. The Foundation awards grants to nonprofits that address basic human needs, increase access to opportunity, and improve the quality of community life. In 2008 the Foundation began an Initiative to support local leaders and neighborhood groups as they develop and carry out plans for comprehensive community improvement. Previously, Susan directed grant programs at The MacArthur Foundation for 13 years; conducted academic research on the causes and consequences of violence for six years; and worked in human services agencies for ten years. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in human development and social policy from Northwestern University, where she also was a National Science Foundation fellow on race and urban inequality.
Griselda Aldrete is the president and CEO of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM). Her primary responsibly is to work in coordination with the Board of Directors to develop and execute the vision and strategic plan for the organization. She has far-reaching experience in community leadership and outreach, financial oversight and managing dayto-day operations of complex organizations.
Aldrete received a bachelor’s degree in Criminology/Law Studies and Spanish from Marquette University, a master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a law degree from Marquette University Law School. She is a graduate of the National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Fellowship and the Harvard Business School Executive Leadership Program, and is a proud alumna of the Future Milwaukee Leadership Program at Marquette University. Aldrete previously served as executive director of the Cream City Foundation.
Aldrete has been recognized for and received a number of prominent awards for her community service and advancement of Hispanics, including Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee’s Philanthropic 5 Award, Marquette University College of Art and Sciences’ Young Alumna of the Year, Biz Times Milwaukee’s Regional Spirit Award, United States Delegate for the British American Project, Wisconsin’s “Top 48 most powerful Latinos” list, Major League Baseball’s SEAT 21 Award, National Football League/Green Bay Packers’ Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, Donald Driver Foundation’s Driven to Achieve Award and the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast’s Risk Taker Award.
Aldrete currently serves on the board of directors for The Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Pivot Milwaukee and Building Brave, and is a member of TEMPO Milwaukee. Aldrete currently serves on the advisory board for the Visit Milwaukee Multicultural Committee and is a steering committee member for Milwaukee Women, Inc.
Dr. Michelle Bria, Ph.D.
Since 1996, Dr. Michele Bria, Ph.D. has served as the chief executive officer of the Journey House, a community-based organization on Milwaukee’s near-south side that empowers families to move out of poverty by offering adult education, workforce readiness, youth development, and family engagement programs. Journey House annually serves more than 6,000 children and families at five locations. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and received her Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Arts from Marquette University.
Dr. Bria has received numerous awards for her work in the community. In January 2017, Governor Walker presented Dr. Bria with the State of Wisconsin’s Martin Luther King Legacy Award for Service for her social justice efforts. In March 2016, Donald Driver awarded Dr. Bria with the Donald Driver Driven to Achieve Award for her outstanding community efforts. In June 2014, Dr. Bria was awarded the Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award for Nonprofit Leadership. In May 2014, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin awarded her the “Amiga Award” for her dedicated leadership to the Hispanic community. In April 2006, Dr. Bria received the Marquette University All-University Spirit Award for professional achievement of an alumni before the age of 40.
Based on research identifying education as the most effective strategy to end generational poverty, Journey House provides a rigorous educational program coupled with workforce development and academic/arts/athletic programs that assist economically challenged youth to stay safe, finish high school and continue their education. Journey House also provides GED in English and Spanish and English Language classes for adult learners so that parents can earn livable wages for their families. In addition, the organization runs youth leadership and college-bound programs, as well as the largest, most organized inner-city urban youth football league, the Journey House Packers Football Program, and the longest running little league in the USA with a living MLB player: the Felix Mantilla Little League.
Dr. Bria successfully negotiated formal agreements with Milwaukee Public Schools and Milwaukee County, which provide land homes and partnership opportunities for the Journey House Center for Family Learning and Youth Athletics and Journey House Packers Football Stadium. Over the last six years, she has successfully secured over $11MM in resources to develop these catalytic infrastructure projects. Dr. Bria is currently leading a Journey House Campus Housing Initiative in partnership with the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and a host of other community partners and leaders to renovate foreclosed properties into affordable, quality housing for motivated youth who are homeless and aging out of foster care.
Dr. Bria has held several teaching positions, given numerous lectures, and is a member of many Milwaukee professional organizations:
- Board Vice-President, Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees
- Board Vice-President, Menomonee Valley Partners
- Board President, Bublr Bikes
- Board of Director/Chair of Board Community Engagement Committee, Froedtert Hospital
- Board Secretary, Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative
- Board Treasurer, Felix Mantilla Little League
- Board Member, United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee
In August 2016, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and County Board Chairman Theo Lipscomb appointed Dr. Bria to the Task Force on the Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes. She also serves on advisory committees for Community Building Milwaukee and Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES!) for Schools for the International Association for Human Values. In addition to her CEO duties, Dr. Bria provides GED instruction to participants at Journey House three afternoons a week. Dr. Bria also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Héctor Colón is a results-oriented senior executive with extensive health care and human services experience. He has a solid track record of producing results in large, complex organizations through innovation, adaptive leadership and employee empowerment. Colón has led organizations with budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars with more than 1,000 employees. He has demonstrated skills in achieving alignment, integration and coordination of systems that has led to improved organizational performance and outcomes. Colón has been recognized for his ability to establish effective strategic partnerships to address complex issues affecting people, systems and communities.
Currently, Colón is the President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, one of the largest nonprofits in the state, with more than 900 employees and more than 260 programs in 115 communities. Colón was selected by the Board of Directors in July of 2017 to serve as the organization’s fifth president because of his experience and success in contract and budget management and his reputation for innovation.
Previously, Colón served as Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for Milwaukee County where he streamlined operations creating $28 million in efficiencies and $56 million in surplus to the county’s bottom line while increasing/enhancing programs by $25 million. He has held several leadership positions in the Governor Doyle and Mayor Barrett administrations and served as the Associate Executive Director for the United Community Center and Assistant Director at the Wisconsin Correctional Services.
Colón received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in occupational therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also earned certificates in Management and Leadership at Harvard Business School, UW-Madison and Marquette University.
Dr. Julie Schuller
Julie B. Schuller, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP is President and CEO at Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers. A Milwaukee native, Dr. Schuller obtained a Bachelor’s Degree at Notre Dame, a Medical Degree and Master’s Degree in Public Health at Northwestern University Medical School, and completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Doctor Schuller joined Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers in 1995 and has built her career there. She is passionate about the provision of quality health care for people living in poverty and underserved patient populations.
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers serves nearly 40,000 patients in the Milwaukee community at five locations, including two on the south side of Milwaukee, one in downtown Waukesha, one within the United Community Center’s Senior Center, and a school-based clinic within St. Anthony’s K-12 School. Sixteenth Street Clinic places a strong focus on the provision of quality, integrated medical and mental health care. This care is enhanced by an array of supportive services including social services, case management, health education and community health initiatives. Outreach into surrounding communities demonstrates Sixteenth Street’s commitment to population health, through such activities as addressing lead toxicity in the neighborhoods and clean-up of local rivers and parks.
Dr. Schuller plays a leadership role in several organizations devoted to excellence in provision of services to medically underserved and vulnerable populations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Collaborative on Healthcare Quality, the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, the Wisconsin Medical Society, and the Quality Committee of the Aurora Board of Directors. She actively participates in several committees of the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership. She is the Past-President of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County. Nationally she serves on the Clinical Committees of the National Association of Community Health Centers.
Ellen Sexton is the Chief Executive Officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Wisconsin, a health plan serving 170,000 Medicaid members. UnitedHealthcare’s community plans proudly serve nearly six million Medicaid members in 24 states, plus Washington D.C. UnitedHealthcare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) which is a diversified health and well-being company with a mission to help people live healthier lives. Prior to this role, Ellen led the Medicaid Operational Performance & Readiness team as National Vice President successfully developing the growth, platform and service infrastructure for UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid business.
Ellen is an accomplished Senior Executive and thought-leader with more than 20 years of success across the manufacturing, airline and health industries. Since joining UnitedHealthcare in 2002, Ellen has also served as Chief of Staff for UnitedHealthcare’s Chief Executive Officer, Vice President of Sales – Retiree Solutions, Public Sector and Labor, and Vice President of Product & Finance – Medicare. Before joining the company, she worked in a number of finance leadership roles at Northwest Airlines and Honeywell.
Ellen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Funders Moving the Needle
Kerry Freiberg was named vice president of Community Engagement for Froedtert Health in May 2013. Kerry leads community engagement and benefit activities for all entities in the Froedtert Health system.
Kerry’s responsibilities include engaging Froedtert Health in the communities it serves, including underserved and underinsured populations. Kerry leads the health system’s partnership development with leading non-profit to address the social, cultural and economic determinants that underpin health to develop sustainable solutions. She works with non-profit organizations, civic organizations, local and regional government, chambers of commerce and businesses to create meaningful partnerships to build healthy and well communities and residents.
“It’s important Froedtert Health becomes part of the fabric in each community we serve,” she said. “We want to be part of the solution for the health care challenges we face, including how to assist those who may be underinsured or without access to primary care.”
She said she is proud of the work Froedtert Health does to help those who are most vulnerable in our community. “Health care is unlike any other work; it is rewarding to know the work we do each day is focused on making people’s lives better.”
Kerry holds a Master of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Carroll University. She serves on the Board of Directors of Milwaukee Urban League and is an active community volunteer.
Erin Frederick is a senior program officer for the Zilber Family Foundation in Milwaukee. She develops grant recommendations, provides technical assistance, and creates leadership development programs to support the implementation of plans for improving neighborhood conditions and increasing residents’ access to social and economic opportunities. Prior to joining the Zilber Family Foundation in 2010, Erin served as the director of a program at the Medical College of Wisconsin that funded community-academic public health projects. Previously Erin held leadership positions in communications and fund development at nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee. Erin has a BA in Communications and Spanish from Miami University and a MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She serves on the board of Wisconsin Philanthropy Network, Wisconsin’s regional association of grantmakers. Erin lives in Wauwatosa with her husband and three daughters. [br]
Janel Hines is the Director of Grant Programs and Strategic Initiatives for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. She joined the Foundation in January 2011 and has helped to improve its strategic grantmaking process which supports investments in education, neighborhoods, economic inclusion, arts and health and human services. Ms. Hines is currently working on the development of a framework to incorporate a racial equity and inclusion lens into the Foundation’s discretionary grant making, research and public policy work. Before joining the Foundation, she worked for the Wisconsin Departments of Children and Families, Health and Family Services, and Workforce Development. Prior to her time with state government, she worked in nonprofit management and administration. Ms. Hines has extensive experience working with various populations and collaborating with multiple systems including workforce development, child welfare, corrections, early care and education and behavioral health. She attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she received her Bachelor of Art and law degrees.
Mark is Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility for Aurora Health Care, overseeing the Community Benefit and Well Community Departments, as well as fund disbursement from the Aurora Health Care Foundation. Well Community includes Aurora Family Service, Aurora Healing and Advocacy Services (Aurora Healing Centers at Sinai, Sojourner Peace, and Bruce Street; Safe Mom Safe Baby; Milwaukee Sexual Assault Review program), Bread of Healing clinic partnership, Aurora Walkers Point Community Clinic and Aurora Parish Nursing. The Community Benefit department provides system-wide planning and development of Aurora’s community benefit services and reporting.
With a dedication to improving the health of people and communities throughout our state, Mark has served well on many state and local health related boards and committees, including Wisconsin Public Health Association (president), Wisconsin Area Health Education Center system (chairman), Wisconsin Cancer Council, Skylight Theater Board, Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Steering Committee, Milwaukee Teen Pregnancy Fund Collaborative (chairman), Milwaukee Health Care Partnership Community Health Committee and State of Wisconsin Health Plans for 2000, 2010 and 2020.
Distinguished Service to Public Health – Wisconsin Public Health Association
Outstanding Public Health Leadership – Wisconsin Public Health Association
Martha Katz Award for Strategic and Innovative Team Leadership – National Public Health Leadership Institute and the Centers for Disease Control
With over 30 years of experience in the healthcare policy, planning and administration, Joy Tapper is currently serving as the Executive Director for the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership, a public/private consortium dedicate to improving health care for underserved populations in Milwaukee County. Initiated by the Milwaukee-based health care systems in 2007, the Partnership is governed by the presidents of the health systems, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the five Milwaukee-based community health centers, along with State, County and City health officials. The Partnership focuses on securing coverage, improving access, and enhancing care coordination for low income residents as well as addressing pressing community health needs in collaboration with other stakeholders.
Tapper previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare system, where she had management responsibility for the system-wide service lines, the physician services organization, and an array of regional administrative and support functions including planning, marketing-communications, community and government relations, fund development, mission services, and human resources.
Ms. Tapper has a MPA from the University of Wisconsin -Madison, and a BA from St. Olaf College. She serves on many civic and health committees in Milwaukee and across the State as well as on the boards of the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, the Medical College of Wisconsin Healthiest Wisconsin Partnership Program foundation and Agnesion Ministries.
Joy was recognized as a Women of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal and is the recipient of many local, state and national health care and leadership awards. The work of the Partnership has been recognized by many sources including the American Hospital Association, the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health Affairs, the Greater Milwaukee Business Health Care Group and the Medical Society of Milwaukee County.
Before becoming LISC Milwaukee’s Executive Director, Ms. Strong Hill completed over $3 billion in structured finance transactions working as a public finance attorney providing bond and underwriter’s counsel services to tribal governments, municipalities, housing authorities, banks, developers and redevelopment authorities. For the last decade, her work involved developing infrastructure and other economic development projects to create long-term sustainable income streams.
Strong Hill, who grew up on the South Side of Chicago, served as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing under Governor Jim Doyle and as a Brown County assistant district attorney. Her previous public service also includes spending nearly two years as a policy analyst in the Clinton White House, and then as a senior advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy.
Donsia earned a juris doctorate from John Marshall Law School where she was an executive editor and published author of the Software Law Journal as well as a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is also a member of the inaugural class of the ACRE real estate development training program.