HAP Health Policy Seminar Series Speakers

April 2021

April 27 - Marijuana Legalization in Virginia

Delegate Charniele Herring was first elected Delegate for the 46th District in 2009. The 46th District includes parts of the City of Alexandria and Fairfax.  Delegate Herring is the Majority Leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, chair of the Courts of Justice Committee, and a George Mason University alumna. 

Marc Spear is CFO of Camaraderie Holdings, a company which has developed and licenses proprietary cultivation technology, consumer brands, and SOPs to owner-operators. Camaraderie currently has licensees in Colorado and Michigan.

Marijuana Legalization in Virginia




April 22 - Does Physician Reimbursement Affect Treatment? Evidence from Restricting Balance Billing in California
Yaa Akosa Antwi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Carey School of Busines,
Johns Hopkins University

Yaa Akosa Antwi, PhD (Applied Economics and Management, Carnegie Mellon University) joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2016. She is an Assistant Professor in the research track with expertise in the areas of health economics and policy. Prior to joining Carey, she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.


Postponed - New Date to Be Announced Jangho Yoon, PhD, MSPH
Associate Professor
Department of Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, School of Medicine


Dr. Jangho Yoon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F Edward Hebert School of Medicine, and also at Oregon State University, College of Public Health and Human Sciences. He earned a PhD in Health Policy and Health Economics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2007, and was a NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellow of Mental Health Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at Korea Health Insurance Review Agency (HIRA) and Korea Institute of Health and Social Affairs (KiHASA), and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Korean Society of Health Administration. His research program focuses on two interrelated areas: mental and behavioral health policy, and health reform and system innovation. His work has been recognized with several awards including ‘Willard Manning Award in Mental Health Policy and Economics Research’ in 2021 and Oregon Public Health Association’s ‘Policy Champion Award’ in 2017. He teaches courses on U.S. health policy, health economics, quantitative research methods, applied health econometrics, cost-effectiveness analysis, and econometric evaluation of health care policies and programs.

March 2021

Rachel Gold, PhD
Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research & Lead Research Scientist, OCHIN

Rachel Gold, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and health services researcher. Her work focuses on using health information technology to improve care quality in public clinics, and the implementation methods needed to support adoption of such technologies. Dr. Gold  pilot-tested electronic health record-based tools for collecting and acting on patient-reported social risks (adverse social determinants of health) and is now studying how to help community clinics implement systematic social risk screening, and how to use patient-reported social risk data in clinical decision-making.  She has partnered with the OCHIN practice-based research network since 2005; she now has a joint appointment at the Center for Health Research, where she is a Senior Investigator, and OCHIN, where she is the lead research scientist. Her work includes studying how to implement a multi-faceted quality improvement initiative that improved cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes care in the Kaiser Permanente setting, in the context of community health centers serving socioeconomically vulnerable patient populations. She is also studying the adoption and impact of an innovative point-of-care shared decision-making tool on CVD outcomes in community clinics. Past efforts include analyzing the impact of state insurance policy changes on pediatric care in safety-net clinics, and the relationship between continuous insurance coverage and receipt of diabetes care in community clinic settings. Dr. Gold earned her MPH from Temple University and her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington.

February 2021

Daniel Polsky, PhD,  MPP
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Policy, Johns Hopkins University

Daniel Polsky is the 40th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Policy at Johns Hopkins University. He holds primary appointments in both the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carey Business School.  He is the Director of the Hopkins Business of Health Initiative. From 1996-2016 he was on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Robert D. Eilers Professor at the Wharton School and the Perelman School of Medicine.  From 2012-2019 he served as executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics. Dr. Polsky a national leader in the field of health policy and economics, has dedicated his career to exploring how health care is organized, managed, financed, and delivered, especially for low-income populations. His own research has advanced our understanding of the cost and quality tradeoff of interventions whether they are changes to large federal programs or local programs.  He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He serves on the Health and Medicine Committee for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers and was the senior economist on health issues at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He received a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan in 1989 and a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.


Suzanne Bakken

January 2021
Suzanne Bakken

Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI, is the Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. Following her doctorate in Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Informatics at Stanford University. Her program of research has focused on the intersection of informatics and health equity for more than 30 years and has been funded by AHRQ, NCI, NIMH, NINR, and NLM. Dr. Bakken’s program of research has resulted in > 300 peer-reviewed papers. At Columbia Nursing, she leads the NINR-funded Precision in Symptom Self-Management (PriSSM) Center and Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics (RHeaDI) Pre- and Post-doctoral Training Program. She also serves as co-lead of Columbia’s FHIR Lab.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American College of Medical Informatics, International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Bakken has received multiple awards for her research including the Pathfinder Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Nursing Informatics Award from the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researchers Hall of Fame, and the Virginia K. Saba Award from the American Medical Informatics Association. Most recently, she was the first nurse recipient of the Francois Gremy Award from the International Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Bakken currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and as a member of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine.