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This is a special edition of the The Health Leader Forge. On October 7th the College of Health and Human Services and the Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives hosted a special event at the University of New Hampshire, Shaping the Future: Leadership and Public Policy in Healthcare. There were two panels and a keynote speaker.

The second panel was titled, The Healthcare Organization’s Role in Formulating Public Policy. This panel included: Katie Fullam Harris, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Accountable Care Strategy, MaineHealth; Richard Silveria, Chief Financial Officer, Boston Medical Center; Matthew Houde, Director, Government Relations, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The panel was moderated by Lucy Hodder, Director, Health Law and Policy, Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire.

Katie Fullam Harris serves as Senior Vice President of Government & Relations and Accountable Care Strategy for MaineHealth, Maine’s largest health care system. She works with policymakers and employers to shape and respond to public policy and market changes, and she leads efforts to develop new system initiatives that support MaineHealth’s accountable care goals. Prior to joining MaineHealth, Katie was the Director of Government Relations for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. She has also served as a program director for the Maine Development Foundation and as Assistant to the Commissioner for the Maine Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.

Matthew Houde joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock as the Senior Community Communications Specialist in 2011 and is now the Director of Government Relations. Matthew served in the NH legislature from 2007 to 2012, one term in the House and two in the Senate. Matthew received his BA from Dartmouth College and JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Matthew lives in Cornish with his wife Sarah and daughter Haddie. Matthew serves on the Board of Mount Ascutney Hospital and Health System.

Richard Silveria is currently the Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO of Boston Medical Center, where he has corporate responsibilities for finance functions including treasury. Boston Medical Center is $2.3 B health system primarily comprised of a 496 bed Academic Medical Center, the Boston Medical Center HealthNet Health Plan, the Faculty Practice Foundation and an insurance captive.

Lucy Hodder is the director of health law and policy programs at the University of New Hampshire, a professor of law at UNH School of Law, and a member of the leadership team at the Institute for Health Policy and Practice. She most recently served as Legal Counsel to New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and senior health care policy director, working with the Governor on initiatives to expand access to health, mental health and substance use disorder services for New Hampshire citizens. Previously a shareholder in the firm of Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C, and Chair of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group, Lucy assisted providers and businesses navigate the changing health care environment.

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Co-produced by University of New Hampshire College of Health and Human Services (UNH CHHS) and Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives (NNEAHE).

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