"Producing & Measuring Quality Health Care for At-Risk Kids."

Friday, October 28, 2005
8:00 a.m. to noon

UW-Madison, Health Sciences Learning Center, Alumni Hall auditorium

with keynote speakers

Winston F. Wong, M.D., M.S.
Clinical Director, Community Benefit
Kaiser Permanente National Program Office

Nikki Highsmith, MPA
Senior Vice President
Center for Health Care Strategies

Panelists:
Representative Curt Gielow, Chair, Legislative Committee on Medicaid Reform
Mark Moody, Wisconsin State Medicaid Director
Julie Schuler, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Milwaukee
Tina Ellis-Coyle, Director, RECIN Program Marshfield Clinic

About the event
The UW Population Health Institute and the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families are hosting a Children's Public Policy Forum to examine Wisconsin and national health care delivery systems serving low-income families and focusing on improving outcomes for children and families while also controlling costs.

Speakers will highlight aspects of system design, outcome measurement, and results of changes that they have effectively implemented. State-level health care experts will respond to the information presented from a variety of viewpoints, including health care finance, physician practice, health system reform and health care advocacy.

Attendees can expect to learn more about:
* Health care results from systems focused on quality measurement and improvement
* Medical practice and system differences in models that focus on quality improvement
* The benefits of and challenges to investing in quality improvements
* Fiscal implications of investing in quality care
* Applicability to Wisconsin and to Medicaid.

Winston F. Wong, M.D., M.S.
Clinical Director, Community Benefit
Kaiser Permanente National Program Office

Dr. Wong addresses cultural competency and quality in health care in a variety of settings and roles. He has served on various federal task forces, and on an Institute of Medicine Group focusing on Multicultural Health Communication. He was selected and completed leadership training with the Public Health Leadership Institute and the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives. Dr. Wong is member of the Associate Clinical Faculty of the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and a frequent guest lecturer at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Kaiser, Dr. Wong served for ten years as a Commissioned Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, rising to the rank of Captain and earning the Outstanding Service Medal for his achievements and service to the Department of Health and Human Services. Appointed in 2000 as the Division Director of Health Resources and Services Administrations (HRSA) programs for California, Dr. Wong oversaw policy implementation and program development for maternal and child health programs, community health centers, Ryan White (HIV) services, and health profession development grants totaling in excess of $400 million. In addition, he served concurrently as HRSA's Chief Medical Officer for the four state region of Arizona, Hawaii, California, Nevada, and the Pacific Basin, and in this capacity, coordinated and led various federal clinical and quality improvement initiatives.

Dr. Wong received his baccalaureate in Ethnic Studies and his Masters Degree in Health and Medical Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley, and his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco. A board certified Family Practitioner, Dr. Wong was previously the Medical Director of Asian Health Services, a federally funded community health center in Oakland, California, and continues to specialize in care of immigrant non-English speaking Asian patients.

Nicolette Highsmith, MPA
Nikki Highsmith is senior vice president for program at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). Ms. Highsmith is responsible for the development and management of training, technical assistance, and grant programs for senior level Medicaid and SCHIP state executives, health plans and consumer organizations. She is also responsible for strategic planning and program development at CHCS and for overseeing two signature CHCS products, the CHCS Purchasing Institute and the Best Clinical and Administrative Practices Program. She is also director of the State Action for Oral Health Access, a multimillion dollar initiative of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Center for Health Care Strategies is a non-profit, policy resource center that promotes high quality care for low-income populations and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. CHCS is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson, the Annie E. Casey, David and Lucile Packard, and California HealthCare Foundations, as well as The Commonwealth Fund and Kaiser Permanente.

Ms. Highsmith has significant experience in Medicaid managed care, both as a state purchaser and a federal budget official. Previously, Ms. Highsmith was the deputy director of the Medicaid Managed Care Program for the state of Massachusetts, where she purchased health care on behalf of the state Medicaid agency. Ms. Highsmith was also a senior Medicaid analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, in Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for approving Medicaid managed care waivers and developing the federal Medicaid budget.

This event is sponsored by the
UW Population Health Institute and the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
There is no fee, but space is limited.
Please register on-line at www.wccf.org