Nevada Population Health Conference 2019

The conference will explore innovative population health programs by the private and public sectors to improve the health of Nevadans. Population health focuses on groups of individuals and considers the many elements that, in addition to healthcare services, contribute to a person’s health. These elements include public health programs, social factors (income, education, employment, social support, and culture) the physical environment (urban design, clean air and water), genetics, and individual behavior.

We are working to create Medical Legal Partnerships (MLP) in Nevada. An MLP is a partnership of civil legal service providers and healthcare providers that facilitates the delivery of pro bono legal services to vulnerable populations in a clinical setting with the overall goal of improving a patient’s health.

We encourage attendees to make a tax deductible donation to the Nevada Bar Foundation to make grants to pro bono legal service providers to support medical legal partnerships here in Nevada. The Nevada Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to support the provision of legal services to the financially-challenged, victims of domestic violence, children protected by or in need of protection of the juvenile court, and to support law related education. To make a donation please visit

Friday, November 15, 2019

2716 N Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, NV 89128

CLE credit and CME credit will be applied for.

7:30‐9:00 Registration
Breakfast Networking
8:00‐9:00 Northern Nevada HOPES & Washoe Legal Services: Successes and Challenges Three Years into a Medical-Legal Partnership

Rita Greggio
Supervising Attorney
Medical Legal Partnership
Washoe Legal Services/HOPES\

James Conway
Executive Director
Washoe Legal Services
9:00‐9:10 Welcome
Cassandra Munoz, Office of U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus
Shaun Schoener, Vice President, Sales & Account Management
UnitedHealthcare Nevada, Utah, and Idaho Markets

Constance L. Akridge, Partner Holland & Hart, LLP
9:10‐10:10 Social Determinants of Health
Rodrigo Olivares, MSW
UHC, Vice President Market Operations & Chief Behavioral Health Officer
10:10‐10:30 Break
10:30‐12:00 Nevada 2019 Legislative Healthcare Recap

Andy Eisen, M.D.
Chief Academic Officer
Valley Health System

Panel Members:
Senator Joe Hardy, M.D.
Senator Julia Ratti
Senator Joyce Woodhouse
Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen

12:00‐1:00 Lunch

The UNLV School of Medicine Population Health Program

Dr. Laura Culley, M.D., MPH
Associate Dean of Community Engagement
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
School of Medicine
and UNLV SOM students

Box Lunches Provided by UnitedHealthcare
1:00‐2:00 Mental Health Challenges in Nevada

Melissa Piasecki, M.D.
Executive Associate Dean
Professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine

John Packham, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for the Office of Statewide Initiatives
University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine

Sara Hunt, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Behavioral Health Sciences
UNLV School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Director, UNLV Mental and Behavioral Health Coalition
2:00‐3:00 Clinical and Upstream Approaches to Address the Needs of Vulnerable Populations in Nevada

Max Gakh, J.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
Public Health Department
University of Nevada Las Vegas

Joseph Iser, M.D., DrPH, MSc
Retiring District Health Officer
Southern Nevada Health District

Florence Jameson, M.D.
Chairman and Founder
Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada

Emily Paulsen, MSW
Executive Director
Nevada Homeless Alliance

Jonathan Wirjo, DO
Program Director
Sunrise Health GME Consortium
Psychiatry Program

Georgia Dounis, DDS, MS
Professor, Clinical Sciences
School of Dental Medicine
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
3:00‐3:10 Break
3:10‐4:10 Population Heath Management Strategies in Dealing with Nevada's Primare Care Physician Shortage

Matthew T. Milone
Senior Associate Dean for Legal Affairs
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Suzanne Bierman, J.D. M.P.H.
Nevada Medicaid Administrator

Andy Eisen, M.D.
Chief Academic Officer
Valley Health System

Larry Preston, M.B.A, FHFMA
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Silver State ACO

Dr. John C. Rhodes, M.D.
OptumCare's Mountain West Region Senior Medical Director
4:10‐5:00 Reception hosted by UnitedHealthcare

For more information about this conference, please contact Jennifer Mauk at 303.295.8349 or via email at


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