2019 Annual Conference Speakers


Keynote Speakers

Rishi Manchanda


Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPHDr
President and Founder, HealthBegins
Dr. Rishi Manchanda is a physician, author and healthcare leader who has spent more than a decade developing novel strategies to improve health in resource-poor communities. He has served as director of social medicine for a network of community health centers in south central Los Angeles, as the lead primary care physician for homeless Veterans at the Greater Los Angeles VA, and as chief medical officer for a self-insured employer with a large rural immigrant workforce. In his 2013 TEDbook, The Upstream Doctors, he introduced a new model of healthcare workers who improve care by addressing patients' health-related social needs, like food, financial and housing insecurity. The book has become recommended reading in medical schools and universities across the world.

Dr. Manchanda is President of HealthBegins, a social enterprise that provides healthcare professionals and community partners with tools to improve care and the social factors that make people sick in the first place. With Mathematica Policy Research and the Center for Health Care Strategies, HealthBegins was recently selected to provide technical assistance to grantees in CMS' historic Accountable Health Communities initiative.





Nancy Brown
Chief Executive Officer
American Heart Association
Nancy Brown has been Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association (AHA) since 2009. The Association is widely known and highly respected as the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing, treating and defeating cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

During her tenure as CEO, the AHA has become a global leader in the discovery and dissemination of heart disease and stroke science. Notably, under Brown's leadership the Association announced its bold new 2020 health impact goal: To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. Brown's drive to set a brave long-term goal, at a time when many other organizations were focused on short-term needs, has provided a rallying point for the Association’s millions of volunteers, staff, and donors.

Brown serves on several Boards of Directors, including the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, Research!America, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Truth Initiative, and the Valentin Fuster-Mount Sinai Foundation for Science, Health and Empowerment; as a member of the Executive Committees of Research!America; and as a member of the Qualcomm Life Advisory Board, the FasterCures Research Acceleration and Innovation Network Advisory Council, the Healthcare Advisory Board to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s CEO Council on Health and Innovation, and Leadership18. She also previously served as Chairman of the Board of the National Health Council.



Judy Woodruff


Judy Woodruff
Broadcast Journalist
PBS NewsHour
Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour. She has covered politics and other news for more than four decades at NBC, CNN and PBS.

At PBS from 1983 to 1993, she was the chief Washington correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and anchored PBS' award-winning documentary series, "Frontline with Judy Woodruff." Moving to CNN in 1993, she served as anchor and senior correspondent for 12 years; among other duties, she anchored the weekday program "Inside Politics." She returned to the NewsHour in 2007, and in 2013, she and the late Gwen Ifill were named the first two women to co-anchor a national news broadcast. After Ifill's death, Woodruff was named sole anchor.

Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women's Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in journalism and communication industries worldwide. She serves on the boards of trustee of the Freedom Forum, The Duke Endowment and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and is a director of Public Radio International and the National Association to End Homelessness. She is a former member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, a former director of the National Museum of American History and a former trustee of the Urban Institute.

Woodruff is a graduate of Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita. She is the recent recipient of the Radcliffe Medal, the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism, the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from Arizona State University. She received the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Television from Washington State University, the Gaylord Prize for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Oklahoma and the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media from the University of South Dakota. She was inducted into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and received the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Duke Distinguished Alumni Award, among others. She is the recipient of more than 25 honorary degrees.

Woodruff lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, journalist Al Hunt. They are the parents of three children: Jeffrey, Benjamin and Lauren.