2023 Healthcare Summit – Washington, D.C.

Our 2023 Healthcare Summit brought together healthcare leaders and experts to tackle the industry’s biggest challenges and opportunities with elected women. From engaging keynotes to dynamic panels and networking, we left feeling inspired and equipped to make a difference.

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Speaker Bios


Learn more about the issues discussed:

  • Leadership Academy 101 & 102 –CliftonStrengths: Attendees focused on leadership development in sessions where they harnessed their unique sets of strengths to achieve better outcomes in the workplace and beyond!
    • Speaker: Renee Dabbs, CliftonStrengths Facilitator, Director of Strategy, NFWL
  • Maternal Mental Health Policy conditions are the most common complications of pregnancy and childbirth, affecting 1 in 5 women (800,000 women each year in the United States). Suicide and overdose are the leading causes of death in the first year postpartum, with 100% of these deaths deemed preventable. There is a path forward to provide universal, equitable, comprehensive, and compassionate mental health care during pregnancy and the year following pregnancy. Learn more about the policies that address the mental health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum parents.



  • Roundtable Discussions
    • Workplace Healthcare: Employer-based healthcare is the foundation of health insurance in our country, providing benefits to 181 million Americans. However, rising costs and continued uncertainty of policy action could lead to the erosion of employer-sponsored health insurance.  During the Healthcare Summit, elected women worked alongside the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to learn more about this issue and why maintaining workplace healthcare is critical in their communities.
      • Table Host: Steven Perrotta, Director of Public Policy, SHRM
      • Access SHRM’s resources here
    • A Discussion of RSV & Immunizations: Despite CDC and ACIP vaccine recommendations, many adults do not receive all recommended vaccines. Vaccine-preventable diseases can have a significant long-term impact on adults which in turn can impact their work, their families, and the cost of care/healthcare system. The recent FDA approval marks a turning point in reducing the significant burden of RSV. This table discussed RSV, shingles, other adult vaccines, and efforts to address barriers to adult immunization and improve health equity.
      • Table Host: Iriny Mary Salib, Pharm D, Director, Global Medical Affairs, Adult Immunization, GSK
      • Access Iriny’s slides here
    • Period Law Policy & the Impact on Public Health:
      • Elected women discussed how period policy impacts the health of their constituents and what legislative changes can be made to increase equity and access to feminine hygiene products in their communities.
    • The Continuing Need for Covid Vaccines: Attendees discussed advancements in vaccine healthcare, and examined the effect of Covid on their communities and constituents.
        • Table Host: Silvia Taylor, Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Affairs and Advocacy Officer, Novavax
    • Streamlined Public Health Data for Better Patient Health: Streamlining and standardizing data from hospitals, doctor’s offices, and clinical labs is essential to improving information sharing with state and local public health agencies–which in turn, can help them more rapidly detect and respond to disease hot spots, contaminated food and water outbreaks, and populations experiencing inequitable health outcomes. Elected women discussed steps towards establishing comprehensive public health systems and patient care in their districts and states.
        • Table Host: Margaret (Maggie) Arnesen, Senior Officer, State Policy & Research, PublicHealth Data Improvement Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts
        • Pew’s Public Health Data Improvement 


  • How Accessible is Your Healthcare? 
    We invite elected women to a walk to the nearby CVS pharmacy and MinuteClinic. We’ll have coffee ready for you to enjoy along the way. CVS Health takes a total store approach designed around the consumer, emphasizing the importance of health and wellness and the role they can play in a patient’s journey. During this tour, you will learn about the evolution of their front store assortment, MinuteClinic services, and some new and innovative pharmacy programs. We will be walking .3 miles to the nearby CVS for this tour at 6 Dupont Circle, NW and will have taxis available as needed

  • Ensuring Access to Alzheimer’s Treatments 
    More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, but as many as half of them are not formally diagnosed. An early, accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can improve access to care and support services, enhance quality of life and reduce the financial impact of the disease. Alzheimer’s and other dementia pose significant challenges and costs to families and the healthcare system. As research continues, FDA-approved treatments may benefit individuals and reduce healthcare expenditures. Families are facing a fatal disease and are ill- equipped with a healthcare system that lacks the infrastructure to deliver the care and support they need. This session will highlight actions state lawmakers can take to make their state dementia-capable.


  • Proactive Policy Solutions to Improve Access and Affordability of Medicines
    This session will cover model legislation on rebate reform that shares savings with the patient at the point of sale of the pharmacy counter and Accumulator Adjustment Program Bans, which allow patients to count manufacturer assistance toward their deductibles and out of pocket expenses. These two policy concepts have been adopted throughout the county in multiple states and this session will provide an overview and update.

    • Connect with Speaker Shauna Gardner, Director, State Policy, Midwest Region, PhRMA
    • Access the resources here


  • Advancing Health Policy and Diabetes Care Outcomes
    Learn about aspects of the current state of diabetes care and care outcomes and select findings from the latest studies. Then engage in discussion on policy modernization opportunities to advance diabetes care and care outcomes.


  • Our Commitment to Ending Period Poverty 
    Half of the population menstruates, and yet two in five people struggle to purchase period supplies due to lack of income. At NFWL, we believe that no student should have to miss school, no adult should have to miss work, and no person should have to miss out on daily life because they are unable to afford the basic necessities they require to thrive. At the end of May, NFWL worked with Kimberly-Clark to provide 12 elected women with $1,000 of period products for organizations in their communities dedicated to ending period poverty. This session will look at why this matters, and how elected women can keep the momentum moving throughout the year.

    • Connect with speakers Lacey Gero, Manager Of State Policy, National Diaper Bank Network | Alliance For Period Supplies, Delegate Holly Siebold of the Virginia State Legislature and Representative Sandra Scott of the Georgia State Legislature
    • Access the Policy and Legislation resources from the Alliance for Period Supplies