Thanks to everyone for attending Health Connect South 2020. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

All Sessions Now Available on Video

8:00 – 8:30 am

8:30 – 8:40 am
Opening Remarks

Session 1:
8:40 – 9:00 am

Innovation Task Force – Igniting the Sparks of Health Innovation and Partnerships


Geoff Duncan

Lieutenant Governor
State of Georgia

Health Connect Speaker Eddie Hahn

Eddie Hahn

Jabian Consulting

Session 2:
9:00 – 9:40 am

How Covid-19 Has Impacted Healthcare, Innovation and The Patient Experience

Health Connect Speaker John Bardis

John Bardis

President & CEO

Health Connect Speaker Tom Hawk

Tom Hawk, JD

King & Spalding

Session 3:
10:00 – 10:45 am

Expanding Innovation Frontiers: Injecting 5G into Healthcare Delivery

Health Connect Speaker Glenn Eggert

Glenn Eggert

Executive Lead Enterprise Mobility – Healthcare & Life Sciences
Verizon Business Group

Health Connect Speaker Lea Sims

Lea M. Sims, CHDS, AHDI-F

Global Practice Lead, Healthcare, Insurance & Life Sciences
Verizon Business Group

Health Connect Speaker James Lewis

James Lewis

Co-Founder & CEO

Health Connect Speaker Scott Boden

Scott Boden, MD

Vice President of Innovation, Emory Healthcare and
Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics, Emory University School of Medicine

Session 4:
10:00 – 10:45 am

Understanding the Future of COVID-19

Health Connect Speaker Carlos Del Rio

Carlos Del Rio, MD

Chair of Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health and Professor of Infectious Diseases
Emory University School of Medicine

Health Connect Speaker Dennis Liotta

Dennis Liotta, PhD

Executive Director Emory Institute for Drug Development
Emory University

Session 5:
11:00 – 11:45 am

Multiple Sclerosis – An Infusion Of Collaboration For Patient Advancement

Health Connect Speaker Chet Bhasin

Chet Bhasin, FACHE, MBA, MS

Chief Strategy Officer
Shepherd Center

Health Connect Speaker Ben Thrower

Ben Thrower, MD

Medical Director of the Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute
Shepherd Center

Health Connect Speaker Kristine Werner

Kristine Werner

National MS Society

Health Connect Speaker Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson

Associate Director of Programs and Legal Compliance
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis

Session 6:
11:00 – 11:45 am

The Future Landscape of Vaccines and Immunizations

Health Connect Speaker Nancy Messonnier

Nancy Messonnier, MD

Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases


David Rubinger

Market President and Publisher
Atlanta Business Chronicle

Session 7:
12:00 – 1:30 pm

Employer – Physician Engagement – More Important Now Than Ever (12-1:30pm Sept. 24th)

Health Connect Speaker Charles Stokes

Charles Stokes, FACHE

Founding Partner
Relia Healthcare Advisors

Session 8:
12:00 – 12:45 pm

Investing in Healthcare – The Changing Horizon

Health Connect Speaker Sri Mani

Sri Mani

Vice President
Goldman Sachs


Ben Scruggs, PhD

Hatteras Venture Partners

2019 Speaker Kenneth Saffold

Kenneth Saffold


Health Connect Speaker Tim Howe Cox

Tim Howe

Senior Director Corporate Strategy & Investments
Cox Enterprises

Session 9:
12:00 – 12:45 pm

School-Based Health Centers and the Role of Community Partnerships

Health Connect Speaker Lynne Meadows

Lynne P. Meadows, MS, BSN, RN

Coordinator Student Health Services
Fulton County Schools

Health Connect Speaker Veda Johnson

Veda Johnson, MD FAAP

Director of PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health
Emory University

Health Connect Speaker Sandy Matheson

Sandy Matheson

Development Officer
Primary Healthcare Centers of Georgia

Health Connect Speaker Clifton Bush

Clifton Bush

Chief Operating Officer
Albany Area Primary Health Care, Inc.

Session 10:
1:00 – 1:45 pm

Creating A New Paradigm in Healthcare Delivery

Health Connect Speaker Marcus Osborne

Marcus Osborne

Senior Vice President
Walmart Health

Health Connect Speaker Nikkela Tucker

Nikkela S. Tucker, MPH

Director Health & Wellness
Walmart, Inc.

Session 11:
1:00 – 1:45 pm

Building an International Stakeholder-Network to Overcome Manufacturing and Access Challenges in Cell-based Therapies

Health Connect Speaker Krishnendu Roy

Krishnendu Roy, PhD

Marcus Center for Cell-Therapy Characterization and Manufacturing

Health Connect Speaker Amy Kappan

Amy Kappen

Founder and Executive Director
Best Day Ever Foundation

Health Connect Speaker Aaron Levine

Dr. Aaron Levine

Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, Ivan Allen College
Georgia Tech

Health Connect Speaker Greg Russotti

Dr. Greg Russotti

Century Therapeutics (formerly Bristol Myers Squibb/Celgene)

Health Connect Speaker Sheng Lin-Gibson

Dr. Sheng Lin-Gibson

Chief of the Biosystems and Biomaterials Division
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Session 12:
2:00 – 2:45 pm

United: Health Systems Collaborating In Response To A Pandemic


Candice L. Saunders, FACHE

President & CEO
WellStar Heath System

Health Connect Speaker John Haupert

John M. Haupert

Grady Health System

Health Connect Speaker Carol Burrell

Carol Burrell

President & CEO
Northeast Georgia Health System

Health Connect Speaker Andy Miller

Andy Miller

CEO & Editor
Georgia Health News

Session 13:
2:00 – 2:45 pm

Bridging the Gaps in Rural Healthcare through Innovative Strategies

Health Connect Speaker Tiffany Nelson

Tiffany Nelson, MBA, BSN, RN

Executive Director
Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center at Mercer University School of Medicine

Health Connect Speaker Joan Anderson

Joan H. Anderson, MPH, MBA, JD

Senior Field Representative
Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center at Mercer University School of Medicine

Health Connect Speaker Nattlie Rogers

Nattlie Rogers, MHA, PharmD

Senior Field Representative
Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center at Mercer University School of Medicine

Session 14:
3:00 – 3:45 pm

Auburn University’s Health Disparities Research/Outreach Collaborations

Health Connect Speaker Jennifer Kerpelman

Jennifer L. Kerpelman, PhD

Professor & Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies & Outreach
Auburn University College of Human Sciences

Health Connect Speaker Timothy Moore

Timothy M. Moore, MD, PhD

W.W Walker Professor, Associate Dean
Auburn University School of Pharmacy

Session 15:
3:00 – 3:45 pm

Health Equity Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health Connect Speaker Daniel Dawes

Daniel E. Dawes, JD

Director of Satcher Health Leadership Institute
Morehouse School of Medicine

Health Connect Speaker Judy Monroe

Judy Monroe, MD

President & CEO
CDC Foundation

Session 16:
4:00 – 4:45 pm

How Genetic Testing is Impacting Healthcare and Employee Wellness (and adapting in times of COVID)

Health Connect South Speaker Devin Absher

Devin Absher, PhD

Director of Genomic Health
Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology

Health Connect Speaker Nancy McDonald

Nancy McDonald, CRNP, NP-C

Director of Employee Benefits and Wellness
East Alabama Medical Center

Health Connect Speaker Jessica Merritt

Jessica Merritt

Director of Business Development

Session 17:
4:00 – 4:45 pm

How Telehealth Kept Revenue Going

Health Connect Speaker Jeff Robbins

Jeff Robbins

Director of Neurodiagnostics and Telehealth
Tift Regional Health System

Health Connect Speaker Sherrie Williams

Sherrie Williams

Global Partnership for Telehealth

Health Connect Speaker Claudia Douglass

Claudia Douglass


Health Connect Speaker Amy Preddy

Amy Burney-Preddy, MHA, MS, CPC

Director of Revenue Integrity