LDI Special Symposium on Local and State Health Care Reform

November 7, 2008
12:00-1:30 PM

Colonial Penn Center Auditorium

Trish Riley
Director, Maine Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance
Maine’s Dirigo Health Reform –
Can States be the Laboratories for National Action?

Trish Riley serves as Director of Governor Baldacci’s Office of Health Policy and Finance leading his effort to develop a comprehensive, coordinated health system in Maine and to assure affordable health insurance for all Maine citizens.  She was the principal architect of Dirigo Health Reform.

Before joining the Baldacci Administration, Riley served as Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy and President of its Corporate Board from 1989-2003.  Previously, Riley held appointive positions under four Maine governors, including service directing the aging office, and directing Medicaid and state health agencies, including health planning and licensing and certification programs.  Riley has published and presented widely about state health reform.   She serves as a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, and was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Subcommittee on Creating an External Environment for Quality.  She also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on Quality Assurance. In April 2005, Ms. Riley was voted one of the USA’s top 25 women in healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.
Riley holds a B.S. & M.S. from the University of Maine.


Mitch Katz, MD
Director of Health, City of San Francisco Department of Health
Providing Universal Access to Care: Health San Francisco

Mitchell Katz, MD has been the Director of Health for the City and County of San Francisco for eleven years. He has been with the Health Department for over nineteen years, serving in a number of capacities prior to becoming Director, including Chief of Research for the AIDS Office, Director of the AIDS Office, Director of the Emergency Medical Services Agency, and Director of Health & Safety Branch of the Health Department. He is also Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. He has a primary care outpatient practice at the Positive Healthcare Practice at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), and also serves as an inpatient medical attending at SFGH. He is proudest of having created the first publicly funded needle exchange program, transferring the paramedic service into the fire department to create an integrated first response team, leading San Francisco to become the first locality in the Unites States to ban the sales of tobacco at pharmacies, and developing a universal health coverage program for San Francisco called Healthy San Francisco.



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