8:10 – 8:40 AM – Morning Keynote: Bending the Health Care Cost Curve
Gordon Ito, Insurance Commissioner, State of Hawaii
Gordon I. Ito was appointed as Insurance Commissioner for the Hawaii State Insurance Division in July 2010 by Governor Linda Lingle. He was reappointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie and Governor David Ige on January 2011 and 2015 respectively.
Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Ito was the Chief Deputy Insurance Commissioner since 2000 and was the Supervising Attorney of the Insurance Division from 1993 – 2000.
In November 2018, he was elected Vice President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC). Prior to that, Commissioner Ito served as Secretary-Treasurer in 2018. From 2012 -2015, Ito was Chair of the NAIC Western Zone as well as the chair of the NAIC’s International Regulatory Working Group and the Information Systems Task Force.
Commissioner Ito obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii and a law degree from the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law.
8:40 – 9:50 AM – The Business Case for Healthy Employees
UHealthy Hawaii – Ensuring a robust statewide healthy workforce; discovering and innovating to improve and extend lives; promoting healthier families and communities; and advancing health policy.
Aimee Grace, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director of Health Science Policy, University of Hawaii System
Dr. Aimee Malia Grace, MD, MPH, FAAP, is the Director of Health Science Policy for the University of Hawaii (UH) System, working in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. She is responsible for identifying funding and establishing strategic opportunities, partnerships, policies, and initiatives to improve health and health care across the state and nation by leveraging UH’s research enterprise, programs and capabilities in the area of health sciences.
Dr. Grace previously served as lead health policy advisor for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz in Washington, DC where she managed Senator Schatz’s legislative work in the health field, including the areas of telehealth, Medicaid buy-in, Tobacco to 21, Project ECHO, and chronic pain. She also managed Senator Schatz’s budget and appropriations for health programs of importance to Hawai’i and Native Hawaiians. Dr. Grace completed her undergraduate studies in human biology at Stanford University, medical degree at the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, and Master of Public Health (Health Policy) degree at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her pediatrics residency was completed at Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and her General Academic Pediatrics (Health Policy) fellowship at the Children’s National Health System.
How Businesses Can Contribute to Healthier Communities
Christina Hause, VP, Marketing, Sales and Business Development, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
Hause came to Kaiser Permanente Hawaii region from Magellan Health Services in Avon, Connecticut, where she served as senior vice president of Sales, Sales Operations, and Product Innovation. Prior to that, Hause served in several senior management positions with HealthNet and United Health Group in California, New York and Connecticut.
In 2016 and 2017, Christina was recognized by several notable community publications as one of Hawaii’s Elite Women Business Leaders, one of twelve women announced as Women Who Mean Business Industry Leaders in Business, and a finalist as Sales & Marketing Executive of the Year. In 2018, Linkage, a global leadership development organization, awarded Chris its Women in Leadership Executive Impact Award, which recognizes commitment to advancing female leaders and the growth of women in organizations and the community.
She also serves on the boards of Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii, Hawaii Foodbank, and Hawaii Horse Show Association.
How to Create Healthier Work Environments and Increase Employee Engagement
Kaleo Kokoolani, SVP – Total Rewards, Bank of Hawaii
David Tumilowicz, VP of Public Relations, Communications and Brand Management, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
David Tumilowicz is Vice President of Communications and Brand Management for Kaiser Permanente’s Hawaii Region since September 2017. In this role, he oversees advertising and brand management, member and employee communications as well as public relations and media support.
Prior to his current role, Tumilowicz had served in a variety of positions at Kaiser Permanente including director of account management, director of sales operations and strategic market planning, and director of business engagement. He also worked as publisher of Hawaii Business and Hawaii magazines, and as vice-president at PacificBasin Communications, Hawaii’s largest magazine publishing house.
He currently serves as a board member on the Oahu Economic Development Board and the Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Committee. Tumilowicz was the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award at the 2012 annual Men’s March Against Domestic. He is an alumnus of the Pacific Century Fellows program and the Kaiser Permanente Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. Tumilowicz holds his BA in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University and a MA in Sociology from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Dew-Anne Langcaon, Co-Founder & CEO, iHealthHome, Inc.
Dew-Anne is a senior care technology entrepreneur who leads an innovative software company called iHealthHome. iHealthHome provides care managers with a software platform that makes it easy for them to use technology to connect the entire care team including a senior, their family, caregivers and healthcare providers.
Dew-Anne has over 25 years of leadership experience in healthcare finance, operations and strategic planning. After more than a decade as a hospital administrator, Dew-Anne co-founded a senior care management and private home care company called Ho’okele in the state of Hawaii whose mission is to provide services to enable seniors to live well at home.
Ho’okele then co-founded iHealthHome out of a need to bring automation, technologies tools and business intelligence to home and community based senior care. Prior to co-founding Ho’okele, Dew-Anne served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer for Hawaii Pacific Health, where she was responsible for strategy, business development, research, risk management, patient safety and quality management.
Employees Legal Rights & FMLA
Corianne Lau, Partner, Dentons US LLP
Corianne Lau’s practice is concentrated in the areas of employment law and litigation, government contracts, commercial disputes and administrative law. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Employment Law Committee of DRI, and the National Contract Management Association. She is a former director and director-elect of the Hawai’i State Bar Association and a past President of Hawai’i Women Lawyers and of the Hawai’i Women’s Legal Foundation. Cori serves on the Board of Directors of the East‐West Center Foundation and the Friends of the Hawaii State Art Museum.
Cori has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for Labor & Employment Litigation (2012-2018; 2017 “Lawyer of the Year”), Employment Law – Management (2013-2018), Arbitration (2012-2018), Government Contracts (2018), and Labor & Employment (2011).
Managing Elder Care – Employer accommodations and volunteering to support the elderly
Shelly Wilson, President & CEO, Wilson Care Group
Dianne Brookins, Partner, Dentons US LLP
Dianne began her legal career as a judge advocate in the Marine Corps, and then spent several years litigating insurance coverage and other complex commercial disputes in Seattle and Honolulu. She served for five years as Associate General Counsel to Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. before joining Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing in September 2001. Dianne’s practice consists of representing healthcare entities in dispute resolution and advising healthcare clients on matters of regulatory compliance.
Dianne serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Kahi Mohala Behavioral Health, Legacy of Life Hawaii, Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation and Christ Church Uniting Disciples & Presbyterians. She holds a masters degree in systems management from the University of Southern California and her JD from the University of Washington School of Law.
Dianne has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for Healthcare Law (2013-2018), Arbitration (2013-2018), and Mediation (2012-2018). Dianne was also named a Future Star: Healthcare, General Commercial by Benchmark Litigation in 2015.
Mental Health in the Workplace and Workplace Stress
Trisha Kajimura, Executive Director, Mental Health America of Hawaii
Trisha Kajimura, MPH, is working to promote wellness in Hawaii through advocacy, education, and service. Her focus for the agency includes normalizing discussion of mental health, increasing prevention and improving access to care. Trisha has spent the last 20 years working in social services in Hawaii. Her most recent role was as Social Policy Director at Catholic Charities Hawaii where she represented the agency in advocating for vulnerable populations.
Trisha serves on the board of directors for PHOCUSED, advisory board for the Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund, and the Community Advisory Panel for the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Office of Public Health Studies. In 2017, she received the Hawaii Psychological Association’s Daniel K. Inouye Award and the Hawaii Alliance of Non-profit Organization’s Emerging Nonprofit Leader of the Year Award.
Beth-Ann Kozlovich, Senior Development Officer, Kahi Mohala Sutter Health
Beth-Ann Kozlovich leads fundraising for Hawaii’s only stand-alone, not-for-profit psychiatric hospital focusing on children. In 2018, she was awarded the Hina Mauka Harry and Mary Lake Compassion Award. She and her Hawaii Public Radio team won a 2016 national Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) for the series “Homelessness from the Outside In,” produced by The Conversation, the program she created in 2011. In previous years, Kozlovich was recognized by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Hawaii and Hawaii Psychological Association.
Before joining Kahi Mohala, Kozlovich served as Hawaii Public Radio’s talk shows executive producer and oversaw its five locally produced talk programs. She created and co-hosted HPR’s weekday morning show, The Conversation, launched in 2011. In 1999, she created and began moderating Town Square, HPR’s long running live, public affairs forum. A woman with lives on radio and in the business of nonprofits, she is a former Hawaii anchor of NPR’s Morning Edition. She is a board member of the Hawaii Arts Alliance, active in the Rotary Club of Honolulu and was a 2018 presenter at HANOCON.
Former Governor Dr. Howard B. Dean, Senior Advisor, Dentons US LLP
Governor Howard Dean focuses on health care, education and energy issues at Dentons US LLP, as well as providing expertise derived from his extensive experience in public office.
A recognized thought-leader in health care reform, Governor Dean works with clients to navigate complicated regulations and political challenges in both the private and public sectors. Through partnering industry with business and community interests he is at the forefront of promoting high quality and affordable health care while supporting innovation.
Governor Dean began his life in politics in 1982 when he was elected to the Vermont State Legislature. He transitioned from a practicing physician to a full-time career in public service when he became Governor of Vermont in 1991, culminating in 12 years of service as Vermont’s governor – the second longest serving in Vermont’s history. He was known for his fiscal responsibility as well as his efforts in health care reform.
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