2013 Speaker Bios

Lloyd H. Dean
President and CEO
Dignity Health

Lloyd H. Dean is a nationally recognized leader within and beyond the field of healthcare. He is President/CEO of Dignity Health the 5th largest health system in the U.S. with 40 hospitals and more than 80 ancillary care centers throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. He is responsible for the organization’s $13 billion in assets, overall management, governance, strategy and direction. He has led Dignity Health through significant strategic, operational, and financial transformations and has bought the organization to its current status as a leading healthcare organization recognized for high quality, compassionate care, operational excellence, and strong financial results.

Mr. Dean is a member of the Board of Directors of Wells Fargo and Company, chairperson for its Human Resources Committee, and serves on the Corporate Responsibility Committee, Credit Committee, Risk Committee and Governance Nominating Committee. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Committee on Jobs an organization that brings employment to the San Francisco Bay Area, and Chair of the Board of Directors for Cytori Therapeutics, an international leader in regenerative medicine and adult stem cell research. Mr. Dean is a member of the Board of Directors of Mercy Housing California, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to developing, operating and financing affordable housing. He previously served as the chairperson of the Catholic Health Association of the United States and was a member of its Board of Trustees.

A strong advocate for health care reform, Mr. Dean has been actively engaged with the White House Cabinet on the health care issues. He directly participated in health care reform discussions with President Barack Obama and his staff at the White House and has been appointed to the State Health Care Cost Commission charged to develop practical state policies to contain health care costs in the nation.

Mr. Dean holds degrees in sociology and education from Western Michigan University, and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of San Francisco. In 2012 he was ranked number 23 in Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and is also consistently named one of the “Top 25 Minority Leaders in Healthcare.”


Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH
Senior Vice President
Healthy Communities, The California Endowment

Anthony B. Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH, as Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities, joined The Endowment in October 2009.

Prior to his appointment at The Endowment, Iton served since 2003 as both the director and County Health Officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department. In that role, he oversaw the creation of an innovative public health practice designed to eliminate health disparities by tackling the root causes of poor health that limit quality of life and lifespan in many of California’s low‐income communities.

Iton also served for three years as director of Health and Human Services and School Medical Advisor for the City of Stamford, Connecticut. Concurrent to that, he also served as a physician in internal medicine for Stamford Hospital’s HIV Clinic. In addition, Iton served for five years as a primary care physician for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Iton’s varied career also includes past service as a staff attorney and Health Policy analyst for the West Coast regional office of Consumer’s Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine.

Iton, who has been published in numerous public health and medical publications, is a regular public health lecturer and keynote speaker at conferences across the nation. He earned his B.S. in Neurophysiology, with honors, from McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec, his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Kevin Barnett, DrPH, MCP
Senior Investigator
Public Health Institute

For the past two decades, Kevin Barnett, DrPH, MCP, a PHI senior investigator, has conducted applied research and fieldwork on two distinct, but related issues: the charitable obligations of nonprofit hospitals and the diversity of the health professions workforce.

In 2006, he completed a multi-state demonstration project involving more than 70 hospitals, "Advancing the State of the Art in Community Benefit," to develop and implement uniform community benefit standards. He is working with leading-edge health systems to implement these standards at the national level. He partnered with the National Network of Public Health Institutes to convene a series of community benefit regional roundtables in seven states.

On the issue of health professions workforce diversity, Barnett served on the Institute of Medicine committee that produced the 2004 "In the Nation's Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce," and co-authored the 2004 report from the Sullivan Commission entitled "Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions." Barnett serves as a member of the Diversity Research Council, a national committee convened by the Harvard Medical School. Barnett co-directed a statewide initiative that focuses on increasing health workforce diversity in California. Since June 2009, he has also served as the co-director of the California Health Workforce Alliance.


America Bracho, MD
President and CEO
Latino Health Access

Dr. America Bracho is the Executive Director of Latino Health Access, a center for health promotion and disease prevention located in Santa Ana, California. This Center was created under her leadership to assist with the multiple health needs of Latinos in Orange County.

Latino Health Access facilitates mechanisms of empowerment for the Latino community and uses participatory approaches to community health education. The programs train community health workers as leaders of wellness and change. Dr. Bracho worked as a physician in her native Venezuela for several years, after which she came to the U.S. to obtain a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Michigan. Her Public Health speciality is Health Education and Health Behavior.

After completing her Master’s program Dr. Bracho created and directed the AIDS projects for Latino family Services in Detroit, Michigan for four years. The program integrated HIV education programs that addressed needs confronted by the community including the need for jobs, parenting classes, women health services, drug treatment and many others. She has been a trainer, presenter and consultant for numerous government and private agencies around the nation including: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The National Council of La Raza, the University of Michigan, the University of California in Los Angeles, University of Maryland, Wayne State University, University of California in Riverside, John Hopkins University, University of California in San Diego, The US – Mexico Border Association, the Texas Department of Health, the Joslin Diabetes Center, The National Conference of Lay Advisors, The National Conference of Community Outreach Workers, among others.

Dr. Bracho serves as a consultant for the Pan- American Health Organization and has been a valuable team member as a faculty member for several international courses in Latin-America. In the past, Dr. Bracho has been involved with the Spanish-speaking media as hostess of a daily radio talk show and TV on health related topics. She has also been a columnist of a local newspaper. She remains involved with the media as a source of information related to health awareness.

She is recognized at the local, regional and national levels as an expert in the area of Latino health issues, health education, minority women, cultural competency, community organizing, diabetes education and HIV. She has received several awards for her contributions to the Latino community.


Larry Cohen, MSW
Founder/Executive Director
Prevention Institute

Larry Cohen, founder and Executive Director of Prevention Institute, has been an advocate for public health, social justice, and prevention since 1972. Larry established Prevention Institute in 1997 as a national non-profit center dedicated to improving community health and well-being by building momentum for effective primary prevention. The Institute's work is characterized by a systems approach to prevention, a strong emphasis on community participation, and promotion of equitable health outcomes among all social and economic groups. Prevention Institute has been recognized for its cross-cutting, innovative analysis and for its strategic skill in catalyzing and guiding cross-sectoral coalitions. Larry's founding vision has inspired a comprehensive, integrated approach that applies prevention principles to solving complex health and social issues across disciplines, promotes health in all policies, and views equity as a core component of all health decisions. These overarching principles unify Prevention Institute's endeavors in its primary focal areas-health equity, health reform, nutrition and physical activity, and preventing injury and violence.

Previously, Larry served as founding Director of the Contra Costa County Prevention Program, where he engaged the American Cancer Society and the American Heart and Lung Associations in forming the first coalition in the Unites States to change tobacco policy by passing the nation's first multi-city smoking ban. The coalition ignited other statewide and national efforts, including smoking bans on airplanes and restrictions in public places, restaurants, and workplaces. Larry also created the Food and Nutrition Policy Consortium, whose work led to a county food policy that sparked momentum for the U.S. food labeling law. He helped shape strategy to secure passage of bicycle and motorcycle helmet laws, strengthen child and adult passenger restraint regulations, and set fluoridation requirements in California.

Larry's past accomplishments, inspired by a commitment to diverse community leadership and to benefiting all, invigorate his current work. One of the major thrusts at Prevention Institute, reducing health inequity, threads through all of the focus areas. Recently, Larry co-authored A Time of Opportunity: Local Solutions to Reduce Inequities in Health and Safety for the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Disparities and Good Health Counts: A 21st Century Approach to Health and Community for California. Larry facilitated the California Campaign to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and co-developed THRIVE (Tool for Health and Resilience In Vulnerable Environments), a Web-based tool that helps identify and foster factors in the community environment that will improve health outcomes and reduce inequities experienced by low-income populations and populations of color. Larry is currently engaged in a two-year project to develop, pilot, and disseminate a Health Equity and Prevention Primer as part of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's national campaign to strengthen health equity capacity through public policy.


Clark Kellogg
Principal, Communications and Sustainability
Collective Invention

Clark Kellogg is a partner in the innovation consultancy, Collective Invention, Innovation for the Common Good®. He also teaches innovation and design thinking at UC Berkeley in the Haas School of Business and the Information School. Kellogg was the Founding Director of the Cal Design Lab, an interdisciplinary innovation lab begun in 2010 as a partnership between the Haas School of Business, The College of Environmental Design and the School of Information.

Clark focuses his work around hybrid uses of design strategy in communication, new media, organizational leadership, and facility design and planning. He began his career as an architect. His first real job was in the Design Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts where he helped launch a program of designers-in-residence in K-12 schools across the country. Shortly afterwards he moved to NYC and eventually began his own firm, Kellogg Communication + Design in New York, working for a magical balance of dance and theater companies on one hand, and Fortune 500 corporations on the other. These included Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane, The Performing Garage, The American Dance Festival, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, American Express, IBM, MasterCard, Nabisco, MTV, and more. In this phase of his career, Kellogg continued to use design thinking to solve an ever-widening scope of strategic issues for his clients.

Later, Kellogg began teaching what he had learned about design + communication at his alma mater, the UC Berkeley Department of Architecture while also directing brand strategy at Pentagram Design in San Francisco. Continuously seeking deeper understanding, Kellogg became a CEO coach, a master facilitator, a communications trainer and a writer. Today, these skills enhance the effectiveness of his work in three design disciplines: architecture, product design, and graphic design. Recognizing that great leaders, teams, and organizations choose to live in a powerful story, Clark has developed a highly innovative methodology for helping people build and tell seductive and compelling stories as a means of building identity and accomplishing goals.

In 2007, Clark became a Collective Invention partner. Today, Clark continues to teach, write and speak about design + communication. With his many years of experience, his insights into organizational communications and his ability to distill clarity from chaos are recognizable in the many forms of his work. Clark earned degrees in Environmental Design and Architecture at UC Berkeley and CCNY.


Loel Solomon, PhD
Vice President
Community Health Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente

Loel S. Solomon is Kaiser Permanente's vice president for community health. Previously, he served as national director of community health initiatives and evaluation at Kaiser Permanente's Community Benefits Program, a philanthropic venture that sought to improve the health of communities through partnerships, education, sharing clinical expertise, research, grants and services to vulnerable populations. Since he joined the program in 2003, Solomon has been responsible for a national effort to improve health outcomes in Kaiser Permanente communities by focusing on environmental and policy change. Earlier, Solomon served as deputy director of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for Healthcare Quality and Analysis, where he oversaw hospital outcomes and analyses of racial and ethnic health disparities. Solomon was also a senior manager at Lewin Group, where he helped design and facilitate community health initiatives sponsored by the United Auto Workers and the automobile industry. Solomon's policy experience includes service on U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy's health staff and former President Bill Clinton's Task Force on National Healthcare Reform. Solomon received his Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University and his master's in public policy at UC Berkeley. He is the author of several journal articles and a book chapter.


Lalitha Vaidyanathan, MBA
Managing Director

Lalitha brings nearly 15 years of experience in a combination of strategy consulting, business operations, and nonprofit management.

Lalitha has advised a variety of clients while at FSG including corporations, private foundations, multilaterals, government community foundations, and nonprofits. Lalitha’s client work has cut across a range of issues including Shared Value, Catalytic Philanthropy, and Strategic Evaluation. Her clients in India include the Godrej Group, the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, UN Women, The World Bank, and Eli Lilly. Her clients in the US include Medtronic, Mattel, UnitedHealth Group, McKesson, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Metrowest Community Health Care Foundation, and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

Lalitha started her consulting career with McKinsey & Company, advising financial services and technology companies on a variety of business issues. She subsequently co-founded and ran a venture-backed technology company in San Francisco. Since 2002, Lalitha has worked in the social sector as Program Director for OpNet Community Ventures, a technology workforce development organization targeted at low-income young adults, and as an independent consultant with clients in the areas of community health and global poverty alleviation.


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