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The Future of Health Care Conference

Innovating a New Way Forward

Daylong Conference - Thursday, October 28

In collaboration with the Morrison Family College of Health, we are pleased to announce, the Future of Health Care Conference will be available both in person, on the St. Paul Campus, and virtual, for those who want to join from afar. As with previous years, the conference offers a full day of advanced speakers who bring the latest in innovation to the health care industry. Learn from and network with those moving the health care industry forward.

In-Person Registration at $595

Virtual Registration at $295

Have questions?

Contact Sandy Bauer, program manager. She can help you determine if this conference is the right fit for you, answer any questions you have and make sure you receive important conference notifications.


Sandy Bauer

Program Manager
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(651) 962-4621

Future of Health Care Conference

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Thursday, October 28th

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus



View the conference schedule to learn more about the speakers and topics that we plan to cover.

Meet the Presenters

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Liz Fowler

Elizabeth Fowler, Ph.D., J.D., is the Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center). Dr. Fowler previously served as Executive Vice President of programs at The Commonwealth Fund and Vice President for Global Health Policy at Johnson & Johnson. She was also special assistant to President Obama on health care and economic policy at the National Economic Council. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Minnesota.

Aashima Gupta

Aashima spearheads Healthcare solutions for Google Cloud. She founded and led Healthcare vertical and interoperability efforts at Apigee, led Digital Health Incubations at Kaiser Permanente, authored several Healthcare articles and is a frequent speaker at industry forums. Recently she was recognized as Most Influential Women in Healthcare IT by HIMSS and for the Top 100 Women in Fem Tech and Health Tech award. She is founder of GirlsInTek, an initiative with a purpose is to ignite girl’s innovative talent and interest in computer science.

Penny Wheeler

Penny Wheeler, MD, is chief executive officer of Allina Health, with responsibilities for setting the overall strategic direction for Allina Health, focusing on ensuring that the organization delivers exceptional care and supporting the health and well-being of all those served. Under Dr. Wheeler’s leadership, Allina Health has sharpened its focus on serving those who have not always been well-served by the health care system. Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate of medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Ken Holmen

Ken Holmen, MD serves as the President/CEO for CentraCare. Dr. Holmen is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction of CentraCare and its 13,000 employees, for the establishment, maintenance, and enhancement of quality health services in accordance with the mission, philosophy, and values of the organization. Dr. Holmen holds an MD degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist.

Maykao Y. Hang

Dr. MayKao Y. Hang, vice president and founding dean of the Morrison Family College of Health, will moderate the Trends for the Future of Hospital Systems panel. Dr. Hang is a proven, values-based leader who is passionate about the well-being of underserved communities. As dean, she is dedicated to educating health care providers and leaders to advance the physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being of individuals, families and communities, and to advocate for the systems change needed to eliminate health disparities.

Previous Webinars

The more data we have, the better we are at identifying social determinants of health. Yet, what new learnings are we gleaning from that data? How is technology both negatively and positively impacting social determinants of health? Has COVID-19 spotlighted any specific social determinants of health? What new innovative strategies are being implemented to improve community health? With all the questions being asked, it’s time for answers. Listen as Jennifer DeCubellis from Hennepin Healthcare and Dr. Anthony Iton from The California Endowment discuss what their organizations are doing to combat negative social determinants.

Get to the root of health equity in this Future of Health Care webinar. This webinar features Dr. Nathan Chomilo, a leader in advocacy and practicing medical profession, and Dr. Marc Gorelick, President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Minnesota, as they identify how the medical industry reinforces structural racism and how COVIV-19 has exposed it. They delve deeper into the use of race in medicine and explore why a racial equity lens is paramount in a sincere effort to reduce inequality.

This webinar features leaders of two new strategic business models from large national players in their markets. Sheila Krocak from Best Buy Health and Jared Mueller from the Mayo Clinic Innovation Exchange present an overview of how their organizations are creating new, innovative strategies in order to enter new markets, build internal agility and expand their reach.

The move to provide quality health care for patients, while staying financially viable and sustainable, is already underway. What can the future of health organizations look like if we are successful with payment and provider reforms?>

Join Mike Mikan, President and CEO of Bright Health Group Inc. and Dr. Penny Wheeler, CEO of Allina Health as they share their progress in creating new ways of conducting business to improve health. The session will be moderated by Dr. MayKao Y. Hang, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Founding Dean, Morrison Family College of Health

VillageMD has announced a partnership with Walgreens to be the first national pharmacy chain to offer full-service doctor offices co-located at its stores on a large scale. This expanded partnership will open 500 to 700 “Village Medical at Walgreens” physician-led primary care clinics in more than 30 U.S. markets in the next five years, intending to expand in the future.

VillageMD has shown great success in its model of care including utilization 39% lower rate of acute admissions than market average, a $200 lower per member per month costs on average across fully at-risk Medicare Advantage contracts, an 85% medication adherence rates for diabetes medications and 93 average net promoter score.

Brent Asplin, MD, President of VillageMD shared their team-based clinical model and how they plan to roll out this business model. Will the Twin Cities be one of the 30 U.S. markets.

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Is This Conference Right For You?

Whether you work for a health care company or do business with health care companies, this conference is helpful in understanding what is around the corner in the industry and networking with those moving health care forward.

This conference draws 250+ attendees each year. Common titles include:

  • Account Executive
  • Administrator
  • Attorney
  • Board Member
  • CEO
  • Chief of Staff
  • Clinical Director
  • Consultant
  • C-suite
  • Managing Director
  • Medical Director
  • Nurse Manager
  • Owner
  • Physician
  • President
  • Principal
  • Senior Manager
  • Vice President

Thank you to our partners!

This conference has been carefully planned through a partnership between CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), Fredrikson & Byron and the University of St. Thomas.



CLA exists to create opportunities for our clients, our people, and our communities through industry-focused wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax, and consulting services. With more than 6,100 people, 120 U.S. locations, and a global affiliation, we promise to know you and help you. For more information visit CLAconnect.com.Investment advisory services are offered through CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor.

Fredrikson & Byron


Fredrikson & Byron was founded in Minneapolis in 1948. Since then, they have grown into an international firm of over 290 attorneys in more than 50 practice areas. They serve a broad variety of publicly and privately held businesses, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences organizations municipalities, professional corporations, limited liability companies, nonprofits, trade associations, partnerships and individuals.

Clients include new ventures, small and medium-sized companies, family businesses, and national and international companies traded on world stock exchanges. Fredrikson & Byron offers services to clients worldwide through domestic offices.

University of St. Thomas


The University of St. Thomas is at the leading edge of digital trends in health care, working and consulting with companies and organizations within the Minnesota health care system and educating their leaders to drive transformation.

With graduate business programs, Executive Education programs and the Center for Business in the Innovation of Health Care, St. Thomas is helping to education students and organizations to think critically, act wisely and work skillfully for the common good.

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Consider sponsoring the 2021 conference

Get your company information in front of 200+ health care executives at this annual conference. Contact Brian Godfrey at 651-962-4608 or godf0521@stthomas.edu for more information about how you can sponsor this annual conference.

Benefits of This Program

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Benefits of This Program

Get on the balcony – spend a day out of the office learning so that you can go back and implement new ideas.

Learn from local and national health care leaders – Gain insight from those innovating from within their organizations.

Network with health care leaders – With an audience of over 250 health care professionals, you’ll have the opportunity to make connections with the movers and shakers in the industry.

Hear about new innovation and what’s ahead – As a health care leader, you know how important it is to stay current on emerging trends.

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