4th Annual
Maternal Mental
Health Symposium

4th Annual
Maternal Mental
Health Symposium

Virtual Event Overview

El Camino Health is pleased to present the 4th Annual Maternal Mental Health Symposium hosted by generous sponsorship from the El Camino Health Foundation.

We are thrilled to announce that Katherine L. Wisner, MD., MS., will be featured as one of our keynote speakers at this event discussing perinatal psychopharmacology. 

*Further details on presentation topics and detailed agenda to follow.

This event is designed for healthcare professionals, mental health providers, physicians, community-based organizations, peers, advocates, policy leaders, and administrators.

Virtual Event Program

Date: Friday, October 8th, 2021

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm PT

Location: This event will be hosted virtually, through Zoom.

Cost: There is no fee to attend this symposium. This event is made possible by generous sponsorship through the El Camino Hospital Foundation.

Continuing Education Units: If approved, continuing education units will be provided for this event. Further detail to be provided.

If you are not available to attend on the day of this event, the presentations will be recorded and available for viewing. Please ensure you register in order to view recordings of the event.

Please direct any questions to: events@elcaminohealth.org

Agenda and Speakers

Opening Remarks: Series Introduction
8:30 – 8:40 am

Lloyd Minor, MD

Dean, Stanford School of Medicine

Lloyd Minor is an academic leader, scientist, surgeon, and educator. Since 2012, he has been the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine. In this role he oversees the research, education, and clinical care strategies for Stanford Medicine, an academic medical center that includes the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children’s Health. Previously, he was the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of Johns Hopkins University. An expert on vestibular neurophysiology, Minor is known for identifying superior canal dehiscence syndrome and developing its surgical treatment. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and advises companies and investment firms such as aMoon, General Atlantic, and Mammoth Biosciences.

Jonathan Levin, PhD

Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Jonathan Levin is the Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was appointed as the 10th dean of the school in September 2016. Levin joined the Stanford faculty as an assistant professor in 2000. He was later appointed the Holbrook Working Professor of Price Theory in the Department of Economics, and Department Chair from 2011 to 2014. He has taught market design, game theory, microeconomics, and industrial organization at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He was also professor, by courtesy, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and director of the Industrial Organization Program at the National Bureau for Economic Research.

SESSION 1: Series Introduction
8:30 – 8:40 am

Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rochelle P. Walensky is the 19th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ninth Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. She is a well-respected expert on the value of testing and treatment of deadly viruses and her pioneering research has helped advance the national and global response to HIV/AIDS. Previously, she served as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2017-2020 and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School from 2012-2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic she served on the frontline, conducting research on vaccine delivery and strategies to reach underserved communities. She is a past Chair of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health, Chair-elect of the HIV Medical Association, and previously served as an advisor to both the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, a Doctor of Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

9:10 – 10:00 AM

COVID-19 has required all levels of government to collaborate and adapt in unprecedented ways. Public-private partnerships have also taken on new depth, proving instrumental to key initiatives ranging from surveillance testing to developing highly effective vaccines in record time. Despite these efforts, the U.S. has suffered high rates of infection, hospitalization, and death. This session will explore how the U.S. organized itself to combat COVID-19, strategies that were effective, and what could have been done differently thus far in the pandemic response.


Joanne Kenen

Editor-At-Large, Health Care

Joanne Kenen is POLITICO’s Editor at Large for health care. Since arriving in Washington in 1994, she has focused on health policy and health politics. She joined POLITICO in September 2011 and led the health care team for nearly a decade, more than doubling its size as it covered everything from the Affordable Care Act to the pandemic. Previously she worked for Reuters in New York, Florida, the Caribbean, and Washington—mostly covering Congress. As a Kaiser Family Foundation media fellow in 2006-07, she wrote about aging and palliative care. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic, Kaiser Health News, the Washingtonian, CQ, The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity, Health Affairs, National Journal, and Slate. In addition to her work on health policy, she has published two books and written extensively on parenting.


Brad Smith

Former Deputy Director
Domestic Policy Council

Brad Smith is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Russell Street Ventures (RSV), a firm focused on launching and scaling health care companies that serve vulnerable patient populations. Prior to RSV, he served as Co-Founder and CEO of Aspire Health, which he grew into the nation’s largest home-based palliative care provider before its sale to Anthem in 2018. He has also served in key government roles, including Deputy Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Deputy Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). He supported the federal response to COVID-19 by helping to scale testing across the country and by launching Project Airbridge, which shipped billions of medical supplies from around the world to the U.S. He also served as a Board Member of Operation Warp Speed, helping develop COVID-19 vaccines in record time.

Sally Susman

Executive Vice President and
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Sally Susman leads engagement with all of Pfizer’s external stakeholders overseeing global policy, communications, government relations, corporate responsibility, investor relations, and the Chief Patient Office. She also serves as Vice Chair of The Pfizer Foundation. Before joining Pfizer in 2007, she held several senior communications and government relations roles at Estée Lauder Companies and the American Express Company, including a posting in London with responsibility for all of Europe. Earlier in her career, she spent eight years on Capitol Hill focused on international trade issues and was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs in the Clinton Administration. Currently, she serves as Co-Chair of The International Rescue Committee, one of the world's largest humanitarian aid organizations, and on the board of WPP, the U.K.-based global advertising and marketing company. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a frequent commentator in newspapers, magazines, podcasts, and broadcast programs and was named a 2019 Top Voice on LinkedIn. She graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in government and studied at the London School of Economics.

Andy Slavitt

Former Senior Advisor to the Biden Administration COVID Response,
Author of Preventable, General Partner of Town Hall Ventures, Host of "In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt"

Andy Slavitt was President Joe Biden’s White House Senior Advisor for the COVID-19 response. He has led many of the nation’s most important health care initiatives, serving as President Barack Obama’s head of Medicare and Medicaid and overseeing the turnaround, implementation and defense of the Affordable Care Act. Slavitt has served in leading private and nonprofit roles in addition to his government services. He is founder and Board Chair Emeritus of United States of Care, a national nonprofit health advocacy organization as well as a founding partner of Town Hall Ventures, a health care firm that invests in underrepresented communities. He co-chaired a national initiative on the future of health care at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Slavitt chronicles what goes on inside the government and across the nation at town halls, in USA Today, on his award-winning podcast, In the Bubble, and on Twitter. He is the author of “Preventable,” a best-selling account of the U.S.’s coronavirus response released in 2021. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School, he and his wife have two grown sons.

Bonnie Maldonado, MD

Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Diversity, Professor of Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and of Epidemiology and Population Health Stanford Medicine

Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado is Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics and the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity at the Stanford School of Medicine. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic she has conducted more than 10 clinical, epidemiology and laboratory-based studies and is involved in epidemiologic modeling at the university, state, and national levels. She is the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases ,a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the American Public Health Association. She is a member of the Board of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, a liaison to the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and was previously a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Office of Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Alex Tabarrok, PhD

Professor of Economics
George Mason University

Alex Tabarrok is the Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a professor of economics at George Mason University. He is the co-founder of Marginal Revolution University, an online platform for learning economics, and is the co-author of the extensive website on FDA policies and reform, FDAReview.org. His research includes papers on the theory of voting, political economy, and empirical law and economics. He is the author and editor of a number of books and is widely published in peer-reviewed academic economics journals, as well as in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.


All registered attendees will be emailed with a full agenda prior to the event. The agenda will include information on each presenter, topic, and learning objectives.

Yes, the presentations will be filmed. If you are not able to attend the event, please register so that you will be updated when the filmed presentations are available.

All registered attendees will be emailed prior to the event with an attendee packet that includes information on how to receive continuing education units. If approved, details on the specifics of how many units are provided for each specialty will also be included on the website. Please check back for further details.

This event is funded through the El Camino Health Foundation and is provided free of charge to all attendees.

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