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Mark Smith is currently a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. He co-chairs the Guiding Committee of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network.
From 1996 through 2013 was the Founding President of the California HealthCare Foundation, which he led from its formation. An independent endowed philanthropy in Oakland, California, the Foundation began operations with $500 million in assets, made $650 million in charitable grants under his leadership, and has a current corpus of approximately $720 million. In those 17 years, Smith helped build the Foundation into a recognized leader in delivery system innovation, public reporting of care quality, and applications of new technology in health care. Smith spearheaded the launch of California HealthLine and iHealthBeat, daily electronic publications with a combined circulation of 60,000; the CHCF Center for Healthcare Reporting at USC, an award-winning initiative which partners with local publications and broadcast outlets throughout the state in producing original reporting; the CHCF Innovation Fund, which invests in companies advancing the Foundation’s mission; and the CHCF Leadership Fellows Program, whose 300 alumni/ae are senior leaders in virtually every clinical enterprise in the state.
He was a 2014 Menschel Senior Policy Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Smith is a nationally-recognized health policy expert. He has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 25 book chapters and monographs. He has consulted for the governments of Kuwait, Denmark, and Singapore, and is a frequent keynote speaker, including for Microsoft, Health 2.0, Kaiser Permanente, and the Library of Congress.
Before CHCF, Dr. Smith was Executive Vice-President of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, where he oversaw programs in HIV, Reproductive Health, and the Health Care Marketplace. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and of Public Health, and directed the AIDS clinic there.
Dr. Smith was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2001. He chaired the IOM’s Committee on the Learning Healthcare System, which produced the widely-publicized 2012 report Best Care at Lower Cost. He serves on the Boards of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Commonwealth Fund, the Archstone Foundation, Concerto Healthcare and the Editorial Board of Health Affairs, and advises several startup companies and venture funds. He has been honored by the California Legislature, the California Hospital Association, Grantmakers in Health, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and others.
Dr. Smith holds a BA from Harvard College, an MD from the University of North Carolina, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. A Board-certified internist, he maintains an active clinical practice in HIV care at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. He and his wife reside in Oakland, California.
Ian is an internationally known author, consultant, and futurist specializing in long-term forecasting and planning with particular emphasis on health care and the changing business environment. He combines research and consulting skills with an incisive Scottish wit to help public and private organizations plan their longer-term future.
He is President Emeritus of the Institute for the Future (IFTF). He has written, lectured, and consulted on a wide variety of forecasting, strategy, and health care topics for government, industry, and a variety of nonprofit organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Ian is the author of Leading Change in Healthcare: Building a Viable System for Today and Tomorrow (AHA Press, 2011) and Healthcare in the New Millennium: Vision, Values and Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2002). His previous book, The Second Curve – Managing the Velocity of Change (Ballantine, 1996) was a New York Times Business Bestseller and Businessweek Bestseller. Ian has co-authored several books and chapters, as well as numerous journal articles.
Ian holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in urban studies from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. in geography from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
Kim Slocum is a recovering pharmaceutical executive, with thirty years in pharma/biotechnology.
Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals where he helped to lead the company’s effort to develop innovative tools to better understand and shape its external environment.
Worked in sales, sales training, marketing, new product development, managed care marketing, disease management, health care consulting, strategic planning and externalization efforts
He is president of KDS Consulting, where is a business consultant and frequent speaker on issues related to the future of health care, the pharmaceutical industry, and health care information technology.
Kim wrote “Consumer Directed Health Care, A 360 Degree View” (July 2008) – delving into the history of US health insurance, factors that contribute to cost relative to other nations, and the role consumers play in a transformed health care delivery system.
Kim has a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and did his graduate studies in Business at Xavier University.
Humphrey Taylor is Chairman Emeritus, The Harris Poll. During his 50+ year career in marketing and opinion research, Humphrey has had overall responsibility for more than 8,000 surveys in over 80 countries, for governments, corporations, and foundations and other non-profits. He has testified more than ten times to Congressional Committees and Subcommittees on Social Security, health care cost containment, Medicare, aging, policies affecting people with disabilities, drug exports, the taxation of employee benefits, and privacy. He has been invited to the White House ten times under seven administrations, including meetings with Presidents Reagan, Ford and George W. Bush, and has made presentations there and on Capitol Hill on these subjects, and on health maintenance organizations, productivity, boys clubs, consumerism, health promotion and disease prevention.
Over his working life, Humphrey has authored more than 1,000 columns, papers, op-ed page articles, and book chapters. He has written editorial page articles for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and (London) Times. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard (the Kennedy School and the School of Public Health), Yale, Columbia, Oxford, NYU, The Wharton School and U.C.S.F.
In the 1980s Humphrey pioneered the use of surveys to compare the performance of different countries’ health care systems. In the 1990s he was a prime mover in the development of Internet-based surveys and the successful use of online polling. One person who seems to think well of him is Sen. Jay Rockefeller who said, “To say Humphrey Taylor is a pollster is like saying Michelangelo does ceilings.” The Washington Post described him as “one of the reigning giants of the industry”.