Interagency Health Leaders Roundtable

The Joint Medical Chair (JMC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense/Health Affairs (OASD/HA) hosted the 7th Interagency Health Leaders Roundtable on November 15 -16, 2016, at the National Defense University (NDU), Fort McNair, Washington D.C., with three HOSA alumni members and two national officers in attendance. The members representing HOSA were: 

  • Elizabeth Carnesi, 2016-2017 National President, Sophomore, Psychology, Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University
  • Priya Rathakrishnan, 2016-2017 President-Elect, Sophomore, Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology on a Pre-med track, Emory University
  • Chirag Buch, first year medical student, UT School of Medicine, San Antonio
  • Jessica Fults, Senior, Bachelor of Science & Biology on a Pre-med track, The University of Alabama
  • Aamr Hasanjee, Junior, Biomedical Engineering, University of Central Oklahoma

The theme for the two-day conference was Bridging the Gap: Improving Federal Interagency Coordination. Major General Frederick Padilla, President, National Defense University, welcomed everyone to the campus and to the special event, which aimed to create actionable recommendations to move health forward as a national strategic imperative. The goal of the conference was to bring together different governmental and non-governmental agencies to create a more diverse group of professionals to discuss large-scale problems. The Interagency Health Leaders Roundtable was directed and coordinated by National Defense University’s Joint Medical Chair, Col. Edwin Burkett, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and other federal health agencies. The Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense of Health Affairs, Dr. Karen Guice, opened the session and emphasized the importance of all armed services to collaborate among themselves to become stronger. 

The Roundtable included the following plenary session areas of discussion: 

  1. Health Systems Innovation – Seamless Quality Care and Prevention for Veterans and Service Members, led by the Honorable Dr. David Shulkin, Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs 
  2. Interagency Health Leadership Development – Closing the Gap of Developmental Education for Senior Leaders, led by Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Joseph Caravalho, Joint Staff Surgeon
  3. Strategic Global Health—Overlapping and Transitioning Authority in the Health Sector, led by Dr. David Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight and Dr. Ariel Pablos Mendea, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator, USAID
  4. Health Systems Innovation – Seamless Quality Care and Prevention for Veterans and Service Members, led by VADM Raquel Bono, Director, Defense Health Agency.

Interagency Health Leadership Development Panel Discussion titled Improving Interagency Leadership Development for the Health Enterprise was led by Dr. Suzanne Logan, Director, Federal Executive Institute.   The focus of global health was led by Mark Swayne, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense with Jeremy Konyndyk, Director, USAID.

This opportunity allowed participants representing HOSA-Future Health Professionals to interact with various health leaders and provide a unique perspective to the roundtable discussions. The meeting provided insight into the future of health and how a collaborative effort can influence the outcomes of tomorrow’s health. HOSA-Future Health Professionals is very appreciative for the opportunity to be a part of the discussions and for providing a valuable learning experience.