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2015 Keynote Speakers

Mary_Brainerd.jpgMary Brainerd is President and Chief Executive Officer of HealthPartners, Inc., the largest, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the US. She leads more than 22,000 employees in the HealthPartners integrated system, which includes a care delivery system with more than 1,700 physicians at nearly 140 primary, specialty and urgent care clinics; six hospitals; a large dental practice; 1.4 million members in top-rated medical and dental health plans; and the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research. She has been with the company since 1992 and under her leadership, HealthPartners has received numerous accolades for outstanding patient care, health plan service, and its charitable community work. Ms. Brainerd is a founding CEO and former Chair of the Itasca Project, a group of 40 government, civic, and business leaders addressing the issues that impact long-term economic growth, including jobs, education, transportation, and economic disparities. She serves on the Board of Minnesota Life/Securian, Greater MSP, University of Minnesota Foundation, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, and Bremer Financial Group. Previously she served on the Federal Reserve Board as a Class C Director (2008-2011) and Chair (2012-2013). 

 
 
Harry_Burns.jpgSir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Health, University of Strathclyde, also has a leadership position within the International Prevention Research Institute (IPRI). Burns graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1974. He trained in surgery and was appointed Honorary Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow in 1984. Working with patients in Glasgow’s East End gave him an insight into the complex inter-relationships between socioeconomic status and illness. He completed a Master’s Degree in Public Health in 1990. In 1994, he became Greater Glasgow’s Public Health Director. He later was a national leader in cancer prevention and care. From 2005 until 2014, Dr. Burns served as Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, where his responsibilities included public health policy. He gave strong priority to early childhood, including co-chairing the Scottish Government’s Early Years Task Force. He was knighted in 2011.

 
TrissaTorres_web.jpgTrissa Torres, MD, MSPH, FACPM is a Senior Vice President at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). At IHI, Dr. Torres is responsible for  executing on IHI’s strategy in North America: to accelerate the pace of improvement in health care and innovate and partner with organizations and communities to improve health. A preventive medicine physician by training, Dr. Torres has extensive experience in clinical preventive medicine, population management, and public, community, and population health. Prior to joining IHI, Dr. Torres led population health initiatives at Genesys Health System in Flint, Michigan; guiding the organization in transforming care delivery to improve the health of its community, with particular emphasis on the underserved. Over her 18 year tenure in the Flint community, Dr. Torres designed, implemented, evaluated, and evolved a  novel care model anchored by "Health Navigators"̶̶̶-- individuals who serve as extensions of primary care practice teams to engage patients in healthy behaviors and their own self-management. Dr. Torres has been involved with IHI's Triple Aim strategy since its prototyping phase, serving initially as champion for her own organization, then as Triple Aim faculty, and now as Senior Lead for Triple Aim  initiatives at IHI. Dr. Torres is committed to leveraging this unique time in history to transform health care to improve care, reduce costs, and create partnerships across the public and social sector to improve health for all.