LISC National

Health, Wealth, and Housing: Promoting Cross-Sector Collaborations for Equity Conference


At the Health, Wealth, and Housing: Promoting Cross-Sector Collaborations for Equity Conference on October 4, 2017, we will be talking to experts, community practitioners and funders in the field who are working to treat what are arguably the two most important social determinants of health: housing and wealth.

Understanding the intersections and interconnections of health, wealth, and housing presents several opportunities for funders and community stakeholders to invest in cross-sector programs and partnerships that advance the equitable development of health and well-being in low-income communities. We hope by expanding our understanding of cross sector collaborations, we will create a new framework of working together thereby creating a deeper impact and improving the lives of the people we serve.

See the conference agenda below and register here!


9:00 – 9:30am             Registration/Breakfast 

9:30 – 9:45am            Welcome & Introductions

Melody Winter Head
Regional Manager, Community Development
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Johnese Spisso, RN, MPA
President, UCLA Health
CEO, UCLA Hospital System
Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences

Tunua Thrash-Ntuk
Executive Director
Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Los Angeles

Morning MC:
Janet Pregler, MD
Director, Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center

9:45 – 10:05am  Morning Keynote Speaker

Betty T. Yee
California State Controller
Introduced by Janet Pregler, MD

10:10 – 11:40am   Practitioners’ Perspectives: On the Frontlines of Health, Wealth, and Housing
Prioritizing the business of health, when health is not your business; Showcasing local organizations that are working at the intersection of health, wealth, and housing to provide comprehensive services in low-income communities throughout LA.

Moderator: Maggie Cervantes
Executive Director
New Economics for Women

Miguel Alferez
Project Manager
Allied Universal Services

Channa Grace
President and CEO
Women Organizing for Resources, Knowledge, and Services (WORKS)

Nancy Halpern Ibrahim
Executive Director
Esperanza Community Housing Corporation

Dawnnesha Smith
Program Chief, Center for Financial Empowerment
Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs

11:40 – 12:10pm   A Funder’s Perspective: Designing the Future of Health

Speaker:  Peter V. Long, PhD
President and CEO
Blue Shield of California Foundation

Introduced by: Melody Winter Head, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

12:10 – 12:50pm   Lunch

Afternoon MC: Ali Tarzi, Community Reinvestment and Partnership Officer for Southern California
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

12:50 – 1:30pm  Fireside Chat – Looking at the Future of Health Equity in LA County
Can we imagine a Los Angeles in which your zip code, race, and income level does not affect your chance to live a long healthy life? Locally, we know that the built environment, access to jobs, access to care, and access to safe affordable housing are critical to the success of our communities. In this special interview health experts speak to the importance of health equity now and their future vision for the LA of tomorrow. 

Interviewer:    Shai J. Lauros
National Health Director, LISC

Barbara Ferrer, PhD
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Pablo Bravo
Vice President
Community Health Dignity Health

1:30 – 1:50pm   Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Sheila Kuehl
Los Angeles County Supervisor, 3rd District

Introduced by Linda Griego, Executive Advisory Board Member
Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Education Center

1:50 – 2:05pm   Break

2:05 – 3:20pm Afternoon Plenary: Turning Health Data into Strategy: Using Informed Decision-making to Create Social Change.
In this panel we will examine the latest research and data currently driving health interventions and community development investments. We will hear from experts on what we have learned, how we have adapted, and how it further improves the quality of life for low-income families.

Moderator:     Kari Dohn Decker
Managing Director, Corporate Responsibility, Western Region
JPMorgan Chase

Manal Aboelata
Program Manager
Health System Transformation Prevention Institute, San Francisco

Renee Roy Elias
Manager of Strategic Programs and Research
Build Health Places Network

Sarah Burd-Sharps
Measure of America

3:20 – 4:20pm   Partnership Spotlight – Making Cross-Sector Collaborations Work
Why do some partnerships succeed, while others fail? Why are collaborations between hospitals, health organizations, and community development organizations the exception and not the norm? The Partnership Spotlight panel will highlight local practitioners who have spent the past few years figuring out what works and what doesn’t when developing cross-sector partnerships aimed at improving resident health in affordable housing communities.                    

Moderator: Tunua Thrash-Ntuk
Executive Director
Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Coralyn A. Andres Taylor, 
Good Samaritan Hospital

Suny Chang
Chief Operating Officer
LINC Housing

Mark Guillen
Board Member
Long Beach Community Foundation

4:20 – 4:30pm             Closing

Tunua Thrash-Ntuk
Executive Director
Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Janet Pregler, MD
Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center

4:30 – 6:00pm             Changemakers LA Networking Reception
                                     ​ The Grand Room