Program

2024 Conference Sessions

Select the session topics below to view a summary of each session, its panel of speakers, and the speakers’ bios.

This list is frequently updated and subject to change (Last updated 02/25/2024).

Opening Session

Moderators

  • Tyler Nottberg
  • David Oliver

 

Panelists

  • Hayat Abdullahi, Health Forward
  • C. Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D., Chancellor – UMKC
  • Torree Pederson, VP – Aligned
  • Dr. Dred Scott, CEO – Civic Council
  • Dr. Shayla Sullivant, CMH

Mental Health Matters

Moderator

  • To Be Announced

 

Panelists

  • Chad Anderson, Chief Clinical Officer – KVC Kansas
  • Renny Arensberg, Executive VP Employee Engagement – KVC Kansas
  • Jennifer Lundgren, Provost and Professor of Mental Health – UMKC

Workforce: Sparking an Empowered Workforce

Moderator

  • Dr. Leigh Ann Taylor Knight, Executive Director & COO – The DeBruce Foundation

 

Panelists

  • Bennet G. Boggs, Ph.D., Commissioner – Missouri Department of Higher Education, Workforce Development
  • Phyllis Hardwick, Executive Director – Community Capital Fund
  • Jeanette Prenger, CEO – ECCO Select

Foster Care: Reconsidering the System

Moderator

  • Mary Chant, CEO – Missouri Coalition for Children

 

Panelists

  • Denise Cross, President/CEO – Cornerstones of Care
  • Weston Gallo, Former Foster Child – Foster Club
  • Rep. Jonathan Patterson, Missouri House of Representatives & Majority Floor Leader – District 030 (Lee’s Summit)
  • Meredith Rose, Cornerstones of Care

 

KC Health Collaborative LAN

Content and speakers coming soon.

 

Mattie Rhodes Center: Success Stories in Community Collaboration

Moderator

  • Edgar J. Palacios, Founder – Latinx Education Collaborative

 

Panelists

  • Dr. Marvia Jones, Director – KCMO Department of Health
  • John FierroPresident & CEO – Mattie Rhodes Center
  • Theresa Reyes Cummings, Deputy Director – Community Mental Health Fund

Workforce: Rise of Women Entrepreneurs

Moderator

  • Kirsten Brown Persley, CEO – Persley Advisors

 

Panelists

  • Dr. Brandy Archie, CEO – AskSAMIE
  • Vanessa Jupe, CEO and Founder – Leva
  • Maria Meyers, Vice Chancellor – UMKC Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Childcare Successes and Opportunities

Moderator

  • Jocelyn Mourning, VP Advancement – The Family Conservancy

 

Panelists

  • Paula Neth, Executive Director – Family Conservancy
  • Sen. Greg Razer, Missouri State Senate – District 7 (Jackson County)
  • Toni Sturdivant, Ph.D., Director Early Learning – Mid-America Regional Council

Healthy Food, Healthy Lives

Moderator

  • Max Kaniger, Kanbe’s Markets

 

Panelists

  • Jessica Kejr, Director of Community Impact, Program and Food+ – Harvesters, The Community Food Network
  • Donna Field Martin, Double Up Food Bucks, KC Fresh Rx – MARC
  • Janet Rhone, Director Food FARMacy – University Health

 

Culturally Proficient Healthcare

Moderator

  • Carmen Bradshaw, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

 

Panelists

  • Dan Cranshaw, Executive Director – Kansas City Health Collaborative
  • Dr. Tiffany Gladdis, Representative – Children’s Mercy Kansas City
  • Dr. Naiomi Jamal, Chief Health Officer – Swope Health

Conference Schedule

2024 Conference Schedule

Subject to change

7:45 am – Registration

 

8:30 am – Welcome & Opening Panel

 

9:35 am – Breakout Sessions

  • Specific sessions to be announced

 

10:45 am – Breakout Sessions

  • Specific sessions to be announced

 

11:45 am – Lunch

  • Branton/Hall Community Collaborator Award Presentation – Maurice Alvin Watson
  • Keynote Presentation – Gretchen Rubin

 

1:15 pm – Breakout Sessions

  • Specific sessions to be announced

 

2:20 pm – Closing Panel & Remarks

 

3:15 pm – Networking