2017 Public Policy Forum

What Happens in Washington Doesn’t Stay in Washington

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
1 p.m to 4 p.m.
Radisson Hotel – Lansing

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Bob Greenstein

Bob Greenstein

As we all struggle to grasp the impact of federal policy decisions on people’s lives here in Michigan, it is vital that we come together to share information and chart a course forward. Policies coming out of Washington, D.C., will have powerful consequences for our lives and work, and they will undoubtedly exacerbate inequities already present in our communities.

Our keynote speaker will be Bob Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan research and policy institute in Washington, D.C. Bob will talk about the federal budget, policies being adopted in Washington and how those decisions will affect Michigan. He will specifically address anti-poverty programs that impact children and families.

Following Bob’s keynote, we will break into three panel discussions:

  • The Health of Healthcare featuring Laura Appel, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Michigan Health & Hospital Association; Bob Sheehan, Executive Director, Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards; Dizzy Warren, Executive Director, Enroll Michigan. Moderator: Jay Greene, Crain’s Detroit Business.
  • Preserving Basic Needs featuring Kate White, Executive Director, Michigan Community Action; Kait Skwir, Deputy Director, Food Bank Council of Michigan; Hassan Jaber, Executive Director, ACCESS. Moderator: Gilda Jacobs, CEO, Michigan League for Public Policy.
  • Poverty, Racial Equity and Education featuring Tonya Allen, President & CEO, Skillman Foundation; Marijata Daniel-Echols, Director of the Center for Health Equity Practice, Michigan Public Health Institute; Brian Whiston, State Superintendent, Michigan Department of Education. Moderator: Erin Einhorn, Senior Correspondent, Chalkbeat Detroit.

Please mark your calendar for this important free event!