February 2023 Newsletter
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Caroline Friedman Levy is a clinical psychologist and child welfare policy specialist who worked with vulnerable children and families at community mental health centers, schools and hospitals in New York, New Hampshire and Vermont, and administered a program helping pediatric professionals address infant and toddler risk factors for developmental disabilities and social-emotional disorders. After completing an MSc in Health, Community and Development at the London School of Economics, she served as a policy fellow in Children’s Services at the Department for Education in the UK, coordinating efforts to raise the baseline standard of care in preventing child abuse, neglect and exploitation. She is currently a Policy Consultant at The Civics Center and a Participating Researcher with the Research-to-Policy Collaboration at Penn State. Dr. Levy completed her undergraduate work at Cornell University and doctoral work in clinical psychology at the University of Vermont.
Dr. Liz Isakson is a pediatrician and public health researcher who has 15 years of experience with Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, the National Center for Children in Poverty and the New York Zero-to-Three Network. Her passion and support for early childhood systems integration stems from her exposure the short- and long-term human outcomes of an under-funded and misaligned system for families with young children. She received her MD from University of Connecticut Medical School and is completing her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
Lisa Langhart is a senior corporate finance professional with a decade of experience advising Fortune 500 branded consumer products companies and boards of directors. Ms. Langhart lends the Docs for Tots Board of Directors experience in strategic planning, development and negotiations. Her interest in Docs for Tots mission stems from a lifelong belief in the importance of education and health in mitigating inequities in our country. Ms. Langhart received her Bachelor from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her Masters of Business Administration from Harvard.
Dr. Robert Lee is an academic general pediatrician and associate residency program director at NYU Long Island School of Medicine with over 14 years of experience. He received his medical degree from NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed the Leaders in Medical Education certificate program from Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. His clinic interest in child development and developmental screening led him to join as a physician partner for Help Me Grow-Long Island. He is currently the president of American Academy of Pediatrics New York Chapter 2, representing over 1,500 pediatricians in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island. He is member of Expert Panels for Bright Futures Guidelines: For Health Supervision for Infants, Children, and Adolescent, 4th Edition.
Pete is a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP with 30 years of experience in the health care and life sciences industry. He has worked with companies in the health plan, life sciences and health technology, and health care provider segments. Pete is currently the National Audit Industry Leader, Health Tech. He previously served as National Assurance and Enterprise Risk Services Industry Leader, Health Plans. Pete also leads Deloitte’s national cross-sector go to market strategy around the emergence of health tech and health services within the industry. A frequent speaker and presenter on accounting and financial reporting issues for external organizations, he has served on the board of advisors of St. John’s University College of Business and of the Executive Business Program at Columbia University. Pete has also served on the board of directors, audit committee and as president of the New York Boy Scouts of America.
Kalyani Thampi is currently a Senior Manager of Research & Grants at Peterson Center on Healthcare. She has over 15 years of progressive experience designing and implementing high-growth health and human services. Kalyani developed and scaled the NYC Clinical Data Research Network (NYC-CDRN), a newly established citywide collaborative initiative that offers users a large volume of high-quality clinical, claims and social determinants of health to advance healthcare delivery nationally. Kalyani has served as a senior consultant for state and local governments, specializing in policy implementation and strategic planning for technology-enabled modernization initiatives in health and human services, and has additional experience in program development and evaluation; strategic partnerships and coalition-building; and research on health and social welfare policies in the U.S.
Bridget Walsh, MPH is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, a statewide, non-profit, policy and advocacy organization in New York. Ms. Walsh has over 25 years of experience in the field of health policy in New York. She has held positions in state government and several non-profit organizations representing constituencies as varied as physicians and business. She has deep expertise in the areas of public health, oral health, maternal and child health, and public programs and policies involving social determinants of health. Bridget earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University at Albany and a Bachelor of Arts from Ithaca College where she majored in politics.
Joshua is the Head of Health Technology Strategy at Facebook and was formerly an executive at CVS Health where he led several analytics and patient engagement efforts across Medicare, Medicaid and Commercial private insurance. Earlier in his career Joshua was a senior expert at McKinsey & Company and focused on both domestic and international healthcare organizations. Joshua is passionate about pediatric care and also serves on the Board of Enduring Hearts, the only non-profit focused on increasing the duration of pediatric heart transplants. Joshua holds a Master’s from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s from Carnegie Mellon University.
Karyn Wilkinson has spent her lifetime in the health care industry and currently works for the largest public health system in the United States. Dedicating herself to the medical industry, she has focused on fulfilling her passion for helping people at their most vulnerable. In her current role she advises management on designing & implementing controls and training to improve compliance with patient privacy & security. Karyn’s interest in Docs for Tots originates from her own family’s experience with a developmentally delayed child. She is dedicated to helping not only her family, but other families and people of vulnerable populations. Her passion is to make it easier to navigate our health system to discover all available resources and support medical providers making an impact in our communities. Karyn has her MBA from Strayer University.
Lara Zizic is a communications and strategic media consultant with over 15 years of experience. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, including for the ACE fund, SY Partners, Kois Bank, UNICEF and USAID and is a partner in the communications firm Frame144. She is an award-winning director and has helmed documentaries for Al Jazeera, Current TV, CNN International, as well as for the European Union and the United Nations. She received an MFA in filmmaking from Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts, an MHS in International Health from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree from Barnard College.
Quality early childhood education settings have great potential to transform our nation’s health.