Sponsored Session

1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Investing in Social Determinants: Case Studies of Real-World Community Impact

Investing in social determinants of health is good for business and good for the health care system.


This discussion will explore how investments through public-private partnerships can bring coordinated services – medical and social – to uninsured and underserved populations, ultimately helping people live healthier lives.


Key topics include:

  • Food insecurity’s large impact on health. Sixty-four percent of households chose between paying for food and paying their medical bills in the past twelve months. Investing in the refrigeration infrastructure and fresh produce programs of local foodbanks can provide access to better health.

  • Community health centers that care for the uninsured are critical to supporting the broader health system and are currently stretched beyond capacity. Investing in community health workers can improve the coordination of local, culturally-competent social services, primary care, and outreach for thousands of low-income and underserved individuals and families.

  • Business innovations and investments that help us move toward a value-based health care system are critical to helping people achieve better health.



Dr. Nicole Cooper

Vice President, Social Responsibility


Nicole Cooper, MD serves as vice president of social responsibility at UnitedHealthcare where she leads national signature partnerships and local social investment strategies to bolster UnitedHealthcare’s social impact across the US. In this role, she oversees corporate philanthropic grant-making and employee volunteerism.  Prior to UnitedHealthcare, Dr. Cooper was an Obama administration political appointee at the US Department of Health and Human Services where she served as a policy advisor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Public Health degree from Harvard University.



Catherine Anderson

Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

UnitedHealthcare Community & State

Catherine Anderson is the senior vice president of strategic initiatives at UnitedHealthcare Community & State and is responsible for shaping the policy agenda, along with positioning UnitedHealthcare as the preeminent thought leader in state and federal health and social programs. As a key member of the executive team, Catherine spearheads business development initiatives. UnitedHealthcare Community and State proudly serves nearly 6.4 million Medicaid members in 27 states, plus Washington D.C. Catherine brings more than twenty-five years of experience in policy development and legislative affairs. 


Michael Griffin

President & Chief Executive Officer

Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans

Michael Griffin is leading innovation in community health care by improving patient outcomes and experiences. As President/CEO of Daughters of Charity Health Centers (DCHC) since 2008, Griffin runs a non-profit health care organization with a 185-year history of service to New Orleans.  Michael works to provide access to compassionate, holistic, high-quality primary and preventive health care services, regardless of patients’ ability to pay, while leading DCHC’s expansion from one to ten health centers, eight school-based sites, and four mobile medical and dental units, serving more than 51,000 residents annually. Griffin is a leading proponent of patient-centered care and quality.


Lisa Hamler-Fugitt

Executive Director

Ohio Association of FoodBanks

Lisa has served as executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks since 2001. Lisa has researched, written, and secured over $200 million in grants from local, state, and national government sources and private foundations. As an organizer, she has worked to mobilize individuals and organizations around statewide campaigns and regional grassroots coalitions. As a trainer, she has worked with thousands of individuals and organizations on public policy issues, presented at numerous conferences and workshops, and authored more than a dozen publications to assist advocates. Previously, Lisa worked as the public policy director and statewide food and nutrition program coordinator for the Ohio Hunger Task Force.


Sheila Shapiro

Senior Vice President,

National Strategic Partnerships


Sheila Shapiro is senior vice president of National Strategic Partnerships for UnitedHealthcare’s Clinical Services division. In this role, she has pioneered a program that addresses social determinants of health using data to refer people to much-needed services in their communities. Sheila has over thirty years of health care experience, including ten years with UnitedHealthcare. She has led several operations and strategic objectives including claims, customer service and financial operations. Sheila earned a Master of Arts in management from the University of Phoenix, and her bachelor’s degree is from Arizona State University.