WB404: Healthy Communities - Partnering with Hospitals to Invest in Community Development

Sep 05, 2019 02:00pm -
Sep 05, 2019 03:30pm
Online learning

Event Type: Webinar
Category: Educational Seminar

Speaker Information


Leslie Graham - President & CEO, Primary Care Coalition

Leslie Graham is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Primary Care Coalition (PCC), located in Montgomery County, Maryland.  The PCC is a not-for-profit founded in 1993 with a mission to improve the health of vulnerable individuals and families by building partnerships and strengthening systems. The PCC vision is of a strong, vibrant community that supports all people in achieving healthy lives.  

Ms. Graham has dedicated her career to improving the health of populations at the local, state and international levels.  In her role as CEO of the PCC, she was a founder of Nexus Montgomery, a partnership among the six local hospitals, nonprofits and county government to promote health and manage total cost of care for the shared community in ways no single organization could achieve on its own.  Prior to first joining the PCC as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2010, Ms. Graham served as COO and Vice President of Clinical Services for Planned Parenthood of Maryland.  There, she opened new clinic locations and built a multi-cultural workforce welcoming of the communities in which services were delivered.  Earlier, Ms. Graham served as Vice President of Health Systems for MAXIMUS, a large consulting company, where she started their international practice working with health care systems in the Middle East and Latin America. Ms. Graham has an MS in Healthcare Administration, and a BS in Computer Science.

Karen Kali - Program Manager, Special Initiatives, NCRC

Karen Kali leads the Special Initiatives work for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and focuses on aging in community, Age-Friendly Banking, healthy communities and emerging areas of interest. Prior to joining NCRC, Karen assisted in comprehensive neighborhood planning community engagement in Iowa; provided technical assistance to cities, counties and states creating affordable housing trust funds; provided housing with services consulting with Capital Impact Partners; wrote extensively for HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research with Sage Computing; and served as a commissioner for the Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities, resolving consumer disputes filed within the Office of Consumer Protection in Montgomery County, Maryland. Karen is a certified urban planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners and holds a masters in Community and Regional Planning and a bachelor degree in Sociology. Additionally, Karen serves as the Wellness chairperson for her neighborhood school’s Parent Teachers Association, advocating for safe routes to school, clean and accessible water for all students and fresh foods and salad bars in elementary schools.

Jennifer Jones - Chief of Membership and Policy, NCRC

Jenn Jones joined NCRC in January 2017 as the Chief of Membership, Policy and Training with more than 20 years of marketing, policy and development experience. Prior to joining NCRC, Ms. Jones served in the Obama Administration as a senior policy advisor to HUD Secretary Julian Castro. Jenn was charged with leading HUD’s affirmatively-furthering fair housing, neighborhood and community revitalization, rental assistance transformation, criminal justice reform and socio-economic mobility priorities for Secretary Castro.

Prior to working for HUD, Ms. Jones spent more than 12 years at several nonprofit organizations and consulting firms specializing in a range of social justice causes, including: LGBT equality, civil liberties, reproductive health and global human rights.