Healthtech and Medicaid Took Center Stage at the First Annual ConsejoSano Conference

ConsejoSano, the multicultural patient engagement platform for payers, providers, and health systems, held its first annual conference exploring the intersection of technology and health outcomes of our diverse underserved populations at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel on October 10, 2019. It was a rousing success!


The first event of its kind in the healthcare and technology industry, “Reaching Out(comes)” covered how to meet the health needs of low-income, multicultural populations, with an overarching theme of text messaging in healthcare. It provided conference attendees with powerful best practices about the growing use of one of America’s most popular technologies to achieve better outcomes. 


Top healthcare and technology leaders, investors and policy makers from across the country joined for an exhilarating day of in-depth discussions and collaboration. The day was packed with insightful, informative panels with speakers from some of the best and brightest companies in healthcare. Attendees were fully engaged, then mixed and mingled between sessions. It was a thrilling day! 


“Text Messaging In Healthcare” was chosen as this year’s conference theme for the power and potential of text messaging to improve the health of America’s underserved populations. Many of America’s undeserved lack the resources and internet access to use today’s digital health innovations. Text messaging is proving to be a powerful solution. 

With the ConsejoSano conference filled beyond capacity, it’s clear that industry leaders and executives are very much interested in what text messaging can bring to their patient populations. 

We’re excited to share a look at the event. Thank you to all of our attendees, speakers and sponsors this year! We look forward to seeing you next year!


Scenes from the First Annual ConsejoSano Conference


Opening and closing remarks by ConsejoSano CEO Abner Mason began and concluded the event


Ian Morrison, PhD, Author, Futurist, & Board Member of Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital provided our conference overview


An update about healthcare policy provided by Marcia Augsburger, Partner at King & Spalding


Panelists Arthur Edwards, Business Diversity Program Manager (Tufts Health Plan), Rory Connell, MBA, Marketing Operations Manager Business Diversity Program Manager (Tufts Health Plan), Chris Esguerra, MD, MBA, Senior Medical Director (Blue Shield of CA Promise Health Plan), Joel Gray, Executive Director (Anthem Blue Cross, CA Medicaid Health Plan) and Nancy Pealing, MD, Chief Compliance & Quality Officer (Borrego Health) shared insight about text messaging in healthcare, with moderator Nicole Cook, Senior Director of Client Relations (ConsejoSano)


Examples of innovation and best practices were discussed by panelists Daniel Turner-Lloveras, MD, President (SaludConTech), Laura Jackson, PhD, Quality Innovations Specialist (WellSpace Health), Mindi Knebel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (Kaizen Health), and Tim Petrikin, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (Ampersand Health) with moderator Gary Rosenfield, MBA, Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategy (ConsejoSano)


Lunch included an excellent fireside chat about health equity with moderator Molly Coye, MD, Executive in Residence (AVIA), and Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer (American Medical Association).


Moderator Timi Leslie, Founder and President (BluePath Health) led a lively conversation about women’s health in multicultural populations with panelists Leah Sparks, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (Wildflower Health), Tanya Danksy, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (Blue Shield of CA Promise Health Plan), Melissa Hanna, Founder & CEO (Mahmee), Elmer Abbo, MD, Strategic Medical Director (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois), and Adimika Arthur, Executive Director (HealthTech 4 Medicaid).


Social determinants of health and innovation were the topics of this panel, with panelists Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD, MPH, MBA, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (Grapevine Health), Naveen Rao, Founder & Managing Partner (Patchwise Labs), Taylor Justice, Co-Founder and President (Unite Us), Sarita Mohanty, MD, MPH, MBA, Vice President, Care Coordination for Medicaid & Vulnerable People (Kaiser Permanente), and Omkar Kulkarni, MPH, Chief Innovation Officer (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles), with all-star moderator Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer (HealthBegins)


Attendees were provided great insight to how healthcare VCs are thinking about funding solutions for underserved Americans. The discussion included Robert Garber, MBA, Partner (7Wire Ventures), Derek Abruzzese, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer (Tufts Health Ventures), Amon Anderson, MBA, Director of Acumen America (Acumen Fund), Olivia Capra, Associate (Kaiser Ventures), and Grant Blevins, Senior Associate (Health Velocity Capital). Moderator was Vikram Bakhru, MD, MBA, Chief Operating Officer (ConsejoSano)


We want to thank the many speakers who joined us:
Speakers included Marcia Augsburger of King & Spalding, Ian Morrison of Martin Luther King Community Hospital, Dr. Molly Coye, Nancy Peeling of Borrego Health, Joel Gray of Anthem Blue Cross, Dr. Chris Esguerra of Blue Shield California, Leah Sparks of Wildflower Health, Robert Garber of 7Wire Ventures, Tanya Danksy of Promise, Rishi Manchanda of HealthBegins, Omkar Kulkarni of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Lisa Fitzpatrick of Grapevine Health, Daniel Turner-Lloveras of SaludConTech, Sarita Mohanty of Kaiser Permanente, Amon Anderson of Acumen America, Dr. Aletha Maybank of American Medical Association, Moses Ike of Blue Shield California, Laura Jackson of WellSpace Health, and many others.

We’re grateful to The Following Sponsors:
Adaptation Health, Ampersand Health, AVIA, CHCF Health Innovation Fund, HealthBegins, Health 2.0 (LA Chapter), Health Management Associates, HealthTech 4 Medicaid, Patchwise Labs, Center for Care Innovations (CCI), and SaludConTech.