The 2019 Health and Human Services Summit
Purpose, Passion, and Impact for the Future
When & Where
October 25-27, 2019
Harvard University | Cambridge, MA

A Report, reflecting on and summarizing the sessions and insights that occured at this Summit, is now available for download.

About the Summit


It will be imperative for health and human services officials to not only leverage the bold innovations, disruptive business models, and radical breakthroughs that lead to new and better solutions, but also embed the technology, tools, and cultural attributes which lead to creativity, agility, and adaptability. And urgently, leaders must address challenges and opportunities that can make or break progress including:

  • As we intentionally put the “person at the center” of human services, how do we ensure families are engaged as advisors, influencers, and catalysts in the transformation of outcomes and value? And how should we embed these ideas into the broader health and human services ecosystem?
  • As we strive to achieve equity in opportunity and outcomes, how should we address persistent racial, gender, and socio-economic disparities, examine how our policies and services may be contributing to disparities, and pioneer new approaches to make intentional and meaningful progress?
  • As we create new ways of solving generational poverty, how can we invest “upstream” and “downstream” via the social determinants of health and two-generation solutions in order to build the social and economic mobility and wellness that help people thrive?

To help leaders answer these questions and chart a path for the future, Leadership for a Networked World and Accenture, in collaboration with the American Public Human Services Association, are convening senior-most leaders for the 2019 Health and Human Services Summit: Purpose, Passion and Impact for the Future.

The Summit, to be held October 25th – 27th, 2019 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will provide an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate, learn and network with the world’s foremost health and human services practitioners, Harvard faculty and researchers, and select industry experts. Summit participants will gain membership to a community of peers and experts and leave the Summit with actionable steps to build generative solutions that achieve better outcomes more equitably for the individuals, families and communities they serve.

Who Should Attend?

Summit attendees are senior-level, health and human services executives, who aspire to improve outcomes and impact in the short term and design new solutions for the future. Regardless of title, all Summit attendees are “Chief Transformation Officers” in practice – leaders who strive to achieve equity in outcomes and build the social and economic mobility and wellness that help people, families, and communities thrive.

Admission & Participation

The Summit is an invitation-only program for senior health and human services executives. Other applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis, depending in part on available space. We typically receive more applications than we can accommodate, so apply for your seat as soon as possible. This event is supported by the hosting and collaborating organizations, so there is no tuition fee to attend. Travel and hotel expenses, however, are the responsibility of individual participants.

Bobby Cagle
LA County Department of Children and Family Services

Jennifer DeCubellis
Deputy County Administrator
Hennepin County

Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez
Vice President, Center for Systems Innovation
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Kelly Harder
Consulting Partner, Child Welfare Practice
Change & Innovation (C!A)

Raquel Hatter
Managing Director, Human Services Program
The Kresge Foundation

Ross Hunter
Washington Department of Children, Youth and Family

Sara T Mayer
Chief Program Officer
Code for America

Anne Mosle
Vice President
Aspen Institute

Susan Perry
Principal Deputy Secretary
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Michelle Rhone-Collins
Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Sullivan
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

Tracy Wareing Evans
President and CEO
American Public Human Services Association

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