Plenary V: Prepping for Hill Day
During this session, participants will hear from a Congressional staffers working on Momnibus legislation and the social determinants of health bill. They will learn why these bills were drafted, the gaps they address, and the current status of the bills in Congress.
Rachael Dombrowski (Moderator)
Wayne State University
Rachael Dombrowski, PhD, MPH, designs, implements and evaluates multilevel interventions to advance social justice and improve community health. Dr. Dombrowski is a faculty member of the Wayne State University Center for Health and Community Impact and the College of Education Community Health program where she conducts community-based participatory research, including program development and evaluation within the Midwest and nation-wide. Dr. Dombrowski serves as an evaluator for the Best Food Forward school-based nutrition supports intervention, and recently conducted an assessment of over 200 grocery stores for the Detroit Great Grocer Project. Prior to joining Wayne State, Dr. Dombrowski had over 10 years of experience directing and evaluating several multilevel interventions focused on policy, systems and environmental change within schools, communities, hospitals and corner stores in suburban Cook County and Chicago, Illinois. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (PhD) and the University of Michigan (MPH). She has worked in the public health field for over 15 years.
Rep. Lauren Underwood’s office (D-IL)
Jack DiMatteo is a Legislative Assistant in the Office of Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), where he covers the Congresswoman’s work on health policy issues, including the Black Maternal Health Caucus. He also works on Social Security, veterans, and foreign affairs issues.
He is a graduate of La Salle University and got his Masters degree in public policy at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. DiMatteo started in Congresswoman Underwood’s office as a 2019-2020 David A. Winston Health Policy Fellow. He is from Deerfield, Illinois.
Kripa Sreepada, MHA
Health Policy Advisor
Senator Tina Smith’s office (D-MN)
Kripa Sreepada currently serves as Health Policy Advisor to Sen. Tina Smith. She previously served as Health Care Legislative Assistant to Congressman Joseph Crowley, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. She is a former David A. Winston Health Policy Fellow and completed her fellowship placement with the Senate Finance Committee under Ranking Member Ron Wyden. Before working for Congress, Ms. Sreepada worked as an Associate Administrator at a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA) for the state of Connecticut. Ms. Sreepada graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with her Masters in Health Administration (MHA), and she graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University with her Bachelor of Science in Public Health. A native of Missouri, Ms. Sreepada has a lifelong passion for older adults and the multidimensional challenges of aging well in American society.