APHA 2016

APHA Annual Meeting & Expo 2016: 

 Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health 

48th Poindexter Dinner and Award Ceremony


Colorado Convention Center
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
7:00PM -11:00PM




2016 Keynote Speaker


Joseph West, ScD, MSc. 

A Partner at Capgenus an emerging healthcare consulting firm focused primarily on distressed and mature practices and clinic groups serving Medicaid and Medicare, and newly insured populations. Capgenus brings together the best in practice management, population health management, risk models and value-based healthcare. Capgenus partners with financial service, investment and capital partners to bring value to dedicated medical care facilities and providers. 

A visionary and energetic population health leader with over 15 years of research and enterprise consulting experience. Dr. West has been instrumental in providing insightful and integrated solutions transforming health care. A public health thought leader that has secured over $5MM in federal, state government and public and private research grant funding. A population health specialist, Dr. West served as one of the core founders and Chief Population Health Officer for NextLevel Health Illinois, a Medicaid managed care health plan for people with Medicaid, but not Medicare, who live in Cook County. NextLevel Health Illinois grew from a Care Coordinating Entity (CCE) serving just under 2,000 members to a full risk Medicaid insurer with more than 40,000 members. 

Prior to joining NextLevel Health Dr. West was a Senior Epidemiologist at the Sinai Urban Health Institute where he was mentored by Dr. Steve Whitman, a Helen Rodriguez-Trìas Social Justice Awardee. While at Sinai Dr. West’s community-based health and service interventions were funded by NIH, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, CDC, Bayer, and the Illinois Department of Public Health. As an academic consultant Dr. West has work on men’s health and school-based health initiatives with the Cambridge Department of Public Health, California Endowment, Connecticut Health Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, American Cancer Society, American Dental Education Association and United Way. 

He’s held academic appointments at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Chicago. Dr. West currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, is a member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and has published dozens of articles, and manuscripts in academic journals and periodicals. 

Among his many awards, West received the Albert Schweitzer “reverence for life” Award at the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Chicago Defender Man of Excellence Award.  


Our award winners include: 

2016 Hildrus A Poindexter Award
Joseph West, ScD, MSc

2016 Community Service Award
George Smith, EdD, MPH
2016 Representative Louis Stokes Legislative Service Award
Black Democratic Legislative Caucus of Colorado

Current Members:

Jovan Melton
Colorado State Representative House - District 41
Co-Chair, Black Democratic Legislative Caucus

Angela Williams
Colorado State Representative House - District 7
Co-Chair, Black Democratic Legislative Caucus

Janet Buckner
Colorado State Representative House - District 40

Rhonda Fields
Colorado State Representative House - District 42

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