Unite Us Town Hall: Health Lives Here

By Brooke McConnell on October 6, 2021

Academy Award Winning actor, New York Times best-selling author and Impact Investor, Matthew McConaughey chats with Dan Brillman and Taylor Justice, CEO and President of Unite Us, about the importance of investing in social care to reduce health disparities.

A dedicated investor in Unite Us, Matthew shares our belief that every American deserves to access the help they need with dignity and respect. He and his wife Camila founded the just keep livin Foundation, which is dedicated to helping teenagers lead active lives and make healthy choices to become great men and women. 


The virtual town hall took place on November 1, 2021, featuring an opening conversation with Matthew McConaughey, Dan Brillman, and Taylor Justice and four breakout panels with leaders in the world of SDoH. See below for details about each breakout session.


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Social Care Has Arrived


Social care has become its own industry, and the market has demonstrated readiness to invest in the future of health and community well-being. In this session, hear from market investment leaders blazing this path as they outline the rationale behind their investments, expected outcomes, and trends they are keeping their eyes on. This session, moderated by Unite Us chief strategy officer Esther Farkas, features market investment leaders with their finger on the pulse of the future of health. Panelists include: 



Caroline Xie

General Partner, Iconiq




Sarah Pinto

Partner and Senior Director for Venture Investing, Emerson Collective



Claudine Emeott

Vice President and Partner, Salesforce Ventures Impact Fund




Joel Krikston

Managing Director for Venture Investments and Vice President and Head of Strategic Innovation Alliances, Merck’s Global Health Innovation Fund, LLC

It Starts with Community


Improved community health through social care delivery is only possible with deep community partnerships. In this session, learn how you can best support community efforts, drive progress with data and insights, and increase health equity at the local level. Hear about the latest resources for clients in need from innovative leaders in the SDoH space. Moderated by Unite Us’ chief solutions officer Kelly Binder, the panel discussion features: 



Mark Belanger

Chief Executive Officer, Integration Sciences



Hector Gutierrez

Strategic Initiatives Specialist and Special Projects Director, First 5 Kern



Jim Zenner

Mental Health Clinical Program Manager III, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.



Person-Centered and Secure


Care coordination leads to improved health outcomes and sustainable health equity. Leaders across public health sectors agree that to best meet the needs of people and communities, the social care software and systems we use must be person-centered. The benefits of interoperability go beyond ease of use and efficiency, setting a standard for the industry that prioritizes client confidentiality and secure referral technology. This panel, moderated by Unite Us vice president and regulatory counsel Carlos Uriarte, covers the latest developments in care coordination software and how networks are implementing a client-centered approach to meeting social care needs. Panelists include: 



Libby Bunzli

Director of Health System Transformation, State of Rhode Island



Jesse Bailey

Executive Director, Pathways Shelter for the Homeless



Nazleen H. Bharmal, MD, PhD, MPP

Associate Chief of Community Health and Partnerships, Cleveland Clinic Community Care and Population Health



Scalable Solutions Built to Last


With federal and state policies aligning on the need for increased social care funding to address SDoH, the potential for scaling regional and national solutions has never been greater. Local-level social care data can be analyzed to inform interventions that lead to large-scale systems transformation. Hear from panelists across state and federal government, national healthcare enterprises, and social care non-profits on the importance of innovating and scaling social care approaches. Moderated by Eric Beane, vice president of regulatory and government affairs at Unite Us, the panel features: 



Duke Storen

Commissioner, Virginia Department of Social Services



Michelle (Hinton) Ford

Director of Impact, Population Health and Well-Being at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities



Alex Billioux

Vice President for Social Determinants of Health for UnitedHealthcare Government Programs


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