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2016 ISMA Convention


Friday, Sept. 5
William VanNess, MD, Indiana State Health Commissioner
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William VanNess, MD

Reducing infant mortality in our state is the first priority of State Health Commissioner William VanNess, MD Indiana ranks 45th worst out of 50 states and Washington, D.C., in infant deaths (2011 preliminary data). It's a historic problem. In fact, only once in the last 113 years has the state's infant death rate fallen below 7 per 1,000 births.

The health commissioner will explain the numbers, risk factors, causes -- and the plan-- the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has to address and reverse this challenge to Hoosier health status. Convention delegates will have an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

Dr. VanNess was appointed state health commissioner by Gov. Mike Pence in 2015, after serving on the ISDH Executive Board from 2006-2012.

The former president and CEO of Community Hospital of Anderson and Madison County, Dr. VanNess practiced family medicine for 24 years in Summitville. He also served as medical director of Countryside Manor in Anderson, and owner/medical director of Summit Convalescent Center in Summitville.

As a past president of the Indiana State Medical Association, Dr. VanNess is no stranger to the House of Delegates.

Saturday, Sept. 6
IMPAC Luncheon With guest speaker Stuart Rothenberg

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Stuart Rothenberg

Stuart Rothenberg is best known as the editor and publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report and columnist for Capitol Hill's twice weekly Roll Call. He is a frequent guest on network television news programs, appearing on “Meet the Press,” “TODAY,” “Nightline” – and more. He has been a political analyst for the “CBS News” and contributed regularly during election cycles to the PBS “NewsHour.”

Stuart Rothenberg captivates audiences with insightful, often humorous discussions about elections and issues facing decision makers on Capitol Hill.

His presentations are as up-to-date as the day's newspaper, helping audiences identify and better understand political trends.

With an undergraduate degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, Rothenberg began teaching political science at Bucknell University and Catholic University. He then started speaking to corporate and association audiences around the country, which he has now been doing for more than a decade.

Presidents' Night featuring Comedian Dave Dugan and DJ Krista Lee

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Comedian Dave Dugan
Enjoy a double dose of entertainment following your Presidents' Night meal this year.

First, the ISMA audience will hear the quick-witted and original humor of Dave Dugan. A regular for years at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Dugan has often appeared on television programs like the Arsenio Hall Show, Comedy Central and HBO. But he's likely better known for of his guest spots on the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom Show,” where he's been heard by radio listeners for more than 20 years.

With a voice “deeper than Bea Arthur's,” Dugan's signature sound also may be familiar to you as a spokesman on national radio and TV commercials and as a narrator for ESPN and ESPN2.

Following Dugan's monologue, professional disc jockey and former radio talent Krista Lee will light up the room with her unique personality, as she spins the tunes for Presidents' Night guests.

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