Sun, Mar 15


Amplify Philly House

Disrupting Determinants

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Time & Location

Mar 15, 2020, 12:30 PM

Amplify Philly House, 401 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Session Description

There are new advancements in health tech that streamline care through personalization, integrated data, and better clinical parameters. Learn the challenges and opportunities of collaboration between public health, social services, hospitals and tech companies. Hear from different points of the process on how they’re disrupting the Social Determinants of Health and creating a new opportunity to benefit people of all backgrounds and socioeconomic classes to level the healthcare playing field.

Speaker Bios

Nick Frontino, The Economy League, Managing Director - MODERATOR

As Managing Director of 110-year-old independent nonprofit the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, Nick develops and directs strategic economic development projects and initiatives focused on many of the Philadelphia area’s most challenging issues. Nick has more than a decade of experience working with government, nonprofit, and private sector partners in a variety of capacities including the incubation and acceleration of civic ventures, facilitating collaboration to address the social determinants of health, developing innovation-based economic development strategies, crafting employer-led workforce development programming, advancing transportation investment, and advising on international trade and goods movement policy. He has made numerous appearances on TV and radio and has spoken on economic development and related topics in front of a variety of leadership audiences. Nick holds a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. He lives with his wife and son in South Philadelphia.

David Thomas, President & CEO, PHDC

For three years prior to appointment to CEO, Mr. Thomas served as Executive Vice President, Interim Executive Vice President of PHDC, as well as Deputy Executive Director of Housing Finance and Chief Operating Officer with the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA). PHDC is Philadelphia’s full-service community development organization. PHDC is responsible for repairing homes and financing affordable housing projects. Mr. Thomas and his team also help residents, community groups, businesses and developers repurpose vacant land, as well as support amenities that make Philadelphia neighborhoods great places to live. 

Mr. Thomas began his tenure with the City of Philadelphia in the Contract Administration Department of the Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). In 2000, Mr. Thomas began working at PRA. In his time with PRA and DHCD, Dave managed several areas, including risk management, IT, procurement, all aspects of labor relations, various housing finance programs/opportunities and leveraging, and was responsible for overseeing one of the largest relocations of displaced families in the history of Philadelphia. He was also instrumental in the federal prosecution of developers who victimized displaced families and defrauded the City of Philadelphia.  

While at PHDC, Mr. Thomas was responsible for managing the City’s $60 million bond program for home improvements services, that nearly eliminated a four year backlog of clients in needs of emergency home repairs. He also was instrumental in streamlining the business processes for PHDC, the Philadelphia Land Bank, and PRA, which resulted in an infrastructure for the employees of said entities to be PHDC employees and to work more effectively together.

Mr. Thomas is a graduate of Lincoln University with a B.A. in Accounting with a minor concentration in Psychology.

Amanda Evans, Program Manager, Healthier Together, CHOP 

Amanda leads the tactical work for Healthier Together, which aims to address the health challenges that are prevalent in neighborhoods surrounding the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). In this role, she is responsible for day-to-day program management for Healthier Together’s four areas of community focus—housing, hunger, trauma, and poverty. She also manages Healthier Together’s vendor relationships and partnerships, as well as collaborates with colleagues across the enterprise to advance CHOP’s community impact in West and Southwest Philadelphia.

Amanda was hired as a Fellow of Government Affairs, Community Relations & Advocacy in 2013. Prior to joining CHOP, she worked for a progressive non-profit in New York City advocating for various social policies. She received her bachelor’s degree in a self-designed major, Collective Community Development and Social Policy from Lafayette College and also holds a Master of Public Health from Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University.

Amanda is passionate about Philadelphia and the intersection between community development and public health. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Malcolm X Park and Together for West Philadelphia.

Mike O'Bryan, Director of Learning, The Village of Arts and Humanities

Michael O’Bryan is an expert practitioner and researcher in the fields of community development, organizational culture, and human wellbeing who has spent more than a decade working directly with resilient yet underserved populations —including veterans, adults in recovery, returning citizens, and families experiencing homelessness. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Learning at The Village of Arts and Humanities, a nonprofit headquartered in North Philadelphia. He is currently a Corzo Fellow at The Corzo Center for The Creative Economy at The University of the Arts, and an Innovation Fellow at Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. He is the founder of HD2 Solutions, a consultancy working with nonprofits, businesses, local government agencies and their employees to transform how they understand and support human development, interaction, and performance. Clients include NeighborWorks America, ArtistYear, New Jersey Community Capital, and Saxbys Coffee. O’Bryan has spoken nationally about his work, including convenings at Cornell University, The Urban Consulate, The Vera List Center for Arts and Politics at The New School, The Sphinx Music Conference, and the famed Apollo Theatre in New York.

O'Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of the Arts and a graduate certificate in Childhood Trauma Studies from Jefferson University. He is a faculty member of the Career Studies Department at The Curtis Institute of Music and serves on The American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission on The Arts. He currently serves on the boards of two philanthropic institutions, The Samuel S. Fels Fund and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and is every day inspired by exploring the science of our humanity.

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