Health [e] Columbus Symposium

As Columbus looks back to what transpired over the last five years, including a pandemic, what have we learned? As we look forward to the next 10 to 20 years, how will our city focus on the health and wellness of residents?

At this one-day symposium we will talk to community leaders about the health and wellness of the people they serve, especially mental and behavioral health, health equity, and overall population health. We will also talk to providers about the unique challenges Central Ohio faces in terms of wellness, preventative health, acute care, and access.

During the charrette portion, we will also spend considerable time discussing how architects can design spaces to accommodate rapid population growth and healthcare challenges and report out possible ideas and solutions.

May 12, 2023
9 AM – 5 PM
Lunch will be provided.

Earn 5.5 LU|HSW
Must attend the entire day to earn credits

AIA Members, Allied Members, AIA Sponsors: $50
Non-Members: $75

Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square
75 E State St
Columbus, OH 43215

Register here.

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9:00 AM Check In and Networking
9:30 AM Opening Remarks
9:45 AM A Community Perspective: Healthy Columbus Panel Discussion
Panelists: Zac Boyer, Edward Johnson, Sue Villilo
Moderator: Jennifer Weaver, AIA

11:00 AM A Provider Perspective: Healthy Columbus Panel Discussion
Panelists: Patty McClimon, Elizabeth Seely
Moderator: Megan Klingelhofer, AIA

12:15 PM Lunch and Keynote Presentation
Keynote Speaker: Columbus City Councilmember Shayla Favor
1:30 PM Breaking Through Columbus Charrette
4:00 PM Networking Happy Hour

About the Speakers:

Zac Boyer is the Director of Programs and Marketing for Stonewall Columbus. Prior to joining the Stonewall team, Zac has worked as an educator and event coordinator in both higher education and healthcare. During their time with the Cleveland Clinic, they were able to impact both patients and staff by creating an LGBTQ+ Patient Care curriculum for incoming caregivers while working with the Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence. Most recently, Zac served as the Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Inclusion at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD). Throughout their time at CCAD, they had the privilege of advising and collaborating with student organizations such as the Black Student Leadership Association, the International Student Association, and the Queer Alliance. They also created many programs to promote the education and celebration of numerous intersectional identities and served on the institution’s Diversity Taskforce. Regardless of the field, Zac has been intentional in promoting the inclusion and equity of LGBTQ+ folks as part of their mission with every position they have held.

Edward Johnson was appointed Assistant Health Commissioner for External Affairs at Columbus Public Health in 2022. In this role, Johnson is responsible for the Department’s Addiction Services and Environmental Health divisions, the Center for Public Health Innovation, and public health policy. Johnson has more than 11 years of combined experience in public policy and public health. Since 2018, Johnson has served Columbus Public Health as the Policy Director. Prior to Columbus Public Health, he served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Columbus City Council and as the Director of the Minority Leader’s Office for the Ohio House of Representatives.

Sue Villilo joined the ADAMH team as Vice President, Assistant System Chief Clinical Officer in November, 2021. She is a licensed independent social worker with supervisory status in the state of Ohio and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo and a master’s in social work from Ohio State University. Most recently, she served as Assistant Vice President of Community-Based Services for Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio.  Prior to her employment with LSS, she worked in public health and community based behavioral health settings. Villilo’s work is built on community collaboration and advocacy for underserved and marginalized communities. She has served on multiple boards and community wide workgroups related to housing and homelessness, HIV and domestic violence.

Patricia J. “Patty” McClimon is the Senior Vice President of Strategic and Facilities Planning for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In this capacity, she is responsible for the development and tracking of Nationwide Children’s long range strategic plan and its related master facilities plan. Patty oversees Nationwide Children’s main campus and ambulatory expansion strategies, budget projection planning and business development initiatives. Included in her scope of responsibilities are capital construction, project coordination and oversight of the Engineering, Planning, Growth Initiatives, Community Wellness Initiatives and Data Resources Departments.

Elizabeth Seely, MHA, FACHE is the Chief Administrative Officer, Hospital Division for the Wexner Medical Center.  Elizabeth Seely brings extensive experience and a track record of outstanding leadership in hospital operations and community engagement to her role at the Wexner Medical Center. In October 2017, she assumed the position of chief administrative officer – Hospital Division for the OSU Health System, with responsibility for University Hospital, East Hospital, Ross Heart Hospital, Harding Hospital, the Brain and Spine Hospital and Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital. The scope of her operational responsibility includes 1,100 inpatient beds; 50,000 annual admissions; 25,000 annual surgeries; 132,000 emergency department visits; and 800,000+ outpatient visits. Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, in collaboration with the chief clinical officer, she managed the organizational response to this public health emergency.

Councilmember Shayla D. Favor has served the residents of Columbus on City Council since January 2019. She is Chair of the Housing, Health & Human Services, and Criminal Justice and Judiciary Committees. Prior to joining Council, Favor served as an Assistant City Attorney in Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein’s office. As a Zone Attorney, Favor had the opportunity to litigate high-profile environmental lawsuits, advise administrative and local governmental agencies, and draft several pieces of legislation. Favor worked alongside the leaders of our city and community to provide essential city services to improve Columbus’ neighborhoods and facilitate conversations to address criminal activity, vacancies, abandonment, and blight. The manifestation of the disparities that lie within historically marginalized communities can be identified through the examination of the racial wealth gap, the lack of access to employment opportunities, quality education, health care and affordable housing. As a member of Council, Favor is intentional about focusing her work to ensure that everything she legislates and advocates for is filtered through an equity lens in order to address these disparities and combat racism through policy.  In addition to serving on Council, Favor serves as the President of Partners Achieving Community Transformation, a non-profit organization that is working to create a healthy, financially, and environmentally sustainable community where residents have access to safe and affordable housing, quality healthcare and education, and employment opportunities.

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