OPHIX 2019 Presenters

Opening Plenary

Laurie Ann Wagner, Performance Improvement Manager, Connecticut  Department of Public Health

Using the skills honed as a licensed clinical social worker, Laurie Ann has been engaged in continuous improvement efforts in myriad professional settings including hospitals, nursing homes, community mental health & state agencies in both NY & CT for over 20 years.  For more than 9 years, Laurie Ann worked in the CT Department of Social Services where she served as the Lean Coordinator.  She has also served on the CT Statewide Process Improvement Steering Committee.  She is now working in the Connecticut Department of Public Health to fully inculcate the agency with the culture of quality improvement.


Closing Keynote 

Osagie Ebekozien, MD, MPH, CPHQ, CPHRM, Boston Public Health Commission

Osagie Ebekozien is the Director, Office of Accreditation and Quality Improvement at Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), in this role he works with a team of dedicated professionals to advance an organization-wide culture of quality improvement, performance management and other strategic initiatives. He led BPHC to achieve Public Health Accreditation in 2017 and was awarded the 2019 NACCHO National model practice award for building an innovative QI program.

He also served as Faculty and Improvement Advisors for numerous national collaboratives. In this role, he coaches and provides technical assistance to hospital networks, clinics

and community-based organizations.

Osagie previously directed performance improvement, accreditation, risk management and patient safety at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Boston that serves over 30,000 patients. In this role, he led the organization to achieve NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home level 3 recognition (highest level), Joint Commission Gold standard (highest level) and managed numerous operational improvement and community based improvement grants.

He is in frequent speaker at numerous national conferences, webinars and has authored several peer review publications. He has received other awards and recognition for his work including the City of Boston HHS Service Excellence Award and the Tufts Innovation Award.

He received his Medical Degree from University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Master of Public Health (M.P.H) degree from Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, Boston. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.


Full agenda to be released in August 2019!