Neal Neuberger was selected as the first Executive Director of the HIMSS Foundation’s Institute for e-Health Policy. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Foundation launched the new Institute for e-Health Policy in May 2008 to provide critical educational opportunities in the Washington, D.C., area for public- and private-sector stakeholders who both make, and are impacted by, e-health policy decisions.
He is also president of Health Tech Strategies, LLC, a Virginia-based consulting firm focused on the public and private sector policy environment with regard to research, development and implementation of emerging health care technologies.
Neuberger coordinates a 15-year long “Capitol Hill Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics” supported by major federal agencies, foundations, and healthcare IT organizations that has produced more than 120 lunch briefing sessions and technology demonstrations for members of Congress and their staff.
He is Chair of the American Telemedicine Association Policy Committee and recently served on the ATA Board of Directors as Secretary. Neuberger was a senior lobbyist before Congress for the American Hospital Association on budget and appropriations issues. As a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. David R. Obey (Wis.) on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, he helped conduct many congressional hearings concerning operation and funding of agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Labor.
He worked for a major committee of the Wisconsin legislature with oversight responsibility for 58 state agencies, served as coordinator of health planning programs and as a lobbyist for the State Medical Society of Wisconsin, and was elected twice to the Dane County Board of Supervisors in Madison, Wis., where he served as the youngest elected official in the state.
Mr. Neuberger is married to Mary Ella Payne, R.N., MSPH and has three daughters. He is a marathon runner, master swimmer, certified in SCUBA, and holds a black belt in a classical style of Japanese karate.
As Manager of Public Policy Initiatives at in HIMSS’ Government Relations office, Arnol Simmons leads highly visible Capitol Hill health IT policy events for both HIMSS and the Institute for e-Health Policy. He also manages the HIMSS Diversity Business Roundtable, which offers businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans the opportunity to grow and collaborate as the health IT market prepares for a rapid expansion over the next decade. Prior to his promotion to the Congressional Affairs team, Arnol was a key member of HIMSS’ State Government Relations team, where he coordinated grassroots activities with HIMSS Chapters around the country. Arnol also serves as the HIMSS Staff Liaison to the Congressional Black Caucus.
Before joining HIMSS in 2006, Arnol worked at the Center for Health Policy Research at the George Washington University, and at Best Practice Project Management, Inc., where he co-authored a research study, A postmarketing study of relative abuse liability of hypnotic sedative drugs, that was published in the Addiction Journal. He has also served on the National Collaborative for the Underserved Policy Committee where he worked to improve the health of underserved communities, and was an active volunteer on President Barack Obama’s campaign committee. Mr. Simmons received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
Kathie Westpheling, MPH, works as Manager of Internships and Student Experiences in the Institute’s Arlington Office. Her duties include coordinating the Internship Program for the HIMSS Foundation’s Institute for e-Health Policy which offers students from various disciplines and levels of training an opportunity to learn more about advocacy, government relations, health information management, and e-health public policy. In addition to her Institute responsibilities, Ms. Westpheling serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU), a national organization of health professionals, health advocates and students united in a common mission to improve the health of underserved communities and to develop and support those clinicians who serve them.
She has been with ACU since 1996 and has worked to develop liaisons with other national, state, and local organizations and clinical networks interested in health care access and the development and support of clinicians in underserved communities. Prior to joining ACU, she worked for over 12 years at the American Medical Student Association Foundation as Director of the NHSC Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Project, which placed over 2,400 health professional students in five disciplines in the combined community health center systems.
Ms. Westpheling currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Campbell Hoffman Foundation, a philanthropic foundation addressing access to health care in Northern Virginia. She is a 2002 Fellow in the Department of Health and Human Services Primary Care Health Policy Fellowship in which she contributed to a policy statement on health information technology and community health centers. Ms. Westpheling received her Masters of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley and her Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition from Simmons College, Boston MA.
Neal Neuberger, CISSP
Institute for e-Health Policy
4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22203-4168 703-508-8182
Arnol B. Simmons
Manager, Public Policy Initiatives
4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22203-4168