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*Register for Part II, Paying for Health: A Domestic Perspective here, taking place June 3.  


Series to Summit: Paying for Health The misalignment of payment and incentives is a tremendous barrier to innovating in health care. This has become more apparent as we consider the health needs of today and how we rebuild a health care system to be one that is more resilient. In order to unpack the depths of this topic, Cambia Grove is honored to present a three-part series of conversations leading up to the 5 Points of Health Care Summit: Paying for Health. Learn more about the Series and Summit.

Part I: A Global Perspective Part one of this three-part series brings together global health perspectives to examine the payment and incentive structures that other countries have deployed to deliver better health outcomes for individuals and populations. Questions will include: What are the success stories? Who paid and why were they incented to do so? How do other national health systems respond to crises? What are key takeaways from past and current experiences that we can use to rebuild the health care system?

Part 1 of 3 : Paying for Health Care - A Global Perspective

Moderator: Dena Morris, former President, Washington Global Health Alliance


  • Dr. Ali Mokdad – Chief Strategy Officer, Population Health, IHME
  • Dr. Albert Wettstein – Neurologist, Geriatrician and former Public Health Official in Zurich, Switzerland

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Ali H. Mokdad, PhD, is a Professor of Health Metrics Sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and Chief Strategy Officer for Population Health at the University of Washington. The Population Health Initiative was launched by President Ana Mari Cauce to create a shared vision for improving the health and well-being of populations locally and around the world.

As a public health researcher, Dr. Mokdad has published groundbreaking work on local-level disease trends and some of the leading risk factors for poor health. His work on obesity is among the most highly cited in the field. As Director of Middle Eastern Initiatives for IHME, Dr. Mokdad builds IHME's presence in the Middle East through new research projects, dissemination and uptake of IHME's methods and results, and consultations with regional leaders in population health. 

Dr. Mokdad is the principal investigator for the monitoring and evaluation of the Salud Mesoamerica Initiative, which provides independent evaluation for the public-private partnership between the Mesoamerican countries, private foundations, and bilateral donors. This partnership seeks to reduce inequities in the coverage of basic health services among the poorest populations in Mesoamerica. He is also the principal investigator of “Visualizing the impact and cost of interventions on future projections of diarrhea burden,” whose goal is to provide 25 years of forecasting for diarrheal disease burden and a simulation for the cost-effectiveness of known and developing interventions. He was instrumental in securing a grant for IHME in 2019 from the Inter-American Development Bank to evaluate malaria programs in several Latin American and Caribbean nations, part of a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Foundation, and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Prior to joining IHME, Dr. Mokdad worked at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), starting his career there in 1990. He served in numerous positions with the International Health Program; the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity; the National Immunization Program; and the National Center for Chronic Diseases Prevention and Health Promotion, where he was Chief of the Behavioral Surveillance Branch.

He also managed and directed the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the world’s largest standardized telephone survey, which enables the CDC, state health departments, and other health and education agencies to monitor risk behaviors related to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States.

Dr. Mokdad has published more than 450 articles and numerous reports. He has received several awards, including the Global Health Achievement Award for his work in Banda Aceh after the tsunami, the Department of Health and Human Services Honor Award for his work on flu monitoring, and the Shepard Award for outstanding scientific contribution to public health for his work on BRFSS.

He received his BS in Biostatistics from the American University of Beirut and his PhD in Quantitative Epidemiology from Emory University.

Dena Morris most recently was president of the Washington Global Health Alliance, a membership organization of global health stakeholders in Washington state. She led strategy and operations, developing events and conversations to advance common goals, share failures and share best practices, and foster collaboration across organizations and disciplines.

As Washington, DC, Director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, Dena led CDC’s Congressional engagement during the agency’s response to the Zika virus, the challenge to its opioid prescribing guidelines, and the federal interagency water contamination discovery and response in Flint, MI.

Dena went to CDC from Capitol Hill, where she led the policy team for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, a senior member of the Senate Leadership. Before joining the legislative branch, Dena was senior vice president of a DC-based consulting firm, where she co-chaired the health and disability rights practice team.

Dr. Albert Wettstein, was born September 3 1946 in Zurich, Switzerland. He attended schools in Zurich. Graduated MD of the University of Zurich 1972 with a thesis on experimental brain research. His experience began as a rotating Internship at the Good Samaritan Hospital Portland Oregon USA 1973/74. He went on to do his residency in Neurology University of Washington Seattle WA 1974-1977, later furthering his Education in Psychiatry and Neurology in the University of Zurich Hospitals.

From 1983 until retirement 2011 Dr. Wettstein was the first medical and public health officer for the City of Zurich and responsible for the medical care of the city’s nursing homes, founder and leader of its memory clinic and of several medical institutions for drug addicts. He served as the representative expert delegated to the Swiss Medical Association for Health Promotion for the Elderly 2012-2015. He also served as leader of the group of Experts of the State of Zurich of the UBA, an NGO helping elderly persons who are mistreated since 2012.