Healthcare Council Collaborative Virtual Panel Discussion & Networking
Healthcare Council Collaborative
Virtual Panel Discussion and Peer-to-Peer Networking Breakouts
3 Things You Should Know: Healthcare Legislation Florida 2021
During this month's panel discussion we will speak with our legislators about the introduction of several bills and pieces of legislation focused around Healthcare.
COVID Liability, Health Equity, COVID Vaccine, and Telehealth, not to mention other healthcare priorities are the hot topics on the docket for the legislative session. Join us as we discuss the impacts on the community and your practice during our next Healthcare Collaborative Council.
Featuring our Moderator and Panel of Experts
Moderator: Eric Gray, CEO, Christian Service Center
The Christian Service Center's Mission is to prevent homelessness, combat poverty, cultivate self-sufficiency, restore hope and glorify God through the faithful provision of services that directly address physical, emotional and spiritual needs for families and individuals who are struggling in Central Florida.
Eric Gray, a 25 year veteran of the Non-Profit Sector, is a skilled leader of professionals and volunteers in the ongoing advancement of his community. Gray is a frequent and outspoken advocate on issues of importance in Orlando, Florida such as poverty, homelessness, economics, local history, community health, philanthropy, fundraising, legislative policy, volunteerism and promotion of the non profit sector as a career. In addition to serving as Executive Director of the Christian Service Center, Eric is also a Board Member and Advocacy Advisory Chair of the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce advocating for pro-business issues relevant to the business community. Through his leadership the committee follows structured guidelines to ensure issues and topics are vetted prior to presenting recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval.
Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, District 49:
A few landmark legislative bills that Rep Plakon has sponsored and passed in the most recent sessions have dealt with removing the statute of limitation on sexual assault of minors (Donna’s Law), giving patients more knowledge on alternative options for prescribed opioids and assisting incarcerated individuals apply for an occupational license so that upon their release, they would have a means to make a living.
Rep Plakon also has been a strong advocate for Alzheimer’s patients and their care partners. Rep Plakon’s late wife, Susie Plakon, was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s in early 2015 and passed away in the summer of 2018. Each year, he and Representative Matt Willhite (D) will sponsor meaningful bipartisan legislation to help the 570,000 Floridians who live with this disease and the 1.3M family members and care partners who help them. In this current legislative session, Rep Plakon is the chair of the Justice Appropriations subcommittee and oversees a $5.2 billion state budget. Additionally, he serves on the Appropriations Committee, Commerce Committee, Regulatory Reform Committee, Judiciary Committee, and the Joint Budget Legislative Committee
Rep Plakon and his wife Rachel live in Heathrow, Florida. He has 6 children and grandchildren (with the fourth on its way).
Representative Geraldine Thompson, District 44 : When state Representative Geraldine F. Thompson was elected on November 6, 2018, she became the first female, Democrat, and person of color to serve Florida House District 44. The district includes Oakland, Winter Garden, Windermere, Isleworth, Buena Vista, I-Drive, Gotha, Williamsburg, and part of Ocoee.
Rep. Thompson also developed a reputation as a respected historian for compiling the history of African Americans in Central Florida and authoring the book “Black America: Orlando, Florida”. She led the campaign to preserve one of Orlando’s unique landmarks, the Wells'Built Hotel which, during the days of segregation, provided lodging to some of America’s most prominent citizens including Justice Thurgood Marshall. Today that landmark is known as the Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture.
She previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 until 2012. She was elected to the Florida Senate in 2012 and served until 2016. Significant legislation which she initiated and saw passed included bills to exonerate the Groveland Four, provide compensation to James Joseph Richardson who was wrongfully incarcerated for 22 years, and outlaw discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace.
Geraldine F. Thompson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up in the South Dade town of Perrine, Florida, where members of her family worked in agriculture and construction. She is married to the Honorable Emerson R. Thompson, Jr. She is the mother of three children (Laurise, Emerson III, and Elizabeth) and the proud grandmother of four. She enjoys reading and traveling.
You are invited to attend a Virtual Meet & Greet to get to know your neighboring Healthcare peers and how we are working to help Grow your practice through referrals, Community Outreach and New Opportunities with Increased Revenue potential.