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2018 AUPHA Annual Meeting


The AUPHA Annual Meeting is one of the leading events for health management education professionals to share ideas, exchange resources, and learn about new and original ideas. This year’s theme is Looking Back to Look Forward. As the theme highlights both past and future, it is only fitting that AUPHA will be celebrating its 70th anniversary at this year's Annual Meeting. Attendees can expect sessions that relate to historical, present day, and future factors that impact healthcare and healthcare administration education, as well as events that highlight the history and future of the field. 
2018 AUPHA Annual Meeting Program
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Keynote Speakers
GaryFilermanHeadshot.jpgGary Filerman, PhD

President, Atlas Health Foundation



AUPHA is excited to have its first executive, Gary Filerman, as this year’s Pattullo Lecturer. Dr. Filerman served as AUPHA’s executive from 1965-1993, as well as the first executive of the accrediting commission from 1968-1982. In addition, he was the founding editor of the Journal of Health Administration Education and co-founder of the Health Administration Press.  Currently, he is the president of the Atlas Health Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that is working with the leading national health services organizations to connect rural veterans with jobs in rural health services.

Dr. Filerman’s work in health services administration education and management development has taken him to over 40 countries. His work has been associated with various organizations such as the Pew Charitable Trusts, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, USAID, and many others. In addition to his work in the field, Dr. Filerman has served on several boards, including the Accrediting Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Dr. Filerman’s academic career included two years as professor and interim chair of George Washington University’s Department of Health Care Management and Policy and nine years as professor and chair of the Georgetown Department of Health Services Administration. The author of 85 publications, he earned his BA, MHA, MA and Ph.D at the University of Minnesota and is a recipient of the University Regent’s Distinguished Contribution award.

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Anthony Coletta M.D., M.B.A.

President, Facilitated Health Networks



Anthony Coletta, M.D., M.B.A, will be the closing speaker for the 2018 AUPHA Annual Meeting. Dr. Coletta is executive vice president and president of Facilitated Health Networks at Independence Blue Cross (Independence), where he leads the development of Independence’s strategic relationships with physicians and health systems, innovative provider contracts, and sophisticated informatics and predictive analytics capabilities to drive improvements in health care quality and costs. 


Dr. Coletta has gained a wealth of healthcare related experience serving in a diverse set of roles throughout his career. Among other leadership roles, he has served as the chief executive officer of Tandigm Health and executive vice president and chief medical officer of Holy Redeemer Health System. In addition, Dr. Coletta was an attending general surgeon for more than two decades at Bryn Mawr Hospital, an associate clinical professor of surgery at Drexel Univers
ity in Philadelphia, and, since 2007, has volunteered as a surgical missionary to Haiti, traveling to the island annually with medical supplies and a team of physicians.

Dr. Coletta is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Board of Trustees of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, and the chairman of the Board of Managers for Tandigm Health. Dr. Coletta received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at Georgetown University and graduated from Thomas Jefferson Medical College. In addition, he obtained his master of business administration degree from the Fox School of Business at Temple University, an AUPHA member, in 2006 with the distinction of University Scholar.