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Designing a Healthier Future: By the People, For the People

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and community uprisings fighting for racial equity have underscored the need to radically rethink health care and health equity in the US. The FORESIGHT initiative, a nationwide effort to envision and create a new future for health, was created to move these important issues forward. Drawing on robust research and community collaboration, FORESIGHT is working to develop strategies for building a new, equitable health system. On September 2, three cross-sector champions of the initiative- Elexis Trinity of Marnita’s Table, Amelia Hardy of Best Buy, and Peter Long of Blue Shield of California- joined Aspen Ideas: Health to discuss what they’ve learned and how their work is revealing new ideas to address the growing challenges around health and health care. Presented by Blue Shield of California. Watch and share!

About the speakers:

Amelia Hardy

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Inclusion and Diversity Team, Best Buy

Amelia Hardy is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives on Best Buy’s Inclusion and Diversity Team. She joined the company in 2014 and has over 18 years of leadership experience at Fortune 100 companies. Her career positions have included strategy, brand management, business development, product commercialization, and global P&L management. In addition, Amelia is significantly involved within her community where she serves as the champion for the Black Employee Resource Group and is also actively involved with the Women’s Employee Resource Group at Best Buy. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Twin Cities Boys and Girls Club and Minnesota Community Health Care Services. Amelia is an innovative and transformational business leader who leads with a combination of outside-the-box thinking and robust operational acumen. Known as having a servant leadership style, she has been acknowledged for creating collaborative, engaged, progressive, diverse, and high-performing teams.


Elexis Trinity

Director of Projects, Marnita’s Table

Elexis Trinity is a community-based researcher and director of projects at Marnita’s Table, a non-profit focused on inclusive community decision making through Intentional Social Intercation, where they are responsible for project design and implementation, evaluation, and reportage, and oversight of the organization’s grant writing efforts. Previously, they worked as an educator and community arts organizer and served as a researcher with the Women Writers Project, Human Rights Watch, and the Stimson Center. While their research sits largely at the intersections of science and technology, public policy, and community engagement, they are broadly passionate about intentional community-building, rights-based advocacy, and collaborating to create more equitable and humane systems.


Peter Long

Senior Vice President of Healthcare and Community Health Transformation, Blue Shield of California

Peter Long leads collaborations with healthcare providers, community leaders, and other stakeholders at Blue Shield of California to design innovative clinical and community programs, and healthcare delivery and payment systems that provide all Californians access to value-based, high-quality, and affordable care. Previously, Peter was president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation, focusing on building lasting and equitable solutions to make California the healthiest state and end domestic violence. He helped launch the California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative in 15 communities in partnership with California Department of Public Health and other philanthropies. In partnership with the Center for Care Innovations, the Foundation supported successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act among the safety-net providers for Californians who had been excluded from health care. Peter serves an adjunct professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

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The views and opinions of the speakers are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of The Aspen Institute.

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