The Importance of Unbiased Data in Health Care Policymaking: an evening symposium

Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber
Thursday, October 11th, 2018 7:00 PM
Graphic depicting healthcare data

Former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle highlighted the importance of unbiased data for informing health care policymaking. A panel discussion followed to present perspectives from  journalists and practitioners. 

Thursday, October 11th, 2018
Session Details Speakers
7:00 PM Keynote
  1. Governor Jim Doyle
7:45 PM Panel Discussion
  1. Colleen A. Campbell, PhD, MS, CGC
  2. Tony Leys
  3. Jennifer Harbison
  • Colleen A. Campbell, PhD, MS, CGC

    University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

    Dr. Colleen Campbell is the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Director of Genetic Counseling Operations, as well as the Assistant Director of the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics, and a Clinical Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine. She is a molecular geneticist and board certified Genetic Counselor. Her dual research training in molecular genetics and clinical training in genetic counseling is distinct. As Director of Genetic Counseling Operations she oversees the administration, standardization and continuous improvement of genetic counseling operations across the health systemand is becoming a model for academic medical centers. Leading the expansion of these services, she has recruited 14 genetic counselors in the last three years. Recently, Dr. Campbell led the successful legislative effort to license genetic counselors in Iowa, and is involved with the federal effort for Medicare recognition of genetic counselors as independent providers.

    Dr. Campbell is an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors, and the American Society of Human Genetics. She currently serves on the National Society of Genetic Counselors Public Policy Committee.  

  • Governor Jim Doyle

    Former Governor of Wisconsin

    Governor Jim Doyle is of counsel and a health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he provides strategic advice and counsel to clients regarding policy and regulatory issues in the areas of health care, energy and other highly regulated industries.

    Gov. Doyle served as the 44th governor of the state of Wisconsin (2003 – 2011). Governor Doyle was recognized as a national leader in health care, energy, natural resources, biotechnology and many other areas. He has worked closely with the White House, high-ranking Administration officials and other governors. He has a deep understanding of the new laws and regulations being considered and adopted regarding health care and energy and works with clients to anticipate and comply with the evolving regulatory framework.

    Prior to his election as governor, Gov. Doyle served 12 years as Wisconsin’s attorney general. He led the attorney general’s office representing the state in all matters. Gov. Doyle has led and coordinated major multi-state efforts and argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

    Prior to that, he was the Dane County District Attorney and a lawyer in private practice. 


    Gov. Doyle is a graduate, cum laude, of Harvard Law School (J.D., 1972). He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison after attending Stanford University for three years.

    Community Engagement

    Gov. Doyle has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to education and public service. Inspired by John F. Kennedy’s call to public service, he spent several years after college providing education and legal service in the Peace Corps in Tunisia and on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona. He is also chair of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

  • Jennifer Harbison

    University of Iowa Health Care, Director of Health Policy

    Jennifer Harbison has been with University of Iowa Health Care since August 2015, and serves as the Director of Health Policy. Her work focuses on state and federal legislation and regulatory matters across the health care spectrum.


    In her capacity Jennifer serves on the University of Iowa Health Science Policy Council and represents UI Health Care with various public and private organizations including the Iowa Business Council, Iowa Hospital Association and the Medical Assistance Advisory Council. 


    With 20 years of health care policy experience, she previously served as the policy advisor for the Iowa Department of Human Services from 2010 – 2015. Throughout her career Jennifer has lobbied for multiple state medical and health care advocacy groups. She began her career working in a policy advisor role in the office of Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Joy Corning.

  • Tony Leys

    Des Moines Register

    Tony Leys has been a Des Moines Register staffer since 1988. He was the paper’s state editor and politics editor before becoming its lead health-care reporter in 2000. He is a board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Public Policy Center appreciates the support from these campus colleagues!


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