The Midwest Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health brought together 350+ stakeholders from across the nation that are driving community health improvement through innovative partnerships between health care, public health, and other sectors. Read a summary of the meeting and insights from attendees on Twitter!
Welcome and Opening Plenary
The U.S. healthcare delivery system is in a period of dynamic change – how can we leverage this change to achieve healthier people, better outcomes, and health equity? In the opening plenary, speakers challenged the audience to think about what the future holds for the healthcare system’s role in population health.
— Patrick Remington (@plremington) November 29, 2017
Chicago health Commissioner Dr. Julie Morita tells #MWHospitalForum why she loves Chicago for welcoming diversity, like her grandparents, who relocated here after being interned during WWII
— elisbelis (@ebassler) November 29, 2017
— Liz Toomey (@Myhevitra) November 29, 2017
— GD Turner (@neci1970) November 29, 2017
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
The forum featured 24 concurrent sessions showcasing innovative initiatives that are improving community health across the Midwest. Speakers shared lessons learned on a range of topics, including building strategic partnerships with other sectors, coordinating clinical and social services, and improving the sustainability of community health initiatives.
— Amy McGee (@amyrmcgee) November 30, 2017
Kim Foreman of @EHWCleveland adds that the push for equity isn’t just about the input you capture but also must be in the governance and operation of the partnership. Leadership definitely came through as s theme in this session. #MWHospitalForum https://t.co/lp1P0skO36
— Sara Rohde (@SaraRohdeMN) December 1, 2017
Karen Soderberg @mnhealth describes their exciting new toolkit for “Connecting Communities with Data,” which leverages near-universe EHR coverage in Minnesota. #MWHospitalForum. https://t.co/mDQH6doifj pic.twitter.com/P35VkIjtHL
— Peter Eckart (@ContraPete) November 30, 2017
“Why does a food bank care about health? If we are going to end hunger, we must think beyond food to the whole person.” – Amy Laboy, from @RootCauseCo’s partner – Greater Chicago Food Bank – at #MWHospitalForum
— Jason Gromley (@JasonGromley) November 30, 2017
Show Me the Money: Innovation in Health Care Financing to Address Social Determinants of Health
Achieving the Triple Aim—improving patient experience, improving population health, and reducing costs—is inextricably linked to how we pay for health care, how we organize incentives, and how we support healthy communities. In this plenary, panelists described how health systems are partnering with communities on innovative ways to invest in solutions addressing the social determinants of health.
At #mwhospitalforum today’s opening panel is about innovative #financing to address #health outcomes and social determinants of health. This includes #Medicaid, Community Reinvestment Act #CRA and loan funds. pic.twitter.com/MUYVxAPBGW
— Paul Komarek (@pkomarek) November 30, 2017
Mind blown! “We don’t need to be afraid about making money through community benefit investments” It’s possible to invest in upstream health determinates that can have a return #MWHospitalForum @BHPNetwork
— Erin Marziale (@emarziale) November 30, 2017
— GABO Orthous (@orthous) November 30, 2017
The Heart of the Matter: Busting Silos for the Children of Flint
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is widely hailed as a hero of the Flint, MI water crisis. Drawing on her work using health system data to identify the Flint water crisis and inequities, she discussed lessons learned around collaboration and partnerships, the role hospitals and health systems can play, and the crucial need to engage and listen to communities most impacted by structural inequities.
— Kristin Adams, Ph.D. (@KristinAdamsPhD) November 30, 2017
— Shana Medika (@ShanaMedika) November 30, 2017
— Jessica Saunders (@jsaundersdayton) November 30, 2017
There is a lot of work to be done. We need to work together to make a difference. Step out on the ledge to fight for justice. Way to be, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha #MWHospitalForum
— Anne Marie Labenberg (@twinsmommaplus1) November 30, 2017
Innovative Partnerships: Collaborating for Healthy and Equitable Communities
What happens outside the walls of a health facility has more impact on population health than what happens inside. In this plenary, panelists discussed how hospitals and health systems are partnering with each other, and building relationships with new partners from other sectors to begin to address unmet needs in communities that can’t be solved alone.
— Julie Willems Van Di (@JulieWVD) November 30, 2017
Hospitals and health departments working together for the community health needs assessments are more meaningful and purposeful for the whole system. #MWHospitalForum
— Kristin Adams, Ph.D. (@KristinAdamsPhD) November 30, 2017
True equity takes intentional engagement and attention to the details. #MWHospitalForum
— BridgetClementi (@BridgetClementi) December 1, 2017
Health Transformation Policy: National Trends and Direction
This session explored the new landscape of healthcare and public health policy. Panelists discussed how the federal government is approaching population health through the healthcare delivery system, and how states are implementing innovative policies to enhance community health through healthcare transformation.
— Lisa Simpson (@DrSimpsonHSR) December 1, 2017
Medicaid is key priority of U.S. governors, including improvements in complex care. Need to focus on the 5% of Medicaid enrollees that expend 50% of costs. What do these patients need (holistically)? – Hemi Tewarson @NatlGovsAssoc #MWHospitalForum
— Teresa Wilke (@teresawilke) December 1, 2017
“Data makes you credible, but stories make you memorable.” #MWHospitalForum
— Emily Carroll (@JanusAnalytics) December 1, 2017
Closing and Reflection
By the end of the forum, participants were energized with new ideas that could be applied in their communities. Renee closed by saying, “Population is our what. Health equity is our why,” and encouraged attendees to take what they learned to work towards a shared goal of ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to be healthy.
— IL Pub Health Inst (@IPHIonline) December 1, 2017
— Kate Kohn-Parrott (@katekohnp) December 1, 2017
— Kurt Waltenbaugh (@KurtWaltenbaugh) December 4, 2017