Concurrent Session B

Thursday 10:15-11:30 am

  1. Facilitating Healing Among Populations at Risk for Trauma, Violence, and Substance Abuse

This session will focus on the benefits to be gained when healthcare organizations are trauma informed and focus on violence prevention and substance use disorders. The Illinois ACE Response Collaborative at Health and Medicine Policy Research Group will discuss the elements of becoming a trauma informed health system, and review the progress of the Chicago-area hospital collaborative. Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY) is convened by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. This presentation will discuss the creation and sustainability of a hospital-based violence based prevention collaborative. Solutions to Heroin is presented by Paul Komarek based on field research working alongside physicians, advocates, community leaders, and service system experts. This presentation will outline a model for recovery that systematically addresses health risks within the population and supports people as they make progress towards long-term recovery. This will include information on an evidence-based community systems playbook, playbook implementation strategies, and opportunities to obtain financial resources through the Community Reinvestment Act.

Margie Schaps, Executive Director, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group
Rebecca Levin, Executive Director, Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Paul Komarek, Human Intervention LLC

  1. The Power of Policy: How to Take Community Health Improvement Planning to the Next Level

The most effective approaches to health extend beyond traditional clinical settings to include social and economic factors, the built environment, and health behaviors. In this session, presenters from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) and Ohio Health Policy Institute (HPIO) will discuss factors that contribute to effective population health improvement planning. The presenters will discuss the utility of the County Health Rankings model and other factors and strategies for population health improvement planning, with examples of how these tools and approaches can increase collaboration among hospitals, community-based organizations, and health departments.

Patrick Remington, MD, MPH, Interim, Director, Professor and Associate Dean, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Julie Willems Van Dijk, PhD, Director, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Reem Aly, JD, MHA, Vice President, Healthcare System and Innovation Policy, Ohio Health Policy Institute
Amy Rohling McGee, President, Ohio Health Policy Institute

  1. Driving Health Equity: Steering Medicaid to Address Population Health

This session will explore ways state Medicaid and managed care agencies can improve health equity. As part of a broader strategy to increase cessation access and referral networks for populations that bear the greatest tobacco-related health disparities, Minnesota health advocates will describe how they’ve worked to understand gaps in Medicaid cessation benefits, advance policies to remove barriers to accessing treatment and promote free cessation services to enrollees and providers. States that contract with Medicaid Health Plans are in a unique position to address inequities in the provision of services – and Michigan Medicaid successfully leveraged resources including relationships with plans, staff time, data, contract language, and performance incentive programs to illuminate differences in quality of care by race/ethnicity, elevate equity as a priority in the program, and drive reductions in disparities. Harmony WellCare, a managed care organization, will describe the CommUnity Advocacy function it has introduced in market operations that launches local community planning and mobilizing efforts designed to quantify and sustain the social safety net and foster stakeholder collaboration to address social determinants for populations living in poverty, seniors and people with disabilities.

Amanda Jansen, ClearWay Minnesota
Tom Curtis, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Monica Trevino, Health Management Associates
Enrique Salgado, Harmony WellCare

  1. Rural Health Transformation: Leveraging Data, Evidence-Based Interventions and Capacity Building as a Successful and Sustainable Model

Realizing the full health potential of a community requires a multi-layered transformative strategy. This workshop translates years of development, implementation and evaluation experience from the Hearts Beat Back: Heart of New Ulm Project—a ten-year research demonstration project in a rural Minnesota community—into actionable steps. Presenters will engage attendees in discussions of community transformation best practices: forming strategic partnerships to generate collective impact; working across sectors to collect, share, and utilize data; building community capacity for sustainability; engaging key stakeholders for impact; and creating a sustainable model for long-term success.

Cindy Winters, Manager, Hearts Beat Back: Heart of New Ulm Project in New Ulm, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
Rebecca Lindberg, MPH, RDN, Director of Population Health and Professional Education, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

  1. Improving Community Health by Strengthening Community Investment: Roles for Hospitals and Health Systems

The Center for Community Investment helps disadvantaged communities harness investment to achieve their economic, social and environmental priorities. This session aims to equip hospital and health system leaders to engage in the investment ecosystem. Hospitals and health systems have a variety of assets—including financial resources, land, and expertise—that make them valuable participants in the community investment system. Yet most health institutions are not currently engaged in shaping or investing in the upstream social determinants of health in their communities.  The Center’s recently published Improving Community Health by Strengthening Community Investment: Roles for Hospitals and Health Institutions describes how a dozen leading health institutions are leveraging their assets to improve community health.

Robin Hacke, Executive Director, Center for Community Investment
Jessie Cannon, Director of Wellness Initiatives, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Partners For Kids

  1. What the Evidence Says: The Newest Research on Hospital / Community Partnership Best Practices and Strategy

With increasing frequency, health care organizations that work with complex populations are pursuing partnerships with community-based organizations to address both the medical needs and social determinants of health. The George Washington University School of Public Health will share examples of Accountable Community Health organizations and developmental milestones in addressing health equity, paying special attention to political challenges. The Nonprofit Finance Fund will discuss results of a study on bridging community-based human services and health care, and review practical tools that can help cross-sector partners assess their readiness for partnership and deepen and sustain emerging partnership models. Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will teach organizations how to think critically about hospital-community relations in the context of population health initiatives and devise solutions for working together to improve outcomes.

Janet Heinrich, DrPH, RN, Research Professor, George Washington University
Nima Krodel, Vice President, Advisory Services, Non-Profit Finance Fund
Berkeley Franz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Community-based Health, Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Michael Wright, medical student, Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rachel Kamat, medical student, Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine