Pre-Conference Workshops

Day and time: Wednesday, Nov. 29th, 8:30am- 11:30am

1. Diving Deeper: Exploring the Democracy Collaborative’s Toolkit for Transformation

The Democracy Collaborative staff will lead this interactive pre-conference session designed to take participants on an exploration of the toolkits for transformation. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Democracy Collaborative created these toolkits to accelerate a new model in healthcare that builds community health into core business practices. The toolkits help health systems integrate community health principles into three distinct business functions: (1) inclusive, local hiring and workforce development, (2) local and diverse sourcing; and (3) leveraging their long-term investment portfolios for community investment.

Session led by: David Zuckerman, Democracy Collaborative

David Zuckerman of the Democracy CollaborativeDavid Zuckerman joined The Democracy Collaborative team in 2012 and serves as Manager for Healthcare Engagement. David leads the coordination of the Healthcare Anchor Network—a health system-led collaboration focused on improving community health and well-being by building inclusive and sustainable local economies. The Network includes more than 25 health systems to date.

David is the co-author of the Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities toolkit series. His work focuses on inclusive and equitable economic development strategies that build wealth in low-income communities, with specific attention on how hospitals and health systems can deploy the business side of their institutions to support community health improvement and strengthen their local economies.

David is also the author of Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Embracing the Anchor Mission and a contributor to Can Hospitals Heal America’s Communities. He is the lead author of a National Academy of Medicine discussion paper, Building a Culture of Health at the Federal Level. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Consumer
Health Foundation.

2. Evidence at Your Fingertips: Tools and Tips to Harness Evidence-Based Interventions

This pre-conference session will focus on tools and initiatives that provide evidence-based interventions that can improve population health, such as the County Health Rankings & Roadmap’s What Works for Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HI-5 and 6/18 initiatives. Participants will be introduced to essential features of each resource along with lessons learned and examples of community organizations that have used these resources. There will be ample time to explore each resource and discuss which interventions might be suitable for your local priorities; be sure to bring a laptop or tablet.

Session led by:

Alison BergumAlison Bergum, MPA, is an Associate Researcher at the UW Population Health Institute and Team Director for What Works for Health, a searchable online database that provides communities with promising strategies to respond effectively to local health priorities. Alison played a lead role in development of this research and translation effort, initially funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program, and in 2012, guided its expansion as part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Alison continues to lead these efforts, with a focus on understanding and enriching user experience and enhancing methodology.

Jessica RubensteinJessica Rubenstein, MPA, MPH, is an Assistant Researcher at the UW Population Health Institute and a Senior Evidence Analyst for What Works for Health. Jessica has been a part of this research and translation effort since 2011, where she systematically assesses, summarizes, and rates evidence for policies and programs that can affect health behaviors, social & economic factors, and clinical care.

Dr. Laura SeeffLaura Seeff, MD, Director, Office of Health Systems Collaboration, Office of Associate Director for Policy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Director

Dr. Laura Seeff is Director of the Office of Health Systems Collaboration in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of the Director. In this position, she helps maximize CDC’s collaboration between public health and the health care sector, including partnering with health care purchasers, payers, and providers to improve health and control health care costs. In her current and previous position as the Deputy Medical Director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, she helped shape CDC’s relationship with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s population health programs.

She focused much of her career on cancer control, helping develop CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program and representing CDC on the National Commission on Digestive Diseases, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, and the National Call to Action for Cancer Prevention and Survivorship Council of Experts. She came to CDC in 1998 through the Epidemic Intelligence Service program. Dr. Seeff has authored over 50 publications.

Before joining CDC, Dr. Seeff was a practicing General Internist at Emory University School of Medicine’s Grady Memorial Hospital, where she established a colorectal cancer screening program and provided primary care. She trained at the Emory University School of Medicine. She and her husband have three children.

Wendy Heaps, MPH, Senior Policy Analyst, Policy Research, Analysis and Development Office, Office of the Associate Director for Policy, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ms. Heaps is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Policy Research, Analysis, and Development Office in the Office of the Associate Director for Policy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who works at the intersection of policy and partnerships. She is a senior advisor on CDC’s Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5). The HI-5 initiative is 14 evidence-based approaches to achieve positive health outcomes in a community within five years. Before applying her expertise to HI-5, Ms. Heaps worked on nutrition, immunization safety, injury prevention, HIV prevention, emergency preparedness from smallpox to H1N1, and workplace health. Ms. Heaps advanced tobacco and nutrition policies by incorporating them into CDC’s Funding Opportunity Announcements, and ensuring comprehensive tobacco cessation coverage is included in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Prior to CDC, Ms. Heaps worked in international health for CARE USA and in the media.

Wendy received her MPH from Emory School of Public Health in Behavioral Science and Health Education, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto.