Healthcare Community Change-Agents: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
2:45 PM–4:00 PM
Lincoln 6
Value and Population Health

Moderator: Gaby Galvin, Reporter, Healthiest Communities, U.S. News & World Report

Across the healthcare ecosystem, awareness is growing of the importance – and potential payoff – of investing in screenings and programs to tackle the true drivers of well-being, from food security and employment to early childhood literacy and housing stability. Providers and insurers alike increasingly understand that succeeding at value-based care and population health requires taking care of such unmet needs. Many hospitals and health systems have implemented programs, such as investing in housing programs to address homelessness and embedding clinicians in schools and community organizations. Some states are finding ways to make their Medicaid programs more accommodating, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allowed Medicare Advantage plans to begin addressing some of these social factors this year. Hear from pioneers with lessons to share about improving effectiveness and equity of care.

Alisahah J. Cole, M.D., Chief Community Impact Officer, Atrium Health
Ceci Connolly, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alliance of Community Health Plans
Imelda Dacones, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Permanente
Cathryn E. Gunther, Associate Vice President, Global Population Health, Merck & Co.

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