Conference Basics

-Cancellation Policy
-Justify My Attendance!
-Conference Planning Committee


-Exhibitor Opportunities
-Sponsorship Opportunities

-Sponsorship Opportunities for Hospitals/Health Systems

Planning your Trip

-Hotel and Travel
-Things to do in Dallas
-Dinner Options


-Keynote Sessions
-Pre-conference Workshops
-Simulation Session
-Site Visits
-Breakout Sessions
-Wednesday's Agenda
-Thursday's Agenda
-Friday's Agenda
-Leadership Academy

Items not linked will be updated as soon as information is available.

2015 Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, March 4, 1:00 pm

Judith MonroeJudith A. Monroe, MD
Deputy Director


Georges BenjaminGeorges C. Benjamin, MD
Executive Director

American Public Health Association

Lamar HasbrouckLamar Hasbrouck, MD
Executive Director

National Association of County and City Health Officials

Thursday, March 5, 9:00 am

Christopher DurovichChristopher J. Durovich
President and CEO

Children's Health System of Texas

Michelle LarkinMichelle A. Larkin, JD, RN
Interim Vice President, Program Portfolios

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Friday, March 6, 10:30 am

Rochell Dicker, MDRochelle Dicker, MD
Director, San Francisco Wraparound Project

San Francisco General Hospital

Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MDDeborah Prothrow-Stith, MD

Spencer Stuart

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Pre-conference Workshops
All workshops will be held March 4 from 8:30-11:30 am. These workshops require additional registrations and there is an added cost ($95 before 12/31, $115 after).  These sessions are intensive, hands-on learning experiences with leaders in the field. Typically, they sell out each year, so register early to save your spot.

4 pre-conference workshops are available:


Clarifying Your Journey to Population Health

Health care organizations are in varying stages of clinical and financial integration as they pursue the transformational change necessary for successful population health management. This workshop presents a strategic framework for population health, recognizing the challenges of transitioning from volume to value-based reimbursement. This workshop will teach attendees to self-assess where they are on the road to population health, understand drivers to move in that direction and learn from 'checklists' how to shape their journey in terms of key metrics. The framework and self-assessment will cover four stages of care integration exploring the impact of population health priorities, actions and metrics important to measure success, and critical steps along the journey.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify stages of population health journey
  • Clarify driving factors and market conditions that drive migration to the next steps
  • Identify resource/engagement requirements to progress through the stages


Fiona McNaughton

Fiona McNaughton
Director of Practice of Care Solutions

Truven Health Analytics

Byron C. Scott, MD

Byron C. Scott, MD
Medical Director and National Clinical Medical Leader

Truven Health Analytics

Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce: Voices from the Best in Class Hospitals

The Institute for Diversity in Health Management, an affiliate of the AHA, presents a regional symposium designed to help health care leaders increase diversity in the organization's workforce, leadership and governance and eliminate disparities in care. The most recently recognized U.S. hospitals as the best in class from the diversity and disparities biennial benchmarking survey will share insights into disparities reduction, diversity management, leadership and governance and cultural competency. The program includes a keynote speaker, roundtable discussion and expert panelists who will share best practices and resources.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn diversity initiatives and how they can be drivers for change and positive outcomes in patient experiences
  • Discover demonstrated tangible commitment to diversity in business terms
  • Explore successful models/case studies and proven strategies

In addition to these experts, the panel discussion will include experts from Harris Health System, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and ICON Hospital.

Fredrick HobbyFrederick Hobby
President and CEO

Institute for Diversity in Health Management, AHA

Ralph Waldo EmersonRev. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Board Vice Chairman

JPS Health System

Equipping Leaders to Rethink and Redirect Regional Health Systems

The health system is complex and change is hard. It is particularly challenging if the major stakeholders in a system each see a different piece of the health puzzle and neither vision nor strategy are aligned. Leaders who aspire to create the next generation of healthy communities must be equipped with the tools they need to spark and sustain systemwide reform. Participants in this interactive workshop will learn how innovators are using new tools designed specifically to guide large-scale, multi-sector health system reform. Working in both small and large groups, participants will use the ReThink Health Dynamics model to simulate interventions from a diverse menu of upstream and downstream initiatives and compare those scenarios using metrics that track changes in population health, care, cost, equity and workforce productivity, as well as intervention spending, savings and return on investment. In addition, collegues who have used the model and worked with ReThink Health in various regions will share their perspective on its utility and impact in their own health transformation efforts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain experience comparing health intervention priorities and assessing progress on the pathway to a healthier health system
  • Discover how simulation models and developmental assessments can help leaders spot opportunities, anticipate pitfalls, weigh trade-offs and gauge progress toward long-term goals
  • Consider how the priorities and values of different groups shape aspirations and actions related to health system stewardship, strategy and sustainable financing


Bobby MilsteinBobby Milstein

ReThink Health

Sherry ImmediatoSherry Immediato

ReThink Health

Ernest CawveyErnest Cawvey
Executive Coordinator

ReThink Health

Investing in Your Community: Leveraging Partnerships to Improve Population Health

To achieve significant improvements in population health, the CHNA and strategic implementation plan should be part of an ongoing, broader community process that engages cross-sector partners to implement multiple strategies with a singular goal: creating healthy communities. But with individual organizations, priorities and cultures, it's tough to achieve the level of needed collaboration. In a unique training approach, participants will be surveyed ahead of time to assess their experiences with, and barriers to, ongoing partnerships and the workshop will be designed specifically to meet these needs. The National Network of Public Health Institutes will engage several of its institute members and hospital-based partners to facilitate a dynamic workshop that allows all participants opportunities to work through key partnership/collaboration issues together. Public health institutes are nonprofit organizations that improve the public's health by fostering innovation, leveraging resources and building partnerships across sectors. All registrants in the workshop will be connected with a public health institute member to explore how the institute may support partnership-building efforts. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Collaborate in a meaningful community health improvement process that engages many partners
  • Learn concrete, individualized next steps that can be implemented in your own CHNA and strategic implementation process
  • Understand the value of partnership with public health institutes to serve as neutral conveners and community capacity builders

Jennier McKeeverJennifer McKeever
Associate Director, Population Health Improvement

National Network of Public Health Institutes

Email Ms. McKeever for more information.

Steve RidiniSteve Ridini
Vice President

Health Resources in Action

Laurie CallLaurie Call
Director, Center for Community Capacity

Illinois Public Health Institute

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Simulation Session SOLD OUT!
New this year is a simulation session. Held Thursday, March 5 (2:45-5:00 pm), this session is free of charge but requires advanced registration. It will be a very small group in a workshop style format. Please be aware: It is held at the same time as the site visits and breakout sessions. Please see the entire schedule to plan your time.

Improving Community Health in 8 “Easy” Steps

Participants will actively participate in a workshop that simulates community health improvement process and work with stakeholders from various disciplines, including hospitals, public health and community-based organizations. The workshop is built around a young surgeon who decides to “go upstream” to combat gang-related traumatic injuries and recidivism at her hospital. This workshop will strengthen the skills of participants to lead change and improve health in their community. It is also a learning tool that participants can take home and use with their workforce, local allies and other stakeholders to help them participate in that change, shaping their perceptions about community engagement and multisectoral collaboration. Each participant will take home a binder containing a facilitator’s guide, background reading material and other resources to conduct their own training workshop to explore the potential collective impact gained by leveraging their community's unique mix of assets.
Learning Objectives:

  • Apply leadership skills and systems thinking skills to explore novel, population-based approaches for improving health outcomes
  • Examine the root causes of a complex community health issue by discussing determinants of health, including socioeconomic, behavioral, environmental and other factors
  • Compare and contrast the internal and external issues faced by key stakeholders as they try to identify key values and a shared vision as guiding principles for community action

Denise KooDenise Koo, MD
Senior Advisor for Health Systems


Virginia WatsonVirginia Watson
Project Manager, CDC Experience Legacy Project


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Site Visits
Due to overwhelming positive reviews, ACHI is proud to offer not one, but two site visits this year. Held Thursday, March 5 (2:45-5:00 pm), these sessions are priced at $30 to cover transportation to and from the site. They require advanced registration and are limited in the number of participants. Please be aware: It is held at the same time as the the simulation session and breakout sessions. Please see the entire schedule to plan your time.

Parkland and Hatcher Station Village: Generating New Opportunities for Public Health in Dallas SOLD OUT!

Sue PickensHatcher Station Village is a unique opportunity for neighborhood revitalization. Until five years ago, the 7-acre site at Scyene Road and Hatcher Street was home to an illegal nightclub and other illicit activities that plagued the community for decades. Construction of a new clinic at the development is a public-private partnership involving Parkland, the city of Dallas and Frazier Revitalization, a community development organization. A long list of local philanthropy groups also provided financial support, including the South Dallas/Fair Park Trust Fund. Frazier is hoping to develop a second phase Hatcher Station Village, attracting a variety of neighborhood amenities. Patients also benefit from the conveniently located light rail station, across the street from the clinic. The new Parkland hospital, which also opens in 2015, is on the same light rail line. You will have a brief tour of the clinic (still under construction) and hear from Parkland and community leaders about this community transformation and the role public health is playing in this growth.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss community development from the neighborhood perspective; past, present and future.
  • Describe how the community partners work together to being to revitalize the Frazier Neighborhood in South Dallas.
  • Explain community health improvement from the health system perspective as an economic anchor facility.

Presenter: Sue Pickens, Director Population Medicine,Parkland Health & Hospital System

Building Blue Zones in Fort Worth, Texas: Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration SOLD OUT!

Linda FulmerIn 2014, Fort Worth became the largest and most ethnically and economically diverse Blue Zones Project community. The 5-year project aims to engage local government, employers, schools, restaurants, grocers and residents to commit to making changes that will create a community where the healthier choices are the easier and natural choices. Participants will see first-hand how Fort Worth is transforming into a blue zone by meeting with leaders of the movement and taking a walking tour of one area where they will have opportunities to experience some of the Power 9.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how the Blue Zone Project engages non-traditional community sectors (e.g., restaurants, grocery stores, schools, employers and municipal government) in making changes to improve community well-being
  • Learn about the Power 9 common denominators found in geographic areas where people naturally live longer
  • Learn how the Blue Zone Project is approaching implementation of its program in the largest and most ethnically and economically diverse community it has ever engaged

Presenter: Linda Fulmer, Executive Director, Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration

Breakout sessions will be offered in the following "Building" blocks: 

  • Hospitals and health care systems
  • Policies and environments
  • Partnerships
  • Building a community health workforce and leaders
  • Tools to measure community health impact
  • Sustainable funding sources
  • Healthy populations 

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Hotel and Travel - The Dallas Hilton Anatole is selling out!

ACHI is offering special meeting discounts for all attendees of the 2015 National Conference at the Hilton Anatole. Single/double occupancy rate is $159.00 per night plus all applicable taxes. The hotel block is under ACH (not a typo).

Reserve your room online (The room block typically sells out, please reserve early to receive the special rate)

Hilton Anatole Dallas
2201 N. Stemmons Freeway Dallas, Texas 75207
Telephone: (214) 748-1200 

If You Are Told By The Hilton Anatole That They Are Sold Out For Our Conference Dates, Please Contact A Room With A View For Information On The Designated ACHI Overflow Hotel.  Please click here for more information.

Parking: If you are travelling to Dallas by car, the Hilton Anatole is offering a 20% discount on self-parking for all guests staying in the hotel. 

ACHI is offering special meeting travel discounts for all ACHI National Conference attendees.

Delta For Delta Airlines reservations and ticketing please call Delta Meeting Network reservations at (800) 328-1111, Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM Central Time. Refer to meeting code NMK5Z.  You may also go to and input the meeting code into the meeting event code box to obtain the discounted fare and avoid any service fees.
 united United Airlines offers discounts off published fares of 2% - 10% based on the booking class of service. Call (800) 426-1122 for reservations. Refer to Z code ZTDP and agreement code: 367575. Or, save an additional 3% off by booking your own reservations at and enter ZTDP367575 in the offer code box.
hertz Special meeting rates negotiated with Hertz are available by calling (800) 654-2240 from within the U.S., or (405) 749-4434 from outside the United States, and giving the reservationist the meeting number CV#03AB0011.  You may also click on the Hertz link:
suppershuttle Super Shuttle is offering a discount for your ground transportation needs to/from the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Conference attendees will receive $2.00 off one-way/$4.00 off round trip when your reservation is booked online. Book your reservation online and use the code: Z5HCU. Note, the discount is valid between March 1-10, 2015.

Dallas Information
Welcome to Dallas where you can expect big things. Here are a couple links on attractions/things to do:

Dinner Options
Full-Conference registration typically includes a welcome reception with light hors d'oeuvres (Wednesday), continential breakfast on Thursday and Friday and buffet lunch on Thursday.

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Conference Pricing - Register today
 Member Type

Early Bird Rate
(by 12/31/2014)

Regular Rate /
Onsite Rate
Pre-conference workshops $95.00 $115.00
Non-member (Includes a one
year ACHI membership
 $575.00  $595.00
ACHI Individual member   $445.00 $475.00 
ACHI Group member   $395.00 $425.00 

Student (Proof of enrollment

$285.00 $315.00

Conference Cancellation Policy

Registration cancellation requests are your individual responsibility and must be received by the deadline of February 4, 2015. If cancellations are not received by the above mentioned date, you will be held financially responsible for any and all existing conference arrangements such as pre-conference registration, conference registration and demonstration tour visit fee. Written notifications are accepted via email or fax. Cancellation requests via voicemail are not accepted.

  • Cancellations made by the deadline of February 4, 2015:
    • If payment has been submitted, you will receive a refund for the amount paid; however, please note that a $125.00 processing fee will be deducted.
    • Cancellations made after the deadline will not be issued a refund.

Send all conference cancellations to ACHI via email or by fax: (312) 422-4522. Please include the following information:

  • Email subject line/fax reference line: 2015 Conference Registration Cancellation Request
  • Conference registration number
  • Full name and contact information (phone number and email address)
  • Reason for cancellation
  • Please indicate if you are a
    Poster presenter