Pre-conference Workshops - March 14, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Pre-conference Workshop #1: Stem the Tide: Collaborating with Communities to Reduce the Opioid Epidemic

Caitlin Katz, Program Administrator, Charleston Center Community Opioid Treatment Program
Sara Goldsby, Director, State Drug and Alcohol Agency (DAODAS)
Rick Foster, MD, Senior Advisor, Population Health Improvement, South Carolina Hospital Association

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 33,000 people died from an opioid-related overdose in 2015. That’s more than 90 people a day or four people each hour. Across the country, hospitals are partnering with community organizations to combat this epidemic. Join your colleagues at this interactive workshop session to hear how our panelists were able to develop their partnerships, the key success factors and barriers they had to overcome. Using what they learn from the panel discussion, participants will brainstorm ways they can start to develop community-based partnerships and innovative ideas for furthering community collaborations to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe various success factors for hospital partnerships with community organizations
  • Identify opportunities and barriers for success in developing partnerships in their communities
  • Develop a conceptual value proposition between a community and hospital for addressing substance use disorder in collaborative programs

Pre-conference Workshop #2: Community Health Workers: Bridging Clinical and Community to Advance Health Equity
Cynthia Washington, Interim President & CEO, Institute for Diversity and Equity, American Hospital Association
Jaye Clement, MPH, MPP, Director of Community Health Programs & Strategies, Community Health, Equity & Wellness, Henry Ford Health System
Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS, Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity, Chief Wellness & Diversity Officer, Henry Ford Health System
Felicia Lane, Community Health Worker, Women-Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network
Scott Tornek, Chief Strategy Officer, Penn Center for Community Health Workers
Facilitator: Jeffrey Ring, PhD, Principal, Health Management Associates

In today’s changing health care environment, seamless care coordination is challenging to achieve, particularly among diverse populations and those experiencing health disparities. However, some hospitals and health systems are training and leveraging community health workers (CHWs) to drive better care coordination services. CHWs are front-line staff who provide tailored support to high-need patients. Their pre- and post-care interaction builds a trusted relationship with patients and other community members. Scaling the use of CHWs in hospitals, health systems and communities ensures patients are receiving care services even when accessible and affordable care may be limited for them.

The American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (Institute), in collaboration with the National Urban League (NUL), have partnered to revise a CHW resource to support hospitals and health systems in their adoption of community health workers strategies. This interactive and engaging workshop takes a deep dive inside different elements of developing, integrating and sustaining a CHW program. This workshop will involve community health workers, as they give examples of encounters with patients, share “how to” strategies, conduct simulating assessments and answer questions on training, measurement and evaluation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how community health workers can provide improved care coordination, chronic disease management and culturally appropriate care for high-need patients
  • Understand the steps needed to sustain a hospital-wide and community-wide initiative
  • Learn how the Institute/NUL's CHW resource can advance the integration of community health workers

Pre-conference Workshop #3: Prioritizing Prevention: Stopping the Transition from At-Risk to High-Need Patients
Janet Williams, Senior Program Manager, American Medical Association
Neha Sachdev, MD, Director, Health Systems Relationships, American Medical Association

Jaime Dircksen, Director, Community Health Institute, Trinity Health

A new generation of payment and delivery system reforms are aimed squarely at enhancing the value of U.S. health care. Much focus has been on a subset of the population referred to as high-need patients, individuals with multiple chronic diseases and functional limitations in their ability to care for themselves or perform daily tasks. High-need patients account for a disproportionate share of the nation’s disease and health care spending. In order to improve the health of our communities, we need to prevent at-risk individuals and communities from becoming high-need by addressing some of the most common and costly chronic diseases. Diabetes prevention is a prime target to prevent progression to high-need status. Eighty-four million American adults have prediabetes and, if left untreated, primary care practices will be treating 32 percent more patients with type 2 diabetes within five years.

This workshop will introduce participants to the National Academy of Medicine’s taxonomy for high-need patients as a framework for addressing the behavioral and social factors that drive health care needs. Representatives from the American Medical Association will build off of the taxonomy, sharing how they have partnered with health systems across the country to develop tools to increase capacity at the community and system-level to prevent the transition from prediabetes to diabetes. In this interactive workshop, participants will draft strategies for bridging the clinical-community gap to best meet the needs of high-need populations in their own communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline a framework for identifying and addressing the needs of at-risk and high-need patients and communities
  • Learn about various tools used by both communities and hospitals in preventing diabetes
  • Gain insight on innovative strategies to bridge the gap between clinical and community approaches

Pre-conference Workshop #4: Pathways to Population Health: Strategies for Health Care Change Agents
Marie Cleary-Fishman, BSN, MS, MBA, CPHQ, Vice President, Clinical Quality, Health Research & Educational Trust, American Hospital Association
Saranya Loehrer, MD, MPH, Head of North America Region, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Billie Lynn Allard, RN, MS, Administrative Director of Care Management, Transitional Care and Ambulatory Services, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

Countless health care organizations are committed to improving the health and well-being of their patients and communities. Yet many struggle to identify effective strategies, tools and resources to help them meet their aims and aspirations. Join faculty from the Health Research & Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and Brightspot who will share highlights from a growing movement of health care organizations and those that support them to:

  • Identify pathways on the journey to population health and the attendant factors that can accelerate or impede progress
  • Assess current state and the steps necessary to reach a desired state
  • Showcase bright spot examples, tools and resources that help organizations get better, faster

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess where they are on the journey to population health
  • Identify key assets and opportunities to improve health, well-being and equity in partnership with patients and communities
  • Develop an action plan for their population health journey