Be the Bridge

The drive to address population health has become the mission of many hospitals, health systems and community organizations. However, improving the health of communities cannot be accomplished by one person, organization or sector alone. To significantly improve population health, we need to strengthen existing bridges—and build new ones—to foster collaborative action. The ACHI 2018 conference theme, Be the Bridge, will guide learning on how you and your organization can be the bridge – whether you are fostering connections within your organization or strengthening relationships with your community and partners. The 2018 ACHI National Conference will support population health initiatives and professionals as we become architects of bridges that will advance health in America.

Topic Tracks

The 2018 conference will feature seven topic tracks:

Anchor Strategies: Driving Community Investment and Revitalization

Hospitals and health systems are recognizing that, as significant economic engines, they can leverage their assets to improve local community health and well-being. As anchor institutions in their communities, hospitals and health systems are linking workforce, purchasing, investment and real estate strategies to drive community economic development. Presentations in this track will feature examples of how anchor institutions are spurring inclusive neighborhood revitalization, deepening community relations and strengthening local economies through a range of strategies that focus on implementation and sustainability.

Health System Transformation: Building a Culture of Population Health

As the U.S. health care system continues to evolve, innovative care delivery and payment models are setting the stage for an integrated approach that fosters healthy populations. To truly transform the health of our nation, hospitals and health systems need to strategically connect community and clinical efforts to maximize impact. Presentations in this track will showcase examples of how hospitals and health systems are: developing a culture of population health by transforming how they deliver and pay for care; linking community and population health; applying quality improvement strategies and testing new care delivery models.

Social Determinants of Health: Advancing Health Equity

Social determinants – the conditions surrounding where we live, learn, work and play – profoundly affect the health of people and populations. By collaboratively addressing socioeconomic factors, hospitals, health systems and other stakeholder organizations can improve the health of communities, reduce health disparities and advance health equity. This crucial work cannot be achieved by the health care sector alone but requires a collaborative approach with a broad range of partners to influence change. Presentations in this track will focus on cross-sector, community-based strategies that address the social determinants of health and enable communities to achieve the highest level of health for everyone.

Using Data: From Planning to Evaluation

From planning to implementing to measuring impact, use of data increases transparency and accountability, allowing organizations to identify and plan strategic initiatives, track progress, detect areas for improvement and tell their community health story. Presentations in this track will share real-world examples of how to use data to measure outcomes and impact, use tools and methods to identify quantifiable objectives and guide future interventions.

Healthy Places: Building Thriving Communities

Investing in place-based strategies can improve a community’s ecosystem – the physical environment, social networks, housing, schools and jobs – which shapes health outcomes and quality of life. In this sort of multisector strategy, everyone has a part: government, community organizations, financial institutions, health providers and most importantly, the residents themselves. Presentations in this track will focus on structural, integrated community development solutions that demonstrate meaningful and inclusive uplift for America’s communities.

Technology in Action: Connecting for Population Health

Advances in technology are capable of supporting population health activities. Technology has the power to influence the health of individuals and communities through coordinating care better; screening for social determinants, such as food and housing; connecting people with social services; identifying areas with particular needs and spreading messaging about healthy behaviors. Presentations in this track will address challenges in implementation, share strategies to gain buy-in, discuss compatibility and privacy issues and show how technological solutions can be applied to measure outcomes.

Policies for Population Health: Fostering Change

Organizational, local, state and federal policies can promote good health and eliminate health care disparities. Whether it is neighborhood green spaces, worksite wellness policies, school program requirements or housing subsidies, exciting transformations can happen when groups join forces to advocate for policy change. Presentations in this track will share insights from efforts to influence organizational and public policies in health care and also will address common concerns and barriers to engaging in political processes.

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