4th Annual SDoH & Health Equity Congress

March 25-26, 2024 * Aria Resort & Casino * Las Vegas, NV

4th Annual Social Determinants of Health & Health Equity

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For decades, disparities in healthcare have been well documented in the U.S. and regrettably, remain prevalent despite evidence and appeals for their elimination. This is leading healthcare payers and providers to broaden the scope of health-influencing factors they address to include social determinants of health (SDOH) – economic and environmental conditions that both directly and indirectly impact one’s health – like income, access to health food, and access to transportation. SDOH analytics show that these conditions influence health inequities and have a massive effect on population health outcomes. Compared to the majority, racial and ethnic minorities continue to have poorer health status and health outcomes for most chronic conditions. Many factors, such as affordability, accessibility and diversity in the healthcare system influence care and outcomes, creating challenges that make the task of eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity daunting and elusive. Novel strategies are needed to bring about much needed change to the complex and evolving healthcare system.

Over the past several decades, diversity in the U.S. population has increased significantly and is expected to increase exponentially in the near future. As the population becomes more diverse, it is important to recognize the possibilities of new and emerging disparities. It is imperative that steps are taken to eliminate the current gap in care and prevent new disparities from developing. This conference will present challenges and offer recommendations for facilitating the process of eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity across diverse populations.

To advance SDOH efforts, organizations must think differently and consider how well they truly understand the needs of their patient populations and the role that SDOH programs will play in helping close health equity gaps in their community. As our population becomes more diverse and at greater risk for poor health outcomes due to the impact of negative social determinants of health, there is a growing need to coordinate services across the care continuum. Connecting and integrating social supports and services into healthcare is essential to address the broad range of social determinants that play such an important role in health and well-being. This conference will address how much of this can be achieved through various methods of increased collaboration among healthcare professionals.

This conference will enable healthcare professionals can create a more holistic awareness of the biological, behavioral and social factors that impact health—working together to build a more equitable healthcare system that enables better health outcomes for all.

 

Who Should Attend?
Medicaid; Medicaid; Commercial Health Plans; Health Systems; Hospitals; Provider Groups; Pharma Organizations; Gov’t and Community Based Organizations; Rural Health

  • Medical Directors
  • CEO’s
  • CFO’s
  • CNO’s
  • Clinical Officers
  • Care/Case Management
  • Population Health
  • Social Determinants
  • Quality Improvement
  • Health and Wellness
  • Accountable Care
  • Physician Groups
  • Community Outreach
  • Foundations
  • Compliance Directors
  • Policy Advisors
  • Patient Navigation
  • Innovation Officers
  • Health Equity Officers
  • Behavioral Health
  • Diversity
  • Health & Human Services
  • Public Health Officials
  • Psychologists
  • Health Directors
  • Community Care Directors
  • Process Improvement
  • Operations Directors
  • Social Workers
  • County Health Department
  • State Dept. Heads
  • Business/Financial Leaders
  • Equity/Inclusion/Diversity
  • Legislators
  • Public Health Leaders
  • Policy/Law/Enforcement
  • Diversity Officers
  • Health Equity & Community Health
  • Health Policy
  • Population Health
  • Community Leaders
  • Researchers
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Project Directors

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Conference Agenda

Day One - Monday, March 25, 2024

7:15am – 8:00am
Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast 

8:00am – 8:15am
Chairperson’s Opening Remarks 

8:15am – 9:00am
How to Set Health Equity Leaders Up for Success
In the midst of the pandemic shining a spotlight on both new and historically known health inequities, social unrest, and increased discussion of systemic racism, many health systems appointed leaders to focus on equity. Some health systems have even incorporated health equity into their mission statements. While these can be hopeful signs of change, personnel appointments and using the right words are not enough to make and sustain system-wide improvement. This session will explore the best ways to support health equity leaders to ensure their success is not left up to chance.

Dr. Tralonda Triplett
Director of Operations
Institute for Successful Leadership, Inc.

9:00am – 9:45am
Population Health Strategies to Advance Health Equity
As ​​COVID-19 illuminated the disparities in healthcare access and quality that exist nationwide, health systems were challenged to not only identify populations in need but develop strategies that prioritized continuity of care and communication among historically underserved communities. This session will explore population health management strategies designed and implemented to reduce health inequities. Describing the pandemic as an “opportunity” for health care systems to better address these disparities, learn about critical care and social issues prevalent among the patient populations, the importance of community-level partnerships in improving these outcomes, and further efforts warranted in the pursuit for health equity.

Jonathan Dayon, DrPH(c), MS, NREMT, CNE
Executive Director
Maryland Rural Health Association

9:45am – 10:15am
Networking & Refreshments Break 

10:15am – 11:00am
Striving for Health Equity: Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities

Reducing health disparities brings us closer to reaching health equity. This session will explore how healthcare professionals can enhance the impact of strategies for reducing health disparities, disseminate and tailor these strategies to reach more communities, and expand these strategies for even greater impact by rigorously applying lessons learned from these efforts. Topics to be discussed will include:

– Raising awareness among healthcare providers

– Increasing health literacy in affected communities

– Community partnerships

– Providing greater healthcare resources

Kristin Ball Motley, PharmD, MBA
Founder and Executive Director
Health Educated, Inc

11:00am – 11:45am
Why Social Determinants of Health Should Matter to Employers
With hundreds of billions in lost productivity due to health-related problems, and billions spent on chronic diseases and unhealthy behaviors by employers every year, tackling the non-medical factors influencing your employees’ health is critical. Employees don’t leave SDOH at the door, they bring them to work every day. For companies, this can result in both absenteeism (missing work due to poor health) and presenteeism (decrease in performance and productivity at work due to poor health), not to mention workforce-wide effects on productivity, satisfaction, and general wellbeing. This session will explore how to tackle SDOH in your employee population and understanding the societal forces within it.

Kolanda Douglas, CDP
Director, Office of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
Mayo Clinic

11:45am – 12:30pm
Short and Long-term Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Health Equity
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on human life has led to profound consequences in almost all societies worldwide, and this includes its significant impact on all aspects of health. Health equity has been among the main challenges in any healthcare system. However, with the COVID-19 crisis worsening health inequalities, there is an increasing need for health plans to prioritize health equity. Stark disparities during the pandemic led to new health policy funding and interventions addressing social needs and social determinants of health to improve health equity. Lessons from these interventions and similar pre-pandemic initiatives can guide policy makers in designing more permanent approaches. This session will explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health equity, as well as health policy-led interventions targeting social determinants of health and social needs.

Dionne Wright Poulton, Ph.D., ICF
Organizational Ombudsperson, Head of Diversity, Equity & Belonging
Head of Organizational Learning
Franciscan Children’s Hospital

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Luncheon 

1:30pm – 2:15pm
A Look at Recent Medicaid Guidance to Address Social Determinants of Health and Health-Related Social Needs
While there are limits, states can use Medicaid to address social determinants of health to health, or associated health-related social needs. Health-related social needs are an individual’s unmet, adverse social conditions (e.g., housing instability, homelessness, nutrition insecurity) that contribute to poor health and are a result of underlying social determinants of health (conditions in which people are born, grow, work and age). To expand opportunities for states to use Medicaid to address health-related social needs, CMS recently issued new guidance that builds on guidance  released in 2021. This guidance supports the current Administration’s goal to advance health equity as well as end hunger by 2030 and stem increases in homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will explore the new opportunities available to states to address HRSN through managed care.

Maria Ramirez Perez, MPH (she/her/ella)
Healthy Opportunities Program Manager
NC Medicaid
NC DHHS

2:15pm – 3:15pm
Panel: Using Social Determinants of Health to Promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Promoting diversity and supporting health equity have risen to the top of the priority list for all types of organizations. One of the most efficient ways to becoming more inclusive is by truly understanding the individual needs of those within your populations, and then meeting those needs with targeted, relevant programming. Gaining this level of understanding is possible if you use social determinants of health data. Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Social determinants of health are opportunities, not barriers
  • How SDOH data can help you develop more inclusive programs
  • Gaining access to SDOH data
  • The value SDOH data will bring to your diversity, equity and inclusion efforts
  • How SDOH data can help you promote DEI within your organization

Jonathan Dayon, DrPH(c), MS, NREMT, CNE
Executive Director
Maryland Rural Health Association

Kolanda Douglas, CDP
Director, Office of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
Mayo Clinic 

Dionne Wright Poulton, Ph.D., ICF
Organizational Ombudsperson, Head of Diversity, Equity & Belonging
Head of Organizational Learning
Franciscan Children’s Hospital

3:15pm – 3:45pm
Networking & Refreshments Break 

3:45pm – 4:30pm
Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health in Pediatrics: Policies and Financing to Advance Whole Child Health
With increasing recognition of the impact of poverty, racism and other social factors on child health, pediatric health systems are undertaking interventions to address social determinants of health. Initiatives among mission-driven pediatric health systems to address social determinants of health can be catalyzed by federal and state policies, as well as strong multi-sector partnerships. Medicaid, along with health system philanthropy and operating revenues, will all be needed to meet mission-based goals of addressing social determinants of health, in addition to testing value-based payment models and incentives that support financial sustainability. This session will explore these initiatives and recent developments in state and federal health policy impacting funding for these efforts.

Daniella Gratale, MA
AVP, Federal Affairs
Nemours Children’s Health 

4:30pm – 5:15pm
Telehealth: Both a Digital Divide and a Means of Health Equity
Telehealth has been shown to have comparable health outcomes in terms of patient-physician communication, and patient satisfaction and engagement. Nevertheless, the digital divide has exacerbated the social and economic factors that create barriers to health and well-being. It, therefore, maybe a social determinant of health. Such issues as decreased internet connectivity and a lack of Wi-Fi and video chat/webcam in both urban and rural areas can hinder the effectiveness of telehealth to its full capability, especially among communities of color, the poor and medically underserved. On the contrary, telehealth has the potential to become an important tool to address longstanding health inequities in historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups. This session will explore the digital divide as a SDOH and how to strengthen existing healthcare and public health systems to allow for patient and community-centered approaches to care. Those developing and implementing telehealth solutions must make it a priority to partner with historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups to ensure that solutions are designed to be accessible and work well for all.

Erika Glenn
VP & GM of PBM Care Management
CVS

5:15pm
End of Day One

Day Two – Tuesday, March 26, 2024
7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast 

8:00am – 8:15am
Chairperson’s Recap

8:15am – 9:00am
Short and Long-term Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Health Equity
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on human life has led to profound consequences in almost all societies worldwide, and this includes its significant impact on all aspects of health. Health equity has been among the main challenges in any healthcare system. However, with the COVID-19 crisis worsening health inequalities, there is an increasing need for health plans to prioritize health equity. Stark disparities during the pandemic led to new health policy funding and interventions addressing social needs and social determinants of health to improve health equity. Lessons from these interventions and similar pre-pandemic initiatives can guide policy makers in designing more permanent approaches. This session will explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health equity, as well as health policy-led interventions targeting social determinants of health and social needs.

Mischael Metelus
Associate Director
MetroPlus 

9:00am – 9:45am
One Neighbor At a Time: Nashville General Hospital’s Evidence-Based Approach to Addressing Health Literacy
Everybody says they want to bridge the health equity gap. But it takes an honest look at mitigating factors and practical implementable solutions.

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are considered the primary cause of health disparities including health literacy across the country. They tend to correlate with health outcomes and mortality. Public hospitals should adopt clinical best practices for the treatment of chronic diseases.

Dr. Joseph Webb, D.Sc., MSHA, FACHE, chief executive officer of Nashville General Hospital discusses his evidence-based approach to healthcare delivery to bring wholistic, proactive healthcare, education and prevention to the individual where they live—in the community.

Dr. Joseph Webb D.Sc., FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Nashville General Hospital 

9:45am – 10:15am
Networking & Refreshments Break 

10:15am – 11:15am
Integrating Social Determinants of Health into Value-Based Care
The movement toward value-based care provides a significant opportunity to address social determinants of health (SDoH) while improving value and quality of care. Value-based care can allow greater flexibility in terms of what services are delivered while providing accountability for long-term sustainability and population health improvements. Although federal, state, and commercial payers are launching innovative new payment models addressing SDoH, questions remain regarding best practices for implementation, impact on cost and outcomes, and ability to scale and spread across different contexts under current policies. This session will explore the current landscape of payment reform initiatives addressing SDoH, challenges and opportunities related to implementation, policy implications and next steps so that states and payers can use value-based payment to encourage and promote addressing social needs.

Erica Guimarães, MPH, CCHW
Senior Program Manager | MassHealth Health Equity Programs
forHealth Consulting | UMass Chan Medical School

11:15am – 12:00pm

Breaking Down Silos: How to Share Data to Improve the Health of People Experiencing Homelessness
Housing is a key social determinant of health. Stable housing can help maintain health and reduce unnecessary emergency room use and hospital admissions, while research indicates that addressing the health-related needs of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness is crucial to accessing and sustaining housing.

Because homelessness = exists on an unprecedented scale — purposeful collaborations between the health care and homeless systems of care are critical. Such efforts have taken a variety of forms, including whole person care pilot programs and collaborations aimed at improving care for those who frequently touch both the healthcare and homeless systems of care — while reducing the costs of the two systems so they can serve more people. This session will explore ways in which the housing and healthcare sectors are sharing data to better coordinate and support mutual clients within their communities 

12:00pm – 12:45pm
Integrating Social Determinants of Health into Value-Based Care
The movement toward value-based care provides a significant opportunity to address social determinants of health (SDoH) while improving value and quality of care. Value-based care can allow greater flexibility in terms of what services are delivered while providing accountability for long-term sustainability and population health improvements. Although federal, state, and commercial payers are launching innovative new payment models addressing SDoH, questions remain regarding best practices for implementation, impact on cost and outcomes, and ability to scale and spread across different contexts under current policies. This session will explore the current landscape of payment reform initiatives addressing SDoH, challenges and opportunities related to implementation, policy implications and next steps so that states and payers can use value-based payment to encourage and promote addressing social needs.

12:45pm
Conference Concludes

Workshop - Tuesday, March 26, 2024
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Workshop: Telehealth: Both a Digital Divide and a Means of Health Equity
Telehealth has been shown to have comparable health outcomes in terms of patient-physician communication, and patient satisfaction and engagement. Nevertheless, the digital divide has exacerbated the social and economic factors that create barriers to health and well-being. It, therefore, maybe a social determinant of health. Such issues as decreased internet connectivity and a lack of Wi-Fi and video chat/webcam in both urban and rural areas can hinder the effectiveness of telehealth to its full capability, especially among communities of color, the poor and medically underserved. On the contrary, telehealth has the potential to become an important tool to address longstanding health inequities in historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups. This session will explore the digital divide as a SDOH and how to strengthen existing healthcare and public health systems to allow for patient and community-centered approaches to care. Those developing and implementing telehealth solutions must make it a priority to partner with historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups to ensure that solutions are designed to be accessible and work well for all.

Mitchell Fong, FACHE, MPH, EMBA
CEO/ Director of Business Development,
Innovise Consulting 

Featured Speakers

Jonathan Dayon, DrPH(c), MS, NREMT, CNE

Jonathan Dayon, DrPH(c), MS, NREMT, CNE

Executive Director

Maryland Rural Health Association
Dr. Tralonda Triplett

Dr. Tralonda Triplett

Director Operations

Institute for Successful Leadership, Inc.

Kristin Ball Motley, PharmD, MBA

Kristin Ball Motley, PharmD, MBA

Founder and Executive Director

Health Educated, Inc
Kolanda Douglas, CDP

Kolanda Douglas, CDP

Director, Office of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Mayo Clinic
Mischael Metelus

Mischael Metelus

Associate Director

MetroPlus
Maria Ramirez Perez, MPH (she/her/ella)

Maria Ramirez Perez, MPH (she/her/ella)

Healthy Opportunities Program Manager

NC Medicaid
NC DHHS
Dionne Wright Poulton, Ph.D., ICF

Dionne Wright Poulton, Ph.D., ICF

Head of Diversity, Equity & Belonging, and Head of Organizational Learning

Franciscan Children’s Hospital
Daniella Gratale, MA

Daniella Gratale, MA

AVP, Federal Affairs

Nemours Children’s Health
Erika Glenn

Erika Glenn

VP & GM of PBM Care Management

CVS
Erica Guimarães, MPH, CCHW (pending)

Erica Guimarães, MPH, CCHW (pending)

Senior Program Manager | MassHealth Health Equity Programs

forHealth Consulting | UMass Chan Medical School
Dr. Joseph Webb D.Sc., FACHE

Dr. Joseph Webb D.Sc., FACHE

Chief Executive Officer

Nashville General Hospital
Mitchell Fong, FACHE, MPH, EMBA

Mitchell Fong, FACHE, MPH, EMBA

CEO

Innovise Consulting
S. Elizabeth Ford, MD, MBA, FAAP

S. Elizabeth Ford, MD, MBA, FAAP

Special Advisor for Healthcare, Office of the Chief Executive

Dekalb County Government
Kate Ricker, MS

Kate Ricker, MS

LLC & Health IT Consultant Civitas Network for Health

CEO
Amelia Mayme Consulting
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  • Cancellations received 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund minus the administration fee of $225. Cancellation received less than 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a credit to a future event valid for one year.

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  • Business casual. Meeting rooms can sometimes be cold so we recommend a sweater or light jacket
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