Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

The agenda for the December 9 virtual event is forthcoming. 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. CST

Publisher's Welcome

Fawn Lopez
Publisher and Vice President
Modern Healthcare

9:10 a.m. – 09:40 a.m. CST

Opening Keynote Address

Enduring Public Health for the Future  

This presentation will discuss how building long term, enduring and comprehensive public health systems will be the key to preventing future pandemics like COVID-19. We will discuss how community health workers play a key role in a strong public health system, and how investing in our public health workforce benefits the health of our societies as a whole.

Sheila Davis MD

Chief Executive Officer

Partners In Health (PIH)

09:40 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. CST

Collaborating to Close the Life Expectancy Gap in a Community

Despite the significant impact social and economic conditions such as housing, food security and employment have on the health of individuals and communities, healthcare organizations still struggle to respond. This case study demonstrates how to effectively collaborate with local entities to provide resources to those who need it most. Learn how an anchor hospital partnered with their community to close the life expectancy gap in their neighborhood and successfully addressed the root causes of social determinants of health. The panelists will also address how they responded to exacerbated social risk challenges brought on by COVID-19 and where they see focus areas for the future.


Robyn Golden, LCSW, Associate Vice President, Social Work and Community Health, Rush University Medical Center


David  Ansell, MD, Senior Vice President, Community Health Equity, Rush University Medical Center

Teresa Berumen, Program Coordinator, Community Health Worker Hub, Rush University Medical Center

Christopher Nolan, System Manager, Community Health and Benefit, Rush University Medical Center

Rachel Smith, Program Manager, Social Determinants of Health, Rush University Medical Center

10:40 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. CST

Linking Early Childhood Brain Development to Social Determinants to Ensure Equal Opportunities for Children

Children require a network of support, as do their parents, to ensure overall well-being and formative learning experiences. This presentation will address the link between childhood brain development, epigenetic realities and opportunities for children, and how healthcare stakeholders can work together to ensure that the social and economic circumstances of families and communities do not compromise the health and well-being of children and whom they become.

Children who fall behind in the first months and years of life in some key areas end up with significant health problems, higher levels of chronic disease, learning deficits in school, and even higher rates of incarceration—and those trajectories can be changed significantly when we better understand how they happen and how to keep them from being the epigenetic reality for too many of our children.  Now that we understand that science, we should use it."

George Halvorson, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, The Institute for InterGroup Understanding

11:10 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. CST


11:25 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. CST

Learning from COVID: Applying lessons to Address Racial Disparities in the Future

The pandemic put the importance of addressing social determinants of health into stark light with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing Black, Latino and Native American populations were more likely to contract and die from the virus. In this session, a leader at the nation’s public health agency will dive into how addressing social determinants of health can reduce racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 outcomes and how policymakers and healthcare organizations can leverage social determinants of health data to improve health equity in the future.

Leandris Liburd, Associate Director for the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

11:55 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. CST

Leveraging Data to Address Inequities in Care

Lack of standardization leads to gaps and inaccuracies in EHR data collection, resulting in inequitable care delivery. It’s critical providers overcome this challenge to deliver high quality, equitable care for their population. In this session, learn how to leverage data and interoperability to improve the quality of patient care, better the health of communities and achieve better health outcomes.


Hannah Luetke-Stahlman, Director of Social Care, Cerner Corporation


Kinneil Coltman, Senior Vice President, Chief Community and Social Impact Officer, Atrium Health 

Roopa Foulger, Vice President of Data Delivery, OSF HealthCare

Eva Lerner, Program Manager, Community and Population Health, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Jennifer Polello, Senior Director, Quality and Population Health, Community Health Plan of Washington

12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. CST


12:55 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. CST

Opportunities to Adjust Hospital Reimbursement to Account for Social Influencers of Health

Patients’ social circumstances affect their health and their health care use, including hospitalization. Health care providers are increasingly collaborating with community-based organizations to connect patients and population to social services, but these efforts are not linked to reimbursement. This presentation will explore alternative reimbursement and financing models that connect hospital use and efforts to address social influencers of health, in ways that may encourage health systems to grow such efforts sustainably.

Matthew Davis, MD, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Executive Vice President and Chief, Community Health Transformation, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

1:35 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. CST

Closing Keynote

Connectivity and the Digital Divide: Virtually Homeless

It’s time to view broadband access as a utility, like electricity and plumbing. If the U.S. can extend electricity to every household in America, it can do the same for data. The longer our connectivity disparity continues, the more people will be left behind, worsening health outcomes. Most critically, lack of connectivity worsens every other social determinant of health. Hear how Stephen Klasko is working to form an alliance, beyond healthcare, to realize the promise of health at any address.

Stephen Klasko

President, Thomas Jefferson University, Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson Health

2:05 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. CST

Publisher's Adjournment

Fawn Lopez
Publisher and Vice President
Modern Healthcare