Thursday, August 11, 2022

All event registrants will receive access to an exclusive screening of The Color of Care, a documentary about racial inequities in the health system from the Smithsonian Channel and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions, hosted August 10.

Agenda - August 11

9:00 – 9:15 AM CT

Publisher's Welcome

Fawn Lopez
Publisher, Modern Healthcare

Vice President, Crain Communications, Inc.

9:15  – 9:45 AM CT

Opening Keynote Address

New Models to Promote and Incentivize Equitable Care

The CMS Innovation Center launched a new Health Equity Initiative in 2021. This session will highlight the key components of this initiative, as well as ongoing and new models seeking to advance health equity by expanding sociodemographic collection, addressing social needs, providing enhanced payment and requiring health equity plans, among other efforts.


Dora Hughes, MD, Chief Medical Officer, The CMS Innovation Center at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

9:45 – 10:30 AM CT

Raising the Bar: Advancing Equity in Healthcare Systems

Healthcare can drive transformational change to build a healthier, more equitable society. In this session, leaders will showcase the diverse roles healthcare institutions play in advancing health equity—as providers, as employers, as community members and as advocates.


Andrea Ducas, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Sarah de Guia, Chief Executive Officer, ChangeLab Solutions
Carlos Lejnieks, President and Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, New Jersey
Anand Shah, MD, Vice President of Social Health, Kaiser Permanente

Sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

10:30 – 11:15 AM CT

Partnering for Progress: How Strategic Collaboration Can Influence Community Health

From income and job security to education and housing, social factors can be the dominant force shaping human health. These everyday conditions influence our stress, eating habits, exercise, access to care and a host of other risk factors. If we’re to improve health across the population, relationships among healthcare providers, employers, insurers and community organizations must play a foundational role. Close collaborations among these stakeholders can help patients to manage risks, clinicians to understand communities and health systems to reimagine care platforms beyond traditional settings. Join us for a panel discussion about integrating social determinants—including day-to-day behaviors—into the core of holistic community health and wellness strategies. Together we’ll explore the necessity of awareness, the promise of partnerships and technology, and the importance of personalized, community-based care in preventing adverse outcomes and strengthening population health.


Key takeaways from the session:

• Focus on addressing social determinants of health, with an emphasis on how behaviors impact these determinants at the population level, to improve healthcare outcomes.

• Discover how health systems can leverage community partnerships to build better community health and wellness.

• Learn how better community care is correlated to individual health outcomes.


Harold Paz, MD, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, Stony Brook University; Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Medicine


Garth Graham, MD, Director and Global Head of Healthcare and Public Health, Google/YouTube
J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, Chief Health Equity Officer and Senior Vice President, Humana

Sponsored by Stony Brook Medicine

11:15 - 11:25 AM CT


11:25 AM – 12:10 PM CT

Healthy at Home: Innovative Strategies for Managing Health in a Housing Crisis

A deepening housing shortage across the United States threatens the physical and mental health of countless Americans. If individuals and families are housing insecure, unhoused or on the brink, their overall health and well-being are at risk. This session will examine innovative strategies for proactively addressing housing and support services, the role of state Medicaid programs in housing assistance, the integration of behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment in housing support and the role of effective local partnerships in managing this crisis.


Robert MacArthur, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Commonwealth Care Alliance


Korvachei Hernandez, Director, Community Health Services, Commonwealth Care Alliance
Kathy Moses, Senior Fellow, Center for Health Care Strategies
Keith Wales, Director, Homeless and Outreach Services, Eliot Community Human Services

Sponsored by Commonwealth Care Alliance

12:10 – 12:55 PM CT

Harnessing the Power of Technology to Deliver Equitable Care

In determining your health determinants, your ZIP code matters more than your genetic code. In short, where you live matters to your health risks and outcomes. In this engaging session, Dr. Nasim Afsar and Dr. Rebecca Winokur will discuss how innovative technology and advanced data insights are being used to provide high-quality, equitable care for all.


Nasim Afsar, MD, Chief Health Officer, Oracle Cerner

Rebecca Winokur, MD, Senior Physician Executive and Health Equity Service Line Leader, Oracle Cerner

Sponsored by Oracle Cerner

12:55 – 1:40 PM CT

Social Determinants of Health: A New Perspective on Precision Medicine

Precision medicine provides disease treatment tailored to individual variability in genes, environment and lifestyle. As healthcare organizations look to close the health equity gap by incorporating social determinants of health into care, how can they get more precise with their approach? With the vast amount of siloed clinical and SDOH data, how can organizations move the needle with precision, delivering personalized care tailored to the individual? Join this session to discover how you can leverage the cloud and actionable data, elevating the power of SDOH to go beyond the ZIP code and improve the health of communities with precise, data-driven strategies.


Alex Kane, Lead, Business Development & Strategic Outreach, Non-Profit Healthcare, Amazon Web Services


Michael Cui, MD, Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Rush University Medical Center
Kat Esser, Strategic Planning and Innovation Executive, Non-Profit Healthcare, Amazon Web Services
Daniel Low, MD, Chief Medical Officer, AdaptX
Angela A. Shippy, MD, Senior Physician Executive and Clinical Innovation Lead, Non-Profit Healthcare, Amazon Web Services

Sponsored by Amazon Web Services

1:40 – 2:25 PM CT

The BCBSMA Health Equity Business Accelerator: Equitable Investment for Equitable Outcomes

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts's (BCBSMA) long-standing DEI strategy, centered around community, culture, commerce and career pillars, was amended in 2020 to include a care pillar--signifying their intention to be the market leader in addressing health disparities for BCBSMA members and residents of Massachusetts. Focused on not only mitigating circumstances but also fostering solutions, the BCBSMA Health Equity Business Accelerator was designed to counter systemic inequalities experienced by entrepreneurs of color solving for social determinants of health. Learn from BCBSMA Business Development leadership why designating capital, extending networks and supporting education for underrepresented entrepreneurs is smart business for bringing equity-driven solutions to market and membership.


Michele Courton Brown, Vice President, Business Development, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

2:25 – 3:10 PM CT

Advancing Equity in Healthcare for Better Health and Stronger Communities

This session will demonstrate the impact of social determinants of health on individuals and communities, and the importance of advancing health equity and identifying appropriate short- and long-term solutions to chronic health conditions. Speakers will discuss outcomes, programs and strategies to improve community health while creating inclusive and sustainable local economies. Experts will share the challenges of addressing systemic inequities and the role that health organizations and leaders can and should play in creating solutions.


Bobby Mukkamala, MD, Immediate Past Chair, American Medical Association


Karen Fiumara, Vice President, Risk and Safety, Department of Quality and Safety, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ayesha Jaco, Executive Director, West Side United

Ana Pujols McKee, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, The Joint Commission

3:10 – 3:30 PM CT

Closing Keynote

Survey Results: Social Health for Everyone

Recent surveys of insured health plan members indicate widespread need for support with social factors across all coverage types, including Medicaid, Medicare, individual and commercial plans. This session explores results from these social needs surveys of more than 10,000 health plan members, including the prevalence of social factors among insured patients and disparities among Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander and multiracial members. Speakers will also discuss the role of healthcare in delivering social health interventions to support all populations of patients.


Meagan Brown, Collaborative Scientist II, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Anand Shah, MD, Vice President of Social Health, Kaiser Permanente

3:30 – 3:40 PM CT

Publisher's Adjournment

Fawn Lopez
Publisher, Modern Healthcare Vice President, Crain Communications, Inc.