Provider Strategies on Community Partnerships and SDOH

The buzzword of social determinants has demonstrated a shift in health care toward a greater focus on the person outside the patient. Health and provider organizations have found that a persons zip code is as much an indicator of health as their genetic code and that social barriers must be addressed to obtain the best outcomes.

Here are some conversations captured at #CCTC on how providers are addressing SDOH and demonstrating measurable ROI through creating successful partnerships, utilizing actionable data, and implementing sustainable health initiatives. For more lineup of speakers visit World Congress website.

Brian Bragg
Vice President, Behavioral Health and Community Integration
Access Community Health Network

Brian is a member of the Access Community Health Network Medical Operations Leadership Team, shepherding a variety of programs focused on men's health, maternal and child health, behavioral health, and infectious disease. His portfolio now includes the development and implementation of initiatives to address the social determinants affecting the health of the patients served by the organization.

Debbie Welle-Powell
Chief Population Health Officer
Essentia Health

In this role, she is responsible for integrating our community health strategy with population health. She works with market leaders, payer partners and community stakeholders to develop community-based population health and risk sharing models that focus on wellness and disease prevention for better health outcomes - with focus given to social determinants and our most vulnerable and needy populations.

Julianna Sellett is the Vice President of Community Health Initiatives for the Carle Health System.

She has over 28 years of health care experience, with special interest in organizational strategy, systems management, performance improvement, population health, as well as cross-sector community integration. Her current work focuses on improving the health, educational achievement, and economic prosperity of disadvantaged populations, with special focus on early childhood development. She is a Registered Nurse (RN) with a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice (DNP), Master’s degree in Nursing (MSN), and Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and is Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP).

Heather Corini Aspell | Visual Storyteller | Artist | Patient Advocate

"The government can continue to provide better services for transportation for disabled people, to actually advertise those services in a way that people are going to see them. That would make a huge difference" Heather C. Aspell

Suggestions for healthcare providers:

Having the providers have more time with patients. I'm not really sure what in the system needs to change in order to make that happen but I know that its not the physicians themselves are not creating the limitations on time. I know doctors who want to spend more time with their patients and they can't, so theres clearly something higher up in the system that needs to change.

Suggestions for government:

 The government can continue to provide better services for transportation for disabled people, to actually advertise those services in a way that people are going to see them. That would make a huge difference. So many people don't know of the services that are already there because they are being marketed more toward the senior population. 

Suggestions for decision makers:

I think we need to have more collaborative discussions between people who advocate for the current insurance system, that we have here in the U.S and a system like they have in Canada and say ok what are the problems with both systems and how can we create some kind of new idea that we haven't come up with yet thats going to allow people with serious chronic illness to get access to specialist without long wait times but also allow people with common ailments to have regular access to preventative healthcare that is affordable.

Unfortunately anyone can ill or disabled so these issues about healthcare, their important, they affect everyone. You may be healthy right now but unfortunately you or someone you love may not be that way. It doesn't matter how old they are, it doesn't matter what their race, gender, ethnicity is you can be affected. Don't pass judgement on those that you encounter who may be chronically ill or disabled. Be mindful of the fact that it could affect anyone, when you're thinking about issues related to healthcare or insurance. and the political area as well.

Overall message to society:

I think the number one thing patients that are chronically ill can do is to start sharing their stories. I think that individual stories are the most persuasive thing that we have. If everyone begins to share a little bit about themselves and their experience with just one person or with thousands through a social media account, then people will begin to get a little bit of a window into what life is like for people like us. Gradually we'll be able to create a shift in what society thinks it means to be disabled or chronically ill.