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The 2nd Annual

Social Determinants of Health Action Forum

Advancing to the Next Stage in Implementing Sustainable Models

November 14-15, 2019
Crowne Plaza Hotel Miami Airport | Miami, FL

For those envisioning the launch of a new SDOH initiative or looking to improve the effectiveness of their current work, this event provides an in-depth look at the successful models that have been used, analyzing the optimal structure and dynamics of impactful cross-sector partnerships, go-it-alone projects and other examples.
Leading innovators will share their insights and numerous case studies will provide an inside view of exactly how these achievements have been carried out.
You will leave with the leading-edge strategies and tools you need to make a difference in addressing social determinants at your organization.

New This Year

  • Workshops on developing cross-sector partnerships or working to change social conditions at the community level
  • Pre- and post-conference site visits to projects focusing on social determinants in the Miami area. See details
  • Specialized tracks on addressing housing needs as well as food and employment challenges
  • Roundtable discussion groups on key topics
  • Expanded opportunities to interact with fellow participants including an end-of-day reception and extended networking breaks

Key topics will include

Numerous case studies of successful SDOH initiatives
Actionable strategies and tools for addressing the most prevalent social needs, including:
housing • food
unemployment/poverty • social isolation
Models for impactful cross-sector partnerships

Effectively identifying individuals who would benefit from help with social needs
Ensuring financial sustainability for your SDOH project
Tracking progress and defining success

Who Will You Meet?

  • Network with and learn alongside fellow professionals interested in addressing SDOH who are from:
  • Health Plans (Medicaid, Medicare, Commercial)
  • Health System, Hospital, Aco & Provider Group Practice
  • Community-Based Organizations
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Government Agencies in Medicaid, Housing, and Community Support

Last Year's Attendees:

Organizations that Attend:

Adirondack Health Institute | Adirondacks ACO | Advocate Health Care | AIM Specialty Health | Arizona Complete Health | ATTAC Consulting Group | Aurora Health Care | BCBS Illinois | BeneLynk | Blue Shield of California | CareSource | Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) | Colorado Access | Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative | eClinicalWorks | Finger Lakes Performing Provider System | Geisinger | Health Care Service Corporation | HealthNet | Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey | Humana | Independence Blue Cross | Johns Hopkins Healthcare | New York State Department of Health | North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services | Optum | Partners Behavioral Health Management | Primaria/Village MD | The Commonwealth Fund | UnitedHealth | UPMC Health Plan | Vanderbilt University Medical Center | WellSky

Site Visits to Miami projects addressing social needs

Join us Wednesday, Nov 13th for a pre-conference site visit to Feeding America food bank, an initiative of Feeding South Florida.
Or, come along on Friday, Nov 15th after the conference concludes as we visit three adjacent facilities of Carrfour Supportive Housing.

How Will This Conference Help You?

Examine the dynamics behind the most successful cross-sector partnerships
Get key strategies for ensuring the financial sustainability of your project
Learn how to more effectively understand the social needs of the population you serve
Understand the importance of carefully defining your SDOH goals
Gain new insight into choosing the most effective structure for your SDOH initiative
Understand how to define the scale and resources you need to enable your program’s success
Investigate starting your initiative with a pilot program
Look at innovative strategies for combating social isolation while addressing other social determinants
  • “Very relevant and actionable information; great examples of models in use. Good networking opportunities.”

    – Jessica Chanese with Adirondack Health Institute
  • “Broad range of presentations with specific and applicable recommendations.”

    - Karl Weiner, UnitedHealth Group
  • “Great opportunities for Q&A. Quality of speakers and topics were great.”

    - Leon Lead, Arizona Complete Health
  • “Presentations focused on specific strategies and efforts to address healthcare in this space.”

    – Jennifer Booker with Vanderbilt Health
  • “Great synergy with key stakeholders with shared common goals as well as common barriers.”

    - Michelle Passaretti with Geisinger


Audrey Shelto

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

Brian Castrucci, DrPH, MA

President and Chief Executive Officer
De Beaumont Foundation

Amit Kale, MD, MHA

Director, Community Health Strategy
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Amy Riegel

Director, Housing

Pamela Mokler, MSG

Pamela Mokler & Associates

Anthony Goodwin, MBA

Director, Anchor Workforce and Business Solutions, SDOH

Taylor Justice

President & Co-Founder
Unite Us

Janisse Rosario-Schoepp, PhD

Vice President of Operations and Strategy
Health Foundation of South Florida

Frank Altman

President and CEO
Community Reinvestment Fund, USA

Katherine Verlander, MPH

Deputy Division Director
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Amy Sheon, PhD, MPH

Executive Director, Urban Health Initiative
Case Western Reserve University

Rachel Krausman

Senior Director, 211
United Way Worldwide

Kelly Bruno Nelson, MSW

President & CEO
National Health Foundation

Gretchen West

Executive Director, Healthy Homes
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Robin Caruso, MSW

Chief Togetherness Officer
CareMore Health

Bechara Choucair, MD

Chief Community Health Officer
Kaiser Permanente

David Perlstein, MD, MBA

President & CEO
SBH Health System

Brian Rahmer, PhD, MS

Vice President, Health & Housing
Enterprise Community Partners

Caraline Coats, MHSA

Vice President, Bold Goal and Population Health Strategy

William York

Executive Vice President
2-1-1 San Diego

Kimberly Brown

Chief Program Officer
DC Central Kitchen

Jamo Rubin, MD

Signify Community

Deborah Keller, RN

TCS Healthcare Technologies

Jim Milanowski

Genesee Health Plan

Jaime Dircksen

Vice President, Community Health & Well-Being
Trinity Health

Michelle Passaretti, MSN, RN, CCM

Senior Director of Innovations
Geisinger Steele Institute for Health Innovation

Alvia Siddiqi, MD, FAAFP

Vice President, Population Health
Advocate Aurora Health

Natalie Castellanos, JD

Director, Policy and Public Affairs
Health Foundation of South Florida

Rose Englert

Principal Consultant
TCB Strategy

Rene Gonzalez, MBA, PhD

Community & External Relations Strategy
Colorado Access



November 2019



  • 2:30 PM

    Complimentary Pre-Conference SDOH Site Visit
    Feeding America food bank, an initiative of Feeding South Florida
    See details


November 2019


  • 7:00 AM
    Conference Registration and Networking Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM

    Conference Sessions

    • - Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • - Keynote Address: Insights and News from Kaiser Permanente’s Trailblazing Social Determinants Projects Across the Country
    • - Featured Panel Discussion: Prerequisite for SDOH Success-- Clearly Charting Your Initiative’s Roadmap
    • - Leading-Edge Methods for Effectively Identifying Social Needs in the Population You Serve
  • 9:55 AM

    Networking & Exhibit Break

  • 10:10 AM

    Conference Sessions

    • - Case Study: An Innovative Health Plan/Hospital Partnership Effective in Identifying and Addressing a Broad Range of Social Determinants
    • - Special CMS Feature:  Update on How CMS’ Accountable Health Communities Model is Achieving Results
    • - Downstream Intervention: Optimal Strategies for Referring Individuals Directly to Existing Social Needs Organizations
    • - Addressing a Crucial and Hidden Social Determinant: Digital Skills and Accessibility
  • 12:30 PM

    Extended Networking Luncheon

  • 1:45 PM

    Workshops - Choose one

    • Workshop A: Models for Success—Developing Cross-Sector Partnerships to Address Social Needs
      • • Examining the Dynamics of Successful Cross-Sector Collaborations
      • • Ensuring Effective Communication Between Partners
      • • Case Study: Working with Partners to Invest in a Healthy Community
      • • Recap/Analysis

    • Workshop B: Working to Change Social Conditions that Contribute to Poor Health
      • • Targeting Community-Level Change to Achieve Your Goals
      • • Developing Your Upstream Strategy and Engaging the Necessary Resources
      • • Case Study: The Colorado Opportunity Framework
      • • Recap/Analysis
  • 4:15 PM

    Networking Roundtable Discussion Groups

    • • Strategies for Creating Housing Stability
    • • Fine-Tuning SDOH Goals & Objectives
    • • Focus on Addressing the Social Needs of Seniors
    • • The Impact of Food Insecurity on Chronic Disease
  • 5:00 PM

    Cocktail Reception

  • 6:00 PM

    End of Day


November 2019


  • 7:00 AM
    Networking Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM

    Conference Sessions

    • - Special Welcome to South Florida
    • - Chairperson’s Recap of Day One
    • - Keynote: How One of Healthcare’s Most Innovative States Is Breaking New Ground in Addressing Social Determinants of Health
    • - Case Study: Improving High-Utilizer Outcomes with a Privacy-Safe Community Network
    • - Featured Session: TBA
  • 9:35 AM

    Networking Break

  • 10:00 AM

    Conference Sessions

    Track 1: Special Focus - Business Aspects of Addressing Social Determinants

    • - Financing Social Determinants Initiatives, a 2-Part Feature
    • - Tracking and Measuring Results of SDOH Initiatives

    Track 2: Case Studies - Success in Addressing Housing, Food and Employment Challenges

    • - Changing Lives by Developing Retail Store Access to Healthy Food Along with Employment and Financial Counseling
    • - A Community-Based Organization that Addresses a Range of Food Needs As Well As Employment Barriers
    • - Combating Homelessness through Health-Plan Partnerships with Recuperative Care/Medical Respite Organizations
    • - “Healthy Beginnings at Home” Housing Initiative for Pregnant Women
    • - Learning from a Hospital’s Long-term Initiative to Improve Housing in Its Adjacent Neighborhood
  • 12:30 PM

    Networking Luncheon

  • 1:00 PM

    Conference Sessions

    • - Innovative Strategies for Detecting and Combating Social Isolation While Addressing Other Social Determinants of Health
    • - Leveraging Medical-Legal Partnerships to Address Social Determinants
  • 2:00 PM

    Conference Conclusion

    Complimentary Post-Conference SDOH Site Visit
    Three Carrfour Supportive Housing communities
    See details

Forum Advisory Board

We would like to thank these distinguished experts for their guidance in assembling the leading-edge session topics and innovative case studies for this event.

John Lovelace, MS

President Government Programs and Individual Advantage
UPMC Health Plan

Jim Milanowski

President & CEO
Genesee Health Plan

Allison Hess

Vice President Health & Wellness

Karin VanZant, MPA

Vice President/Executive Director, Life Services

Krista Beckwith, MSPH

Senior Director Population Health and Quality
Colorado Access

June Simmons, MSW

Managing Partner
Partners in Care Foundation

Pamela Mokler

Pamela Mokler & Associates, Inc.

Brian Castrucci, DrPH, MA

President & Chief Executive Officer
de Beaumont Foundation


Media Partner


Crowne Plaza Hotel Miami Airport

950 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33126
(305) 446-9000

Conveniently located just 2 miles from the Miami International Airport, 5 miles from the city center, and steps from shops and restaurants, the Crowne Plaza Miami Airport allows you to experience everything the city has to offer. Amenities include a roof-deck pool, fully equipped fitness center, restaurant/bar, room service, and complimentary airport shuttle.

IEN has negotiated a special room rate of $129/night. The venue is only offering this rate until October 23, 2019, so please book early. Once the room block sells out, pricing and availability will be at the venue’s discretion.

Call 877-834-3619 or email [email protected] and mention group code "IEN" to reserve your room.  Alternatively, you can reserve online.

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