2017 Pre-Conference Workshop – Hosted by Meals on Wheels America

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The Importance of Social Determinants of Health in Healthcare


Over the last few years, the healthcare environment has provided the Aging Network and senior nutrition programs new opportunities for engagement with healthcare payers that support positive health outcomes. While these relationships have focused largely on addressing food access, senior nutrition programs are also uniquely well-positioned to address the broader community-based approaches that address social, economic and environmental factors that influence health. There is a growing recognition of the impact of social determinants on health and well-being which gives senior nutrition programs more leverage with healthcare entities to better support seniors with complex needs and bridge the gap between clinical and community services. Challenges such as malnutrition, social isolation, transportation and home safety are increasingly being identified as key risks to a senior’s continued independence. Led by subject matter experts and fellow programs, this Intensive Workshop will focus on leveraging emerging opportunities and overcoming barriers to integration.

The Role of Social Determinants of Health: Perspectives from Healthcare Providers and Payers

Lori Peterson, CEO, Collaborative Consulting

peterson-webLori’s 25 years of experience in the health care industry, her background in psychology and organizational development and her deep understanding of the dynamics of change, position her to engage and lead clients to sustainable transformation. Lori’s expertise ranges from partnership development to post-acute care strategy and leadership realignment. Lori’s recent focus has been centered on performance improvement across the care continuum through facilitation and development of cross-sector partnerships. Lori has extensive experience helping organizations position for growth in a value based environment. This work is often rooted in organizational assessment, whereby current leadership, systems, decision-making processes, motivations, etc. are evaluated to promise an awareness and understanding of the underlying mechanisms influencing organizational readiness for change. As an outgrowth of the baseline organizational assessment and consultation, the following strategies have been conceptualized, designed and implemented: post-acute care networks, medical-social partnerships, and multi-provider redesign programs. Lori received her Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University in Physiology and her Master of Arts from Sonoma State in Psychology.

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Social Determinants of Health – State of the Evidence

Jeanne Blankenship, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

blankenship-webJeanne is a registered dietitian nutritionist and the Vice President of Policy Initiatives and Advocacy for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her advocacy work focuses on professional issues for dietitians and nutrition professionals and includes coverage and reimbursement for Medical Nutrition Therapy, Nutrition Informatics, and Work Force Demands. As a nationally recognized expert in obesity, Jeanne has emphasized the need for comprehensive obesity treatment in her advocacy efforts. She also oversees state government relations, including consumer protection and licensure initiatives, grass roots advocacy, and regulatory affairs. She manages the Academy’s Political Action Committee, Legislative and Public Policy Committee and the Consumer Protection and Licensure Subcommittee for the Academy. Jeanne received a BS degree in Clinical Dietetics from Arizona State University and an M.S. degree in Nutrition Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Prior to working in Policy and Advocacy, she held positions at the University of California Davis Medical Center as a Senior Clinical Dietitian and at the USDA Western Nutrition Research Center as the Principal Dietitian.

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Strategies Nutrition Programs Can Use for Healthcare Contracting

Rob Schreiber, MD,  Healthy Living Center of Excellence, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley

schreiber-webDr. Schreiber is Medical Director of Evidence-based Programs at Hebrew SeniorLife and the Massachusetts Healthy Living Center of Excellence. He serves on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and is a Senior Leader of the Practice Change Leaders Program which mentors physicians, nurses and social workers improve the care of older adults in their health systems. His expertise includes prevention and wellness strategies for older frail adults, palliative care, transitions of care as well as connecting community based organizations with health care providers. He has been actively engaged in developing new models of care in various clinical settings that activate patients and their families.  He served as a geriatric consultant in a Patient Centered Medical Home for an Accountable Care Organization to develop a systems approach to managing the high risk elder population. His practice focuses on patients with cognitive impairment and dementia, palliative care and multiple morbidities. He was awarded the American Medical Director’s Physician of the Year Award for 2010.

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Peer Practice Models – Lessons Learned

Charlie Teese, MED, Northern Area Multi Service Agency of Allegheny County

teese-webCharlie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Area Multi Service Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Charlie has managed health and human services programs for over 30 years. Northern Area Multi Service Center is a Pittsburgh based nonprofit that offers a range of health and human services including Home Health Care, In-Home Services, Specialized Paratransit, Senior Centers, Senior Nutrition (congregate and MOW), and Refugee Resettlement. He has held positions in both the “for-profit” and “non-profit” sectors, with an emphasis on how technology can be better applied to improve both service quality and document consumer\patient outcomes.

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