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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 10:30 A.M. -12:00 P.M. 

Community Collaborations: Supports and Services for Older Adults
Session Designer: Grantmakers In Aging

With the support of health philanthropy, community-based collaborations are developing the integrated care delivery models required by the health reform law. They bring together cross-sectoral leaders to address important system transformation issues such as care transitions, avoidable hospitalizations, and long-term services and supports. Focused on local economic demographics and evolving health care trends, these collaborations pull together those most committed to the creation of high-quality, safe service networks for vulnerable seniors. Learn about compelling new models and discuss opportunities for engaging your foundation in this transformative movement.

Getting the Word Out: Communicating the Complexities of Health Reform
Session Designer: Grantmakers In Health

Health foundations are thought leaders in crafting and honing communications messages. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, foundations have worked to educate consumers about the meaning of the legislation and its benefits. Almost two years have passed—where do we stand now? This session will examine the public’s current perceptions of health reform, focusing on the important opinions of the uninsured. Presenters will discuss timely—and surprising—polling data and offer a fresh look at what funders are doing to build support for the law and to educate consumers. Foundations will share compelling lessons learned and how best to fine-tune messages to reach various communities.

Harnessing Health Information Technology to Advance Reform
Session Designer: Maine Health Access Foundation

Health information technology (HIT) is at the core of health reform and delivery system transformation. This interactive session will discuss the various roles that philanthropy and government are playing in the adoption and reach of HIT, and the obstacles they have encountered in building an HIT network. Funders will learn how to work collaboratively across sectors to further the adoption of HIT; about the development of a community-based model for supporting electronic health record adoption by small primary care practices; the role of technology in improving physician office practice and advancing quality improvements in hospitals; and how the use of data is supporting health system reform and the management of population health.  

Is It Working Yet? Evaluating and Creating Policy Changes for Complex Initiatives
Session Designer: Maine Health Access Foundation

Evaluating complex initiatives that are influenced by multiple external factors is difficult at best. Done correctly, evaluation can provide data for quality improvement and can help build a business case for sustaining grant-funded programs. Done incorrectly, evaluation can create tension between foundations and the grantees organizations that are required to gather data, and may miss key opportunities for leveraging foundation resources that might otherwise be a resource for policy and systems change. This session will provide practical tips to funders interested in evaluating and sustaining large, complex initiatives, using an initiative designed to integrate behavioral health and primary care as an example.

Sparking Youth Creativity to Develop Social Media Campaigns
Session Designer: The Rapides Foundation

Social media campaigns are an effective way to deliver health messages to adolescents, but youth engagement is critical in maximizing the reach and impact of these investments. Innovative video contests and other strategies that harness the creative input of adolescents ensure that campaigns will resonate with the target audience and motivate healthy behaviors. This session will explore how health funders can tap into these youth-led strategies to design, implement, and evaluate interactive social media campaigns.

Strategic Framing and Messaging to Move Public Will on Health Equity and Disparities
Session Designer: Connecticut Health Foundation

This workshop will examine the Connecticut Health Foundation’s strategic framework for promoting health equity and the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities, and the important role played in the framework by both messaging and leader-to-leader communication. The session will explore tough choices about words and strategy, and the challenge of moving out of our comfort zone to reach a strategically important consensus. Attendees will participate in exercises to experience the power of words and language and will discuss ways to reach the "middle" to move an agenda.

The Times They Are a-Changin’: Implications for Oral Health Access, Workforce, and Policy
Session Designer: Maine Health Access Foundation

Access to oral health care is limited by many factors, including the supply of providers. Foundations can play an important role in advancing policy and practice to expand the oral health workforce. This session will provide a brief overview of national efforts to address oral health and workforce issues, including work by The Pew Trusts, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the American Dental Association. Presenters will share case examples from a variety of states with active oral health workforce efforts, focusing on policy successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

Trauma: A Formidable Factor in Health Equity
Session Designer: The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati

Each day, thousands of men, women, and children with histories of personal trauma pass through grant-funded programs. Too often, the trauma of these histories—sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, witnessed violence—is never uncovered and continues to ripple with negative consequences throughout the victims’ lives. Sensitive and informed programs, however, can offer specific interventions to help people recover. This session will raise awareness of trauma and its far-reaching consequences, the important connection between trauma and health grantmaking, and ways to effectively address trauma in policy work.


THURSDAY, MARCH 8,  2:00-3:30 P.M. 

Can Funder Collaboratives Achieve Collective Impact? Lessons from Colorado Funders
Session Designer: The Colorado Trust

This session will explore the challenges and successes of funder collaboratives in achieving collective impact. Using Advancing Colorado’s Mental Health Care Collaborative as a case study, participants will learn about the realities grantmakers face in bringing several foundations together to create something larger than any one of them alone. Presenters will engage the audience in an open dialogue examining the concept of collective impact, what collaboration among funders really means, what is gained (or lost) from such an endeavor, and what reasonable outcomes can be expected.

Changing Places: How Health Equity for Boys of Color Will Improve Communities
Session Designer: The California Endowment

Research shows that place matters when it comes to the health of African-American and Latino boys. Negative health outcomes for young men of color are often a result of growing up in neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage – places that are more likely to put male children in harm’s way and reinforce harmful behavior. Some foundations are trying to improve the life chances of boys of color in order to address the effect that fairness and opportunity have on the health outcomes of entire communities. This session will explore policies and programs that make neighborhoods protective environments for young men of color and suggest ways to improve the nation’s health.

Connecting Health and Housing: Emerging Paradigms to Integrate Health Systems and Public Health
Session Designer: The Kresge Foundation

A growing body of evidence suggests that comprehensive approaches to making homes safe and healthy can result in significant improvements in health outcomes and health care costs. Public health leaders, clinicians, insurers, and community development groups around the country are also experimenting with ways to connect housing interventions with treatment of asthma and other chronic diseases. These developments offer important lessons about how to address population health, improve quality, and reduce cost. This session will explore models that connect health and housing and embed community health goals into health care policy, practice, and financing.

Developing Health Homes Within the Health Care Safety Net
Session Designer: Community Clinics Initiatives/Tides

Meaningful progress toward the accomplishment of the Healthy People 2020 goals will require nothing less than a fundamental redesign of primary care, particularly for underserved populations. Community clinics and health centers have long been the open door to care for a large number of uninsured and low-income consumers nationwide. This session will focus on the challenges of helping safety net providers become person-centered health homes from a funders’ perspective. Participants will hear from three ongoing safety net health-home initiatives from different parts of the country and engage with their colleagues who are immersed in this issue. Presenters and participants will share information about experiences and resources to aid their grantees and their grantmaking within safety net institutions.

Empowering Health Care Consumers: Direct and Indirect Health Benefits
Session Designer: Northwest Health Foundation

This panel discussion will examine the role of philanthropy in supporting civic engagement tools (such as list enhancements, voter targeting and modeling, strategic communications, and message development) by exploring how these strategies have produced tangible health policy victories in New Mexico and Oregon. Participants will hear from community advocates from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and will engage in a discussion that frames civic engagement as an important social determinant of health.

Partnering with Government on Health Reform Implementation: Lessons Learned
Session Designer: Blue Shield of California Foundation

A primary goal of Healthy People 2020 is to increase the proportion of Americans with health insurance coverage. Through Medicaid expansions and the creation of the state health insurance exchanges, state and local governments are playing a key role in implementing the health reform law, and foundations are actively assisting with these implementation efforts. This session will focus on early foundation efforts that supported state governments to expand Medicaid coverage and establish the health benefit exchanges, including navigating changes in state leadership; maintaining momentum in the face of budgetary challenges; and determining appropriate roles, voice, and level of collaboration in state implementation debates.

Playing Nicely in the Sandbox: Integrating National Mental Health and Education Agendas
Session Designer: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Schools have become key settings where emotional and behavioral health services can be effectively coordinated, where access to care is facilitated, and where high-quality care can be maintained. National health and education initiatives, however, rarely prioritize the importance of mental health or rarely are explicit about how health and education systems can effectively work together to ensure greater youth well-being. This session will focus on the challenges and opportunities of working collaboratively across the mental health and education sectors, sharing successful examples and generating recommendations for philanthropy.

Preventing Readmissions: Innovating Chronic Care for "Difficult Populations"
Session Designer: Jewish Healthcare Foundation

In this era of health care system redesign, it is important for foundations to understand the magnitude and impact of avoidable hospital readmissions. In this session, participants will learn about three innovative chronic care management programs that have prevented readmissions and reduced costs for persons with challenging comorbidities or those for whom socioeconomic factors may confound their health care and its outcomes. Presenters will examine how upfront investments in intensive interventions can prevent complications and reduce costs in the long-term and will demonstrate how foundations can work in true partnership with nonprofits to get measureable results.


FRIDAY, MARCH 9 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Farmer: Partnerships to Make New England a Better Place
Session Designer: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

In New England, where the growing season is short and local economies are strapped, providing affordable, equitable access to healthy food is a daunting challenge for even the most entrepreneurial health and food activists. This session will explore innovative efforts to help vulnerable families purchase healthy, fresh produce from local growers. A variety of approaches used nationally and in the New England will be discussed and plans to expand these efforts—regionally and across the nation—will be explored. At the center of this discussion will be the intersection of health and economic development, particularly for rural communities.

Community Action on Health: Community Engagement, Policy Change, and Health Impact Assessment
Session Designer: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Building on Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Rankings, this session will focus on strategies being used by local, regional, and national foundations to support communities in translating the rankings model into action. Participants will learn how communities are engaging broad sets of stakeholders to address multiple determinants of health with a specific focus on policy action and health impact assessment.

Community Health Centers Leveraging the Social Determinants of Health
Session Designer: The Kresge Foundation

How are community health centers reaching beyond the clinic to affect the social determinants of health? How can philanthropy advance health and equity by supporting these efforts? The Kresge Foundation, the Institute for Alternative Futures, and the National Association of Community Health Centers have formed a partnership to document, examine, and draw lessons from health center efforts to operate schools, job programs, community gardens, food pantries, and WIC programs; support environmental clean up and community safety efforts; and work to reduce social isolation and racism. This session will present the key findings of the project and will include a discussion of opportunities for funders.

Empowering Communities: The Role of Advocacy in Creating and Protecting Health Reform
Session Designer: Funders Concerned About AIDS 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) signals an important step forward in the fight to secure health care for the most vulnerable populations, but robust advocacy is needed to advance reform and ensure that its implementation leads to equitable access to health care. Using the issues facing people living with HIV/AIDS as an illustrative lens, this session will examine the role of community advocacy in creating and protecting health reform. Participants will explore the possible benefits and challenges of working across sectors and will consider shared connections between advocacy related to the HIV/AIDS field and broader health policy goals.

Improving Health Outcomes by Promoting Evaluation and Learning
Session Designer: The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati

Developing a culture of evaluation and learning among grantees can lead to improved health outcomes and lasting change. This funder-led discussion will explore how foundations with different resource levels can increase grantee capacity for evaluation. It will look at the barriers faced by grantees, how they can be successfully overcome, and how enhanced performance measurement translates into improved health outcomes.

Leveraging the ACA for Health Equity: Emerging Strategies at the State and Local Levels
Session Designer: The Nathan Cummings Foundation

Achieving health equity requires deep engagement by the communities most affected and connecting them to the levers of power within the health system and beyond. Initiatives to address racial and ethnic health equity are on the rise, with increasing support from grantmakers. This session will share real-time learning about emerging strategies and approaches to strengthen leadership and policy engagement from communities of color around opportunities in the Affordable Care Act (ACA); integrate and prioritize health equity issues among state level policy advocates; build effective coalitions of community-based groups and statewide advocacy organization with an health equity policy agenda; and identify tangible markers of progress in the ACA in addressing health equity.

Phoenix Rising: Reinvigorating Multistakeholder Collaborations
Session Designer: Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

It can be argued that nothing does more to advance health equity than policy change. While health philanthropies have traditionally played a major role in providing funding for direct service programs, the most sustainable and widespread changes are those based in policy. While cross-sector collaboratives offer significant potential for policy advancement, they are also easily plagued by infighting, turf battles, lack of accountability, and issue burn-out. Join this session for a thought-provoking case study that will spur conversation about how to create and sustain a multistakeholder collaborative.

Rural Communities Taking the Lead: Incubating Innovation for Better Health
Session Designer: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

Despite more than a decade of policy efforts to improve rural health care, substantial challenges remain. People living in rural and frontier areas are largely older, poorer, and more likely to be uninsured. Local providers, such as small rural critical access hospitals, have fewer clinical capabilities, lower quality of care, and worse patient outcomes compared with other hospitals. And in many states with large rural populations, state receptivity to federal reforms is highly dependent on the political climate. This session will examine philanthropy’s role in rural health systems change, reflecting on lessons learned and how that knowledge can be applied to further improve rural health.

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