Igniting Hope Conference

The African American Health Disparities Task Force has announced “Igniting Hope 2019: Building A Culture of Health & Ending African American Health Disparities” will take place Fri., Aug. 17, and Sat., Aug. 18, 2019 at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at 955 Main St. , Buffalo. The Conference is free and open to all community members.

According to Rev. George Nicholas, MDiv, Senior Pastor, Lincoln Memorial United Methodist; and AAHDTF Convener, the 2019 Conference features leading African American public health experts who have experience in initiating and engaging communities to effect a change in minority health disparities including Moro Salifu, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, Director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center; John Ruffin, PhD, Founding Director, National Institute on Minority and Health Disparities; and Lisa A. Nicholas, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California Los Angeles Ronald Reagan Medical Center.

To register, click here.

Promising practices, United Hospital Fund report

A new report from the United Hospital Fund, DSRIP Promising Practices: Strategies for Meaningful Change for New York Medicaid, highlights case studies of various DSRIP projects across New York State. The report provides key takeaways from the first four years of the DSRIP program, such as the focus on combating the social determinants of health in partnership with community-based organizations. The NYS Department of Health funded this study as a companion piece to the DSRIP Stories of Meaningful Change in Patient Health, published in January, 2019.

A summary of the report can be found on the UHF website, as well as the download page for the full report.

NY Medicaid Population Health Symposium Registration Open and Keynote Speakers Announced!

The NYS DSRIP program will be hosting a Population Health Symposium on November 18th and 19th in Manhattan, NYC. The purpose of the event is to provide a platform for organizations across the continuum of care to share their perspectives and insight on addressing the social determinants of health.

Nationally recognized leaders at the intersection of population health and healthcare delivery, Sandro Galea, Rebecca Onie, and Rocco Perla to keynote:

  • Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH: Physician, epidemiologist, and author, and Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health. Galea previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published more than 800 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 15 books. His latest book is “Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health”; Arianna Huffington has called it “A deeply affecting work from one of the important and innovative voices in American health and medicine”.
  • Rebecca Onie, JD: Founding Partner, The Health Initiative. As co-founder of Health Leads, Onie, is a nationally recognized leader in the intersection of social determinants, population health, and health care delivery. A MacArthur “Genius” awardee, Onie is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and an Aspen Institute  Health Innovators Fellow. She has received the APHA Avedis Donabedian Quality Award; Network for Excellence in Health Innovation “Innovator in Health” Award; Robert Wood Johnson Young Leader Award; and Forbes’ Impact 30 Award for leading social entrepreneurs.
  • Rocco Perla: Founding Partner, The Health Initiative. Perla most recently served as President of Health Leads. Previously, he directed the Learning and Diffusion Group at the CMS Innovation Center, where he established the national learning system to test new delivery and payment models through the Affordable Care Act. He received the 2014 Impact Article of the Year Award from the National Association for Health Care Quality, the 2015 Federal Executive Board Award for Outstanding Creativity and Innovation and, in 2016, the Deming Medal by the American Society for Quality.

More information on the presenters is available on the DSRIP Learning website. To register for the Population Health Symposium, please visit the symposium’s registration page