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Social Determinants of Health: Emerging Strategies for an Evolving Healthcare System

October 28, 2014 @ 4:00 am - October 29, 2014 @ 3:59 am


The national discussion about healthcare reform has triggered deep thinking and new approaches to the delivery of healthcare, especially to lower-income, medically vulnerable people who experience health disparities in a range of contexts. As the dialogue moves from “treating illness” to “promoting health,” the historical boundaries between medicine, nursing, public health, social work, social services, and law are increasingly ‚Äî and, many would argue, productively ‚Äî blurred. This conference will bring together innovators in a range of key domains ‚Äî including but not limited to the substance abuse treatment community, the dual eligibles care community, and the community health worker network ‚Äî to share lessons learned and best practices from current pilots that integrate responses to physical, behavioral, and social health. A key theme of the conference will be the need for multi-level engagement, and so there are three interrelated “tracks”:

  • Track 1: Patients are People:¬†Strategies that involve active health equity alliances between community members and healthcare delivery teams
  • Track 2: Providers are Advocates: Strategies that build role-appropriate advocacy capacity in clinicians and allied healthcare workers
  • Track 3: Institutions are Change Agents: Strategies that engage healthcare institution leadership in systems-level health equity initiatives

We all have a role to play in pursuing health equity, and there are many promising, collaborative, even trans-disciplinary approaches underway that participants can get involved in.

Anyone is welcome to participate! Healthcare team members, administrators, and researchers are core audiences, but the content will be appropriate to anyone — community members, lawyers and advocates, public health workers, students, and others — invested in achieving health equity.

CEU’s available for Social Workers; Certificates of Attendance available for Community Health Workers.

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October 28, 2014 @ 4:00 am
October 29, 2014 @ 3:59 am