Interested in Presenting on a Webinar?
The Root Cause Coalition is seeking proposals for the remainder of its 2019 How To: Webinar Series. This series of monthly webinars features experts highlighting a different social determinant and unique cross-sector intervention. We invite you to consider submitting a presentation that addresses the “how” versus the “why,” relative to addressing a broad range of health inequities and social determinants. The Root Cause Coalition is interested in proposals that highlight successful initiatives, how challenges have been identified and overcome to implement and sustain an intervention, best practices, and necessary partnerships needed. To submit your proposal please download and complete this 2020 How To Webinar RFP. Please send your completed proposal or any questions to [email protected]
March 2020 –How To: Utilize the Status of Health Equity Report
This presentation focuses on the Status of Health Equity Report, including the report’s report’s key findings and best-practices to achieving health equity, as well as a discussion of next steps in creating an equitable society.
The Root Cause Coalition’s 2020 Status of Health Equity Report captures the progress – as well as gaps – in addressing health disparities and socioeconomic factors influencing individual and community health and well-being, and builds a compelling case on how, collectively, we must thoughtfully and intentionally disrupt the current delivery model to focus on socioeconomic factors that contribute to health equity. By addressing socioeconomic factors such as affordable housing, access to affordable and nutritious food, transportation, isolation and economic instability, the report demonstrates how health and well-being can be significantly improved, and healthcare expenditures significantly reduced. Included in the report is a bold Call to Action for all leaders – from government and across all sectors – to redefine how we improve our nation’s health care delivery model through prioritizing the social determinants of health. Please click here to view a recording of this presentation.
Presenters: Barb Petee, Executive Director, The Root Cause Coalition; Monique Van Blaricom, Associate Executive Director, The Root Cause Coalition
February 2020 – How To: Design a Multifaceted CBO Capacity-Building Initiative to Meet Demand for Social Services
Collaborative Consulting, and the Marin Community Foundation led this presentation on how to develop capacity building initiatives to meet growing need for social service programs.
Demand for high-quality, outcomes-based social services is increasing. The changing demographics, evolving healthcare financing policies, and growing research and evidence are all contributing to the increase in demand for social services. While more attention is going towards the value of interventions and services that address social needs, which in turn is creating new possibilities for community-based organizations, there has been less attention on how to develop the suited skills and capacity to meet this growing demand. This presents opportunity for a variety of stakeholders with interest in ensuring the durability of community-based organizations who can effectively deliver social services to intervene early and make investments in capacity-building initiatives and approaches that help prepare the social sector for the future.
This webinar illustrated how a community foundation recognized that nationally emerging trends were also signaling a future at the local level that called for more social services delivered more effectively and seized the opportunity to design and implement a multiyear, multifaceted capacity building initiative to strengthen a local cohort of community-based organizations. View a recording of the webinar by clicking here.
Presenters: Shirin Vakharia, Director, Health & Aging, Marin Community Foundation; Lori Peterson, Collaborative Consulting
February 2020 – How To Implement Universal Precautions Into Your Organization
Shenandoah Chefalo of The Center for Trauma Resilient Communities led this presentation on how to implement research about trauma into an organization. Knowing about trauma is not enough. How do you use that information to change the way you work? The goal of this webinar is to begin the conversation of translating evidence-based trauma and resilience research into practice. The presenter will discuss skills that everyone in an organization can begin using immediately to support better results. In order to create true cultural transformation and become “trauma informed,” there first must be a mindset shift, then a cultural shift, and finally a system shift. This webinar will help you with the first step.
The Center for Trauma Resilient Communities’ approach is to help organizations and communities embed and embody the science of trauma resilience. They do this by using the current science of trauma resilience and organizational development to move people from information to action. They work with leaders to build a trauma responsive and trauma resilient culture which helps to decease burnout and turnover, increase compassion and accountability, and improve overall organizational health and effectiveness. The Center for Trauma Resilient Communities has learned that systems and organizations must first address the internal trauma culture, before moving externally. View a recording of the webinar here.
December 2019- How To: Use Data for Community Engagement and Improving Well-Being
This presentation featuring speakers from the National League of Cities, NYU City Health Dashboard, and the City of Rancho Cucamonga will discuss the ways in which decisions in multiple sectors affect health and collaborative methods for incorporating health considerations into public policy. Local data helps cities fully understand issues where impact can be made. The City Health Dashboard provides city and neighborhood metrics of health and its drivers so local stakeholders have a clearer picture of their biggest challenges and are better positioned to drive change. Rancho Cucamonga, an NLC City of Opportunity, has done just that using the Dashboard among other tools. All three partners will share real-world applications of how data can drive collaborations and community engagement, providing lessons learned for practitioners interested in utilizing data to drive their own partnerships for health and equity, especially as Census 2020 approaches.
To address a gap in city-level indicators of health and health determinants, the City Health Dashboard was created to provide data at the city and neighborhood level. The real power of the data is in how cities can use it to get a comprehensive view of local issues, and identify potential patterns that might not otherwise emerge. The city of Rancho Cucamonga and NLC have developed ways of building community and uniting unlikely allies to advance health and equity. Having granular cross-sector data helps this process, supporting cities as they identify vulnerable populations and work with stakeholders to create solutions. View a recording of the webinar here.
Speakers: Laura McDaniel, Program Manager, Health & Wellness, National League of Cities; Hope Velarde, Management Analyst, City of Rancho Cucamonga; Becky Ofrane, Manager of Engagement and Partnerships, NYU City Health Dashboard
October 2019 – How To: Understand that Determinants Don’t Have to Be Destiny: A Trauma-Informed Understanding of the Social Determinants of Health
This presentation with Alive and Well Communities focuses on the intersection of the social determinants of health and trauma-informed care.
The social determinants of health movement has been critical in building understanding that the health and well-being of communities depends on far more things than just the healthcare that takes place within a doctor’s office. For too long, however, these social determinants have been thought of as just that-ultimate determinants of a patient’s life and health outcomes. Understanding these determinants through the lens of trauma, however, helps us understand that these determinants ARE changeable. Through the power of trauma-informed approaches, and through the courage to interrupt the cycles of community trauma harming patients, change is possible.
Too often, the social determinants of health are looked at as the final predictors of health outcomes for a patient or community. With an understanding of trauma, however, we can better understand the mechanism of harm of these “determinants”, and more importantly find hope for how to move forward in changing them. This session takes the position that these social determinants are inevitable if we do not understand how healthcare organizations have the power to change health outcomes for individuals and communities. When we name the systemic forces that underlie social determinants, we can finally begin the journey to create change and foster healthy communities. View a recording of the webinar here.
Speakers: Ave Stokes, Director of Kansas City Operations, Alive & Well Communities; Sean Marz, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Alive & Well Communities; Rosetta Keeton, Director of Patient Access, St. Louis Regional Health Commission
August 2019 – How To: Advance Racial Equity and Create Business Value
This presentation – based on this report authored by FSG in partnership with PolicyLink – explores the promising efforts of leading health care companies to advance racial equity and improve their business performance. People of color disproportionately experience poor health outcomes. Structural racism is a root cause of this inequity. And it shapes the social determinants of health that many health care organizations, community-based organizations, policymakers, and advocates aim to address through multisector collaboration.
The report profiles integrated health systems and commercial insurance companies that recognize that place and race matter to promoting health equity. These leading companies are redesigning the ways they provide core services, improving community conditions that affect health, and fostering internal catalysts to drive their work forward. As a result, they are poised to not only enhance their business performance but also deliver on Triple-Aim objectives of better population health, better experience of care, and lower costs. This stands in contrast to many interventions to advance health equity that do not intentionally acknowledge racial equity as a critical success factor. View a recording of the webinar here.
Speakers: Ryan De Souza, Senior Consultant, FSG; Lakshmi Iyer, Associate Director, FSG.
August 2019 – How To: Move Your Organization from Trauma-Aware to Trauma-Informed
From experts at Alive and Well Communities, this presentation focuses on trauma-informed work. This session will provide a brief introduction to understanding trauma and its impact. While traditionally definitions of trauma have mainly focused on interpersonal experiences, this presentation will challenge traditional perspectives and highlight the importance of including community trauma in our broader understanding. Additionally, participants will explore prevalence data, the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study, and the core principles of trauma-informed care. This session will also lay a foundation for future sessions examining the connection between social determinants of health and trauma, clinical application of trauma-informed care in healthcare settings, and beginning the journey of becoming trauma-informed for healthcare organizations.
Alive and Well Communities “activates communities to heal” by elevating community wisdom; disrupting systemic oppression; acting with urgency; and leading innovative solutions based on the science of trauma, toxic stress and resiliency. This organizational approach is designed to disrupt persistent disparities and cycles of trauma. Alive and Well supports organizations and systems to move through the stages of change outlined in the Missouri Model: A Developmental Framework for Trauma-Informed Approaches. The model centers around five key principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment, all within an equity-centered approach. View a recording of the webinar here.
Speakers: Sean Marz, MA, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Alive and Well Communities; Ave Stokes, MPH, Kansas City Director, Alive and Well Communities.
June 2019 – How To: Leverage Community Investment to Achieve Health Equity
Hospitals and health systems are recognizing that improving the health of their patients and advancing health equity requires new ways of thinking about their role in the community. Pioneering institutions are harnessing their assets and investing upstream to address the root causes of poor health by financing small businesses, affordable housing, grocery stores, and other environmental drivers of wellness. Drawing on experience with six hospitals in the Center for Community Investment’s Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities initiative, this webinar will help participants apply lessons learned by exploring a simple framework for how hospitals and health systems and their community partners can leverage community investment to address health inequities.
Investing upstream is still a nascent phenomenon. Hospitals and health systems have an array of assets—financial resources, land, and expertise—that can be harnessed to bolster local community investment systems and improve the social, economic, and environmental conditions that influence health and well-being. Unlocking the assets and expertise of these institutions has the potential to bring new ideas, resources, and capacity to address health inequities more effectively. CCI has developed an innovative framework to help hospitals and health systems and their community partners collaborate and accelerate investment at scale and is working with leading institutions to apply it. View a recording of the webinar here.
Speakers: Robin Hacke, Executive Director, Center for Community Investment; Alyia Gaskins, MPH, Assistant Director of Networks and Programs/Health, Center for Community Investment.
Click here to view an informational video about the work of CCI and Capital Absorption Frameworks.
May 2019 – How To: Impact Social Determinants of Health through Community-Led Health in All Policies
HiAP initiatives have been touted to tackle social determinants of health by incorporating health equity into decision-making, systems and policies across multiple sectors. HiAP initiatives have traditionally been championed by government agencies or public health. The Center for Prevention embarked on a different approach to fund eight Minnesota community-based organizations to design, lead and implement a HiAP approach with equity as a goal. These organizations, with deep relationships and leadership within their communities implemented a HiAP campaign and targeted mainstream institutions. Experts will share examples of their work, core strategies and outcomes of this three-year project.
This unique initiative put Minnesota communities most impacted by health inequities at the center of driving health equity in policy, systems and environmental change. These community-led strategies changed who was at the table and what issues and barriers were addressed and resulted in over 20 policy changes and practices in institutions like the Minneapolis Park System, the City of Duluth, Metro State University and others. Not only has it been transformative for institutions and communities, it has changed how the Center for Prevention funds, how it works in community and has helped to advance health equity within the largest health plan in Minnesota. View a recording of the webinar here.
Speakers: Sue Letourneau. Project Manager, Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota; Ana Isabel Gabilondo Scholz, Program Evaluator, Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
To view the videos that were presented alongside this webinar, please see the following links: Community-led Health in All Policies: About the Initiative, Community-led Health in All Policies, Voices for Racial Justice: Worthington Racial Equity Cohort.
April 2019 – On Campus Food Pantries: Why and How
Featuring experts from Community Health Fund, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Los Medanos College, and La Piana Consulting sharing their process of designing and implementing an on-campus food pantry.
Learn how four organizations worked together to launch on-campus food pantries to address the food security needs of college students in California’s Contra Costa County at Los Medanos College and California State University East Bay. Concord worked with the nonprofit Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano to establish food distribution programs. With support from the Community Health Fund in Contra Costa, these colleges not only launched their programs, but then expanded in every way: increasing program effectiveness through shared learning and materials development, adding three additional colleges to the collaboration, developing novel education and distribution components, and enhancing efforts around learning and evaluation. This panel features the perspectives of the diverse partners on what it took to launch this effort, lessons learned to date, how it impacts student health and success, and plans for next steps. View a recording of the webinar here.
Speakers: Lillian Roselin, Executive Director, Community Health Fund; Caitlin Sly, Program Director, the Food Bank of Contra Cost and Solano; John Nguyen, Student Life Coordinator, Los Medanos College; and Lester Olmstead-Rose, Partner, La Piana Consulting
March 2019 – How To: Put Your CHNA Into Action by Making Upstream Investments in Health Equity
Addressing social determinants of health as a strategy for improving population health has become a has become a critical focus for healthcare systems and hospitals across the country. However, research has shown, including large-scale national surveys, that while hospitals and health systems are talking more about and understand the value of the social determinants of health, they are struggling to address the social needs of their patients and communities.
To help address that problem for hospitals and healthcare systems, National Health Foundation conducts a community engagement and health perceptions study to a unique community report that concretely defines neighborhood-level limitations to living a healthy life and identifies and makes recommendations where opportunities exist for the hospitals to make strategic investments. NHF’s initial partner in this effort is Keck Medicine of USC, whose hospitals are in unique communities as demonstrated by their CHNAs and thus required a method that engaged residents from each community and painted complete and accurate pictures of the neighborhood-level root causes of poor health. Paired with CHNAs, these reports will be used to develop or support better community benefit efforts to address the social determinants of health. View a recording of the webinar here.
Speakers: Kelly Bruno, President & CEO, National Health Foundation; Chad Monk, Program Manager, National Health Foundation; Paul Craig, Chief Administrative Officer, Keck Medicine of USC; and Deborah Weirick, MNM, Special Projects Manager, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
January 2019 – How To Webinar: Collaborative Leadership and Flexibility to Address the Needs of Older Adults
This webinar will introduce the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to the audience through an introduction and overview of our various programs and services, the value of partnerships and coalitions, and the ways in which NCOA demonstrates pathways to collaborative leadership while remaining flexible to change. Lastly, the webinar will highlight strategies to increase networks when trying to connect with hard-to-reach populations and empowering local communities to help older adults. View a recording of the webinar here.
Speakers: Lura Barber, Director, Hunger Initiatives; Leslie Fried, Senior Director, Center for Benefits Access; and Vivian Nava-Schellinger, Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships and External Affairs, NCOA
November 2018 – How To: Utilize Funding Mechanisms to Address Housing as a Health Issue
The panel discussed different funding mechanisms for recuperative care (aka medical respite), that provides care for individuals experiencing homelessness that are discharged from the hospital with nowhere to recuperate. View a recording of the webinar here.
This medical/social partnership moves people forward on their path to housing; actually housing about 25-30% during the average 10-day length of stay. National Health Foundation has engaged in a variety of funding relationships to pay for this work: county contracts, fee-for-service contracts with hospitals, a shared-cost model based on predicted usage, and contracts with a hospital system and health plans to lease beds. Each model has it’s pros and cons and lessons-learned. Listen in to see why payors are stepping up to pay for this, which model might work for your organization, and how you might expand your streams of income to help get people into permanent housing.
Speakers: Kelly Bruno, MSW, President & CEO of National Health Foundation; Kim Hurley, MSW, LCSW, CAS, Director of Population Health Social Services, Enterprise, St. Mary Medical Center, Dignity Health System; David Kagan, MD, MBA, MPH, Medical Director, LA Care Health Plan
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August 2018 – How To: Truly Engage Your Community; and What it Means for Your Organization
Join experts from Bridging Health and Community, USA, Collaborative Consulting, and Jefferson Healthcare in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition’s How To Webinar Series #TRCCWebSeries
Since early 2013, Bridging Health & Community (BH&C) has sought to understand what it means to work from a community’s understanding of its health. We’ve been doing this in the belief that a solely bio-medical understanding of communities fails to appreciate lived experience. When communities are asked what health means to them, they often list what we call ‘social determinants’. But rather than apply our labels to their words, we’ve looked for, and learnt from, practitioners willing to ‘create health’ on a community’s terms, not ours. In so doing, we’ve learnt 12 Principles to community engagement, the importance of ‘agency’ to health (the ability to make purposeful choices) and the myriad ways that health care needs to evolve to work with, not at, communities. In this webinar, we’ll share the 12 Principles, hear from Jefferson Healthcare in Washington State on how they have used them in their social isolation strategy, and also from Lori Peterson of Collaborative Consulting on how through their work since 2010 they’ve learnt that the absence of ‘community’ from cross-sector work inhibits long-term success.
July 2018 – How To: Implement and Sustain a Transition of Care Program
Join experts from Shade Tree Clinic, a free clinic run by Vanderbilt medical students serving high-risk and uninsured patients in the metro Nashville area, as they share successful transitions process from identification to follow-up, historical and contemporary barriers to implementation, and cross-disciplinary partnerships they have formed to address their patients’ multifaceted challenges. Learning objectives for this webinar include:
– Identify and understand potential barriers preventing high-risk patients from accessing and utilizing health insurance and describe techniques to screen for and address these social barriers.
– Discuss one model for transitioning insured patients to traditional community clinics, from identification to follow-up. Consider both successful strategies as well as identified challenges to successful transitions.
– Outline the interdisciplinary partnerships Shade Tree Clinic has formed to address our patients’ multifaceted challenges, as well as how to manage staffing and volunteer turnover.
June 2018 – How To: Implement Rigorous Evaluation of Social Needs Interventions
Are you struggling with how to evaluate your social needs intervention? Join us for a one-hour How To webinar with two experts who will share their experiences and advice on how to evaluate interventions addressing patients’ social needs as part of clinical care, followed by a Q&A. View a recording of the webinar here.
Speakers: Danielle Cullen, MD, MPH, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Seth Berkowitz, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
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May 2018- How To: Engage Community Development as a Partner for Health Equity
Join experts from Build Healthy Places Network as they discuss how to engage community development as a partner in addressing health equity in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition’s How To: Webinar Series. View a recording of the webinar here.
Speakers: Douglas Jutte, Executive Director, Build Healthy Places Network and Daniel Lau, MPH, Manager of Strategic Engagement, Build Healthy Places Network
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April 2018- How To: Start a Summer Meals Program at Your Hospital
Join experts from No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices, Medical University of South Carolina, and Presbyterian Healthcare Services as they share about summer meals programs in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition’s How To: Webinar Series. View a recording of the webinar here.
Speakers: Derrick Lambert, Senior Manager, No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices; Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LDN, Sodexo Wellness Dietitian at Medical University of South Carolina; Leigh Caswell, Director of the Center for Community Health at Presbyterian Healthcare Services; and Trish Moore, Project Coordinator, Presbyterian Healthcare Services
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August 2017: Housing and Health
In this webinar, experts from the Institute on Aging, University of California San Francisco, and Bay Area Community Services discussed how their organizations have incorporated housing interventions to address housing insecurity in the communities they serve. Our panelists described their personal experiences, including challenges nd lessons learned, as well as their successes and plans for future program growth.
Speakers: Jamie Almanza, MBA, Executive Director, Bay Area Community Services; Dustin Harper, MBA, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Institute on Aging; Joshua Bamberger, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco.
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May 2017: HIPAA Compliance in Community Partnerships
Experts from the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School and Feeding America joined us to discuss Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance in community partnerships in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition’s webinar series.
Speakers: Sarah Downer, JD, Clinical Instructor, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School; Katie Garfield, JD, MPhil, Staff Attorney, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School; Michelle Berger Marshall, MS, RD, Managing Director, Community Health & Nutrition, Feeding America
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April 2017: Childhood and Maternal Nutrition Programs
Experts from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the National WIC Association, and Share Our Strength joined us to discuss maternal and childhood nutrition programs, with specific emphasis on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), in this installment of The Root Cause Coalition’s webinar series.
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March 2017: Medically Tailored Meal Partnerships
For the third installment of our webinar series, David Waters, CEO of Community Servings, and Bill Pinakiewicz , VP of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, discussed the role of medically tailored, home-delivered meals in holistic, patient-centered models of care. They also discussed their organizations’ partnerships with local healthcare payers, and the research projects Community Servings has developed to prove the impact of this model.
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February 2017: Senior Isolation and Loneliness
Social isolation and loneliness, especially among seniors, can have a significant impact on an individual’s health. By creating and cultivating social support networks, we can improve the health and quality of life for older adults. Join The second installment of the Root Cause Coalition’s webinar offered expert commentary on the effects of isolation and loneliness on seniors, and the actions we can take to address these social determinants of health.
Speakers: E.A Casey, Program Manager, AARP Foundation Isolation Impact Area; Karen Keown, Director of Clinical Program, Healthcare Transformation, UnitedHealth Group Alliances; Shirley Musich, Senior Research Director, Advanced Analytics Group, Optum
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January 2017: Advocacy
With a new Administration and a new Congress, we expect to see big policy changes around healthcare and federal assistance programs. For our first webinar of 2017 series, representatives of the Root Cause Coalition discussed what lies ahead and how we can come together to make the most impact.
Speakers: Rachelle Wenger, Director of Public Policy and Community Advocacy, Dignity Health, and Advocacy Committee Chair, the Root Cause Coalition; Jason Gromley, Vice President of Operations, the Root Cause Coalition
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