Better Health Conference

On June 7th, Jessy DiDio and Soirette Collado attended the Better Health Conference hosted by the CT Partners for Health. This conference covered a vast amount of information regarding social determinants of health, health IT, healthcare reform, and health equity.

Emphasizing the importance of health literacy and assuring that each person is given what they need to succeed is a key factor in the aim to achieve better health.

A major takeaway from this conference was the story behind “Dave and Danny, E-Patient and Doctor”. Dave was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer in 2007 which metastasized as tumors in his lungs, several bones, and muscle tissue.  Upon learning that Dave’s median survival time was 24 weeks, both patient and doctor learned to use participatory medicine to beat the odds of Dave’s prognosis. Their story empowers the e-patient movement, which describes patients who are equipped, enabled, empowered and engaged in their health care decisions. In summary, the largest, and least utilized resource is often the patient themselves.

Throughout the course of Dave’s treatment period, he and his Primary Care Provider shared a vision of healthcare as a technology-enabled collaboration. The treatment was driven by patient participation and modern healthcare experience (evidenced-based medicine). They used technology that included: e-mail messaging, web and video conferencing, and participation in an online community that included patients with similar conditions. The online community helped Dave and his PCP benefit from the shared experiences of similar patients and it helped Dave cope with the side effects of his treatment.

SVHP continues to be committed to supporting technological innovations and patient-centered care. Jessy and Soirette recommend the following resources from the conference for those who want to learn more:

CHA’s Statewide Social Determinants of Health Collaborative Kick-Off

Connecticut Hospital Association’s Statewide Social Determinants of Health Collaborative Kick-Off
Wallingford, CT, June 5, 2018

Attended by SVHP’s Sophia Jackson, BSN, RN, Associate Director of Transformation

Speaker: Bridging Hospitals and Communities by Dr. Pritpal S Tamber, MDChB

“It’s time to accept that health is just one of the many priorities in people’s lives. Not the top priority but a relative one.”

To respond, health care needs to reconceive its relationship with the communities it serves. Our mission is to enhance health care’s ability to do that”.

“Our work tells us there are 12 Principles.  They describe an inclusive, participatory and responsive process for working together that has the potential to foster something core to having a sense of control: agency-the ability to make purposeful choices”. “We have learned that the importance of agency to health is well-appreciated within the community sector and public health, but health care lags far behind”.

The 12 Principles are:

  1. Include in a community’s collective effort those who live there, those who work there, and those who deliver or support services provided there
  2. Spend time understanding differences in context, goals and power
  3. Appreciate the arc of local history as part of the story of a place
  4. Elicit, value, and respond to what matters to community residents
  5. Facilitate and support the sharing of power, including building the capacity to use it and acknowledging existing imbalances
  6. Operate at four levels at the same time: individual, community, institutional and policy
  7. Accept that this is long-term iterative work
  8. Embrace uncertainty, tension and missteps as sources of success
  9. Measure what matters, including the process and experience of the work
  10. Build a vehicle buffered from the constraints of existing systems and able to respond to what happens, as it happens
  11. Build a team capable of working in a collaborative, iterative way, including being able to navigate the tensions inherent in this work
  12. Pursue sustainability creatively; it’s as much about narrative, process and relationships as it is about resources


Speaker from Montefiore: Amanda Parsons, MD, MBA VP of Community and Population Health at Montefiore Health System

Health Equity Workshop

SVHP staff Jessy DiDio, RN Care Coordination & Integration Associate, and Ricardo DeSouza, Accountable Health Communities Program Screener,  attended the Health Equity Workshop: Developing Effective Partnerships to Address Social Determinants of Health onsite at the Connecticut Hospital Association in Wallingford, CT this past Friday, April 27th, 2018. View the CHA descriptive brochure here.

Hospitals are forging collaborative relationships with key partners in their communities to improve care and achieve health equity.  Partnerships between hospitals and key community-based organizations are central to addressing social determinants of health, which are tied to effective healthcare and improved patient outcomes.  In this workshop, Collaborative Consulting, a specialist consultancy with particular expertise in partnership development between healthcare and community organizations,  provided information on models and strategies for effective hospital/community-based organization partnerships.

View a helpful resource included this one from KPMG related to investing in social services here.

Jessy and Ricardo, commenting on the event, remarked that the information that was presented validated the experience of the SVHP network and the development of a model that incorporates evidence based strategies which address social determinants and the achievement of health equity.