Concurrent Breakout Sessions
The Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) is committed to producing professional education conferences of the highest caliber. We will deliver a learning experience that shares successful case examples, introduces practical tools, teaches transferable skills, and helps achieve measurable improvement in community health, community benefit and healthy communities.
The 2013 conference is intended to help participants: succeed inside their organizations in meeting new requirements and opportunities; work effectively on a local and regional level as health improvement leaders; and connect to peers and national organizations, resources and tools.
2013 National Conference list of sessions and presenters
TuesdayPreconference2:45-4:00 pm4:15-5:30 pm Wednesday
Preconference Workshop--Harnessing Local Data for Local Action in Community Assessments and Community Benefits Programs
Identifying meaningful community health needs assessment data for local areas and presenting results that drive action can be daunting tasks, especially for organizations conducting assessments for the first time. This session will address some challenges and solutions to gathering secondary data for CHNAs, and for communicating findings effectively to internal and external stakeholders. Presenters will share their approaches, developed through practical application conducting needs assessments and health program evaluations.
Preconference Workshop--Return on Investment Tools and Techniques to Make the Case for Community Health Programs
The workshop presenters will discuss a continuum of evaluation approaches, from compliance, to outputs, to results, outcomes and program excellence. Using a school-based health care case example, the presenters will work with participants on planning for and demonstrating outcomes with a focus on tools and techniques for logic modeling, expected value and return on investment. Participants will gain a set of arguments and some basic tools to use in helping to demonstrate the value of their health initiatives.
Preconference Workshop--Strategies and Tactics for Reporting Community Benefit on Schedule H: A Practical Primer
This session is a primer for those charged with leading or participating in the preparation of their hospital’s or health system’s community benefit reports on IRS Form 990, Schedule H. With a number of recent changes to the Schedule H after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is vital that community benefit staff of nonprofit hospitals have a full and up-to-date understanding of the required reporting. The workshop will include presentation, participant discussion and case examples, and is designed to provide a working knowledge of the schedule and informed approaches for its accurate completion.
Tuesday, 2:45-4:00 pm--Using Community Health Needs Data to Develop Hospital and Health System Improvement Goals
The presenters will describe the process and tools used to engage community members from every county in the state of Maine and how the information from those sessions was used to create hospital-community-system priorities that subsequently informed strategic plans, system level focused goals and resource allocation. The session will describe some lessons learned in terms of providing community partners and stakeholders with a service that is perceived as a “value add” to the work that is already being done in the community, particularly by our partners in public health.
Tuesday, 2:45-4:00 pm--Making Tough Decisions: Matching Community Resources to Community Needs
A pediatric hospital partners with community sites, including schools and child care centers, to provide free medical screening and dental services to underserved populations through their mobile health outreach program. In the past five years, service requests from community sites have quadrupled. For the 2012-2013 academic year, the mobile health program received requests from more than 150 organizations. This presented a major challenge in prioritizing service requests to leverage available resources and meet the greatest need in the community. Combining multiple indicators of need created an unbiased system of prioritization that took into account the varied causes of disparities and the different types of disparities associated with an impoverished inner city and sprawling suburban area.
Tuesday, 2:45-4:00pm--Beyond Compliance: Leveraging CHNAs to Build Credibility, Increase Funding and Make an Impact
Attendees will learn effective ways of incorporating assessment data into grant applications, tactics for establishing credibility with various audiences through efficient communication, as well as the benefits of tracking health disparities over time. This session will share details of how two different health systems use their community health needs assessments to gain the community support needed to tackle policy, systems and environmental changes, as well as how the data have paid off in outcomes and in increased grant funding. Each of the presenters brings a wealth of experience and expertise in using CHNA data to their greatest effect.
Tuesday, 2:45-4:00pm--Collaboration in Action: Local Health Departments and Nonprofit Hospitals Jointly Planning for Health Improvement
This session will feature a local health department/nonprofit hospital collaborative that led a community health improvement process yielding a high-quality community health assessment and community health improvement plan or implementation strategy. The work completed helped position the local health department to fulfill its accreditation requirements and substantially helped the nonprofit hospital meet its community health needs assessment and implementation strategy requirements. The crux of the presentation will focus on how the collaborative successfully planned and took action in its community to improve health outcomes.
Tuesday, 4:15-5:30 pm--Herding the CATS (Change Agents, Advocates, Team Players and Stakeholders): Lessons in Cultivating Local Leadership; The Backyard Initiative: An Allina Health-Community Partnership for Health Improvement
This session will share the journey this community embarked on and the lessons learned, particularly through its participation in the CDC-sponsored ACHIEVE program.
Tuesday, 4:15-5:30 pm--Hospitals, Public Health Creating Community Value: Practical Tools for Moving into Implementation Strategies
The template implementation plan approach helps to show each partners role in a mutual implementation plan. It follows the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act guidance that permits the hospital’s implementation strategy to be collaborative, while at the same time showing specifically what role the hospital has and what resources they have committed. The template implementation plan approach also links to the evidence base and to state and national priorities, including Healthy People 2020.