Falmouth, MA – The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers' annual Community Health Institute, Staying Power: Resilience Through Innovation, will kick off with a pre-session focused on the timely issue of sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace. Attendees will learn about how to prevent, plan for & manage through an organizational crisis. Katherine Hesse from the employment law firm Murphy Hesse Toomey Lehane will guide attendees through the latest Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulations on workplace harassment. Former Boston Globe reporter Peter Howe will lay out the components for an effective crisis communications plan and lead participants through a real-life case study. Health center CEOs and Human Resources professionals are encouraged to attend. To sign up for the pre-session, click here.
The conference will also feature participation from state leaders, including Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, who will provide a keynote on transformation challenges impacting health centers and the importance of continued collaboration between health centers and the Baker Administration. Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH will talk about her agency's ongoing and emerging public health partnerships with health centers.
On the heels of the state's launch of Accountable Care Organizations, Joe Peppe, MD, Medical Director for Payment and Care Delivery Innovation will report on progress and system issues and provide an update on DSRIP investments designed to support transformation efforts. In another session, Vic DiGravio, President & CEO of the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, will offer perspective on how Community Partners will collaborate with ACOs to integrate and improve health outcomes for MassHealth members.
Telehealth is gaining major traction as an innovative means for increasing patient access to both primary and specialty healthcare services. Mary Zelazny, CEO of Finger Lakes Community Health in New York, is a national leader in using this technology and will lead a panel that also includes Massachusetts health center staff and consultants responsible for launching recent telehealth initiatives in their communities.
Other health technology sessions will share lessons learned from a recent data breach at a Massachusetts health center, highlight how health center providers can gain increased specialty knowledge for treating patients with HCV, and focus on how technology can facilitate transitions in care for patients.
More clinically-focused sessions will look at how to build stronger partnerships and linkages for addressing the Social Determinants of Health, report on progress in preventing opioid overdoses, and present a risk stratification model for identifying moderate and high-risk patients at health centers.
On the federal front, we will hear from a panel of health center staff who have had success in building a grassroots advocacy network for their organizations. The National Association of Community Health Centers' National Advocacy Director Amanda Pears Kelly will provide the latest funding and policy news from Capitol Hill and Jacki Leifer of Feldesman, Tucker, Leifer, Fidell will cover important health center compliance issues.
Attendees can also hear about ways to build more diverse organizations, learn about best practices through the League's Special Projects initiative and take advantage of unique networking opportunities throughout the conference.
Register today! Click here to see the full schedule.