142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Aligning Community Benefit Programs with Population Health Initiatives to Improve the Health of Our Communities

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Desiree de la Torre, MPH, MBA , Office of Health Care Transformation and Strategic Planning, Johns Hopkins Health System, Baltimore, MD
The health care landscape is changing drastically, and the business model of hospitals is changing with it.  To survive these changes and to truly thrive and become a key component of our hospital’s strategy, we must rethink how we approach community benefit programs, focusing on mission and population health initiatives. In this session, health care leaders from the Johns Hopkins Health System will describe how hospitals are using community benefit strategies to respond to new demands of health reform. The session will feature tactics for communicating population and community health strategies to internal hospital executives and the communities surrounding their hospital.

The Johns Hopkins Health System will present how its hospitals and community benefit programming are evolving to support the system’s mission and strategy to meet population health needs. Key questions that we will explore include: How will hospitals ensure that financial constraints do not severely impact the hospital’s mission imperatives?; How will hospitals dedicate community benefit dollars after more Americans have health coverage?; and How will hospitals align community benefit programs with local public health departments, community-based organizations, and other hospitals?

Changes in the health care landscape will alter the socio-demographic composition of our communities. Community benefit programming will continue to be critical to the broader health care system and community health administration. Opportunities exist to align community benefit with these changes in the health care landscape to improve population health needs.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health administration or related administration
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Identify external components that might impact your hospitalís community benefit programming; Describe how changes in the health care landscape present an opportunity to adapt your community benefit and improve population health; Identify opportunities for hospitals to drive innovation and develop strategic partnerships to promote public health

Keyword(s): Community Health Planning, Health Systems Transformation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of Community Health Improvement for the Johns Hopkins Health System, this includes overseeing community benefits for our 6 hospitals. I lead the organizationís community health improvement planning process, including support for community-based organizations, health equity, and compliance with state and national community benefit regulations. I also manage The Access Partnership program at Johns Hopkins that helps improve access to care for uninsured patients residing in our neighborhood with demonstrated financial need.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.