Online Program

Bridging the Gap between Community-based Health Promotion Strategies and the Health Care System: A Promising Model from Oregon

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Christine DeMars, MPH, Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center, Portland, OR
While it is widely recognized that upstream factors far outweigh the influence of health care on long-term health outcomes, there are relatively few examples from across the country where health care systems are, by design, moving beyond the clinic walls to work with community and public health partners to address the social determinants of health and health disparities. One bright spot can be found in Oregon, where an innovative Medicaid health system transformation model is showing early signs of success in bridging the gap between the community and the health care system. One key component of Oregon’s new coordinated care organizations (CCOs) are community advisory councils (CACs)—comprised of Medicaid members and representatives from community-based and public health organizations—which provide strategic guidance to help CCOs meet their communities’ health needs and move upstream to improve population health. This presentation will provide examples from across Oregon of how CCOs are adopting community-based health promotion strategies, addressing the social determinants of health, and improving health equity as a result of their CACs’ leadership. Key factors that have led to CACs’ initial successes in bridging the gap between community-based and health care systems, as well as the methods for replicating the CAC model outside Oregon, will be also discussed.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
List five strategies that can lead to successful collaboration between community-based and health care organizations in addressing the social determinants of health and health disparities.

Keyword(s): Health Care Reform, Community-Based Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I'm currently the Director of Systems Innovation at the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center, which is the hub of health systems innovation for Oregon's health reform efforts. In my role I design programs to support transformation within Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), including leading a community advisory council (CAC) learning community. Previously, I was a Senior Program Officer at the Northwest Health Foundation, where I was the lead for the foundation's health system reform.
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.