Co-Designing Social Care: Payers and Providers
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October 20, 2022 12:00 pm ET

Co-Designing Social Care: Payers and Providers

Social conditions significantly affect health and well being at the individual and population levels, contributing to health inequity in the US. Research shows organizations that connect people to community resources–childcare, jobs, housing, nutrition, and transportation–measurably improve the overall health of the population and can impact up to 80 percent of health outcomes.

The delivery of social care services in connection with healthcare requires new systems to organize the relationships and activities of healthcare payers, providers, community-based organizations (CBOs), and community members.

This panel will discuss integrating social care into healthcare delivery and the need for the organized delivery of social care services, including care coordination, through a multi-stakeholder health and social care ecosystem, as part of a whole-person approach to health

Topics include:
Engaging consumers in social care
Coordinating care across the ecosystem
Partnering with CBOs and other social services organizations

Sherry Novick

Community Health Lead, Social Health Practice, Kaiser Permanente

Sherry supports efforts to implement Kaiser Permanente’s system to screen members for social needs and facilitate their linkage to social care via interactive networks of community-based providers. In this role she works with a broad array of communities across Kaiser Permanente’s footprint, and partners with other health plans and providers. She participates in collaboratives aimed at addressing social determinants of health.

Before this position, Sherry was Managing Director of Community Benefit Programs for Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California region where she oversaw the Northern Region’s community benefit portfolio, which included charitable care and coverage; partnerships with community health centers and safety net institutions; research, training and education; and investments in programs and services that address community health needs across the region’s 14-county service area.

Previously, Sherry served for ten years as Executive Director of the First 5 Association of California, where she represented California’s 58 First 5 County Children and Families Commissions.  Before that, she worked for 15 years in the California Legislature, serving as Chief Consultant to the Assembly Human Services Committee and specializing in issues related to child and family services, early care and education, income support programs, health care for low-income individuals, disability, and long-term care.  She was the chief Assembly staff negotiator of CalWORKs, California’s version of the federally-mandated welfare to work program.  Throughout her career, Sherry has advocated for the rights and well-being of underserved, vulnerable and disenfranchised populations.

Sherry holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Ji Im, MPH

Senior Director for Community and Population Health, CommonSpirit

In her role, Ji’s responsibilities in community health include working with internal and external stakeholders to integrate and align community health priorities for addressing social determinants of health, fostering cross-sector collaborations, and developing strategic partnerships focused on identifying opportunities for growth with the goal of improving health equity. Before joining Dignity Health, Ji was Director of Community Benefit for Northwell Health in New York. Ji brings program development, strategy, process improvement, and technology integration experiences from Yale- New Haven Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and George Washington Medical Center as well as IT business consulting experience in the high-tech sector from Accenture.

Ji holds a Master’s degree in Health Management from the Yale School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Art degrees in Economics and Philosophy from the College of William & Mary. Ji received the Tomorrow’s Leader award from the Catholic Health Association.

June Simmons, MSW

CEO, Partners in Care Foundation

June is nationally recognized for her leadership in the administration of health care organizations. Since founding Partners in Care in 1997, Simmons has led the organization’s pioneering role in developing and scaling evidence-based care models, leading to innovative and effective interventions for the management of chronic conditions, the challenges of aging, and better-coordinated care to improve health care outcomes.

Recognized for her innovations, insights and management skills, Simmons frequently speaks on these topics at conferences and seminars. She has been honored with numerous awards by academic and national professional organizations. In 2018, she was inducted into the California Social Work Hall of Distinction, a program within the California Social Welfare Archives that ensures the advances and lessons of the profession remain available to future practitioners and researchers.

Throughout her distinguished career, she has been instrumental in envisioning, creating, funding, and operating, forward-looking health and social services research and programs that meet the mutual needs of patient populations, providers, and health care delivery networks. These initiatives are designed to encourage the implementation of cost-effective, patient-friendly integration of care across settings, from primary care and hospital to home and community.

Simmons has been active as one of the co-founders of the national Evidence-Based Leadership Council. She continues to work in co-founding collaborations with other key leaders, most recently the Los Angeles Alliance for Community Health and Aging—a new public health partnership, designed to disseminate evidence-based intervention and education programs to achieve better health results for diverse populations. In fall 2015, she joined NCOA’s Board of Directors and has recently completed terms on the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Transforming End-of-Life Care.

Haleta Belai

Senior Director, Social Determinants of Health Innovation, Centene Corporation

Haleta has ten years of experience leading and learning from innovative solutions to large-scale challenges in the healthcare, education, and nonprofit sectors.

In her current role at Centene, Haleta leads a team that designs strategies and partnerships to address critical socioeconomic barriers that meaningfully impact health outcomes.

Centene is a leading healthcare enterprise that delivers government-sponsored and commercial health solutions for over 25 million individuals. Centene is the largest Medicaid managed care organization in the U.S., and a leader in California, Florida, New York and Texas, four of the largest Medicaid states.

In prior roles, Haleta has worked on enterprise-wide strategic initiatives at Centene, education reform and public health in high-performing organizations in NYC, and a non-profit skill training program she co-founded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Haleta holds a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business.

Karin VanZant

Vice President, National Social Determinants of Health Strategy, CareSource

Since 2015, Karin has overseen the work of Social Determinants of Health at CareSource and the full integration into the Population Health Model. Specifically, Karin has built the Life Services strategy, CareSource’s brand of SDOH partnerships, programs and pilots. The first and largest program of Life Services is JobConnect™ – a workforce development program that assists CareSource members to enter into full-time, permanent employment. In 2015, JobConnect™ started in Ohio and expanded to Indiana and Georgia Medicaid Markets as of 2017. Karin leads a team working on hunger and housing strategies as a part of Life Services. Before joining CareSource, Karin was the co-founder and Executive Director of Think Tank, Inc. For ten years as this organization’s leader, Karin assisted the team in living out the mission of equipping and facilitating collaboration among people and organizations seeking ways to promote greater connectedness and a more thriving community.

Karin has an MPA in Public Administration (2008) and a BA in Social Work (1998) from Wright State University. Karin is certified in various curriculum’s that address comprehensive poverty issues in the United States. She has helped author presentations and curriculum for use within nonprofit, business and faith-based organizations seeking to become relevant and holistic in their approach to poverty alleviation. Karin is an Adjunct Professor at Antioch Midwest University and Wright State University on various subjects, including US Hunger and Poverty, Justice and Equity, Introduction to Human Services, Grant Writing, Leading Change, Coaching as Management, Holistic Case Management and Emotional Intelligence. She lives in Springfield, Ohio, with her husband and two boxer dogs.

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