Annual Conference 2011


Accountable Health Communities:

Aligning & Implementing Healthcare Reform

October 16-18, 2013
Charlotte, North Carolina

Please join us for our 8th Annual Conference and Intensive Workshops

Featured Speakers:

Linwood Hollowell
Associate Director, Health Care
The Duke Endowment
Joy Johnson Wilson, MA
Health Policy Director & Senior Federal Affairs Council
National Conference of State Legislatures
Kitty Hsu Dana
Vice President Health
United Way Worldwide
Hilary Heishman
Program Officer, Health Care
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Kenneth D. Coburn, MD, MPH
CEO & Medical Director, Health Quality Partners
Janine Janosky, PhD
Vice President, Center for Community Health Improvement
Austen BioInnovation Institute
Ophelia Garmon-Brown, MD
Vice President, Novant Health, Inc.
John Gilbert
National Field Director
Enroll America 
Kathleen Westcoat, MPH Kathleen Westcoat, MPH
CEO, HealthCare Access Maryland
Pam C. Silberman, JD, DrPH
President & CEO
North Carolina Institute of Medicine
Michael Christopher Gibbons, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute

CEUs Available for Social Work

Learn How To:

  • Collaborate with health systems, payers, public health, social services and others to develop shared goals on the Triple Aim;
  • Design and execute a sustainable community health transformation platform, specific strategies, and measurement tools.
  • Link delivery system and financing reform to local or "place-based" strategies that address the root causes of health problems and inequities;
  • Leverage federal and state health reform policies to transform local delivery systems focused on local populations’ needs; and
  • Empower people and patients to be meaningfully engaged in their health.

The redesign of our nation’s health system is underway, with many moving parts. We hear a great deal about medical homes, care coordination, patient navigators, accountable care organizations, health exchanges, meaningful use, patient-centered care and more as keys to improving population health and experiences of care while reducing costs. Yet, to date, there seems to be little information about how to bring these components together at the local level in a deliberate, coordinated, and sustainable manner in order to ensure better health for all people at less cost.

Health reform requires a change in focus – a change from more healthcare to more health.


Welcome and Opening Keynote ~Thursday, October 17th.

Reception will be held on Thursday evening.


Workshop intensives begin at Noon on Wednesday, October 16th.


Breakouts will be held Thursday, October 17th & Friday, October 18th.

Further Information
Please call Lindy Vincent 360-489-0496




Registration for this event is closed!



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Breakout Presentations


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Wednesday, October 16th
1 pm – 5:00 pm


Building a Sustainable Business & Financial Model – Impact, Operations & Positioning

While nonprofits are skilled at identification of client or community needs, sometimes it is harder to find ways to provide long-term sustainability for these important new programs or program expansion. In today’s economy, nonprofits must understand the key drivers of a sustainable business and financial model, which includes bringing together impact, revenue, operations, and positioning.

This hands-on workshop will walk through a customized process to help your nonprofit rethink its business model whether it is for a social enterprise, program, or overall organization.


Suzanne Smith, MBA, Founder, Social Impact Architects & Social TrendSpotter


Changing the Local Health System: The Local Perspective On Leadership, Stewardship, and Dynamic Modeling

The Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement (ARCHI) has completed a collaborative assessment, set collaborative priorities, and is now pursuing the funding and implementation of the collective desired future. During this session leaders who have been key in the ARHCI process so far and external consultants from the Rippel Foundation’s ReThink Health program will share the process, tools, and future plans from various perspectives. Participants will get a rare inside view of a dynamic collaborative process.


Linda Blount, MPHAtlanta Metropolitan United Way
Kathryn Lawler, MPPAtlanta Regional Commission (of county commissioners)
Patrice Harris, MDFulton County Health Services
Evonne YanceyPhilanthropic Collaborative and Kaiser Permanente
Shannon SaleGrady Health System
Bobby Milstein, PhD, MPHReThink Health Dynamics
Ruth Wageman, PhDReThink Health Leadership
Janet M. Corrigan, PhD, MBAReThink Health Sustainable Financing


Karen Minyard, PhD, Executive Director, Georgia Health Policy Center


Pathways Community HUB Model:
Building a Network of Care Coordination for Those at Risk
and Paying for Performance

Come learn to build and fund your care coordination network!  Meet the Medicaid managed care payers, the researchers, the local leaders and the representatives from the HUB Certification initiative.  Our session needs your wisdom and discussion on how to identify individuals at greatest risk and connect them to health, behavioral health and social services.

What’s a HUB - A Pathways Community HUB is a lean infrastructure that provides tools and strategies needed to ensure that at-risk individuals are served in a timely, coordinated manner. The HUB ensures that a person and populations receive meaningful and coordinated health and social services that produce positive outcomes and control costs. Further, HUBs help avoid duplication of services and keep people from falling through the cracks. A Community HUB and its accompanying Pathways represent effective vehicles for achieving greater financial accountability for the delivery of high-value health and social services, and improving health outcomes.


Medicaid Managed Care Payers
Linda Post, MD, Medical Director, United Healthcare Community Plan of Ohio
Grace Lefever, PT,MS, MPH, Director Strategic Initiatives, AmeriHealth Caritas

Research Initiatives
Bernard P. Zeigler, Chief Scientist, RT Sync Corp, Maryland
Greg Cline, PhD, Assistant Professor, Public & Health Admin, Grand Valley State, Michigan

National Representation of Community HUB Leadership
Daryl T. Smith, MPH, Program Manager, Pathways to a Healthy Bernalillo County, UNM
Judith Warren, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, Health Care Access Now, Ohio
Lauren Reichelt, Director of Health and Human Services, Rio Arriba, New Mexico

The Michigan Team
Thomas Curtis, Michigan Department of Community Health – Policy Initiatives
Lori Noyer, Pathways Community HUB Director, Ingham, Michigan
Linda Tilot, Director of Care of Management & Quality Systems, Saginaw, Michigan
Judy Kell, Community HUB Director, Muskegon, Michigan

Community HUB Certification
Brenda A. Leath, MHSA, PMP, Senior Study Director, Westat, Rockville, Maryland

Information Technology
Hank Edwards, Civic Health, Nashville, Tennessee
Bob Harnach, Care Coordination Systems, Chicago, Illinois

Mark Redding, MD, FAAP, Community Health Access Project, Mansfield, Ohio



Charlotte Marriot

We are pleased to announce that the conference will be held at the beautiful Charlotte Marriott City Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. To make your reservation and take advantage of our special discounted conference room rate click here.   Discounted rate is $199 / night and must be made before the cut-off date of September 24th.  





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We Invite You to Become a Sponsor!


Communities Joined in Action (CJA) is pleased to invite you to sponsor our eighth annual premier conference, which will include over 200 community health leaders from health systems, county and regional health collaboratives, community health centers, health plans, public health and social service providers, philanthropy, and consumers who are committed to achieving better health, improving health care and lowering health care costs.

Your generosity allows our attendees to participate in educational sessions that provide relevant information and sharing of best practices that will advance community health transformation and innovation.  Your sponsorship also allows us to provide scholarships for students and organizational leaders who are dedicated to serve underserved, ethnic and minority populations.





Poster Presentation

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Advantage of a Poster Session:

This informal session will provide an opportunity for networking and exchanging innovative ideas, and for useful discussion, will be another way to learn what others are doing across the country!

  • A way to share an innovative program to gain ideas to bring back home.
  • A way to share results of an annual community benefits report.

General Requirements for Poster Presentations:

  • 3 x 4 foam core board to be displayed.
  • An easel will be provided.
  • If you already have a tri-fold display that you would like to use instead, please let me know and a table will be ordered for you.
  • Handouts: If you plan on bringing handouts, please bring a minimum of 120 copies. A small table between two easels will be provided for any materials or business cards.

General Hints

  • Visuals enhance the effectiveness of your presentation. Think in terms of graphic impact. Charts, drawings, photographs, and other illustrations are encouraged.
  • All lettering should be easily legible at a distance of 4 feet.
  • Do NOT simply print out 8 ½ x 11 sheets from a PowerPoint presentation.
  • You must bring any supplies that you need (tape, tacks, felt-tipped markers, etc.) as we will be unable to provide these during the conference.
  • Reminder: Electrical support, audio-visual, or internet access will not be available.

Date/Time/Room/Hotel Setting of Poster Sessions

  • Poster session will be at the Reception on Sunday, September 23 at 5:30 pm.
  • They can be re-set in the foyer outside the main conference room at The Center for Healthy Communities on Monday.  
  • You may come 30 minutes early Sunday evening to set-up at the Reception.
  • To mail to the hotel ~ The Charlotte Marriott City Center will accept only pre-paid packages. Deliveries and shipments may arrive no more than 2-3 business days prior to the guest’s arrival. All packages must contain a label giving the following information:
    1) Your Return address, 2) Name of Conference – Communities Joined in Action,
    3) Meeting room name and date (CJA Reception/Thursday, October 17 at 5:30 pm),
    4) Hotel event person assigned to our conference – Carolyn Malik,
    5) Name of person that will claim package, and 6) Date of that person’s arrival.
  • Shipping Hotel Address:
    Guest Name – Hold for Arrival
    c/o Charlotte Marriott City Center
    100 West Trade Street
    Charlotte, NC 28202

Deadline for Notifying CJA of Your Poster Presentation

  • By Friday, October 4th (late additions of course can be accommodated if you let us know!) 
  • Send by email your confirmation with the details of your display to info@cjaonline.net so that we can reserve your place and easel. Questions? Call Lindy at 1-360-489-0496
  • Questions? Call Lindy at 1-360-489-0496



Sponsorship Opportunities Available

We Thank Our Sponsors

Platinum Level Sponsor

Georgia Health Policy Center
Gold Level Sponsor

Ascension Health

Trinity Health
Silver Level Sponsor


Bronze Level Sponsor

Access Health SC

 Care Ring


 Health Care Access Now
Health Care Access
Pacific Source Health Plans


Exhibitor Level Sponsor

Healthy Communities Institute




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