Team Up, Take Action: Improving Population Health Together

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New Hampshire Public Health Association's (NHPHA) Annual Fall Event presented by NHPHA and Dartmouth-Hitchcock

November 15, 2016

The Event Center  l  Nashua, NH

The Key Elements of Population Health: How Do We Create Healthy, Safe and Thriving Communities?
Presented by Denise Koo, MD, MPH - Former Advisor to the Associate Director for Policy, CDCP

"Population Health" is a phrase that is being used more often but what does it mean? How can members of a community create a better state of health and wellness in their own backyard?  Dr. Koo will discuss the factors that influence the health of communities, including the vital role of multi-sector collaboration. Plus, find out what federal initiatives are underway to support partnerships aimed at improving population health. 

This lecture is supported by an endowment to the Hitchcock Foundation from the late Helmut Wolfgang Schumann to provide a lecture by a nationally renowned figure on topics related to healthful living.  This lecture is free and is open to the public

AM Workgroup Sessions

Finding Your Path: Perspectives from Leaders in the Field

Jonathan Stewart, MA, MHA - Community Health Institute/JSI; John Marzinzik, MBA - Frisbee Memorial Hospital, President/CEO; Tom Quade, MA, MPH - APHA, President
Summary:  This session will offer New Hampshire students insights and guidance on entering and navigating the workforce. Leaders will share their perspectives on current opportunities for student's and young professionals in the integration of public health, the community, and the health care delivery system.

Resources and Practical Tools for Community Health

Presenter(s):  Denise Koo, MD, MPH - Community Health & Health Systems Consultant
Summary:  In this breakout session, Dr. Koo will provide examples and demonstrate various tools that support multiple stakeholders and partnerships in their important work together. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Building Resilience

Presenter(s):  Keryn Bernard Kriegl, MS - NH Children’s Trust, Executive Director;Linda Douglas, M.S.Ed., CTSS - NH Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence,Trauma Informed Services Specialist; Jenessa Deleault, Psy.D. - Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc. Clinical Pyschologist/Child and Family Therapist, Children's Intervention Program
Summary:  Developmental trauma and adverse childhood experiences contribute significantly to public health epidemics, including substance misuse, obesity, reproductive health issues, and mental illness.  The panelists will discuss the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, explain the effects of the trauma on the brain, and will identify opportunities for partnership between public health and health care to reduce and prevent the sequelae of adverse childhood experiences.

Medical Legal Partnerships

Lucy C. Hodder, JD - UNH Law; Kris McCracken, MA - Manchester Community Health Center, President/CEO
Robin Fisk - Fisk Law Office, PC; Lynne Parker, MA - NH Legal Assistance, Executive Director
Summary:  What are medical-legal partnerships?  Hear from New Hampshire attorneys and health clinics about collaborative models to help address patients’ social determinants of health.  Do medical-legal partnerships exist in New Hampshire, what do they look like, and how are they working?

Population Health from Body to Brain: Integrating Primary Care and Behavioral Health

Presenter(s): Amy Pepin, LICSW, CPS - Community Health Institute/JSI; Abby Shockley, MPH, CPH - NH DHHS, Division for Behavioral Health, Senior Policy Analyst, Substance Use Services
Summary:  This session will provide participants with an understanding of the various levels of integrated care and the policies and practices that should be considered when discussing implementation. Additionally, participants will walk through a case study of integration through the lens of screening and brief intervention for alcohol and other drug use.

NHPHA Presents APHA President, Tom Quade
Traveling Upstream Together:  New Destinations, Approaches and Partners
Presented by Thomas Quade, MA, MPH - APHA President

PM Workgroup Sessions

Building a Culture of Health for Healthy Communities

Anna J. Thomas, MPH - City of Manchester Health Department; Eileen Fernandes, MS - Cheshire Medical Center, Director of Operations for the Center for Population Health
Summary:  This interactive workshop will provide participants with a greater understanding of  the connection between health and where people are born, grow, live, work and age, and an evidence-based checklist for creating a Culture of Health in communities

Addressing the Culture of Stigma Toward Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders

Chad Morris, PhD - Univ. of Colorado, Dept. of Psychiatry, Professor; Aita Vonceil Romain, MPH, CPS - Dartmouth-Hitchcock  Medical Center, Community Health Coordinator; Angie Raymond Leduc, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Summary:  Language around behavioral health and substance use disorders is often the largest barrier when addressing treatment stigma. This session will provide language and tool kits to reduce the stigma of behavioral health and substance use disorders in treatment, communities, and policies.

Expanding and Promoting a Population Health Workforce

  Alexander Blount - Antioch Univ. New England, Center for Behavioral Health Integration and Population Health, Co-Director, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Alisa Druzba, MA - NHDHHS, Rural Health & Primary Care Administrator, Nancy Frank, MPH - North Country Health Consortiuum, Executive Director
Summary:  This session will address current initiatives to expand the primary care and behavioral health workforces as well as strategies to provide training to more effectively include population health based approaches across a range of practice settings

Community Care for Older and Disabled Adults

Presenter:(s): Laura Davie, MA - UNH Center on Aging and Community Living; Stace Dicker-Hendricks - Wesley Woods Director; 
Gloria Thorington; Carissa-Elphick
This session would highlight the work in the Lakes Region on developing partnerships around population health specifically for aging and disability.

Communication Skills for Community Engagement

Presenter(s): Cathy Morrow, MD - Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Chair, CFM; 
Inger Imset - Darthmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Health and Wellness Coach; Andrea Z-Covey, MS, HS-BCP, - Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Health and Wellness Coach
Summary:  This breakout session will explore the evidence for effective communication techniques and approaches when working in communities. Highly interactive and case based, the goal of this session will be to equip participants with some new communication skill or approach to helping facilitate change in communities striving for better health.

About the Presenters

The 33rd Annual Schumann Lecture

Presented by Denise Koo, MD, MPH

Koo for WebDenise Denise Koo, MD, MPH, is Advisor to the CDC Associate Director for Policy. She is chief architect of the CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator (, which provides an important unifying framework and tools to support hospitals, health systems, public health, and other community organizations and stakeholders that are interested in improving the health of their communities.  

Dr. Koo was graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Biochemical Sciences.  After combining medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, with an MPH in epidemiology at University of California, Berkeley, she completed a primary care internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  Dr. Koo is a graduate of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and Preventive Medicine Residency.  Prior CDC positions have included running the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System, serving as Director of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Informatics, and serving as Director of CDC’s Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development.  Dr. Koo holds appointments as Adjunct Professor of Global Health and of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and Consulting Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center. 

Afternoon Keynote
Presented by Tom Quade, MA, MPH

Tom Quade2Tom Quade is first and foremost a public health practitioner. He is currently the Health Commissioner for Marion County, Ohio. Prior to serving as the Health Commissioner for Marion, Tom served as the Deputy Health Commissioner for Summit County, Ohio. One of his duties in that role was to serve as the Accreditation Coordinator where he successfully facilitated the agency’s successful PHAB accreditation journey, something he is currently repeating in Marion. Between 2000 and 2010, he served the City of Akron in a number of roles, including epidemiologist, Health Promotion Division Director, Community Health Assessment and Health Promotion Division Director, Deputy Health Director, and then Interim Director of Health for the Akron Health Department. It was during his tenure as Interim Director that he successfully guided the Akron City Health Department through its yearlong consolidation process with the Summit County Board of Health. Tom also holds a community faculty position with the Northeastern Ohio Medical University’s Master of Public Health program.

In addition to serving APHA as the current President-Elect, Tom has served a previous 4 year term on the Executive Board, including one as its Chair. He participated on an APHA delegation to Taiwan. He served for many years on the Governing Council as the representative from the Ohio Affiliate. He served on the Council on Affiliates both as the representative from Region V and as the Action Board Representative to the COA. He served as the Chairperson of APHA's Affiliate Capacity Building Initiative for two years. Tom is a former Ohio Public Health Association President. In addition to his service to APHA and OPHA, he has held several national appointments including service on the board of directors of the National Board of Public Health Examiners and the board of directors of the Foundation to Advance Public Health through Certification (FAPHC). He served as the Chairperson for a National Association of County and City Health Officials workgroup on Health and Disability for two years. He is also an experienced site visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board and has chaired multiple site visit teams.

Tom earned his MPH from Yale University in 1999 and his professional public health credential in 2008 as part of the first class. His previous public health work included work as a public health specialist for the World Health Organization in Rome, Italy where he participated on a team of public health specialists assessing and coordinating public health response during the Kosovo crisis in 1999. He served in the United State Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Nepal prior to pursuing his degree in public health. Prior to that Tom earned his MA in Counselor Education from the University of Cincinnati, following which he worked for a number of years in New Jersey in a family counseling role with families who had a member living with developmental disabilities who were at risk of out of home placement.

Tom considers his local service involvement to be supportive of what he describes as a broad community health system. His current local service includes active membership on the Marion Black Heritage Council, Marion League of Women Voters, Marion Rotary, Marion Minority Commission, and as Chair of the Marion United Way 2016 Annual Campaign. He maintains ongoing mentoring relationships with a number of public health undergraduate and graduate students, and early career professionals. He also serves on the Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities.