Cross-sector health care organizations will come together in Nashville March 15-17 to address challenges related to social determinants of health (SDoH). If you’re a professional involved with community-based organizations (CBOs), payers, hospitals/health systems, funders, manufacturers or government entities, you’ll want to be a part of this drive for social good.

RISE continues the conversation around SDoH throughout two-and-a-half jam-packed days as leading experts discuss actionable, tactical, and scalable initiatives to tackle the social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health outside the medical setting. The RISE National Summit on Social Determinants of Health will take place March 15-17 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Here are five can’t-miss features of this year’s summit:

1. Unparalleled cross-sector collaboration

This year’s summit will bring together cross-functional leaders and provide the opportunity to forge community partnerships to achieve better outcomes, lower cost, and a better member experience.

More than 50 speakers from the public and private sector representing backgrounds in government, academia, health plans, hospital/health system, CBOs, and pharma, will offer insight and lessons learned in operationalizing SDoH initiatives.

Experts plan to discuss best practices for cross-sector collaboration; health equity and policy; data and technologies; funding and financing; and implementing SDoH initiatives. Participants will leave with meaningful connections and the inside-scoop of all aspects related to SDoH, including:

  • What works and what doesn’t
  • Lessons learned from industry mistakes
  • The role data does and doesn’t play in this transition
  • Components of a good SDoH business proposition
  • How to avoid the “wrong pocket problem”
  • The importance of removing the misconception that SDoH is a medical problem
  • Challenges with using clinical dollars to pay for social services

2. New virtual attendance option combines live experience with convenience

This year, RISE will offer a virtual attendance option for those unable to travel to Nashville for the conference.

Virtual attendees will have access to the main conference days on March 16-17 from the comfort of their office. They’ll have the ability to submit questions to presenters and network with other online participants.

Registered virtual participants will receive a link to the live conference within two weeks of the event, alongside additional conference details. A library of video and downloadable audio session recordings will be available to virtual registrants for up to 90 days following the event.

3. Deep dive pre-conference workshops

The conference will kick-off with four half-day workshops on Sunday, March 15:

The CBO Readiness Bootcamp will be led by Roger McCann, executive director, Community Action Kentucky, Keshana Owens-Cody, senior director of partner success, Alliance for Better Health, and Jane Pirsig, MSW, MBA, member consultant, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. CBOs will learn how to meet the demands of health care partners and will leave with key takeaways to apply to their business. McCann, Owens-Cody, and Pirsig will discuss the importance of “speaking the same language,” the creation of a value proposition, effective data presentation to health care stakeholders, and initiative impact measuring, grant writing, and CBO staffing.

A hands-on Payer Preparedness course will be taught by Leila Nowroozi, national partnerships lead, business strategy and consumer experience group, Aetna, and Sarah Glasheen, national strategy and policy initiatives, UnitedHealthcare Community & State. Nowroozi and Glasheen will discuss how to overcome roadblocks when organizations don’t “speak the same language,” relationship building, and how to identify potential CBO partners.

Cristal Gary, principal, Leavitt Partners, will lead a two-part deep dive around Designing your SDoH Roadmap. The course will focus on how to develop a SDoH test pilot and build a business case. The first half of the workshop will offer company self-assessment best practices, data-driven decision-making tactics, and cross-sector collaboration and partnership opportunities. The second half will focus on the importance of organizational values, KPI’s, and internal buy-in.

Attention Spans and the Human Brain will be led by Dr. John Medina, brain scientist, author of New York Times bestseller Brain Rules: “12 Principles for Surviving at Work, Home and School.” The course will offer lessons on presentation and stakeholder buy-in skills, how to maximize the potential for effective cross-sector collaboration, and insights from Medina.

There will also be an invitation-only Executive Think Tank that focuses on cross-sector collaboration in SDoH facilitated by Rodney Reider, managing partner, CEO strategic advisor, KA-Ventures, former president and CEO, Saint Alphonsus Health System. The three-hour, intimate session will be a “boardroom” style discussion between seasoned stakeholders about solutions to common challenges and ideas to ignite progress moving forward.

4. Interactive panel discussions

The main conference will feature five different panel discussions between leading experts:

Learn about perspectives across the ecosystem and what it takes to develop and maintain cross-sector partnerships. Leaders in the SDoH ecosystem will have a panel conversation regarding challenges and opportunities in “speaking the same language,” explore the roles of distribution in SDoH, and best practices for collaboration.

Examine the intersection of the public and private sector–discussion on health equity, policy, and public health. Panelists will discuss the effectiveness of the top down policy, bottom up community alliances, the public and private sector’s role in intervention, and public health official’s case examples.

Hear CBO leaders spotlight strengths, challenges, and opportunities as well as programs in the works, firsthand perspectives on data issues, and how to navigate tensions between private sectors and public good.

Receive direct feedback from SDoH clients as part of a candid conversation around the biggest issues that impact their access to health care. Learn how patients prefer being contacted and current gaps in services that don’t meet their needs. RISE is the only conference providing this open discussion between health care professionals and clients.

Listen to Medicaid leadership perspectives on treating vulnerable populations, experiences working with organizations supporting SDoH, and how metrics will impact SDoH initiatives.

Discover keys to operationalize and scale SDoH initiatives as panelists share personal experiences in how they plan and execute health equity goals, recap key themes addressed throughout the conference, and walk away with actionable solutions to implement SDoH initiatives within your organization.

5. Extensive networking opportunities

It wouldn’t be a cross-sector collaboration without plenty of time to make meaningful connections. Participants will enjoy more than nine hours of scheduled networking opportunities over the course of the two-and-a-half-day conference. The networking sessions will take place in-between breakouts, throughout breakfast and lunch, and will include evening cocktail receptions and an open discussion forum.

The RISE National Summit on Social Determinants of Health will take place March 15-17, 2020 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Click here to see the full agenda and here to register.