The live-streaming virtual event will feature two days filled with timely discussion on how to best pivot to the new landscape of population health in a post-pandemic world. The 2nd annual summit will take place November 17-18. Here’s an inside look at some of the speakers and hot topics included in this year’s event.

1. Four key themes

RISE’s annual Population Health Summit is needed now more than ever amid the impacts of the global pandemic. During the two days, the conference will offer insights on topics that fall within four critical themes:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on population health: Learn how to address members in crisis as they re-engage after the pandemic
  • Behavioral health: Hear strategies to provide immediate mental health support to members and staff to develop a support plan for long-term psychological effects
  • Social determinants of health (SDoH): Explore how to shift existing SDoH initiatives to address the pandemic and what new initiatives will emerge to increase overall member health
  • Telehealth: Discover the best telehealth strategies for primary care, home care, behavioral health, addiction recovers, and SDoH initiatives

2. Opening keynote panel

The first day of the summit will kick-off with a keynote panel on population health in a post-pandemic world. The panel will be moderated by Shannon Decker, M.Ed., MBA, Ph.D., vice president, clinical performance, Brown & Toland Physicians. During the discussion, panelists will share their perspectives on the impacts of COVID-19 on population health and successful strategies that support the new population of uninsured members affected by the pandemic; offer best practices and lessons learned as health care plans and providers shift amid COVID to address members in crisis; and explore how the pandemic has highlighted health care disparities and the impact it has on quality and population health.

3. SDoH spotlight

Although SDoH will be discussed throughout the summit, the topic will be explored in-depth during day one’s afternoon session, Case Studies: Improve Health Outcomes Through Sustainable Social Determinants of Health Initiatives. In the session, panelists will take a close look at how health plans shifted existing SDoH initiatives to address the pandemic and how initiatives will continue to evolve; share innovative approaches to improve health outcomes for members through community engagement and create a sustainable plan to meet the goals of an organization; and explain how to measure ROI in SDoH initiatives and assess risk scores.

4. Timely general sessions

The summit will spark lots of timely conversations through a variety of general sessions, including:

The escalation of the opioid epidemic and other addictions due to COVID-19 will be led by Anthony Rizzuto, LMSW, CASAC, CAI-I, director of provider relations, ARISE certified interventionist, Seafield Center. Rizzuto will discuss how social isolation, unemployment, and SDoH have attributed to the increase of addictions and how health plans are addressing the crisis, share how the disruption of the pandemic has affected treatment programs and how health plans and providers are assisting with patient progress virtually, and introduce telehealth preventive measures that can reduce opioid related issues during the pandemic.

Decker will also return to moderate a discussion on the effective strategies to re-engage members after the COVID crisis. Panelists will exchange strategies to transition members from high-touch population health initiatives to effective primary care virtual experiences, how to effectively engage with and provide support to individuals in different cities and cultures, and how to proactively approach and educate high risk members.

There will also be a panel discussion on how to implement innovative strategies to assist vulnerable populations with access to care, moderated by Jim Milanowski, president & CEO, Genesee Health Plan. Speakers will discuss the barriers that affect vulnerable populations and how to assist with access to care, leverage data to address the changing needs of the elderly and reduce health care cost.

5. Virtual convenience

As a virtual conference, the summit will offer new and exciting benefits to attendees in the comfort of their home offices. Attendees will enjoy high-quality presentations and lively discussion throughout the two busy days of the summit, as well as engage and network virtually with colleagues and peers. Participants can also submit questions to presenters throughout the live presentations.

Attendees will have access to conference presentations for 90 days after the live event, making it easy to re-watch sessions or catch any presentations that may have been missed.

Click here to learn more about The RISE Population Health Summit, including registration, full agenda, and list of speakers.