• Building Bridges By Faith
  • 2017 Catholic Health Assembly

Pre-Assembly Community Benefit Program


Sunday, June 11, 2017
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans
8:00 a.m. to Noon
Registration opens and breakfast available at 7:30 a.m.

Registration Fee:

$215 Member Registrants
Other Registrants

This annual meeting will explore ways Catholic health care organizations are carrying out their mission to improve community health — through innovative and evidence-based programs, advocacy, and community leadership — and the need for community benefit and population health management to work together to ensure successful outcomes. Held the morning the 2017 Catholic Health Assembly opens, it will include breakfast, sessions and a lunch — all prior to the start of the assembly.

This program is open to persons who attend the assembly as well as those who come in just for this half-day opportunity.


7:30 a.m.   Breakfast
8:00 a.m.   Welcome, Opening Reflection
Julie Trocchio, CHA Senior Director, Community Benefit and Continuing Care
8:15 a.m.   When Populations Become the Patient

While there is growing consensus that health care organizations have an important role in addressing the social determinants of health, several barriers stand in the way of organizations fulfilling this role. In his Jan/Feb 2017 Health Progress article, "When Populations Become the Patient," Michael Rozier, SJ, calls on the Catholic health ministry to lead the way in building the social structures that allow everyone in our communities to flourish. Join this expert panel to discuss the barriers and possible solutions for organizations, which are experts in clinical care, fully embracing their potential to influence the health of their communities.

Moderator: Michael Rozier, SJ, MPH, Doctoral Candidate, Health Management & Policy, University of Michigan


  • Corinne Francis, MA, M.Div., System Vice President, Mission Integration & Community Benefit, CHRISTUS Health
  • Tracy Neary, Regional Vice President for Mission Integration, St. Vincent Healthcare
  • Samuel L. Ross, MD, MS, Chief Executive Officer, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System
  • William Snyder, System Vice President, External Affairs, Presence Health
9:45 a.m.   Break
10:00 a.m.   Caring for Individual Patients — Addressing Social Determinants of Health through an Accountable Health Community Model

Hear how a hospital is working with community partners to improve health care outcomes and decrease costs by using a care model that screens patients for health related social needs and then uses navigation assistance and community resources to meet those needs.

  • Marisue Garganta, Director, Community Health Integration, Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center, Phoenix, Ariz.
10:30 a.m.   Organizational Efforts – Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities: Leveraging Investing, Purchasing and Hiring for Inclusive, Local Impact

Learn how hospitals can become anchor institutions by aligning and activating all of the resources of their organization — including hiring, purchasing and investment activities — to benefit the total health of the community.

  • David Zuckerman, Manager, Healthcare Engagement, Democracy Collaborative, Washington, D.C.
  • Jaime C. Dircksen, Director, Community Health & Well-Being, Trinity Health
11:00 a.m.   Community Collaboration – Innovative Approaches to Address Social Determinants of Health and Improve the Health of Vulnerable Populations

Learn how a coalition of hospitals, an FQHC and organizations from multiple sectors, used a combination of collective impact, place-based and organizational approaches to address social determinants and improve the health of their community.

  • Kimberly Luz, Divisional Director of Community Outreach, Hospital Sisters Health System St. John's Hospital, Springfield, Ill.
  • Tracey Smith, Director of Population Health Integration, SIU Center for Family Medicine, Springfield, Ill.
11:00 a.m.   Where Do We Go Next?

Based on the panel discussion and the program sessions, we will discuss ways the Catholic health ministry can address the social determinants of health in their communities. Following in the structure of the panel and the presentations, the conversation will occur at three levels: patient encounter; organizational structure and process; and community engagement.

  • Moderator: Michael Rozier, SJ
Noon   Adjourn for Lunch
Program subject to change.

Continuing Education

CHA provides all participants with a Certificate of Attendance indicating program contact hours upon completion of the event. Participants may submit the certificates to relevant organizations.

Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report using the contact hours information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site (www.ache.org); use the link on the left-hand side to self-report applicable contact hours for CEU credit.

NACC Board Certified Chaplains: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) board certified chaplain members may self-report their continuing education hours (CEH's) using the contact hours information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance.

For more information please contact Danette Thompson, (314) 253-3408.

Cancellation Policy

Pre-Assembly Community Benefit Program 
Cancellation and refund requests must be made in writing (mail or email). Phone cancellations will not be accepted.

Submit all requests to CHA Service Center via email at servicecenter@chausa.org or mail to CHA-Service Center, 4455 Woodson Road, St. Louis, MO  63134. CHA regrets that refunds will not be given for no-shows; however, substitutions are gladly accepted.

Cancellations received by April 3: A refund of the full registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee, will be given for cancellations received by April 3, 2017.

Cancellations received between April 3 and May 22: A refund of 50% of the registration fee will be given for cancellations received between April 3 and May 22, 2017.

No refunds will be granted for requests made after May 22, 2017.