Innovation Forum B

Monday, June 10 
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

B1: Washington Update

CHA's advocacy and public policy department consistently monitors developing federal legislation and regulations relevant to Catholic health care. In this session, staff will provide an up-to-the-minute review of Congressional and Administrative action on health care issues, as well as the potential implications for our health ministry. This workshop will also provide an overview of Medicare-For-All and other public plan proposals aimed at expanding coverage and affordability as health care reform discussions and debate continue heading into the 2020-election cycle.

Allison Orris

Counsel, Manatt Health
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Washington, D.C.

Lisa Smith, MPA
Vice President, Advocacy and Public Policy
Washington, D.C.

Kathy Curran
Senior Director, Public Policy
Washington, D.C.

Julie Trocchio
Senior Director, Community Benefit and Continuing Care
Washington, D.C.

B2: Social Determinants of Health: Healthy Housing

Housing is major social determinant of health for chronically homeless persons. Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) launched a pilot program to reduce homelessness in five cities across the country, in partnership with Catholic health care entities within those cities. In this session, a CCUSA presenter will explain evidence-based strategies being used to provide healthy living conditions for this vulnerable population, as well as compelling data that shows improved community health and suggests positive financial outcomes for health care providers. Representatives from three systems will join the conversation to discuss their work with CCUSA to reduce homelessness in their region.

Curtis Johnson
Vice President, Housing Strategy
Catholic Charities USA
Alexandria, Va.

Rev. Ragan Schriver, Psy.D. 
Special Assistant to the President
Catholic Charities USA
Alexandria, Va.

B3: The Central American Crisis: Considerations for Our International Activities

This session will provide an environmental scan of several key countries where CHA members conduct international outreach activities, offering insights, considerations and possible suggestions for ways to move forward based on current needs and local knowledge. A reporter for Devex and representatives from Catholic Relief Services and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will provide insights and critical thinking on upstream and downstream activities related to in-country happenings, migration and how they relate to the border crisis in the United States.

Teresa Welsh
Washington, D.C.

Rick Jones
Youth and Migration Advisor
Catholic Relief Service
San Salvador, El Salvador

Sr. Ann Scholz, SSND, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Social Mission
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Silver Spring, Md.

B4: Ministry Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

This session will feature distinct initiatives that three health systems are using to combat the opioid epidemic. CHI St. Gabriel’s Health, the 2018 Achievement Citation recipient, will provide an update on a coordinated community response where caregivers, law enforcement, pharmacists, patients and other stakeholders join forces to combat narcotic dependence. PeaceHealth will share an innovative approach to prevention of opioid misuse and abuse through prescription standards and treatment options. And Bon Secours Mercy Health will explain a one-year service program where emerging caregivers work alongside emergency department staff to provide critical support to patients with opiate-use disorders.

Kathleen Lange
Foundation Director
CHI St. Gabriel's Health Foundation
Little Falls, Minn.

Sarah Beeler
Mercy Serves Program Manager
Bon Secours Mercy Health

Robin Virgin, MD
Medical Director, Primary Care
Vancouver, Wash.

B5: Tending Your Soul: Cultivating Presence (repeat session)

In an increasingly frenzied environment, leadership presence is an essential competency. A buzzword in all our workplaces and now Harvard Business Review, “presence” is over-used and ill defined. Ultimately, a leader needs to influence, manage change, communicate effectively and transparently, and understand how different kinds of people work, live and deliver results – all of which are founded in a leader’s ability to practice real presence. Using researched-based methods, the facilitator of this session will help participants gain a deeper understanding of presence through cultivating intentionality, deepening awareness of habitual patterns and adherence to practices that sustain change.

Leslie Hershberger
Facilitator, Consultant, Writer, Executive Coach