Pre-Assembly Community Benefit Program

Sunday, June 9, 2019
8:00 a.m. to Noon
Breakfast available at 7:00 a.m.
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Dallas, Texas

CHA Member Registrant:

  • FREE with a paid Assembly registration
  • $125 Pre-Assembly Event Only

Other Registrant:

  • FREE with a paid Assembly registration
  • $250 Pre-Assembly Event Only

CHA's Pre-Assembly Community Benefit program showcases how the Catholic health ministry carries out its mission to improve the health of communities through leading practices and innovation in the field of community benefit. The program also shares the latest in tax-exemption and public health issues and their impact on community benefit activities.


Sunday, June 9
7:00 a.m. Registration Open and Full Breakfast Available
8:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Reflection
Julie Trocchio
Senior Director, Community Benefit and Continuing Care
Catholic Health Association
8:15 a.m.

The Heart of Community Benefit – Right Relationship with Community
The new Chief Community Health Officer of Bon Secours Mercy Health shares the importance and challenges of health care organizations forging trusted relationships with community members, particularly in neighborhoods struggling with poverty, violence and racism. These connections take time and commitment to establish but are vital to helping these communities build the resources and capacity to heal, grow and eventually thrive.

Sam Ross, MD
President, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System
Chief Community Health Officer, Bon Secours Mercy Health System

8:45 a.m.
Addressing Social Determinants for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness in Arizona
Addressing the needs of those with serious mental illness is a challenge for health care organizations across the country. Learn about the innovative partnership of Mercy Care Plan (owned by Dignity Health and Ascension Health) and the Arizona Medicaid agency to pilot a new approach to addressing the social determinants of health in this highly vulnerable population. The three main components of the pilot, supported housing, assertive community treatment and supported employment, resulted in significant reductions in psychiatric hospitalizations, outpatient emergency department visits and inpatient hospitalization. Lessons learned, key success factors and challenges encountered will be shared.

Peter Douglas J. Watson
Chief Financial Officer
Dignity Health Arizona 

Lorry S. Bottrill
Chief Executive Officer
Mercy Care Plan 
9:15 a.m.
Social Determinants of Health: An Integrated Approach to Assessment and Intervention
Mount Carmel in Columbus, Ohio, is utilizing an integrated process to assess and respond to the social determinants of health across a broad variety of patient population groups. By using a data collection tool during the encounter process, practitioners can immediately identify and address the needs of their patients, whether in a home or a homeless camp. Resources are provided during the encounter, while needs requiring more intensive intervention are referred to the Case Management Hub. The Hub serves as a central response team of Community Health Workers and Peer Recovery Supporters who provide interventions that remove barriers and increase positive, sustainable outcomes. Process and outcome data are collected and analyzed to guide programming.

Ladonya Brady, MPH, BSN, RN
Director, Urban Health
Mount Carmel Health
Columbus, Ohio

9:45 a.m.
How a Hub for Homeless is Bringing a Community Together 
One organization alone cannot solve the enormous challenge of caring for a community's homeless population. Providence Health and Services in Olympia, Wash., part of Providence St. Joseph Health family of organizations, demonstrates that effective solutions are attainable through a well-organized collaborative of committed organizations. Seeking a better solution to assist the homeless outside of its over-utilized emergency department, Providence joined with nine community organizations to provide the Providence Community Care Center (PCCC), a "social service partnership." The center is a hub where organizations that previously worked in silos now offer a single point of access to health care and services for the homeless population. The PCCC serves more than 85 people a day and has greatly reduced unnecessary ED visits, making it a model to replicate in other communities.

Medrice Coluccio
Chief Executive
Providence Health and Services, Southwest Washington
Olympia, Wash. 

Michelle James
Chief Nursing Officer
Providence Health and Services, Southwest Washington
Olympia, Wash.

10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Tax-Exemption Update
Justin Lowe
Senior Manager, Tax Services
Ernst & Young, LLP
Washington, D.C.

11:30 a.m.
Demonstrating Accountability and Impact — Is Your Organization Ready?
Now, more than ever, our organizations need to be able to demonstrate, beyond dollars spent, that we are good stewards of community resources and that our community benefit programs and partnerships are making an impact on the health of our communities. This information is critical for the success of our population health programs, our efforts to show that we are deserving of tax-exemption, and most importantly, to know that we are fulfilling our mission to make our communities healthier. In this session, Catholic health ministry colleagues will discuss issues around improving community benefit accounting and reporting, planning and evaluating programs for their impact on identified health needs and engaging leadership to provide the direction and resources to build a strong community benefit infrastructure.

Certificate of Attendance

CHA will provide all participants with a Certificate of Attendance indicating contact hours upon submission of a Record of Attendance.

Immediately following the close of Assembly, all participants will receive an email with a link to the program evaluation survey and the Record of Attendance form. To receive an individualized Certificate of Attendance, attendees must complete and submit the Record of Attendance form to CHA.

Please note CHA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Assembly or any programs.

Participants may submit Certificates of Attendance to relevant organizations that accept proof of contact hours as credit. These include:

  • American College of Healthcare Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site (; 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 regarding Certificates of Attendance, 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 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 through April 1: A refund of the full registration fee, minus a $100 cancellation fee, will be given for cancellations received through April 1, 2019.

Cancellations received between April 2 and May 17:  A refund of 50% of the registration fee will be given for cancellations received between April 2 and May 17, 2019.

No refunds will be granted for requests made after May 17, 2019.