Innovation Forum A

Monday, June 6 
1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

A1  Advancing Health Equity through Community Impact Fund

As part of Centura Health's Social Justice Framework, they launched a Health Equity and Advancement Fund to serve, help, and partner with the real people in its vibrant communities. They will take a deep dive into what they learned the first year and how that called them to grow the fund from $1 million to $5 million annually going forward.

Peter Banko
Centura Health
Centennial, Colo.

Oswaldo Grenardo, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Centura Health
Centennial, Colo.

A2  Hidden Mercy: A Book Discussion

Catholic institutions, as well as individual priests, sisters, and laypeople were on the frontlines of the HIV and AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s. Decades later, many of the stories of care and heroism remain buried and risk being lost to time. National correspondent, Michael O'Loughlin, presents many of those stories in his new book, "Hidden Mercy: AIDS, Catholics, and the Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear." Based on the award-winning America podcast “Plague,” O'Loughlin's book chronicles how Catholic institutions offered cutting edge medical care and profiles the pioneering leaders in HIV and AIDS pastoral care. This session will explore this history and examine how it applies to current conversations. Joining Michael for this presentation will be Yunuen Trujillo, a Catholic lay minister, a faith-based community organizer, and immigration attorney.

Michael O'Loughlin
National Correspondent
America Magazine
New York

Yunuen Trujillo
Immigration Attorney and Catholic lay minister

A3  Environmental Stewardship: The Mission, Operational and Policy Imperatives

Heeding Pope Francis' call to care for our common home and those most at risk from environmental exploitation, Ascension and Providence have made environmental stewardship a top priority for their organizations. This panel discussion will not only share their organizational strategies and learnings but reinforce the call for Catholic health care to act, and discuss steps for getting started on initiatives that cannot wait.

Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN
Executive Director, Environmental Stewardship
Providence St. Joseph Health
Renton, Wash.

Craig Cordola
Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer
St. Louis

A4  Powered by PechaKucha™

PechaKucha presentations are a lively and visually stimulating way to share a story in under seven minutes. Following is a list of this year's engaging lineup, with each speaker presenting a unique topic while showing 20 images for 20 seconds each:

  1. Beyond Listening - Addressing Perinatal Health Disparities … In many parts of the nation, maternal health for women of color and racial disparities in birth outcomes are worsening. The people most impacted are rarely asked what they want and need to improve their health care and even less frequently invited to help create the change. This session will share techniques on how to not only listen, but also how to co-create solutions for lasting positive change with patients and community members.

    Jerome H. Wang
    Innovation Strategist
    St. Joseph's Health
    Paterson, N.J.
  2. Well-being at Our Fingertips … This session will feature an app that Ascension developed for their associates and families in response to their mental, emotional and spiritual needs. The app encourages users to engage with a friendly chatbot penguin to help reduce stress and anxiety; enhance mood; improve sleep; practice mindfulness; and more. It's confidential, anonymous and available 24/7 and connects directly to other well-being offerings and Ascension-specific tools, collaboratively designed to address the unique needs of their caregivers.

    Deana Donovan
    National Lead, Associate Well-being
    St. Louis
  3. Laudato Si' Action Platform: Our Mission to Rebuild Our Common Home … Narrative: Climate change represents one of the most significant threats to human health in the 21st century. The Ladauto Si' Action Platform (LSAP) is a Vatican-sponsored, action oriented, seven-year ecological conversion journey intended to support and empower families, communities and institutions to achieve total sustainability. The goals guiding the journey are taken from Laudato Si', Pope Francis' encyclical calling for bold and just actions to address the ecological crisis. This session will provide an overview of how healthcare institutions and individuals can participate in this global initiative and the impact we can make in this world.

    Julie Trocchio
    Senior Director, Community Benefit & Continuing Care
    Catholic Health Association of the United States
    Washington D.C.
  4. Combining Resources to Reimagine an International Mission Model … Safety issues and COVID-19 forced PeaceHealth to re-envision their entire international mission model. Focusing on local professional relationships and resources in El Salvador, the missions are now comprised of Salvadoran providers utilizing resources from the U.S. The in-country employee coordinates efforts in El Salvador, collaborating with local Salvadoran providers and leveraging resources provided by PeaceHealth, Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace and past volunteers to create an enduring, sustainable, replicable program. Serving as a convener, a coordinator and a catalyzer for the new mission direction, PeaceHealth is now dedicated to building local teams of diverse providers to serve impoverished community populations.

    Darren Streff
    In-Country Coordinator – El Salvador
    Vancouver, Wash.