Health Systems Transformation

Health Systems Transformation Webinars

Using Project ECHO to Increase Access to Specialty Care: Strategies for States and Lessons Learned from Oklahoma

June 26, 2017

ASTHO, with the support of CDC, held a webinar on Project ECHO. Project ECHO is a guided practice model for medical education to increase workforce capacity and access to high quality specialty care and reduce health disparities. Mei Wa Kwong, Project Director at the Center for Connected Health Policy, presented on how Project ECHO has been used in different states to enhance specialty care for rural and underserved communities. The webinar also featured a presentation from Dr. Joseph Johnson from Oklahoma State University on how Project ECHO is being utilized in Oklahoma, including descriptions about the video platform and current Project ECHO topic areas.

Provider and Patient Engagement in Telehealth

May 24, 2017

ASTHO, with the support of CDC, hosted a webinar devoted to sharing strategies for engaging patients and providers using telehealth. This webinar featured Mei Wa Kwong, Policy Advisory and Project Director at the Center for Connected Health Policy. The webinar described the 1) Importance of provider and consumer support for a telehealth program to succeed; 2) Current efforts to engage and educate providers and consumers in the use of telehealth; and 3) Strategies attendees can employ to engage their providers and patients.

Telehealth Program Development and Policy

April 21, 2017

ASTHO, with the support of CDC, hosted a webinar devoted to telehealth program development and policies. This webinar featured Mei Wa Kwong, Policy Advisory and Project Director at the Center for Connected Health Policy. With the rapid diffusion of health information technology, wider expansion of current telehealth programs is possible. Many opportunities exist to leverage telehealth to increase access to preventative and specialty care and address health disparities affecting vulnerable populations, while also saving costs. This webinar presentation: 1) Provided a foundation for telehealth program development by describing telehealth modalities and relevant state and federal laws and regulations; 2) Described the steps necessary to develop a telehealth program, from design to implementation; and 3) Shared resources to support healthcare providers and public health agencies develop telehealth programs.

Pay for Success and Opportunities for Public Health

Jan. 6, 2017

ASTHO, with support from HRSA, hosted a webinar on pay for success financing and related opportunities for public health. The webinar featured Ian Galloway, senior research associate and Oregon state community development field manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Ian researches a variety of community development topics, including crowdfunding, investment tax credits, the social determinants of health, impact investing, and pay for success financing. The webinar provided an overview of the current pay for success landscape and discussed how it can be used to address upstream prevention.

Lessons Learned from States Using Telehealth to Expand Access to Care for Rural and Underserved Communities

Aug. 25, 2016

Given significant barriers to accessing care for rural and underserved populations, states are interested in innovative strategies for health promotion and care delivery, such as telehealth. Telehealth can be used to provide appropriate and timely services, ranging from health prevention and primary care to specialty services. ASTHO partnered with HRSA to host this webinar to describe the policy framework necessary for public health agencies to support telehealth programs and also highlight two examples of current and emerging telehealth initiatives in Hawaii and Alaska.

CDC 6|18 Initiative: Accelerating Evidence Into Action

Jan. 4, 2016

CDC is partnering with purchasers, payers, and providers to accelerate the adoption of evidence-based prevention that will improve health and control costs. This webinar provided a general overview of CDC's 6|18 Initiative and described the policy collaborative CDC launched for states to accelerate the adoption of evidence-based interventions that can improve health and control cost within state Medicaid programs. Rhode Island also presented on their success-to-date in implementing one of the targeted interventions (asthma) as well as their collaboration between Medicaid and public health, and what they hope to accomplish by participating in the policy collaborative.

    Leveraging Health System Transformation to Improve Population Health: Oregon’s Experience

    June 30, 2014

    A number of innovative and exciting payment and delivery reform models have emerged within the transforming health system. This webinar describes Oregon's experience with health system transformation in order to improve population health. Specifically, this webinar focuses on coordinated care organizations (CCOs) and the potential these models may have on addressing the triple aim of improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the costs of healthcare are addressed. Oregon's 2013 full year report on CCOs is also presented and discussed.

    How State Health Agencies Can Use Community Health Assessments to Promote Health Equity

    June 24, 2014

    Completing a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a federal requirement for private, non-profit hospitals. Part of the Affordable Care Act, the CHNA is additional criteria for hospitals to maintain their tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) status. This requirement is an important opportunity to address the factors that have an impact on health disparities and health equity in a community. This webinar features presentations from state health agency leaders and CHNA experts to highlight current programs, policies, and/or mechanisms to promote health equity and eliminate health disparities, with a focus on CHNAs and health reform.

    The Role of Public Health in Healthcare Reform: Lessons Learned from Massachusetts

    June 17, 2014

    A number of lessons can be learned from the implementation of Massachusetts' ground-breaking healthcare reform legislation. This webinar features a presentation and discussion with John Auerbach, former Commissioner of Public Health in Massachusetts, regarding public health's role in the era of healthcare reform. Mr. Auerbach describes five important lessons learned from the Massachusetts experience, including: 1. Getting a seat at the table; 2. Taking a critical look at public health work; 3. Defending traditional public health; 4. Watching for chances to contribute; and, 5. Envisioning a better model.

    Exploring Social Impact Bonds/Pay for Success Models: Innovative Financing Model For State and Territorial Health Agencies

    April 24, 2014

    Social impact bonds are a powerful tool to provide and improve services for disadvantaged populations. Social impact bonds have been used by state health departments for preventive healthcare and other social programs as a way to reduce disparities. This webinar provides an introduction to the pay-for-success model and its previous application in government agencies. In addition, trends in state legislation around social impact bonds are discussed. South Carolina also provides an overview of the programmatic and administrative challenges experiences during the development of the state's first social impact bond program.