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2019 Fall Conference: Social Determinants of Health: What they are, why they matter and what health systems are doing

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Friday, November 1, 2019
7:00 AM – Noon
Sheraton Needham Hotel
100 Cabot Street, Needham, MA
(Continental breakfast and lunch included.)

Healthcare systems bear growing economic risk under contracts with third party payors and government programs. Focusing on medical care delivery alone is not an effective way of managing population health. Studies show that overall health is primarily — about 60% — determined by the social, economic, and physical conditions in the environments in which people live, learn, work, play and worship.

SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH (SDOH) include: housing safety, food availability, education access/quality, job opportunities, healthcare access, public safety (crime and violence), transportation, recreational opportunities, social supports and social stressors (such as racial and other forms of discrimination).

Strategies for addressing SDOH include behavior change interventions (including personalized feedback, health coaching, social support for physical activity, adequate sleep, weight management, diabetes management,  diet counseling and stress management) as well as support products and services (such as mobile health, websites, other computer-based applications, text messaging, wearable devices, body and environmental sensors, and telecommunications).

This conference will assist you in understanding the most effective responses to SDOH that will result in improved care, lower costs, and better quality of life for the populations we serve.

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Keynote Speakers

  • Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPh, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Douglas Brown, President, UMass Memorial Community Hospitals and Chief Administrative Officer, UMass Memorial Health Care System

Panelist Discussion

  • Abigail Averbach, MSc, Assistant Commissioner and Director, Office of Population Health, MA Department of Public Health
  • Nissa James, Ph.D., Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Department of Vermont Health Access
  • Philly Laptiste, Executive Director, Bowdoin Street Health Center
  • Dan Slater, MD, Chair of Pediatrics and Medical Director of Mass Health ACO Program, Atrius Health
  • Moderator: Jennifer Tomasik, Vice President and Principal, CFAR
  • AND Keynote Douglas Brown

Speaker Bios


7:00 to 7:30 AM Registration, Breakfast and Networking
7:30 to 8:05 AM Opening Remarks and Annual Meeting

  • John Fogarty, FACHE, ACHE of MA Chapter President and President, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham
8:05 to 8:30 AM ACHE Update

  • Kurt Barwis, FACHE, Board of Governors ACHE Speaker, President and CEO, Bristol (Conn.) Hospital & Health Care Group Inc.
8:30 to 9:15 AM Sandro Galea, MD
9:15 to 10:00 AM Douglas Brown
10:00 to 10:30 AM Networking Break – Visit Our Sponsor Tables
10:30 to Noon Panel Discussion
Noon Closing Remarks & Optional Networking Lunch


$169 ACHE of Massachusetts/ACHE Members
$169 MHA Members
$299 Non-members (Join ACHE to receive the Member Rate.)
*$35 Healthcare Administration Students and those “In Transition”
*Students must be in a full-time Healthcare Administration Master’s Program. A Student ID will be requested upon check-in on conference day.

  • The American College of Healthcare Executives has awarded 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Education Credits to this program.

CANCELLATION: To cancel your registration, please notify us in writing no later than one week prior to the event for a refund, less a $25 nonrefundable processing. If a cancellation takes place less than 3 days prior to the event, no refunds will be given; however, you may send a substitute in your place.

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November 1, 2019
7:00 am - 12:00 pm


Sheraton Needham Hotel
100 Cabot Street
Needham, MA 02494 United States
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