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Over the past 15+ years, there have been hundreds (if not thousands) of Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs), Community Health Assessments (CHAs) and Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs) done in the United States.  These CHNAs, CHAs and CHIPs are the foundation of efforts to improve community health, reduce disparities, and otherwise enhance the well-being of our communities, states, and nation.  The stronger the foundation, the greater the likelihood of achieving the aspirations of these plans and the community members who create them.


A first generation of CHAs, CHNAs and CHIPs were done largely out of a need to comply with various requirements.  They were often done in isolation, generating reports at the lowest cost and least amount of effort that was required. 

The second generation has raised the bar, often involving collaboration between the local health departments, hospitals, and a wider range of community members. 


While this demonstrates movement in the right direction, it should be seen as a start of the journey to elevate practices, techniques and tools for this important work, not as something we should be satisfied with. We believe now is the time for a third generation of practices.


The workshop will be the official launch of the Improving Population Health Learning Collaborative. It is also a great opportunity to bring together many of your partners to learn about these new techniques that will help to enhance your teamwork and success.

In this learning collaborative, a growing group of organizations and individuals will share emerging examples of innovation and how those improvements are leading to more successful progress in developing and implementing health improvement plans.  Neither the workshop nor the learning collaborative are based on having all the details of the next generation of CHNAs, CHAs and CHIPs figured out, but there are many very promising practices and innovations that can be introduced as elements that can be integrated into a new set of practices.  We will be inviting any health departments, healthcare providers or other stakeholders who are on the forefront of developing and adopting new practices to share that via this learning community and future webinars and workshops.  

This workshop is based on the premise that it is important to examine and improve how these CHNAs, CHAs and CHIPs are done and how they can be better integrated with the numerous other assessments that are being done by other organizations in the same communities. It explores some of the most promising techniques and examples of how to significantly improve how CHNAs, CHAs and CHIPs can be done so that they support major improvements in addressing the social determinants of health as well as coordinated, pro-active care.  The workshop will demonstrate upgrades to common practices that bring many community partners together, across sectors, to co-create and implement robust, multi-faceted strategies to improve the well-being of community members.


 Participants will learn:

  • Definitions and attributes of a population health paradigm to change

  • How to conduct a game-changing population health assessment (methods, tools and data requirements)

  • Important differences between developing organizational strategies and community strategies.

  • How to harness the power of innovative partnerships and capitalize on new technologies to overcome obstacles to addressing complex social challenges.

  • Learn how evidence-based practices and tools from the strategy management field can improve collaboration and successful strategy implementation.

  • How a system-oriented approach that addresses social determinants of health and shared drivers of enhanced well-being can simultaneously address many health issues in a community.

  • Pathways to prioritizing equity and improving health for all.



Population Health Learning Collaborative: Inaugural Session

Understanding the Landscape of Challenges and Solutions to Advance a Culture of Health in Communities.

 NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND (Recordings linked below)


Overview of the Workshop and Learning Collaborative (12 minutes)

Bill Barberg, (InsightFormation, Inc.), Rick Thomas and Ron Deprez (Public Health Research Institute

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Opening: The Importance of Moving Upstream into Communities to Improve Health (20 minutes)

Stephen Martin, Ph.D., MPH

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The Need for a Genuine Population Health Process (10 minutes)

Rick Thomas (Public Health Research Institute)

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Real Time Data and Upstream Solutions to the Social Determinants of Health (Learn More)

  Antwi Akom (Streetwyze)

Stay tuned… This will be featured in an upcoming PopHLC Webinar

Introduction to Population Health Assessments (46 minutes)

Ron Deprez (Public Health Research Institute)  

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Update from the 100 Million Healthier Lives Campaign including an introduction of Pathways to Population Health (15 minutes)

Soma Stout (100 Million Healthier Lives) and Tricia Bolender (Pathways to Population Health

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Tour of HealthDoers Network and Hub (10 minutes)

  Jolie Ritzo (NRHI)

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Presentation Dimensional Insight: Population Health meets Meets Measurement, Information and Analysis (12 minutes)

George Dealy and Julie Lamoureux (Dimensional Insight)

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New Techniques and Tools for Developing Strategies at Scale and Managing your CHIP  (30 minutes)

Bill Barberg (InsightFormation, Inc.)

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Case Study: Weld County DPHE and North Colorado Health Alliance (20 minutes)

Mark Wallace (North Colorado Health Alliance)    

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Intro to the Inclusion Scorecard for Population Health (11 Minutes)

Maria Hernandez (Impact4Health)

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Managing Strategies that Achieve Scale through Impact Multipliers (43 minutes)

Bill Barberg (InsightFormation)

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Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall to see vendors with products that support population health improvement



Ron Deprez


Dr. Deprez’s research, teaching and consultation work focus on the design and evaluation of health care programs and policies, health system innovations and health improvement strategies in particular for prevention and management of chronic health conditions.  He has taught the Health Policy and Management course in UNE’s graduate MPH degree program. Deprez, a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, holds a PhD in Political Science from Rutgers University and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.  He also holds a certificate in survey research methods from the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Dr. Deprez is an expert in chronic disease delivery systems—ranging from screening, detection, education, treatment and prevention for persons with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, asthma, and COPD.  Dr. Deprez and his colleagues are leaders in the development of population-based healthcare needs assessment and planning technologies.  An example is the Community and Institutional Assessment Process (CIAP), a set of science-based planning tools for prioritizing and restructuring health services.  This system has been used successfully in health systems across the US and globally.   He has led over 90 community assessment and planning studies in the US and abroad.


Bill Barberg


Bill Barberg is a globally recognized expert in Implementing Population Health Strategies and Improving Collective Impact so communities can harness their existing resources to address complex social challenges like the opioid crisis. He is the author of the chapter, "Implementing Population Health Strategies" in the new, highly-acclaimed book, "Solving Population Health Problems through Collaboration" (Routledge, 2017).

Mr. Barberg has led the development of a series of open source strategy map templates for priority health issues. In addition to the strategy map templates, Mr. Barberg launched the Opioid Coalition Resource Hub, a free, open source, national resource for coalitions.  At a recent gathering of health coalition leaders, Mr Barberg was presented the 2018 Health System Transformation Award from Communities Joined in Action (CJA). CJA is a national membership organization of local and regional community health improvement coalitions. The Health System Transformation Award "recognizes an individual, organization or community health coalition/collaborative that has demonstrated a breakthrough model that achieves better health outcomes, reduces inequities, promotes a culture of health—and is adaptable in other settings."


Stephen Martin, Jr., Ph.D., MPH


Stephen is an accomplished thought leader in the areas of population health, health care quality & accreditation, health care delivery, funding & insurance coverage, and community benefit who has translated research into content-rich products and presentations. Stephen served as the Chief Operating Officer and Health Commissioner serving as the population health executive for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System and the Cook County Department of Public Health for over 9 years (2002-2011). Stephen then was the Chief Program Officer for the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) before serving as the Executive Director of the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) for over 2 years. Stephen currently serves as faculty at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.


Dr. Somava Stout


Soma Stout, MD, MS is the Executive External Lead for Health Improvement for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and serves as Executive Lead of 100 Million Healthier Lives, which brings together hundreds of partners across communities to support 100 million people globally to live healthier lives by 2020. She also directs the Innovation Fellows Program at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care and is Lead Transformation Adviser at the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA).


Tricia Bolender, MA, MBA

Tricia Bolender is a senior quality improvement advisor, partnering with governments, nonprofits, foundations, and Fortune 500 companies globally to accelerate affordable access to high-quality health care through systems change and improvement. She has been part of the faculty of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement since 2011 and currently works on the Pathways to Population Health project. She has been a TEDx speaker, an Acumen Fellow and has served on the Board of Directors of several non-profits in the health and education fields.

Tricia is regularly invited to speak on this topic at Yale, MIT and Columbia Universities. Her current focus is on systems improvement, authentic leadership, and transformative change.


Rick Thomas, Ph.D.


Rick Thomas is associate professor of preventative medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He has spent four decades in health services research and planning. He began his professional career with the Memphis Regional Medical Program and helped establish the research department at Baptist Memorial Hospital before embarking on a consulting career. He provides consultation services to hospitals, physician practices, health plans, and other healthcare organizations and has long served as a consultant to faith-based organizations in Memphis such as Methodist-Le Bonheur Healthcare and Christ Community Health Services. Much of his research and consultation has addressed the issue of health disparities and he is currently focusing on advancing the population health model. Dr. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in medical sociology from Vanderbilt University and has authored dozens of articles and over twenty books on healthcare (including a forthcoming work on population health).


Mark Wallace, MD, MPH


Mark Wallace is the Executive Director and Chief Health Officer of the Weld County Department of Public Health & Environment and the Co-Founder, CEO and CMO of the North Colorado Health Alliance.Dr. Wallace is an experienced health care leader in public health, primary care, graduate medical education, delivery system integration, electronic health records, non-profit health care and community collaboration. Over the past several year, he has been a visionary leader in helping enhance collaboration, measurement and collective impact in North Colorado. Under his leadership, Weld County and the North Colorado Health Alliance have advanced their collaboration and have received a variety of awards for their national and global leadership in strategic collaboration. Dr. Wallace is Board Member for The Colorado Health Foundation and The Center for Improving Value in Health Care. He is also a Senior Regional Medical Director for Colorado Access, a nonprofit health plan that provides access to behavioral and physical health services for Coloradans.


George Dealy


As Vice President of Healthcare Solutions, George sets the direction for Dimensional Insight’s healthcare solutions product line and leads the product development team. He is passionate about the possibilities for applying analytics technology to healthcare in ways that will improve the well-being of both individuals and entire populations.  George’s 25 years of experience in information technology, including senior roles in business development, product management and professional services, give him a unique perspective on the challenges of assimilating new technologies into organizations and industries.

George received his bachelor’s degree in applied economics from Cornell University and his master’s degree in computer science from Union College. He is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) and a CHIME Foundation Certified Healthcare Executive (CFCHE).


Maria Hernandez, Ph.D.


Maria Hernandez is the President and Chief Operating Officer, Impact4Health a California based firm focused on healthcare innovations, strategy, and community engagement to address healthcare disparities. Impact4Health, LLC is the lead consulting firm for phase 1 of the Alameda County Pay for Success Asthma Initiative. Ms. Hernandez works to advance population health through unique upstream health interventions that engage communities, public health agencies and hospital systems.

In addition, she is the practice leader for Global Consulting Services for Inclusion, INC. where she is responsible for leading the firm's implementation of InclusionSCORECARD™ across all sectors and business development strategy for consulting services in Healthcare. Part of development team responsible for creating the Inclusive Leader 360 for Executive Development and for broad implementations of IL360 at major consumer product, technology, and healthcare organizations.


Antwi Akom, Ph.D.

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Dr. Antwi Akom is the Director of the Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Research Lab—a joint research lab between UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations and SFSU. His research lies at the intersection of science, technology, spatial epidemiology, community development, health communications, medical sociology, ethnic studies, and public health.
Dr. Akom is the Founding Director, Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab (SOUL). Dr. Akom also co-founded Streetwyze—a mobile, mapping, and SMS platform that enables real time community-generated data to be integrated with predictive analytics so that health care providers, hospitals, CBO’s, and cities are empowered with forward looking knowledge to track health equity indicators, improve service delivery, and predict future trajectories for vulnerable populations. Streetwyze has been recognized by the White House, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Knight News Challenge, as one of the 12 new data tools to help vulnerable populations access opportunity.


Jolie Ritzo, MPH


Senior Manager, HealthDoers Platform and Programs

Jolie is a Senior Manager for Platforms and Programs for the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) where she is a member of the Opioid Affinity Group, staffs the Public Policy Committee, develops curriculum, and plans virtual and in-person events. She supports the bi-directional exchange of national and regional content across the member network and provides oversight of the HealthDoers Open Community and Community Management program.


Jessica Little, M.S.


Director of HealthDoers Network

Jessica joined the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) after serving at Martin’s Point Healthcare where she spent 4.5 years leading program development and project management within the health management department. Programs were focused on identification, stratification, intervention and success measurement for patients with chronic conditions, high risk medical conditions and behavioral health conditions. Program goals focused on patient experience, improved health outcomes and medical expense management. conditions, high risk medical conditions and behavioral health conditions. Program goals focused on patient experience, improved health outcomes and medical expense management.  


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