Annual Health Conference:
The Region’s Health and Healthcare Systems

The health of our community’s population continues to be of paramount importance. Across the nation, moving upstream is recognized as vital to health outcomes.  Living conditions and root cause factors, generally referred to as social determinants of health are taking center stage. Conference speakers are exceptional pioneers who are providing unprecedented leadership and innovation in upstream health efforts, routinely breaking the mold of past approaches. Their broad information and substantial experience routinely transform thinking and drive action while maintaining quality and positive care experiences.


Each year, health care leaders and professionals throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region have had the opportunity to gain relevant insights on proven initiatives and actionable strategies from national experts who have spoken about concepts directly applicable to our region.




Rishi Manchanda, M.D., MPH; President and CEO, Health Begins
Breakthrough Thinking for Upstream Impact : View Slidedeck
The early work of upstream thought leaders in health care focused on improving the transactional dimensions of care.  Yet, at its best, upstream work is transformational.  A more recent focus strives to transform both the relationships and the social structures that influence health, not only the transactions of care. As this movement matures, institutions, multi-sector collaboratives and entire communities face similar challenges. How do we take a bundle of interventions purporting to address a variety of social needs and shape them into a cohesive investment strategy that can achieve long-term health, social and financial impact?   First, use an investment mindset. Second, tackle structural determinants, not just social needs.

Brian C. Castrucci, MA, DrPH; President and CEO, de Beaumont Foundation
Public Health Progress through Partnerships: Building Sustainable Collaborations: View Slidedeck 

Public health has traditionally operated in a silo, but achieving long-term wellbeing for our communities increasingly requires cross-sector collaboration. Policies from “Tobacco 21” to safe rental housing have passed with business buy-in, empowering Americans to live healthier lives. Although cross-sector partnerships have inherent challenges, effective collaboration allows communities can go beyond focusing solely on individual social needs and instead tackle the social determinants of health. Case studies of successful, sustainable partnerships can help pave the way for effective future collaborations.


Karen Timberlake, Principal of Michael Best Strategies; The Difficult I’ll Do Right Now. The Impossible Will Take a Little While”
Peer Recovery Services & Support

Vondie Woodbury, Principal Consultant of The Woodbury Group; Outside the Walls: Examining New Opportunities to Successfully Achieve Population Health Improvement 


Raymond J. Fabius, MD, CPE, FACPE, Co-Founder and President, HealthNEXT; Population Health: It’s Value & What It Takes To Achieve It

Daniel B. Wolfson, MHSA, Executive C.P. and COO, Alliance of Community Health Plans; The Choosing Wisely Campaign

Scott A. Flanders, M.D., MHM, Director, Hospital Medicine Safety Consortium; Facilitating High Value, Effective, and Safe Care


Robert Fortini, PNP, Chief Clinical Officer, Bon Secours Medical Group; Comprehensive Capacity: Effective Healthcare is a Team Sport

Ray King, MD, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer; Allegiance Health; Our Journey to Population Health: Achieving the Triple Aim for Our Community


Barbara Balik, R.N., Ed.D, CEO, Common Fire; Senior Faculty, IHI, “Consumer Engagement: Why? How? So What?”

Diane Stollenwerk, M.P.P., Board Chair and Co-Founder, Patient Voice Institute; President, StollenWerks, Inc., “The Power of Consumer Engagement”


Frederick J. Bloom, M.D.; President, Guthrie Medical Group, Guthrie Health System,Sayre, Pennsylvania; Former Chief, Care Continuum; Medical Director, Quality and Performance for the Geisinger Health Plan; “Designing Reliable Value-based Systems of Care for Chronic Disease and Prevention”

David Grayson Marrero, Ph.D.; Director, Diabetes Translational Research Center, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana; “System Change in Translating the Science of Diabetes Prevention into Communities”


Janine E. Janosky, Ph.D; Vice President and Head of the Center for Community Health Improvement Austen Bioinnovation Institute, Akron, Ohio; “An Accountable Care Community (ACC): Beyond an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) with a Focus on Population Health”

Genoveva Islas-Hooker, MPH; Director, Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program; “The Role of Grassroots Leaders in Improving Community Health”

George Flores, M.D., MPH; Prevention Program Manager, The California Endowment; “Health in the Time of Reform” 


Maureen Bisognano; President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Jeffrey Brenner, M.D.; Director, Institute of Urban Health at Cooper Hospital; Executive Director, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers


David Kindig, M.D., Ph.D.; Emeritus Professor, Population Health Sciences, and Emeritus Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

John Wittington, M.D.; Senior Fellow Institute for HealthCare Improvement (IHI) – Panel member, representing the IHI Triple Aim

Kimberly Morley, B.S.; CEO, Michigan Health Information Alliance (MIHIA) – Panel member, representing MIHIA’s Health Dashboard

Mary Kushion, MSA; Director/Health Officer, Central Michigan District Health Department (CMDHD) – Panel member, representing “Together We Can”

Richard Dolinski, Ph.D.; President, The Legacy Center for Community Success (TLC) and CEO, Dolinski Associates, Inc. – Panel member, representing TLC’s “Together for Kids” and the Midland County Youth Master Plan

Marianne Udow-Phillips, MHSA; Director, Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) – Panel member, representing BC/BS


Robert S. Janett, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Medical Director, Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association

A. Mark Fendrick, M.D.; Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan


Bruce Hamory, M.D.; EVP and System Chief Medical Officer Emeritus, Geisinger Health System

Terry Moore, F.A.C.H.E.; Executive-in-Residence, Saginaw Valley State University; President Emeritus, MidMichigan Health System

Peter Pratt; Vice President, Public Sector Consultants, Inc.

Nancy Vecchioni R.N., M.S.N., C.P.H.Q.; Vice President, Medicare Operations, MPRO