Responding to the Social Determinants of Health:

Connecting Patients, Community Based Organizations and Healthcare Providers

Achieving everyday health for the residents of our region requires collaboration across a diverse spectrum of organizations. To sustain that collaboration, it is essential to create value for each organization delivering services to the residents of our area.


On May 23, 2019, you are invited to engage in a workshop to understand the needs of community-based organizations and how meaningful connections can be made with healthcare providers.



9:00-9:15 am Welcoming Remarks, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services 
Executive Deputy Secretary Leesa Allen
9:15-10:00 Opening Presenters: What are the social determinants of health—an overview? 
Abbey Cofsky, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Managing Director, Healthy Communities
Linnea Warren May, MPH, Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation
10:00-10:45 Barriers to Patient and Caregiver Access to Health and Social Services Chaired by Lou Ann Jeremko, Executive Director, Consumer Health Coalition
Patricia L. Valentine, DHS Executive Deputy Director for Integrated Program Services
Bruce Block, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
Susan Kalson, Squirrel Hill Health Center
10:45-11:30 Challenges of Community Based Organizations
 Chaired by DHS Abigail Horn, Deputy Director, Office of Community Services at Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Linda Metropulos, Vice President, Real Estate Development, ACTION Housing Inc. Lisa Scales, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
James Guffey, South Hills Interfaith Movement
11:30-12:15 pm Healthcare provider response
Chaired by Karen Hacker, Director, Allegheny County Health Department
Brian Parker, MD Chief Quality Officer, Allegheny Health Network
Dr. Kathy Osten, Heritage Valley Health System
Dr. Todd Wolynn, CEO, Kids Plus
12:15-1:00 pm Interventions that Work: Solution Provider and Insurer Roundtable
 Chaired by Jeremy Bonfini, CEO, Allegheny County Medical Society
John Lovelace, UPMC For You
Praseetha Cherian, Senior Sales Executive, Pieces Technologies
Manik Bhat, CEO, Healthify
Corey Colman, Director of External Affairs with UnitedHealthcare Community and State Health Plan
1:00-1:15 pm Summary and Next Steps
Jeremy Bonfini, CEO, Allegheny County Medical Society
1:15 pm Networking Lunch

May 23, 2019



Allegheny County Medical Society

713 Ridge Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15212

(complimentary parking in permit only lot)


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