February 2022 Edition
Upcoming April 12-13 Innovation Summit Goes 100% Virtual!
Due to the emergence and increase of Omicron across the country, with attendees and speakers reluctant to travel, and for the safety of all our members and guests, the PHA Board decided it was best to make our upcoming 2022 Innovation Summit & Capitol Caucus set for April 12-13 to go completely virtualwith no longer a hybrid in-person option.
"We remain committed to highlighting the good work of our members and providing networking opportunities for all attendees. Our virtual event platform is sure to deliver on that promise," explains PHA Chairman EmeritusRose Maljanian.
Our spring virtual event will include key senior executives from across the health care spectrum for two days of discussion. Our program, “Innovative Population Health Management Strategies to Recover Losses and Accelerate Gains,” will feature a slate of compelling speakers and presentations, taking on pertinent topics of the day, such as:

  • Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
  • Industry challenges and transformative strategies 
  • Digital health: optimized engagement and outcomes 
  • Innovations in investments & capital
  • Behavioral health
  • COVID challenges and opportunities
  • Data & advanced analytics

With the event just around the corner, time will soon be running out. And just so no one misses out, we have extended our Early Bird rates for just a little longer. But don't delay to register, reserve your seat and lock in on savings by acting today! Early Bird rates expire soon!
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Register by Friday, February 25 by 11:55pm ET through Eventbrite!
New In-Person Event Planned for October!
In order to provide a traditional face-to-face networking opportunities and live solution demonstrations, PHA is adding an all-new event this fall October 25th & 26th that will be an in-person event including a special sponsor showcase. Please watch for additional details in the coming weeks, and to learn more about the sponsorship and exhibiting opportuntiies for Expo22, email us at staff@populationhealthalliance.org.
PHA Expo22
October 25-26
Washington, DC

Watch your inbox for more details coming soon!

PHA's First 'State of Population Health' Event Deemed A Great Success!
Last week, we held a brand new event offering for PHAThe State of Population Health which was a great success. Much like our national Presidential State of the Union Address taking place early each year, PHA's very own version, was a special virtual forum that set the table for the upcoming year and addressed important issues and trends facing population health today.

This virtual two-hour program commenced with a welcome address and thought leadership on biggest challenges and promising solutions for 2022 provided by PHA Chairman Emeritus and Chairman & CEO HealthCAWS, Rose Maljanian. The event featured Dan Mendelson, CEO of Morgan Health at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA)Georges C. Benjamin, MD, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association; and Tricia Marine Barrett, MHSA, Executive Director of Quality and Population Health Strategy at Bayer, a PHA corporate partner. Master of Ceremonies for the event was PHA Board Member Dexter Shurney, MD, Adventist, Chief Medical Officer and President of the Blue Zones Institute, whom also provided a closing presentation.

The program's agenda was
  • 11:00am - Opening Remarks/Welcome – "Industry Trends and Highlights" - PHA’s Emeritus Chair Rose Maljanian, Chairman & CEO of HealthCAWS
  • 11:15amImproving the Quality and Accountability of Employer-Sponsored Care - Dan Mendelson, CEO of Morgan Health at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • 11:45am – “Regaining Ground in Chronic Condition Prevention and Care”Patricia 'Tricia' Marine Barrett, MHSA, Executive Director of Quality and Population Health Strategy for Bayer US Pharmaceuticals
  • 12:00pm "2022 National Policy Agenda" - Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA)
  • 12:30pm – “Intersection of Population Health Management and Public Health”Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
  • 12:45pm –Closing Remarks - "Population Health Management Leveraging Data"PHA Board Member Dexter Shurney, MD, President, Blue Zones Well-Being Institute
  • 1:00pm – Adjournment 
PHA Hosts Special Webinar on Food Access and Nutrition in the Medicaid Program
On January 21st, PHA hosted a special webinar to showcase and share key findings and strategies gleaned from our recently released report, "Addressing Nutrition and Food Access in Medicaid."

Understanding that access to affordable, healthy food is fundamental to the population’s health and well-beingand without such access, individuals face greater risk of disease and increased health care costsPHA joined with experts from two other leading organizations to discuss and address the challenges to food access and good nutrition in the 28-page report, a collaborative effort from PHA, The Food Trust, and the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI). The report, an initiative of PHA's Quality and Research Committee, highlights opportunities for food access organizations, health care payers, and policymakers to leverage funding from state Medicaid programs to improve access to nutrition interventions in health care settings.

“PHA remains committed to addressing social determinants of health and health inequities. Sourcing adequate nutrition in particular is critical for health and is often lacking in communities under economic stress,” explained John Haughton, MD, MS, Chair of PHA’s Quality and Research Committee. “Solving how to ensure reliable access to food in your community and at scale can be challenging. Our collective newly released work offers specific actions that can be taken to increase food availability and demonstrates how these actions fit within broader Medicaid funding and policy frameworks for the betterment of individuals and communities at large.”

Take a look at some of the latest happenings from our PHA Members:
NeuroFlow Publishes New Research on Remote Screening and Use of AI-Powered Risk Stratification in Behavioral Health Care Settings

Two new studies, each published in peer-reviewed journals, present new evidence to support the use of technology to collect and stratify patient-generated data, optimizing clinical workflows in behavioral health care settings. The research presents a roadmap for executing measurement-based care at scale and highlights solutions to pandemic-era bandwidth limitations in clinical settings. Read full release.
Merck and Ridgeback’s Molnupiravir, an Investigational Oral Antiviral COVID-19 Medicine, Demonstrated Activity Against Omicron Variant in In-Vitro Studies

Merck known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics today announced data from six preclinical studies demonstrating that molnupiravir, an investigational oral antiviral COVID-19 medicine, was active against the SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron (B1.1.529) in vitro. Read full release.
OnePierce Community Resiliency Fund Receives $2.5M Donation from Ballmer Group

OnePierce Community Resiliency Fund (OnePierce), the investment arm of Elevate Health, recently received a $2.5 million donation from Ballmer Group, a philanthropic organization that supports efforts to improve economic mobility of children and families in the U.S. who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty. Read full announcement.
Improving Patient Care through Standardized Testing

NACDD is collaborating with the CDC’s Clinical Standardization Programs, the Endocrine Society, and the Partnership for the Accurate Testing of Hormones to improve patient care and public health by promoting the use of accurate and reliable laboratory measurements for chronic disease biomarkers in healthcare and research. Read full article.
Geisinger is Working to Drive Down Prescription Costs with the Help of EQRx

Geisinger is working to lower prescription drug costs thanks to their work with EQRx, a new type of pharmaceutical company committed to developing and delivering important new medicines to patients at radically lower prices. Geisinger is committed to working to provide safe, effective, and affordable medications easily accessible to its patients and health plan members. Read full release.
Bayer and Mammoth Biosciences to Collaborate on Novel Gene Editing Technology

Bayer AG and Mammoth Biosciences, Inc., which is harnessing the diversity of nature to power the next-generation CRISPR products, today announced a strategic collaboration and option agreement for the use of Mammoth’s CRISPR systems to develop in vivo gene-editing therapies. Read on.
American College of Lifestyle Medicine Adds Virtual Group Health Coaching Groundbreaker HealCommunity to Its Lifestyle Medicine Corporate Roundtable

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) has announced the addition of virtual group health coaching service HealCommunity to its Lifestyle Medicine Corporate Roundtable, a group of thought leaders and industry professionals who explore effective clinical innovations and active marketing strategies, accelerate reimbursement and policy adoption, and pursue research and demonstrations of lifestyle medicine in practice. ACLM launched its Corporate Roundtable in 2016 and it now includes more than 40 active member organizations in the lifestyle medicine ecosystem. Click to read full announcement.
Franciscan Health Rensselaer Partners with Local Nonprofit to Address Child Care

Franciscan Health Rensselaer has partnered with Appleseed Childhood Education to address the lack of quality child care options for families in Jasper County. To help meet the crucial community need for more child care seats, Franciscan Health is leasing a building on its Rensselaer hospital campus to Appleseed for the creation of a new high-quality licensed early learning center set to open later this year. Read more here.

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