More Than Health Podcast Series

The More than Health Care podcast is designed to help organizations overcome barriers to partnerships resulting from cultural differences, financial pressures, and rules and regulations. 

In addition to showcasing inspiring examples of integration from across the country, featured experts will expose the myths, misconceptions, and shortcomings of efforts to address the social determinants of health through cross-sector collaboration. 

Cohosts Jill Huynh, vice president of new business development at Beech Acres, and Tim Johnstone, chief operating officer at Ascentria, work at the intersection of health and human services. They bring the expertise and practical experience needed to uncover key takeaways for improving health care and human services integration.

 

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This podcast is presented by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Ascentria Care Alliance, and Beech Acres Parenting Center.
 

Introduction:

Cohosts Jill Huynh and Tim Johnstone set the stage for the More than Health Care podcast. They introduce themselves and preview the guests and topics to come, which include best practices, policy, and opportunities for integration and innovation.


Episode One:

Brain science has taught us that a big way to impact health outcomes is by understanding people’s environments and life experiences.  These factors affect how people function and help themselves get ahead. They also impact how our bodies respond throughout the lifespan. Learn about the work Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) is doing in a Boston neighborhood where a half mile means a 28-year difference in lifespan.


 

Episode Two:

With the goal to tackle root causes of chronic disease in communities, BUILD Health Challenge launched its first cohort in 2015. Today, it is supporting work in 37 communities within 21 different states including Washington D.C. Celebrating innovation and creativity, cohort members are tacking complex health issues in unique ways that are accomplishing solid results. This episode discusses BUILD Health Challenge’s continued journey to learn alongside its communities.


 

Episode Three:

Traditionally, 5 percent of the population drives 50 percent of the expenditures in health care and the biggest determinant of health is not what happens in primary care, but the environmental, economic, and behavioral factors in an individual’s life. Susan Dreyfus discusses her belief that health care reform is the biggest disruptive force in our field and sector today and why it’s time to “lean in.” 


 

Episode Four:

Traditionally, 5 percent of the population drives 50 percent of the expenditures in health care and the biggest determinant of health is not what happens in primary care, but the environmental, economic, and behavioral factors in an individual’s life. Susan Dreyfus discusses her belief that health care reform is the biggest disruptive force in our field and sector today and why it’s time to “lean in.” 


 

Episode Five:

Angela Bovill, president and CEO of Ascentria Care Alliance, explains how the U.S. has underinvested in the social services sector for a very long time, and since the health care/medical sector is well supported financially, decision-making power often lies with them. Tune in as Bovill inspires and challenges us to get innovative and creative and do things differently to create a new future for our sector and better outcomes for those we serve.


 

Episode Six:

Jim Mason tells the story of Beech Acres Parenting Center’s journey from being a 19th-century orphanage to operating as a 21st-century parenting center that invests in innovation and partners closely with health care entities to provide holistic and systemic supports to parents, kids, and families. Learn why Beech Acres believes it is critical to serve the whole child and whole family within the context of their community ecosystem.


 

Episode Seven:

Our nonprofit sector is very fragmented today. As a result, our sector is not widely viewed as a valuable resource to lead change in our community systems. We are therefore banished to the “kids’ table” and are not part of the important conversations and decision making. This episode discusses ways human services organizations can begin changing our trajectory to truly support those we serve in a big way.


 

Results and Learnings from a Refugee Health Project:

This episode takes a deeper look at a demonstration project in New Hampshire that is leveraging the Medicaid 1115 waiver to transform the way services are delivered to Medicaid recipients. By hiring culturally sensitive and relatable staff to provide home health care services, this programming is supporting refugees in trusting and engaging with health care services.