RadioRev is a podcast for change makers looking to do more than just health engagement and actually get people to take action and do things that improve their health. It's a radical idea, right? So we're talking to the leaders, innovators, movers, and shakers who are bringing new ideas, inspiring others, and leading the way.
In the finale episode of our Social Determinants of Health season, Sara Ratner, SVP of Government Programs & Strategic Initiatives joins the to wrap things up, discussing the impact of COVID-19 and urging us to think ahead about the new era of SDoH. This conversation dives into questions including:
What's localization and how can we use it to understand SDoH at the block level?
How will the COVID-19 pandemic shape the future of how we think and talk about SDoH?
What’s the single most important takeaway healthcare organizations should remember about social determinants of health?
To connect with Sara: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sararatner/
About Sara Ratner
A proven leader in the healthcare industry, Sara was the CEO of HealthEHR where she helped venture-backed organizations develop Medicare and Medicaid program strategies for emerging markets leveraging CMS and state frameworks to generate opportunities for program development and expansion. She has also served as SVP, Corporate Systems and Compliance at RedBrick Health, President of NeoPath Health, and as General Counsel, VP of Strategic Partnerships and Human Resources at CVS CareMark (MinuteClinic division).
Sara serves on several Boards of Directors, including Proximal Health, a venture-backed health insurance company that she co-founded; she has also previously served on other for-profit and nonprofit Boards of Directors. Throughout her career Sara has received notable awards such as the Business Journal Top 25 Women to Watch, Top 40 under 40, and was named part of Twin Cities Business Real Power 50.
She earned a B.A, cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, and her J.D. from St. Louis University graduating magna cum laude.
To foster her competitive spirit, Sara actively trains and competes as a triathlete, racing in international distance triathlons to Ironmans.
In this episode we are joined by June Simmons, President & CEO with Partners in Care Foundation and Ray Woosley, Founding President of the Arizona Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics. They discuss the critical role of community healthcare workers in the HomeMeds program and share stories about the incredible impact this program has had on members. Key discussion points in this episode include:
The SDoH impact on Medicare populations
Examples of how medications relate to SDoH
How community healthcare workers address SDoH barriers and drive positive health outcomes
To connect with June: https://www.linkedin.com/in/w-june-simmons-489629/
To connect with Ray: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raymond-l-woosley-md-phd-33b1b89/
Philanthropy, volunteering, and being present in our community are important aspects of what it means to work at Revel. As an organization, we work hard to offer diverse volunteer opportunities for our team and have established partnerships with local charities to make a difference in our community.
We’re inspired by organizations that do the same and push us to think bigger. This episode highlights the incredible work of the Medtronic Foundation featuring Paurvri Bhatt, President of the Medtronic Foundation.
Medtronic is the global leader in medical technology, focused on innovative solutions to fulfill its global mission: to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life. The company’s philanthropic efforts are centered on leveraging its people, products, and programs to expand access to chronic disease care to underserved communities worldwide.
Connect with Paurvi on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paurvi-bhatt-a386936/
Paurvi Bhatt is the Vice President of Medtronic Philanthropy and President of Medtronic Foundation, leading the philanthropic and community affairs strategies of Medtronic, PLC.
Medtronic is the global leader in medical technology, focused on innovative solutions to fulfill its global Mission: to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. The company’s philanthropic efforts are centered on leveraging its people, products and programs to expand access to chronic disease care to underserved communities worldwide.
Paurvi is a seasoned global health and development leader, with a distinguished career delivering innovative and successful cross-disciplinary solutions to challenging issues of scale and sustainability. Her focus includes strategic philanthropy and investment; corporate social responsibility; health benefit reimbursement, and partnership design particularly in emerging markets and resource poor settings. She has shaped best practice health and social responsibility portfolios in several companies including Levi Strauss and Co. and Abbott, as well as, with the government and nonprofit sector, at USAID, US GAO, and CARE. Her technical training is in health systems and economics – with specific focus on HIV/AIDS, women’s health and impact measurement.
She is known for her commitment to building the next generation of women leaders in global health, and for advocating for “working daughters”. She serves on several advisory groups and Boards focusing on leadership and global health including Last Mile Health, GlobeMed, IMPACT2030, The Conference Board – CSR Advisory Group, Women Leaders in Global Health, Global Health Council (GHC) Board, and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Campaign Cabinet. Paurvi holds a Master of Public Health in health systems and economics from Yale University and Bachelor Degree in neuroscience from Northwestern University, is PhD (ABD) from Johns Hopkins University.
Food as medicine isn’t a new concept, but offering nutritious meal plans to patients like a prescription is. In this episode, learn about the FoodRx program and what Second Harvest Heartland is doing to address SDoH from their Director of Health Care Partnerships, Alexandra De Kesel Lofthus. In this episode we discuss:
The concept of food deserts and the health ramifications of living in one
How food scarcity affects individuals and the way they receive care within the healthcare system
The impact of the FoodRx program and success stories
To connect with Alexandra:
Alexandra De Kesel Lofthus joined Second Harvest Heartland in 2016, bringing over 15 years of health care and leadership experience to lead the Health Care team. Passionate about developing innovative programs intersecting hunger and health, Alexandra leads work on the nationally recognized FOODRx program. FOODRx is a research-based program with a goal to improve health outcomes for low-income patients with dietary risk factors and to identify food insecure individuals through health care channels. Major accomplishments of the FOODRx project to date include the establishment of clinically based interventions for patients with food insecurity and/or diet related chronic disease and the development of value-based payment models that allows for ROI opportunities.
Prior to joining Second Harvest Heartland she served in several roles throughout the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match organization including membership coordinator, case manager, patient advocate and operations manager. She was recognized as a leader in new service development and delivery, multi-department project management, relationship building, staff development and mentoring.
Alexandra earned a B.S. in Environmental and Resources Sciences from the University of California, Davis and a Master in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University. She contributes to several organizations such as SUPERATEC and the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST. She is committed to helping people understand their value by mentoring and coaching and supporting their personal and professional development.
Alexandra loves the outdoors and hanging out with her husband, dog and friends. Some of her favorite activities are training for triathlons, hiking and traveling.
This special crossover episode features Jared Johnson, host of the Healthcare Rap podcast and Louise Briguglio, SVP of Product & Development at Revel. This week we talk about the critical importance of healthcare member experience, the role that behavioral research plays in creating a great member experience, and innovative work happening in the industry. Make sure to check out the Healthcare Rap podcast for part 2 of this conversation with Jared and Louise.
Connect with Jared:
Healthcare Rap Podcast: https://shows.acast.com/healthcare-rap
Connect with Louise:
More about Jared:
Jared Johnson builds innovative healthcare brands through digital strategy and engaging content that turns heads. Onalytica listed him as a #DigitalHealth Top 100 Influencer, and his peers nominated him to the #HIT100 list of health IT social media influencers twice. He is a digital branding consultant, rapping keynote speaker, prolific content creator, host of the Healthcare Rap Podcast, and author of Connect the Docs: Put Digital Health Into Practice.
More about Louise:
Louise has more than 15 years of experience as a software product visionary leading teams at enterprise SaaS companies. She has successfully created solutions for complex industries: healthcare, finance, and supply chain. Louise leads a team with deep expertise in machine learning, analytics, user-centered design, security, and SaaS product strategy.
Louise holds a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Human Computer Interaction.
In this episode Revel's Director of Product Design Matt Swanson joins the show to talk about the role that behavioral research plays in addressing social determinants of health. Key questions Matt answers in this episode include:
How are behavioral research and social determinants connected?
What insights came out of your research to identify SDoH barriers?
Where are the biggest opportunities to use behavioral research to make an impact in SDoH?
To connect with Matt:
6 Social Determinants of Health Insights to Break Down Barriers
In this episode, Adaeze Enekwechi, PhD, MPP, President at IMPAQ joins the show to discuss the importance of lived experience when talking about social determinants of health. We discuss government programs and policies that challenge SDoH, innovative solutions that stand out, and where we're headed as an industry.
To connect with Adaeze:
Read Adaeze's article in Health Affairs: "It’s Time To Address the Role of Implicit Bias Within Health Care Delivery.”
Dr. Adaeze Enekwechi is the President of IMPAQ, a 400 person policy research and analytics firm that comprises three entities: IMPAQ International, a public policy research and analytics firm; Maher & Maher, a learning solutions provider; and ASCEND, a technology and information product company.
Dr. Enekwechi provides strategic oversight of all research, technical assistance, and technology services across all policy and program areas, including health care, workforce development, social programs, and international development.
Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Enekwechi served as Vice President for Policy, Strategy, and Analytics with a consulting firm. She also served as the Associate Director for Health Programs at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under President Obama. As the Federal government's chief health care budget official, she provided policy, management, and regulatory oversight for over $1 trillion in spending on a range of Federal programs, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and all Federal health agencies.
At the OMB, Dr. Enekwechi managed the review and approval of all major Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation reform proposals, Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015/Quality Payment Program rulemaking, and many Food and Drug Administration policies, Medicaid negotiations, Zika, and other public health funding requests. Dr. Enekwechi is highly experienced with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, playing a key role in driving ACA budget, policy, strategy, and operational coordination with various agencies, including the Department of Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Office of Personnel Management, among others.
Dr. Enekwechi completed a BA at the University of Iowa, an MPP at the American University, and a PhD in Health Services and Policy from the University of Iowa. Her research area covers social determinants of health, long-term care, and evidence based policymaking.
Dr. Enekwechi is a Research Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and was a Visiting Professor at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Her teaching focuses on Federal health policy, the US health care infrastructure, health equity, and evidence-based policymaking. She also serves on the boards of directors and advisors for a number of health care organizations.
Andre Blackman, CEO at Onboard Health joins the RadioRev podcast to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the way we work and how it’s impacting social determinants of health. Plus, we dive into the critical importance of diversity and inclusion in the healthcare industry, asking questions like:
Why is inclusion and diversity so important in the workplace?
How does diversity help a company thrive?
How do social determinants of health come into focus at work?
To connect with Andre:
Onboard Health: https://www.onboardhealth.co/
"Why I Started Onboard Health" Article: https://medium.com/the-sustainable-future/why-i-started-onboard-health-695b352a6984
Andre Blackman is the founder and CEO of Onboard Health, a specialized executive search and advisory firm dedicated to building an inclusive future of health. Throughout his career, André has been a pioneering strategist with deep ties across the public health/healthcare innovation, social impact and strategic communication landscapes.
He is dedicated to opening up opportunities for those wanting to translate their skills into building the future of health through an inclusive lens. André is a sought-after advisor to companies building the future of health and brand builder for the leaders who run them. His work and insights have been featured in CIO, Fortune, Forbes, NPR, Reporting on Health, U.S. News and World Report.
In this special edition episode of RadioRev, we’re joined by Sara Ratner, Senior Vice President of Government Programs and Strategic Initiatives at Revel Health. Sara is a frequent guest of RadioRev and joins the show to talk about some of the side effects of the actions being taken to protect citizens from COVID-19. We have to be thinking about how to protect ourselves from the virus itself, but equally important is considering how to prevent the social isolation and loneliness ramifications of self-quarantine and social distancing orders due to the pandemic.
To connect with Sara:
Contact Revel: https://revel-health.com/
Craig Kennedy is the CEO at Medicaid Health Plans of American (MHPA). In this episode, Craig discusses the personal challenges and complications that we often don't think of when we discuss SDoH, including his own personal experience growing up in rural Oregon.
Questions we discuss include:
Why is it important to address SDoH now?
What is healthcare missing when it comes to SDoH?
What are the challenges and complications that affect individuals that we don't traditionally think of?
To connect with Craig:
Craig joined MHPA in December of 2019 after more than two decades in non-profit association management and in leadership positions on Capitol Hill. He has management responsibility for all aspects of the Association and reports to the MHPA Board of Directors. MHPA represents the interests of the Medicaid managed care industry through advocacy and research to support innovative policy solutions that enhance the delivery of comprehensive, cost-effective, and quality health care for Medicaid enrollees.
Prior to joining MHPA, Craig was the Executive Director for the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU). He led ACU to record growth over his six-year tenure and helped secure new federal grant funding for the organization. He also helped establish their advocacy infrastructure, which grew to include thousands of active participants across the country. Craig previously served as the top lobbyist for the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) for more than a decade, which included negotiating the 2008 reauthorization of the Health Centers and National Health Service Corps programs, the 2009 Stimulus package, and the 2010 Affordable Care Act. He began his tenure at NACHC working to double the Health Centers program (the REACH Initiative) and subsequently drafted the ACCESS for All America plan for the organization. During his thirteen-year tenure at NACHC, the Health Centers program grew from $875 million in annual funding to over $5 billion.
Craig has also worked on Capitol Hill and in the Oregon State Legislature. His work on Capitol Hill included a stint in the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over all health, tax and trade issues. He also served as the Senior Legislative Assistant for a member of the House Appropriations Committee, and later as the Legislative Director for a member of the House Rules Committee.
He received his Masters in Public Health from the George Washington University School of Public Health in Washington, DC, and has a Bachelor’s of Science from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Craig currently serves on the Board of Directors for First Focus Campaign for Children and as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Primary Care Leadership program.
He lives with his wife Linda and three daughters in northern Virginia.
Pierre Vigilance, MD, MPH is a population health expert joining the premiere episode of RadioRev to talk about social determinants of health. In this episode, Pierre lays the foundation for the SDoH season and answers questions like:
How should we be talking about SDoH?
Is there a dedicated dictionary of terms and definitions for SDoH?
What are the biggest barriers that healthcare needs to overcome to successfully address SDoH?
To connect with Pierre:
Junctional Thinking Podcast: https://junctionalthinking.simplecast.com/
Dr. Pierre Vigilance is a health executive with 20 years experience in community development, social determinants of health, people and operations management, population health strategy, and executive education from time spent working in the non-profit, government, and education sectors.
He is a systems-level thinker who has established cross-sector partnerships to impact health and founded HealthUp as an advisory consultancy to assist organizations and companies dedicated to improving health and social outcomes in underserved communities. His client-partners range from community health and transportation agencies to municipal bodies considering “smart growth”, and an impact investment group focused on housing. He consistently makes use of human-centered design tools to gain a better perspective on the challenges faced by his clients and the people they serve.
As the George Washington University School of Public Health’s (GWSPH) first Associate Dean for Practice from 2013 to July 2019 he led the school’s applied public health efforts. He continues to engage learners and serve in an advisory capacity to the school as an Adjunct Professor and is also an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Emerging Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Prior to his time in academia Dr. Vigilance was the Health Commissioner for the District of Columbia from 2008-2011, and from 2002-2008 he served communities in Baltimore as an Assistant Health Commissioner in Baltimore City and Director of the Department of Health in Baltimore County. His early career postgraduate career was spent in the non-profit sector work where he directed a new case-management based substance abuse program seated in a community development corporation.
Dr. Vigilance is a member of the Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors; and as an Advisory Board Member of the Millennium Alliance a tech, business, and educational advisory firm. He is also an advisor to civic tech company Seam Social Labs, and the workplace creativity outfit, Innovators Box. He has served as a member of the Practice Committee for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH); Board member for the non-profit, DC SCORES; and is an alumnus of the National Association of City & County Health Officials and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins, he currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.
This season, RadioRev is taking a new approach and diving into one specific, yet very important and diverse topic: Social Determinants of Health (SDoH). We have a lineup of 8 guests and counting, with a few surprises and special episodes along the way to cover all aspects of this complex topic. The goal of this season is to provide various viewpoints on social determinants of health with a different industry expert each week with the hope that you take away new ideas, perspectives, and are inspired to look at SDoH in a new light, from all angles.
As a collective, the conversations from these episodes are meant to build upon one another to inspire innovation and motivate the healthcare industry to work together and establish partnerships to create meaningful solutions that help people live stronger, healthier lives.
Please join me on this journey over the next several weeks as we talk with industry experts about how to define SDoH and as an industry, and get on the same page to have the biggest and most successful impact possible.
Topics we’ll be covering this season include:
why we’re talking about SDoH now
how there isn’t a one-size-fits all solution
innovations to address food scarcity
a discussion about rural communities and SDoH
Join us for the kickoff episode of the season, hitting your favorite podcast platform on March 10, 2020. To be the first to hear about new episodes from RadioRev, make sure to subscribe where ever you listen to podcasts.
In this episode of RadioRev, we sit down with Tani Hemmila, Director at the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI). We dive into the important work that ICSI is doing for behavioral health, addresses the opioid crisis, and what’s next going into 2020 for both ICSI and the Minnesota Health Collaborative.
About Tani Hemmila:
Today on RadioRev we are joined by Tani Hemmila, Director of ICSI’s Minnesota Health Collaborative, an organization comprised of healthcare leaders across Minnesota who are working to build a stronger mental health system and address suicide, reduce opioid related deaths, and integrate social needs into healthcare. With a background in business, macro social work, and mental health, Tani has developed and led many programs and initiatives at ICSI to improve systems for the health of our communities.
These include collaborations to improve care and transitions for people with health needs in emergency departments; COMPASS, a national dissemination and implementation initiative focused on improving the care of people with depression, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease; Screening, Brief intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for addressing risky substance use in primary care and for first-time DWI offenders, and Tobacco Health Systems Change. She also develops and conducts trainings and workshops on quality improvement, collaboration and teams, and motivational interviewing.
Holding a bachelor’s degree in social work from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Hemmila obtained her master’s degree in healthcare administration and inter-professional leadership from the University of California – San Francisco. Originally from northern Minnesota, Tani is mom to four grown children and is an avid outdoors explorer, including river kayaking.
Each year Revel chooses to partner with a local organization in the Twin Cities around the holiday season to help brighten the lives of those in our community that need it most. This year, we worked with Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (LBFE), a non-profit volunteer-based organization committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. In this episode of RadioRev, we sit down with Georgia Afton, Community Outreach Director for LBFE to talk about the mission, programs, and incredible work this organization is focused on.
About Georgia Afton:
Joining the show for this episode is Georgia Afton, Community Outreach Director from Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly. Georgia Afton takes her professional work in elder services personally. She originally worked for Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly – from 1999 to 2003 as the organization’s development and communications director. To this day, she cherishes the memory of several Elder Friends made during those years who added joy, meaning, and wisdom to her life. Those friendships, coupled with navigating her own parents’ elder years from overseas, drew her back to LBFE in 2015.
She now serves as the organization’s community outreach director and is happy to, once again, embrace the work of ending elder loneliness and isolation through the power of friendship. Originally from the west coast of Ireland, Georgia grew up on a farm and enjoys cycling. She once rode across Europe from southern Greece to northern England.
For more information about Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly, visit their website. https://www.littlebrothersmn.org/
In this episode we talk with Jacquelyn Fletcher, the founder of Heartwood Healing, The Heartwood Sanctuary, and the creator of the Heartwood Self-Mastery programs. She’s a motivational speaker; the award-winning author of 14 books; and the co-founder and host of the Healing Words television show administered by the Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine at Mayo Clinic. Jacquelyn has trained and coached thousands of people at organizations including Mayo Clinic, UnitedHealth Group, OptumHealth, Weight Watchers, and Senior Care Communities. Today we're talking about what inspires her, how to define innovation in healthcare, and the most exciting thing she's worked on lately.
In honor of Women’s Equality Day, Revel CEO Jeff Fritz talks with Joy Rios and Robin Roberts from one of our favorite healthcare podcasts, HIT Like a Girl about female leaders in health IT that are changing the game and inspiring others. We dive into what the future of health IT should look like for women and the coolest thing Joy and Robin have done lately (spoiler: they are both awesome!).
This week Revel CEO Jeff Fritz talks with Vicky Couillard, Executive Director at Vail Place, a Minnesota organization that provides community-based mental health programs. Jeff sat down with Vicky last year for an interview during Mental Health Month called The Importance of Mental Health Programs in Driving Behavioral Health Engagement and now we’re back a year later to talk about how things have changed and where we’re headed.
In this episode, Revel CEO Jeff Fritz is talking with Rev Up 2019 keynote speaker, Nancy Lyons. Nancy is a CEO, entrepreneur, and opinionated individual who loves to talk about work, work culture, and progressive ideas. She speaks locally and globally, but most frequently on Twitter as @nylons.
We're excited to welcome Nancy to the Rev Up 2019 conference taking place in Minneapolis, MN August 14-15th. For more information about the event and to view the complete agenda visit: www.revupshow.com
In this episode, Revel CEO Jeff Fritz is talking with Rev Up 2019 speaker, John Gorman. John is the Founder and Former Executive Chairman at Gorman Health Group. Prior to founding GHG in 1996, he was appointed by President Clinton as the first Assistant to the Director of Health Care Financing Administration’s Office of Managed Care (now CMS). He is currently the CEO of Nightingale Partners and speaks regularly at healthcare conferences across the country.
We're excited to welcome John to the Rev Up 2019 conference taking place in Minneapolis, MN August 14-15th. For more information about the event and to view the complete agenda visit: www.revupshow.com
In this episode, Revel CEO Jeff Fritz is talking with our Rev Up 2019 keynote speaker, Kelly Brownell. Kelly is currently the Director of the World Food Policy Center at Duke University. He is a renowned expert on behavioral science and food policy, and is known for his public policy work and research on obesity in the US.
We're excited to welcome Kelly to the Rev Up 2019 conference taking place in Minneapolis, MN August 14-15th. For more information about the event and to view the complete agenda visit: www.revupshow.com
Revel's government programs specialist, Sara Ratner joins the show to dive into the world of Medicaid and talk through social determinants of health (SDoH), how they effect different populations, and what health plans can do to address them head on.
For more information about SDoH, state requirements, and recommendations to drive member action and improve outcomes visit revel-health.com/radiorev to get the episode extras.
This episode features an interview with Matt Swanson, human-centered design expert at Revel. Matt talks about the different ways behavioral research can help to understand why some people get flu shots routinely and what’s influencing others from getting one at all.
Louise Briguglio, Product Strategy Leader at Revel walks through the importance of preventive screenings and the challenges health plans face when trying to engage their members to take preventive actions.
Visiting the emergency department for non-emergencies and other minor ailments is a common occurrence. In fact, studies report that upwards of 60% of emergency department visits among patients are potentially unnecessary and could be avoided entirely. One of Revel's health system clients had a goal to bring down rates of those using the emergency department in lieu of visiting a primary care physician and partnered with Revel to bring the program to life.
This episode features Dr. Kevin Croston of North Memorial Health, discussing the initial results of North Memorial's ED mitigation program with Revel CEO Jeff Fritz.
This week Kyle Gunderson, President & CTO at Revel talks with Shawn Morrison, Founder and Executive Director at Good in the Hood, a Twin Cities organization Revel is partnering with this year through their Holiday Help Campaign.
On today's episode of RadioRev, Jeff Fritz, CEO at Revel sits down with Sara Ratner, our government programs specialist to dive into the world of Medicare Star Ratings. We cover the nuts and bolts of Medicare Star Ratings, what they are, why they matter, and who should care about them. Plus, we look to the future and learn what's on the horizon in 2019.