October 2002

Grant Results

SUMMARY

The Health Research and Educational Trust, Chicago, convened the Sixth National Community Care Network Conference, "Beyond the Barriers: Building Innovative Networks of Care," November 2–4, 2000, in Denver.

The conference created a forum for exchange among leaders and advocates committed to studying and building community capacity for addressing health challenges and initiating health system change. In order to address the root causes of persistent health challenges, communities must mobilize resources to address access, quality of care and other social determinants of health.

Key Results

  • More than 400 participants attended the conference, which provided information to community leaders to enhance their abilities to assess their community's health, mobilize the assets of the community, strengthen and sustain partnerships and affect local, state, and federal policy on the health challenges they face.

    The conference included four, 90-minute sessions addressing access to care, a workshop designed to help community activists learn how public policy is formed and a keynote panel on disparity in health status.

    Three keynote sessions explored a common theme of the need for political action and change; widespread recognition that health is broader than medical care; and devoting resources to social and economic justice:
    • "The Social Health of the Nation," by Marc Miringoff, Fordham Institute for Innovation in Social Policy (Tarrytown, N.Y.), discussed the need for a social index of how the nation is doing in comparison with familiar economic indicators and indices.
    • The keynote panel session, "Reducing Disparity in Health Status," focused on the economic, social, cultural and institutional barriers that create dramatic differences in health between racial, ethnic, gender and age groups. Rupert Evans, Institute for Diversity in Health Management, Chicago, chaired the panel with representatives from the African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American communities.
    • "The Future of Mental Health," presented by Wendy Everett, Institute for the Future, Menlo Park, Calif., explored how changing demographics and emerging technologies will affect health care and mental health care over the next decades.

      The conference also featured a three-hour presentation on Real Clout training, facilitated by representatives of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) Access Project (ID#s 030634, 031275, 042407). This program helps communities protect and/or improve access to care for the uninsured and other underserved populations.

In a report to RWJF, the project director recommended changing the content and format, as this was the sixth annual meeting using the current design. One suggestion was to focus content on a few topics rather than trying to cover a broad spectrum of related issues.

Another recommendation was to lower the registration fee, given the restrictive budgets of much of the target audience.

Audiotapes of the conference are available online from the American Hospital Association. (See the Bibliography for details.)

Funding
RWJF supported the project with a grant of $50,000 between September and November 2000.

The grant was used primarily to provide scholarships for 10 community leaders who would otherwise not have been able to attend. They represented a broad geographic spectrum from organizations representative of the community-based, public-private partnerships for which the conference was held.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation ($30,000), the Rose Foundation ($2,500), and the National Library of Medicine ($1,000) also supported the conference.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Sixth National Community Care Network Conference

Grantee

Health Research and Educational Trust (Chicago)

  • Amount: $ 50,000
    Dates: September 2000 to November 2000
    ID#:  039580

Contact

Frances Margolin
(312) 422-2607
fmargolin@aha.org

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

Audio-Visuals and Computer Software

Beyond the Barriers: Building Innovative Networks of Care. Chicago, Ill.: Health Research and Educational Trust, 2000. Series of 20 audiotapes. Current distribution figures unavailable. Available for purchase online and from an online vendor.

The Social Health of Your Community: What's At Stake? three, 60-minute audiotapes. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

The Social Health of the Nation: How America Is Really Doing, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

The Language of Leadership: Workshop on Effective Governance in Community

Health Partnerships, two, 45-minute audiotapes. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Evidence-Based Change: Practicing an Outcomes Orientation in the Community, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Political Toolkit for "We, the People," 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Access: Practical Solutions Using Partnerships, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Reducing Disparity in Health Status: The Truth, the Myth, and the Future, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

The Leadership Impact, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Measuring Your Community's Civic Health, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Making Policy Work for You, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Make No Small Plans: 100% Access, 0 Disparities, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Making Results Matter: Tying CEO Performance Expectations to Community

Health, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Life Cycle of Partnerships, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Linking Community Health and Clinical Practice Strategies, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Navajo Communities in Action for Wellness, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Provider Strategies for Innovative Care, 60-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

The Future of Mental Health, 60-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

How Health Care Systems Create Vehicles for Funding, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Keeping Track of Community Benefit: What Counts? 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Customizing for Your Community: Addressing Access, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Listening to Your Community: Hearing the Voice of the Underserved, 90-minute audiotape. Chicago, Ill.: American Hospital Association, 2000.

Sponsored Conferences

Beyond the Barriers: Building Innovative Networks of Care, November 2–4, 2000, Denver, Colo. Attended by approximately 400 registrants. Two keynote presentations, 1 keynote panel, and 18 workshops.

Keynote Presentations

  • Marc Miringoff, Fordham Institute for Innovation in Social Policy (Tarrytown, N.Y.), "The Social Health of the Nation: How America Is Really Doing."
  • Wendy Everett, Institute for the Future (Menlo Park, Calif.), "The Future of Mental Health."

Keynote Panel

  • "Reducing Disparity in Health Status: The Truth, the Myth, and the Future," Rupert Evans, moderator, Institute for Diversity in Health Management (Chicago, Ill.); Shelley M. Frazier, Shiprock Health Promotion Team (Shiprock, N.M.); Eva Hernandez-Thomas, Erie Family Health Center (Chicago, Ill.); Afton Hirohama, National Asian Women's Health Organization (San Francisco, Calif.); Linda Murray, Cook County Community and Ambulatory Health Centers (Chicago, Ill.).

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Report prepared by: Linda Gundersen
Reviewed by: Jan Hempel
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: Paul Jellinek

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