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Special Briefing: National Quality Forum’s The Action Guide

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Title: Special Briefing: National Quality Forum’s The Action Guide

Date/Time: February 1st, 2017 at 3pm Eastern, 12pm Pacific

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About The Webinar

America Walks is excited to partner with National Quality Forum to share The Action Guide, an important resource for coming together to create healthy communities. The Action Guide is a framework to help multi-sector groups work together to improve population health by addressing 10 interrelated elements for success and using the related resources as needed. Like a “how-to” manual, the Action Guide is organized by these 10 elements and contains definitions, recommendations, practical examples, and a range of resources to help communities achieve their shared goals and make lasting improvements in population health. It is intentionally brief and written in plain language to be as accessible as possible for all types of stakeholders at the local, state, regional, and national levels to take action. Attendees will learn about the Action Guide from the experts who created it and how it can be used in their own work from real-life examples.

About the Presenters

Buchanan_photo_resized-4Silas Buchanan is a passionate leader dedicated to building partnerships and crafting solutions that leverage Health Information Technology (HIT) to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities. He is responsible for defining the Institute’s strategy for educating rural and underserved communities and communities of color about the benefits of adopting and utilizing Health Information Technology (HIT). He works closely with public and private stakeholders to identify actionable ehealth equity improvement opportunities that also support sustainable broadband adoption and digital inclusion efforts for underserved populations.

Silas has testified before the HHS, HIT Policy Committee, Meaningful Use Workgroup. He was selected as member of the National Quality Forum (NQF) Field Testing Group, the White House Summit to Achieve eHealth Equity, he was Selected as Co-Chair of the Awareness Committee for Region V of The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. Inaugural member of the National eHealth Collaborative Consumer Committee and is a member of the Ohio Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative and Ohio Statewide Health Disparities Collaborative.

kim headshotKim Ibarra is a Senior Project Manager with the National Quality Forum (NQF). Throughout her career, her work has focused on improving healthcare quality, access, and outcomes through multistakeholder engagement, evaluation, quality improvement, research, and policy development. At NQF, Ms. Ibarra leads projects to convene multi-stakeholders to identify gaps in quality measures for home and community-based services, make recommendations on measures considered for inclusion in federal value-based purchasing and quality reporting programs, and improve fairness and transparency in how responsibility for patient outcomes is attributed to clinicians and providers.

Before NQF, Kim worked as a consultant for the Toronto Central Community Care Access Center, a regional home and community-based services provider in Toronto, Canada. In this capacity, Kim led the development of frameworks and policies to improve consumer health and outcomes.  Notably, she evaluated the implementation of aging-in-place strategies, and developed and implemented a policy to support consumers choosing to live “at risk” in their homes. Kim began her career in healthcare as a research assistant at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, where she supported studies on ethical decision-making. Ms. Ibarra has over nine years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has a bachelor’s degree in bioethics and a master’s degree in health services research from the University of Toronto.

small head shotLaura Ross-White is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Master of Social Work Program focusing in Administration and Community Practice. Currently, at the Community Service Council of Tulsa, Laura serves as the Senior Planner of Healthcare Initiatives Maternal Child Health, additionally Laura coordinates the Family Health Coalition and the Internship Program for CSC, hosting over 40 interns annually. Laura additionally holds a Bachelors of Social Work and a Bachelors of Arts in Child Development Psychology degree from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Laura’s accomplishments include induction into the Northeastern State University Hall of Fame and the Jack Kaufman Outstanding Senior Award. Laura is a class member of Leadership Tulsa, Class 53 and is a member of the Oklahoma Town Hall Academy. Laura is a recent graduate of the Tulsa Area United Way Executive Leadership Training, neXTulsa and will be participating in the inaugural Philanthropy Forum in Tulsa, Oklahoma focusing on issues related to incarceration.