Live Well San Diego hosts 1000 on the topic of community health, wellness

Approximately 1000 attendees from across San Diego convened at the Live Well Advance conference held in November 8th.  It was an impressive crowd.

Live Well is a community-centered initiative focused on building opportunities for collaboration across health care’s various silos.  About half of the attendees self-reported as “Community or faith based organizations” during a audience feedback exercise.

Nick Macchione shares the stage with Caleb, Live Well San Diego’s youngest “Champion.”

The initiative was conceived in 2010 by Nick Macchione, the Director of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.  Macchione plays an out-sized role in San Diego health care and health policy.  On the one hand, San Diego is a large county of 3.3 million residents. It is also a county that contracts out for a wide range of services from a unified agency that has a broader portfolio than many other counties in California.  So, the platform is significant for Macchione.

However, Macchione is a charismatic, visionary leader that has the respect of the stakeholder community and the support of his Board of Supervisors.  “You can’t do any of this work without the leadership and support of a great board,” Macchione said.

Two of San Diego’s supervisors joined the event to provide opening remarks.

Supervisor Kristin Gaspar highlight the important role of measuring the performance of Live Well, as well as all of the activities the County engages in on behalf of “our customers,” she said.

Supervisor Ron Roberts provided an update on San Diego’s efforts to contain the hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego. He produced a slide that showed almost 100,000 San Diegans have been vaccinated in the last few months as the County has responded to the outbreak, a simply extraordinary level of public outreach.

Live Well now boasts a full 304 partner organizations that have joined in support of the initiative. That is also an uncommon level of community engagement and public support for the County’s efforts.  I’m not aware of any other similar level of stakeholder engagement and commitment in any of the states we cover at State of Reform.

The agenda included breakout sessions that addressed topics related to the social determinants of health and the connection between human services and health.