5 Things Washington: Value-based care, Community BH system, Health disparities


Emily Boerger


We are two weeks out from our 2021 Inland NW State of Reform Health Policy Conference. So, I wanted to feature a few of our upcoming sessions for you so that you could get a little more detail about who will be joining us, and some of the topics they will be speaking to.

We’d love to have you with us again this year! And, since this event is now all virtual, you can join us from the comfort of your home office!





With help from Emily Boerger

1. How health care and the community are aligning around SDOH

Social determinants are important to one’s health status, but it’s not entirely clear how to utilize that knowledge in a meaningful and sustainable way. This panel at the 2021 Inland NW State of Reform Health Policy Conference will discuss the intersection between the delivery system and community, and the lessons learned from working to improve conditions where we live, work, and play.

Our “How health care and the community are aligning around SDOH” panel will bring together Andrea Davis, Vice President of Government Relations and Communications at Coordinated Care, Jennifer Polello, Senior Director of Quality and Population Health at CHPW, Vanetta Abdellatif, CEO of Arcora Foundation, and Julie Distel, State Network Director at Unite Us.


2. How value-based care is being implemented in 2021

Washington has a strong history of being a national leader in implementing value-based care arrangements, yet the health care system shows wide variation in performance based on quality and outcomes. This session will explore what has been working in Washington for value-based care, and where there are obstacles to moving this vision forward.

Joining this panel will be Claire Verity, President at Regence BlueShield, Dawn Weimar, Director of State Regulatory Affairs at 3M, and Dr. Judy Zerzan, Chief Medical Officer at the Health Care Authority. Bring your questions, as well as your own insight, to a session that will be particularly forward thinking.


3. Health disparities and the lessons we’ve learned

The variation in access and outcomes of health care services correlating to demographics like race has created a moral imperative to do better. Our “The pandemic, health disparities and lessons we re-learned about ourselves” panel will talk through how we can do better as a sector and do better as professionals to address the stark variation in outcomes in US health care based on race, gender, and economic status.

We’ll hear from Sen. Emily Randall, Member of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee, and Zeke Smith, President of Empire Health Foundation. Also offering their perspectives will be Ka’imi Sinclair, PhD, Co-director, Partnerships for Native Health at Washington State University, and Bill Ames, Executive Healthcare Director, Eastern WA, at Genentech.


4. Strategies to improve our community BH system

Like many states across the country, Washington State’s behavioral health system faces workforce, funding, and capacity challenges. At the conference on September 9th, our “Strategies to improve our community behavioral health” panel will focus on how to create sustainable funding for community behavioral health, and solve for the workforce challenges facing the safety net.

Rep. Tom Dent, Ranking Minority Member of the House Children, Youth & Families Committee, Dr. Jay Fathi, CEO of Molina Healthcare of Washington, and Jeff Thomas, CEO of Frontier Behavioral Health, will join this panel.

5. System-level lessons from the COVID pandemic

Our understanding of COVID and its long-term impacts on both individuals and our society continues to evolve. So, we are looking forward to bringing together four experts to discuss the lessons from this moment and what we might expect to remain in the post-COVID world, from market activity to policymaking.

This panel of thought leaders will include Cassie Sauer, President & CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association, Greg Repetti, President at MultiCare Deaconess and Valley Hospitals, Lynnette Vehrs, President of the Washington State Nurses Association, and Dr. Francisco Velázquez, Interim Health Officer at the Spokane Regional Health District.