The annual event will be held live at The Omni in Nashville, Tenn., March 20-22. Here’s a look at what we have planned so far for preconference workshops, networking opportunities, keynote presentations, general sessions, track sessions, and our health and safety protocols.

RISE is excited to reconnect cross-sectional stakeholders from payers, providers, community-based organizations (CBOs), and funders at the 6th annual RISE Summit on Social Determinants of Health to discuss actionable, scalable solutions to address social determinants of health (SDOH) and achieve better outcomes. With more content offered than ever before–28 thought-provoking sessions–and our biggest speaker lineup yet–more than 75 changemakers will take the stage–this year’s event will equip attendees with unparalleled connections, strategies, and lessons learned to further the drive for social good.

Here’s a look at the preliminary agenda:

Sunday, March 20

The summit will kick off with three hands-on preconference workshops from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. facilitated by industry leaders.

During the CBO Bootcamp workshop, industry leaders will help CBOs determine whether they’re ready to partner with stakeholders such as health plans, health care providers, and public health entities to address SDoH and how they can best meet their demands. Participants will explore staffing challenges, contracting insights with a focus on value-based care, and lessons learned during COVID-19 and how to prepare for the future.

The second workshop will address the social determinants of mental health (SDoMH) and transforming the way communities support and address mental and behavioral health services. The workshop will dive into Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impact on communities; the emotional, physical, and mental health side effects of unresolved trauma; strategies to align behavioral health providers toward a shared vision; and unique populations, such as active-duty military and veterans, who face diverse SDoMH.

The third workshop, poverty’s hidden impact on the brain, will be part workshop, part hands-on game as participants experience firsthand how your own brain changes in poverty as you play the ‘Getting’ By’ game. The workshop will offer insights into how brains cope with scarcity and how it affects a person’s ability to be healthy and, more importantly, receive help.

The day will wrap-up with a networking cocktail reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, March 21

We’ll start the day with registration and a networking breakfast. The first conference session will be with Seema Verma, pictured right, the longest-serving CMS administrator in modern history, who will deliver a keynote address, sponsored by WellSky, on high value, low-cost health care and how to meet the needs of vulnerable populations within a value-based health care system. Verma will share tactical ways health care organizations can address SDoH problems within the framework and resources in our health care system.

We’ll then hear from a panel of industry experts on innovative financing mechanisms to address SDoH. Panelists will discuss examples of successful funding models; how organization are incorporating SDoH incentives into value-based agreements and outcomes-based payments between health plans, providers, and CBOs; and their outlook for reimbursement in 2022.

Next, we’ll hear from a diverse policy panel who will share insights into the current and future happenings at the federal level. The session will offer an update on what’s happening on the Hill as it relates to SDoH, a look at how lawmakers have decided to take SDoH to a new level, ways health plans can leverage federal health programs and social needs care to ensure a healthier future for all, and how to advance future policy solutions and how stakeholders can make an impact.

During a spotlight session on successes at the state level, public health leaders from Tennessee, Florida, and Massachusetts will share their stories of successful public/private partnerships. They’ll also discuss how to strengthen community-clinical linkages through increasing partnerships amongst stakeholders, ways the private sector can use publicly available data sources to address health equity challenges, and innovative programs that could be scaled in other communities.

During a networking lunch, attendees will be able to join leading vendors in the SDoH space in a Tools & Technology Spotlight in the Exhibit Hall to learn about the latest and greatest technology solutions.

After lunch, we’ll break into concurrent track sessions from 1:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, attendees will be able to choose from the following sessions:

  • Systemic collaboration to improve maternal and child health outcomes
  • A health care provider’s mission to end racism as a social determinant
  • Addressing food insecurity for seniors during COVID-19
  • Successful public/private partnerships at the local level
  • The intersection of housing and maternal and child health that will share results from an ongoing project with CareSource and Nationwide Children’s
  • Sustainable community care coordination model that works
  • Baltimore Housing Mobility Program that aims support low-income families to access opportunity areas
  • Expanding and scaling SDoH efforts to improve outcomes by using clinically validated data points, a multi-level evaluation approach, and a maturity model to map your journey
  • Improving social connectedness in older adults improves health
  • Addressing digital health equity through direct-to-consumer telemedicine

Attendees will join back together at 4:45 p.m. for a general session on collaboration across systems. Industry leaders will discuss how the city of Nashville leveraged its providers, institutions, and civic leadership to provide equitable care to its people during the pandemic.

Conference Chair Ellen Fink Samnick, chair, RISE SDoH Community, will then announce the recipient of the inaugural Health Care Hero Award. Following the award ceremony, the evening will close with a networking cocktail reception from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, March 22

Following a networking breakfast at 8 a.m., Kevin Coleman, empowerment coach and trainer, KMC EMPOWERMENT LLC, will take the stage for a candid conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Throughout the interactive session, Coleman will explore how to create an inviting DEI culture within your organization, how to recognize your own unconscious bias and how to prevent it in your organization, and how to recognize microaggression and macroaggression and the effective best practices to eliminate them.

A panel of industry leaders will then discuss how the future of networks is social and how to create pathways to sustain SDoH services. Panelists will discuss the critical elements needed to support scaling a sustainable social services delivery system, the key steps to achieve an optimally functioning and adequately resourced social services delivery network, and how shared governance and coordination across stakeholders can contribute to scalable and sustainable community-led efforts.

We’ll hear unique perspectives from health plan leaders who will share their experiences with scalable steps to achieve health equity within their organizations and communities. The panel will share their own projects focused on gathering race and ethnicity data, what’s worked and what hasn’t, and lessons learned to bring back to your own organizations.

After networking over lunch, attendees will choose between concurrent tracks from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The track sessions will include:

  • Disrupting the cycle of the criminal system and lessons learned from the Cook County Jail
  • Educating our children in a high stress world and how social and emotional learning leads to school and lifetime success
  • SDoH identification, ICD-10 documentation, and the next evolution in Medicare Advantage methodologies
  • Cross-sector collaboration addressing social, health care, and environmental factors for individuals living with diabetes
  • Driving action, attention, and resources upstream through cross-sector community partnerships

Attendees will join together for a final general session back by popular demand with Kathleen Ellmore, managing director, Engagys, who will speak with a panel of consumers affected by SDoH to hear direct feedback around their experiences, access to care, and ways health plans can improve services.

RISE is excited to welcome you back to Nashville and in-person events. To ensure the health and safety of attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and staff, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status is required to attend The RISE Summit on Social Determinants of Health. Click here for the complete list of health and safety protocols and what you need to know before you make your travel arrangements.