RISE is thrilled to host this year’s Summit on Social Determinants of Health as a hybrid event to provide all attendees, whether joining in-person in Nashville or virtually via livestream, ample time to network and collaborate with professionals across the ecosystem. Ahead of this year’s event, RISE talked to conference Steering Committee member Kristen Daugherty, chief executive officer, Emergence Health Network, about what she’s gained as a past attendee of the summit and what she’s looking forward to at this year’s event.

The RISE Summit on Social Determinants of Health will be held as a hybrid event on June 14-15, with virtual preconference workshops on June 11. Throughout the two-and-a-half jam-packed conference days, stakeholders from payers, providers, community-based organizations (CBOs), government, and funders will meet with industry experts to build effective partnerships, implement social determinants of health (SDoH) initiatives, address the current climate with COVID-19 and racial injustice, deal with the digital divide, and operationalize sustainable SDoH programs.

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After attending the annual summit years prior, Daugherty and Emergence Health Network (EHN), the largest provider for mental health services, substance abuse services, and developmental disabilities services in El Paso, Texas, were inspired to forge partnerships that would enable them to better meet their patients’ needs.

“We found RISE and it opened our eyes to the fact that we’re not thinking as big as we thought we were as far as whole person care, and it really helped us realize that we had to find different partners,” said Daugherty. “We had partners, but we needed to find different partners.”

Armed with a new perspective, EHN sought out to establish community partnerships that allowed them to address individuals’ needs beyond just their diagnosis, such as food insecurity, housing instability, and isolation. Today, with a network of 39 stand-alone not-for profits, they have partnerships with organizations such as county hospitals, federally qualified health centers, law enforcement, housing authorities, and rental assistance providers.

“It really is about knowing what you’re good at and finding folks that are also good at what they do, and you become great together,” said Daugherty.

Daugherty will share an inside look at EHN’s successful partnerships, how they came into fruition, and their data collection methods during a case study in the preconference workshop, CBO Readiness Bootcamp, on Friday, June 11. Other topics throughout the workshop, which will be available to all attendees, will include readiness and capacity building, contract negotiation, and lessons learned during COVID-19.

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As SDoH continue to intensify from the pandemic, cross-sectional collaboration is needed more than ever to achieve better outcomes for vulnerable populations and continue the push toward value-based care. With ample targeted sessions on leveraging mutually beneficial partnerships to scale impact, networking breaks, cocktail receptions, and a virtual networking lobby for online participants, the RISE Summit on Social Determinants of Health will provide the space needed for open dialogue around successful partnerships.

“It really is to get you to think outside your comfort zone. There are so many other partners out there critical to a person’s whole health,” said Daugherty. “Every sector of health care needs to sit down and look at what they’re missing. We realized we were missing a piece of SDoH, and RISE provided it.”

The RISE Summit on Social Determinants of Health will be held as a hybrid event on June 14-15, 2021, with virtual preconference workshops on Friday, June 11. Click here to learn more, including registration and attendance details.