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Social Determinants Helped Determine My Health in 2013

The fifth annual County Health Rankings, prepared by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, recently came out. Minnesota fared quite well nationally. But I was more interested in my county–Washington. We ranked #8, which was near the top among all Minnesota counties.
The report was more relevant to me this year because the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement has been focusing on both health care and health improvement. So I was aware that the University of Wisconsin work estimates that “health care” accounts for only about 20 percent of our “health” and longevity.

Continue Reading March 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

ICSI Colloquium–Why you need to tear yourself away from work!

We’re all feeling overwhelmed, perhaps threatened, and at times frustrated by what we’re seeing in the environment. The military has a term for it—VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity). While it originated in the military, it seems totally applicable to the health care systems and communities we serve.

Continue Reading March 24, 2014 at 9:50 am

Removing the Stigma of Depression

Recently, I attended a learning forum on ICSI’s work to integrate behavioral health into primary care. This forum reviewed five years of Minnesota medical groups implementing the DIAMOND (Depression Improvement Across Minnesota, Offering a New Direction) program for depression, and more recent work supporting the SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) program to address risky substance use.

As director of marketing and communications at ICSI, usually I lead promotion for these events, or provide recaps of presentations. I played a different role this time—that of a patient with depression.

Continue Reading March 14, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Brammer is Second Colloquium Keynoter

craigbrammer450WKicking off the 17th Annual ICSI Colloquium on Health Care Transformation – May 5-7, 2014 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre — will be Craig Brammer, Chief Executive Officer of the combined operations of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, the Health Collaborative and HealthBridge. He will share lessons learned from overseeing the strategy and coordination of that region’s community health improvement initiatives. A much sought-after innovator and speaker, Brammer was previously at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, where he focused on the intersection of technology and payment policy, and led a $260 million federal technology innovation program.

He joins Kerry Sparling, our other keynoter, who will provide a patient’s perspective on how to curtail the rapid rise in diabetes.

Looking for more reasons to attend? Keep an eye on our website’s Colloquium page for all the details as our program develops, including:

  • New tracks
  • Opportunity to win free trip to 2015 Colloquium
  • Tuesday reception
  • Mobile app – better than ever

Find out more!

December 10, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Sparling Will Challenge Colloquium Attendees on How We Address Diabetes

The theme of ICSI’s next colloquium, set for the Saint Paul RiverCentre on May 5-7, 2014, is Building a Sustainable Health System.

Kerri SparlingKerri Sparling has been announced as one of our keynote speakers. Ms. Sparling, who has had type 1 diabetes for more than 27 years, is the creator and author of Six Until Me, one of most widely read diabetes patient blogs. Her work as a writer and consultant can be found at diaTribe, dLife, and in diabetes outreach like JDRF’s Countdown magazine.

As many as one in three U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ms. Sparling will present an engaging patient perspective on how to best meet the needs of this expected tsunami of people living with diabetes. Here is what a past Colloquium Planning Committee Member, Ben Miller, PsyD, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, has to say about Ms. Sparling:

“You want authenticity? You want a challenge? You want to be engaged? If the answer to all three of these questions is ‘yes’ then look no further than Kerri Sparling. Kerri picks an audience up by their lapels and shakes them around convincing them that there is a patient in healthcare who often gets lost and ignored. She reminds us all of the importance of being truly ‘patient-centered’ and dispels any myths that focusing on pieces rather than wholes is a good idea for our health. Very few leaders in healthcare are able to address such complicated issues in healthcare as Kerri; and, she does so with grace, precision, and passion.”

Save the date and watch for more details as the program develops.

November 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm

ICSI Hosts Reception for CDC’s Tom Frieden

A reception with Tom Frieden, MD, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was held at ICSI in September in conjunction with Dr. Frieden’s visit to our state to learn how Minnesota has achieved the best control of hypertension in the country. Learning Minnesota’s best practices, he noted, might help the CDC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reach the goals of their co-led Million Hearts™ Campaign—prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 through improved clinical and community prevention, and increase the number of persons in the U.S. whose hypertension is under control by 10 million.  Learn more.

October 16, 2013 at 11:12 am

Forum Spotlights Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care

ICSI brought together more than 60 stakeholders who have been involved with the DIAMOND and SBIRT programs for a learning action forum on September 26, 2013. The “Evolving Integrated Care” forum focused on three areas: celebrating the stakeholders’ accomplishments over the past seven years in integrating behavioral health and primary care; engaging stakeholders on the impact of their work to date and opportunities for improving depression and substance use care in primary care; and exploring innovative strategies to sustain successful integrated care moving forward.  Learn more.

October 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Leaders or Victims? Choices in the Era of Accountable Care

James L. Reinertsen Lecture

Leaders or Victims? Choices We Face in the Era of Accountable Care

October 24, 2013, 4:30 – 6 p.m. Reception, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Lecture

Minneapolis Marriott Southwest, Minnetonka, MN

Plan to join us for an extra-special James L. Reinertsen Lecture, delivered by Dr. Reinertsen himself. One of ICSI’s founders, he will help us celebrate our 20th anniversary and inspire us for the work we tackle during ICSI’s third decade. We expect a large crowd so please help us plan by registering.  Find out more and register by October 17.

October 8, 2013 at 11:20 am

Why Are Health Care Costs So High?

Why Are Health Care Costs So High?

Shared by The Incidental Economist, an eight-minute video by John Green, a New York Times bestselling author who explains why U.S. health care costs are so high. It’s entertaining and understandable!

August 27, 2013 at 9:36 am

Needed Changes for Accountable Care Measures and the Triple Aim

Janet Corrigan, PhD, MBA, previous President and CEO of the National Quality Forum, recently led a discussion with the ICSI Board of Directors on efforts to build a value-based measurement framework to help achieve the Triple Aim of better health, better care and better costs.

Continue Reading August 5, 2013 at 8:05 am

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