On Thursday, April 13, 2017, KHI hosted an event entitled, County Health Rankings: How community data can drive system change. Speakers and participants discussed how data can be a catalyst for collaboration towards improved community health. The event had thought-provoking comments and questions about improving health in Kansas commities.
KHI's Gianfranco Pezzino, M.D., M.P.H., gave a presentation about the role of social and economic drivers in shaping community health. A panel discussion followed including experts from public health, health care and the insurance industry about the opportunities to improve the health of Kansans by using population health data to drive decision-making in the health care system. The paneslists were:
- Michael Atwood, M.D., C.H.I.E., Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
- Tracy O’Rourke, M.B.A., M.H.A., Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Stormont Vail Health
- Dan Partridge, R.S., M.P.H., Director, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department
- Jon Rosell, Ph.D., Executive Director, Kansas Medical Society
Lastly, Kim Moore of United Methodist Health Ministry Fund provided concluding thoughts on the day’s discussion.
The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) delivers objective information, conducts credible research, and supports civil dialogue enabling policy leaders to make informed health policy decisions that enhance their effectiveness as champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.