Care delivery systems have traditionally focused on addressing patients’ physical health. Today, the discussion – and debate – has expanded to whole-person care, to also encompass patients’ mental health and health-related social needs. This shift brings enormous challenges to health systems and clinicians. Yet integrated care is essential to truly realize better health for individual patients and populations.

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In this unique, free Web event “Expanding the Bounds of Care Delivery: Integrating Mental, Social, and Physical Health,” NEJM Catalyst brings together innovative leaders and researchers to explore why current care and payment models discourage integration of mental health and social determinants of health with primary, specialty, and acute care. Streaming live from event host Vanderbilt University Medical Center, three panels will explore how society can redefine health and health care, demonstrate how some organizations have overcome the systemic barriers, and discuss building ecosystems of integrated care for entire communities.

You will learn:

  • How the health of individuals and populations requires insight into patients’ mental and social needs – yet why integrated health care is so difficult.
  • Why care providers must reframe their definition of health, and payers must improve reimbursements and insurance coverage of mental health services and health-related social needs.
  • What innovative approaches to integrated care have been shown to solve intractable problems in different regions of the country.
  • Where to start incorporating mental health and social determinants of health in your own organization.

Our Lineup of Expert Speakers

We've gathered an industry-leading group of experts, including executives, physician leaders, researchers, and clinicians.

Toyin Ajayi, MD, MPhil

Toyin Ajayi, MD, MPhil

Chief Health Officer, Cityblock Health

Jeffrey R. Balser, MD, PhD.

Jeffrey R. Balser, MD, PhD

President and CEO, Vanderbilt University Medical Center & Dean, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Thomas H. Lee, MD, MSc

Thomas H. Lee, MD, MSc

Chief Medical Officer, Press Ganey Associates; Editorial Board, The New England Journal of Medicine; Leadership Board Founder, NEJM Catalyst

Paule Anne Lewis, MBA/MHA

Paule Anne Lewis, MBA/MHA

President and CEO, San José Clinic

Namita S. Mohta, MD

Namita S. Mohta, MD

Clinical Editor, NEJM Catalyst; Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Tyler Norris, MDiv

Tyler Norris, MDiv

Chief Executive, Well Being Trust

Rebecca Onie

Rebecca Onie, JD

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Health Leads

Amy Compton-Phillips, MD

Amy Compton-Phillips, MD

Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Providence St. Joseph Health; NEJM Catalyst Theme Leader for Care Redesign and Event Host

Russell Rothman, MD MPP

Russell Rothman, MD, MPP

Professor, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, & Health Policy, Vice President for Population Health Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA

Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA

Professor and Chair Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

Corey Waller MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM

Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM

Senior Medical Director, Education and Policy, National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI

Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI

Executive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance; Associate Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College

Agenda

Viewers are encouraged to submit questions online for the Q&A portion of each session.

1:00 – 1:05
Welcome and Introduction
Namita Mohta, MD, Clinical Editor, NEJM Catalyst; Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, President and CEO, Vanderbilt University Medical Center & Dean, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

1:05 – 1:20
Opening Talk
Amy Compton-Phillips, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health; NEJM Catalyst Theme Leader for Care Redesign and Event Host

Care delivery systems have traditionally focused on addressing patients’ physical health needs. Today, the discussion – and debate – has expanded to whole-person care, to also encompass patients’ mental and social needs. This shift brings enormous challenges to health systems and clinicians. Yet integrated care is essential to truly realize better health for individual patients and populations.
1:20 – 2:20
Session 1: The Big Picture: Achieving Whole-Person Care

As much as 80% of health is determined by factors other than physical health care. How can society adopt a holistic approach to care that incorporates mental, social, and physical health? What are roles and responsibilities of providers, patients, payers, community organizations, and other stakeholders? This session features leaders of a new national foundation dedicated to mental health and wellness, an organization that brought awareness to social determinants of health, and an urban health start-up.

Speakers: Tyler Norris, MDiv, Chief Executive, Well Being Trust

Rebecca Onie, JD, Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer, Health Leads

Moderator: Toyin Ajayi, MD, MPhil, Chief Health Officer, Cityblock Health

2:20 – 2:35
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2:35 – 3:35
Session 2: Building the Ecosystem: Community and Health System Partnerships

Improving the health of entire communities requires breaking down traditional silos to provide integrated, coordinated, whole-person care. How should provider organizations and community-based groups work together to align incentives and reduce disparities? How can individuals and populations navigate the route to health? A researcher on health communication and a leader in community health will talk about the structures that must be created and preserved for societal health.

Speakers: Russell Rothman, MD, MPP, Professor, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, & Health Policy, Vice President for Population Health Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, Executive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance

Moderator: Thomas Lee, MD, MSc, Chief Medical Officer, Press Ganey; Editorial Board, The New England Journal of Medicine; NEJM Catalyst Leadership Board Founder

3:35 – 3:50
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3:50 – 4:50
Session 3: Health System Solutions: Vast Scope, Fixable Problems

Many health care providers are stymied by mental and social health because of fragmented care, inadequate reimbursements, and societal issues that seem out of scope. What is the proper role of providers and how can they move care “upstream”? What should a system that successfully addresses mental, social, and physical health look like? In this session, physicians who lead organizations that have created effective models for addressing mental health and social needs will join the leader of an innovative safety-net clinic.

Speakers: Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, Professor and Chair Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM, Senior Medical Director, Education and Policy, National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

Moderator: Paule Anne Lewis, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, San José Clinic

4:50 – 5:00
Closing Remarks
Amy Compton-Phillips, MD, NEJM Catalyst Theme Leader and Event Host