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Hot Issues in Health: 2018 Agenda

Thursday, December 6

Columbine Restaurant

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Buffet Breakfast

Alpine Ballroom

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Ruth Benton, Board Chair, CHI
  • Michele Lueck, President and CEO, CHI

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Keynote Address

  • Molly Ball, national political correspondent, TIME
    Molly Ball has covered national politics since 2010 and joins us after reporting on an unusually intense midterm election. Ball will discuss what the complex results of the midterm election mean for Colorado, health policy, and the 2020 election — which, like it or not, is already under way.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 2019 Legislative Preview

  • Introduction by Representative Leslie Herod, Caring 4 Denver Initiative

  • Joe Hanel and Allie Morgan, CHI
    The election left Democrats firmly in charge of state government for the first time in four years. With a new governor and four years of pent-up ideas, 2019 could be a watershed year for health policy. CHI’s legislative team will lay out the new political landscape and examine bills that are already percolating.

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Panel: Medicaid: Expanded Benefits, Expanded Populations, Now What?

  • Gretchen HammerPublic Leadership Consulting Group

  • Kay RamachandranMarillacHealth
  • Dr. Rob ValuckColorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Dr. Marko Vujicic, American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute
    Colorado Medicaid has seen growth in both enrollment and benefits over the past decade. Michele Lueck will moderate a discussion with panelists representing oral health services, substance use services, safety net populations, and a state Medicaid perspective to discuss what we can expect for the program and its members under a Polis administration.

Columbine Restaurant

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch and Networking

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions Round 1

Uniting the Head and the Heart: A Framework for Substance Use Disorder Policymaking  | Alpine 1

Our world is not driven by evidence alone. If it were, chronic substance use disorders would be treated like diabetes, everyone would have a primary care provider, and a Flat Earth Truth Twitter handle would not have 8,000 followers. Policymakers should anticipate the politics, context, and values that influence policymaking — especially when it comes to substance use disorders. This session presents a framework to guide the discussions coming in 2019. 

Innovative Health Care in Colorado’s Safety Net: Four Live Vignettes on Improving Access to Care | Alpine 2-3

Colorado’s safety net clinics have an innovation imperative: use scarce resources to provide needed services for rural and underserved Coloradans. The safety net is often at the forefront of creative and technologic solutions. Back by popular demand, CHI’s master thespians will leave you with a real-world understanding of these important innovations. Four vignettes explore how these advances address Colorado’s access to care challenges. 

All in the Family: A Two-Generation Approach for a Stronger Colorado  | Alpine 4

We know that helping our families thrive means meeting the needs of parents and children with a coordinated approach. In this session, we’ll talk about why a two-generation approach is a bipartisan opportunity to make a real impact on the health of our families. We’ll also share some of the challenges in this approach and how Colorado has begun to address them, including on-the-ground perspective from Rose Community Foundation’s Whitney Gustin Connor. 

Making a Global Health Issue Local: Introducing CHI’s Health and Climate Index  | Conference Room E

What parts of the state have more people vulnerable to health problems from a changing climate? The answer might surprise you. This session debuts CHI’s new Health and Climate Index — a local look at how climate can affect health in regions across Colorado.

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions Round 2

When Trends Collide: Healthy Aging and the Housing Crisis for Older Coloradans  | Alpine 1

There’s great news for all Coloradans — we are living longer, healthier lives. At the same time, there’s some not-so-great news: Affordable housing in the state is getting harder to find. Join us for a discussion of how these trends intersect and what communities, legislators, and other policymakers can do to help Coloradans age in place. 

Is the Price Right? Comparing Cost Control Opportunities  | Alpine 2-3

It takes money to save money. Legislators who have tried to bring down health care costs for their constituents know there are trade-offs and upfront costs. This session compares several options for controlling costs to see if the price is right. 

Live Long and Prosper: Community-Clinical Solutions to the Problems that Kill Us  | Alpine 4

Join Colorado’s Regional Health Connectors as they boldly go beyond the comforts of the clinic walls, seek out the social determinants of health, and explore fascinating communities that are creating innovative solutions to health problems. 

Alpine Ballroom

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Plenary Address: Addiction and Recovery

  • Vic Vela, Colorado journalist
    Longmont native Vic Vela managed to hide his cocaine addiction for years while working in high-profile television and print journalism jobs in Colorado and across the southwest. His story of recovery is a powerful reminder of why we focus so much on substance use policy and the vast needs that still aren’t being served.

Upper Mountain View

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Reception

Friday, December 7

Columbine Restaurant

7 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Registration and Buffet Breakfast

Alpine Ballroom

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Jameson (Jamie) Smith, President, SCL Health St. Joseph Hospital

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. A Conversation with Senator Michael Bennet

  • U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
  • Michele Lueck, President, CHI
    Colorado’s senior U.S. senator will share his insights into working in Colorado and Washington and talk about the prospects for progress on health at the federal level, including bipartisan solutions.

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Panel:  Policymaking in Partisan Times

  • Introduction by Dr. Ted Clarke and Dr. Gerald Zarlengo, COPIC
  • David Jones, Boston University
  • Representative Dominique Jackson
  • Senator Jim Smallwood
    What can Colorado teach other states about civil discourse and compromise? How can elected officials make sure they’re talking to each other, rather than past each other? And how can our state move forward on complicated policy issues amid dramatic differences in perspectives, including about the role of government? A public health researcher and two current state legislators explain.

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Panel: Hospitals in the Hot Seat

  • Moderator: Christine Woolsey, CHI Board of Trustees
  • Heidi Baskfield, Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Richard Hammett, Swedish Medical Center/HealthONE
  • Katherine Mulready, Colorado Hospital Association
  • Jamie Smith, SCL Health St. Joseph Hospital
    Insurance carriers, state agencies, and others are making headlines with their scrutiny of hospital prices. It’s a fact: Hospitals are major employers and economic drivers in their regions that have also benefited substantially from the Affordable Care Act and other recent policy reforms. Christine Woolsey will moderate a discussion with hospital CEOs from around Colorado.

11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Handoff: Governor John Hickenlooper and Lieutenant-Governor-elect Dianne Primavera

  • Introduction by Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, President and CEO, Rose Community Foundation

    From Medicaid expansion to marijuana legalization, Governor John Hickenlooper has overseen momentous changes in the state’s health system. He will share what the country could learn about health from Colorado. 

    The incoming administration has big goals for health, outlined in a 100-Day Roadmap and ambitious plans shared on the campaign trail across Colorado. Lieutenant Governor-elect Dianne Primavera will speak about these goals and the Polis administration’s values around health. ​​​

12 p.m.  Closing Remarks

Columbine Restaurant

12:15 p.m. Buffet Lunch

  • To-go option available