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University Symposium on Population Health: Building Bridges for Healthier Communities

Monday, October 23 | 1–5:30 p.m. CT
Tuesday, October 24 | 12–4:30 p.m. CT

Mike and Josie Harper Center, Creighton University Campus

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Join us as we launch Creighton’s Institute for Population Health and discuss the importance of population health and how, together, we can help create healthier communities and improve health equity.

Monday, October 23

1-1:30 p.m. – Creighton Leadership Welcome & Announcement

  • Speakers:
    • Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, President
    • Mardell A. Wilson, EdD, RDN, Provost
    • Robert “Bo” Dunlay, MD, Dean, School of Medicine
    • Scott Shipman, MD, MPH, CyncHealth Endowed Chair for Population Health, Executive Director, Institute for Population Health

1:30-2:45 p.m. – National Panel: How Population Health Builds Healthier Communities

The U.S. is on a steady path of excess spending on healthcare relative to the rest of the world, while disparities in health status, access to care and health-related outcomes grow wider. Fortunately, there is a growing movement to bring healthcare, social services, public health, community-based resources and expertise, the business sector, and philanthropy into greater alignment and partnership. Building these bridges is essential. Our national panelists represent distinct perspectives with a deep commitment to achieving better, more equitable health for all.


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    Philip Alberti

    Philip Alberti, PhD
    Senior Director, Health Equity Research & Policy; Founding Director, AAMC Center for Health Justice, Association of American Medical Colleges

    A population health scientist, whose professional commitment to health equity research and action spans more than 20 years, Alberti is a widely published and frequent public speaker. He has served on advisory boards and expert panels for numerous organizations and federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Alberti founded the AAMC’s Center for Health Justice in 2021.

    Prior to joining the AAMC in 2012, Alberti worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he led research, evaluation and planning efforts for a bureau that promoted health equity between neighborhoods. He holds a PhD in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and was a Fellow in the National Institute of Mental Health’s Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program. 

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     Marijka Grey

    Marijka Grey, MD, MBA, FACP
    Vice President, Ambulatory Transformation and Innovation, Physician Enterprise, CommonSpirit Health

    Grey leads a team of innovators who work on advancing all aspects of care: from the physical environment to clinical and administrative workflows and day-to-day care of patients. Her work spans the more than 2,000 ambulatory sites of CommonSpirit’s 24-state footprint, and she has been recognized with a 2022 systemwide award for innovation for utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to decrease the manual burden of the intake process on clinical and administrative staff.

    She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and, as a practicing internist, has been awarded the distinction of Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She received her Master of Business Administration from the Richard J. Bolte School of Business at Mount Saint Mary’s University and was named one of Diversity MBA’s “Top 100 under 50 in Corporate America” in 2021. She is on the boards of the American Medical Group Association and the Catholic Health Association.

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    Helen Hughes
    Helen Hughes, MD, MPH
    Medical Director, Office of Telemedicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine; Medical Director, Pediatric Telemedicine, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

    Hughes is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and practices general pediatrics in East Baltimore. After earning an undergraduate degree at Haverford College, Hughes attended medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and received a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

    She completed a residency in pediatrics and served as chief resident at Johns Hopkins, where she stayed on to complete a health equity research fellowship in general academic pediatrics. In addition to her work in telemedicine, she is an Epic Physician Builder and co-chairs the Johns Hopkins Patient Family Centered Design (MyChart) committee.

2:45-3 p.m. – Break

3-4:15 p.m. – Population Health in Action at Creighton: A Dialogue

Creighton has a wealth of leadership in service to population health and advancing health justice, in alignment with the University’s mission. This session will feature several Creighton leaders in a discussion that highlights their contributions and insights, including opportunities to extend authentic partnerships to further our collective impact.

  • Speakers:
    • Jason Beste, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Executive Director, Arrupe Global Scholars and Partnerships Program, School of Medicine (Phoenix campus)
    • Ronn Johnson, PhD, Professor, Senior Associate Dean, Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging, School of Medicine  
    • Autumn Woolpert, Junior, Finance and Biology Major
    • Joshua Fershée, JD, Professor, Dean, School of Law  
    • Maureen Tierney, MD, MS, Professor, Associate Dean, Clinical Research and Public Health, School of Medicine
    • Jill Wallen, BDS, MS, Professor, Dean, School of Dentistry  
    • Rebecca Ann Davis, DNP, APHN-BC, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
    • Scott Shipman, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Institute for Population Health, CyncHealth Endowed Professor

4:15-4:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks

4:30-5:30 p.m. – Reception

Tuesday, October 24

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Check-in & Networking Lunch

12:30-12:45 p.m. – Welcome & Overview of the Institute

12:45-1:45 p.m. – Advancing Population Health through Human-Centered Design

Human-centered design (HCD) is an approach to problem-solving that brings diverse perspectives together to identify, brainstorm and iteratively develop solutions to meet a population’s needs. HCD is different from some other approaches with its focus on understanding the end-user’s experience and on engaging stakeholders as solutions are developed. This session will feature national leaders that use an HCD approach to improve healthcare systems, engage with the communities and ultimately advance population health.

  • Speakers:
    • Hans VanDerShaaf, PhD, MPA, Digital Health Strategist, Oregon Health & Science University 
    • Anthony Cheng, MD, Medical Director, Office of Digital Health, Oregon Health & Science University 

1:45-2:45 p.m. – Addressing Social Determinants of Health: The Need for Multisector Partnerships

Social determinants of health are critical factors in population health. Improving health for all and advancing health equity can only be achieved by addressing health-related social needs, and doing so effectively requires partnership. Health systems, social services, schools and universities, policymakers, public health and businesses all have a role to play in addressing these fundamental factors. This session will highlight how urban and rural communities, health systems and policymakers focus on understanding these factors, implement strategies and strive to improve these conditions.

  • Speakers:
    • Denise Zwiener, Executive Director, Buffalo County Community Partners 
    • Chris Rodgers, MBA, MPA, Director, Government and Community Relations, Creighton University 
    • Ashley Carroll, MPH, Division Director, Healthy Communities and Community Benefit, CHI Health 
    • Aja Anderson, MPA, CEO, The Wellbeing Partners

2:45-3 p.m. – Break

3-3:45 p.m. – Breakout Sessions Round 1:
Creighton and the Community—Working Together to Address Today’s Health Challenges

  • Breakout A: Doula Support for Maternal Health
    The U.S. has a maternal health crisis — and it’s getting worse. Data shows that the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is more than three times the rate in most other high-income countries, and the rate is strikingly higher for Black women. Doulas have been shown to be effective advocates for women during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and post-partum. Participants will gain insight into the barriers facing many women in accessing culturally sensitive maternal care, and the role of doulas in reducing health disparities and improving maternal health outcomes.
    • Speakers:
      • Deyanna Boston, MD, Assistant Professor, Creighton University School of Medicine
      • Ashlei Spivey, Founder, Executive Director, I Be Black Girl
      • Kelly Nielson, MS, MPH, Director, Omaha Pathways Community HUB, Omaha Community Foundation
  • Breakout B: Violence Prevention for Our Youth
    Youth violence is a pressing population health challenge with devastating consequences.  The impacts extend from youth to families, schools and communities. Given complex root causes, effective violence prevention efforts require the contributions of multiple sectors. In this session, attendees will hear from leaders from youth legal services, health care and community leaders on Omaha’s multipronged efforts to understand and prevent violence among our youth.
    • Speakers:
      • Megan Connelly, DNP, APRN-NP, CPNP-AC/PC, NE-BC, Vice President, Community Health & Advocacy, Children’s Physicians
      • Karla Dush, Director, Community Connections, Creighton University School of Law
      • Teresa Negron, Executive Director, YouTurn
      • Denis Lemus, JD, Staff Attorney at the Juvenile Justice Legal Clinic, Creighton University School of Law

3:50-4:35 p.m. – Breakout Sessions Round 2:
Creighton and the Community—Working Together to Address Today’s Health Challenges

  • Breakout A: Refugee Health & Well-Being
    Nebraska is home to more than 6,000 refugees and growing. Addressing health needs and health-related social needs of the refugee population is critical to resettlement. This requires access to healthcare services, including mental health, as well as identifying social supports such as ESL classes, educational opportunities, jobs, housing and more. Join this session to learn how Creighton, CHI Health and the community are supporting better health and well-being for refugees in Omaha.
    • Speakers:
      • Amy McGaha, MD, FAAFP, Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine; Professor, Creighton University School of Medicine
      • Becca Huju, Program Manager, Local Community Engagement, Schlegel Center for Service and Justice, Creighton University
      • Tanyaradzwa DeWolf, Director, Refugee Services, Refugee Empowerment Center
  • Breakout B: Overcoming Barriers to Access  
    Many communities — urban and rural — lack reliable access to many kinds of care, including medical, mental and behavioral health, and dental services. The barriers are many, and understanding these barriers within specific populations is essential to overcoming them and providing appropriate, timely care to patients. In this session, participants will hear from leaders who are committed to expanding access to care for their communities, both in rural Nebraska and urban Omaha.
    • Speakers:
      • Errik Ejike, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, North Omaha Area Health  
      • Denise Zwiener, Executive Director, Buffalo County Community Partners
      • Shannon Kinnan, MD, psychiatrist, OneWorld Community Health Center, Associate Professor, Creighton University
      • Ashley Aubry, Healthy Smiles, Creighton University  

4:35-4:45 p.m. – Closing Remarks and Next Steps

Register to Attend

Join us as we launch Creighton’s Institute for Population Health and discuss the importance of population health and how, together, we can help create healthier communities and improve health equity.