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University of Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium

2020 Symposium Canceled

Gov. Mike DeWine asked all of the state's colleges and universities to take immediate, aggressive action to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the state.

At the governor's urging and with the support of Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, the University of Dayton is canceling all University-sponsored on-campus events and gatherings effective Wednesday, March 11, until further notice.

This year’s symposium scheduled for March 28 is thus cancelled. Those who have paid a registration fee will be reimbursed and can expect an email confirming this reimbursement.

Thanks to all who had planned to attend. We appreciate your support and hope to see you next spring for the 2021 University of Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium. 

Innovations in Health Engagement

The eleventh annual University of Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 28, 2020 in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Union on the University of Dayton campus.

About the Symposium

The University of Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium is a unique opportunity for University of Dayton students, alumni, health care professionals and community members to come together for a day of dialogue and continuing education.

Our recent symposia have focused on the fact that most of health – possibly up to 80% – comes from factors outside of what we usually do in the clinic or hospital. What are some of the ways that healthy communities have engaged their residents in caring for their health through innovative initiatives? What are some initiatives available or on the horizon in Dayton? Of special interest this year, we want to explore how our communities of faith and the health care system can work synergistically to improve whole person/whole family/whole community health? How can a provider better encourage patients to invest in their health through such programs and initiatives? How can communities better address social determinants of health
through a care coordination model using community health workers? These are some of the questions to be addressed in the 2020 University of Dayton & Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and polices of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Wright State University (WSU) and Miami Valley Hospital.

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Featured Presentations

Keynote Address:  Church Health and the model for healthy living

Dr. Scott Morris

Dr. Morris will discuss a unique approach to addressing social determinants of health based on the work of Church Health in Memphis, TN. Scott Morris, M.D. is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Church Health in Memphis, which opened in 1987 to provide quality, affordable healthcare for working, uninsured people and their families. Thanks to a broad base of financial support from the faith community, and the volunteered help of doctors, nurses, dentists and others, Church Health has grown to become the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the nationTheir approach involves assessing patients using their model of healthy living and providing a holistic array of programs and services that range from cooking classes to mindfulness meditation to preschool programs. Dr. Morris will discuss the quality improvement measures used by Church Health in their care for the working uninsured. More about Dr. Morris >

Digging into patient engagement

Dr. Paul Hershberger

There are significant costs to the relative absence of patient engagement in the management of health, both for patients and clinicians. Fortunately, an opportunity for the promotion of more effective patient engagement rests with wider adoption of a three-decades-old approach to interaction with patients that itself has potential to reduce clinician susceptibility to burnout. In this presentation, Dr. Paul Hershberger will discuss evidence of suboptimal patient engagement in today’s healthcare environment, discuss why prevailing approaches to patient engagement fall short and identify ingredients for more effective patient engagement. More about Dr. Hershberger >

Pathways HUB:  Collaborating to solve social determinants of health

Lisa Henderson and Jenelle Hoseus

How can community partners collaborate to improve local health outcomes by connecting individuals with the particular resources they need? Lisa Henderson and Jenelle Hoseus will discuss the evidence-based Community Pathways HUB model and how it has been implemented in Ohio. They will also describe how the Dayton region plans to use this model to work with at-risk populations. More about our presenters >

Local Spotlight Panel

Premier Health’s Barbershop Health Program was launched in April of 2019.  The goal of the program was to reach African-American men and women to discuss and promote better health.  Taking place in a non-traditional but convenient community setting, the program has seen successful outcomes in a short period of time. Yonathan Kebede will discuss the program which includes medical training for the barbers and offers health screenings and follow up through Premier Community Health.  Blood pressure, cholesterol, A1C Hemoglobin and body mass index measures are part of the screening.  Thus far the program has served several hundred participants. 

 We all know the role of food in improving and maintaining health. Yet, barriers often stand in the way of healthy eating. Dayton Children’s Food Equity Manager Emily Callen will discuss skill, cost, access and education barriers to healthy eating and strategies to engage  families in  overcoming these common barriers.

When is it better to develop social support systems instead of or in addition to seeing patients in a clinic or office? CenteringPregnancy programs transform prenatal care by bringing women out of examination rooms and into groups for their care. Lifestages Centers for Women, offers the only certified CenteringPregnancy group in Dayton. Heather Bruns will describe the concept of centering pregnancy, discuss the local centering program and identify the positive impact this program has on patients.

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