Creating Accountable

Communities for Health:

Catalyzing Integrative Approaches to

Obesity and Mental Health  

A September 2014 working conference to accelerate the implementation of place-based health creation.

Who Should Attend

Leaders in Health Care, Community Benefit Representatives, Public Health and Human Services, Clinicians, Community Service Organizations, Education, Businesses, Elected Officials, Philanthropic and Faith-based organizations, Health Insurers.


Across the country, communities are looking for new ideas and new  approaches to health and resilience. The Affordable Care Act has created a requirement for healthcare leaders to think differently, to learn a public health lexicon and to reach outside of hospital walls for new allies and collaborations. Public health and community development practitioners and leaders are realizing the need to redouble their efforts to improve the health and socio-economic conditions in communities by understanding the complex relationships between community issues such as food access, employment, mental health, and health. As well, clinicians are adopting new clinical approaches that utilize collaborative teams, address the root cause of disease and embrace the art and science of connection.   

Together these constituencies are now in a position to align strategies to effectively move the needle on place based health creation and develop collaborative stewardship of our health commons - the multitude of resources available for medical services and health promotion. This one day working conference is designed for health care, human service, clinical and community leadership interested in accessing and developing the tools necessary to improve community benefit, develop new collaboratives, support an effective Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process, respond to the requirements of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model and support the development of Accountable Communities for Health.

With a focus on two unique spheres within the health commons - food and mental health - attendees will learn from national leaders and engage in facilitated dialogue and workshops to explore shared solutions for two of the top most identified community health needs – obesity prevention and mental health.

Join healthcare, public health and community leaders in a conversation about the challenge put forward by the Affordable Care Act to “create healthier communities”. Ideas, resources and successes from around the country and the region will provide the groundwork for place based collaborations. 

CE Information
This program offers 6.0 contact hours of continuing education. It is the individuals responsibility to determine whether this education activity meets the continuing education requirements of their respective licensures and/or professional boards.