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Kentucky and Ohio Medicaid leaders to share insights at 2017 health Data! Forum

Free conference is Oct. 23 in Erlanger

LOUISVILLE, Ky (Aug. 30, 2017) – Helping communities harness data to improve health is the focus of the 2017 Data! Forum, where experts will showcase novel and effective uses of health data.

Hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health, the 2017 theme for the Data! Forum is “Using Data to Foster Health Innovation.” The morning keynote speaker is Aaron Truchil, of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. Truchil, director of analytics and informatics at the New Jersey coalition, will discuss “hotspotting,” which the coalition defines as using data to identify “super-utilizers” of health care, those with complex needs and chronic conditions. The coalition then addresses the medical needs as well as non-medical issues that affect their health, including housing, mental health, substance abuse, and emotional support.

Attendance at the Forum is free, but registration is required (register here). The forum runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern) Oct. 23 at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd, in Erlanger. The forum is intended for non-profit and philanthropic organizations, entrepreneurs, hospitals, health departments, community planners, health advocates and researchers.

Additional speakers include:

  • Barbara Sears, Director of the Ohio Department of Medicaid; and
  • Gilbert C. Liu, MD, MS, Medical Director of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services, and Chair of Urban Health Policy Research at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

In addition, local entrepreneurs, researchers, agencies and organizations will share the latest innovations to improve population health in Kentucky and Ohio communities.

“Information from claims and other health data has tremendous potential to improve community health, especially when used to design interventions at the front end, before people become chronically ill,” said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “Our partnership with Interact for Health in hosting Data! Forum enables us to bring together authorities from all levels to share what’s working, and what’s still needed to design even more effective individual and community health plans.”

For questions about the Data! Forum, contact Rachelle Seger, [email protected], or (877) 326-2583.

Since the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky opened in 2001, it has invested more than $27 million in health policy research and advocacy, as well as demonstration project grants across the commonwealth. Funded by an endowment, its mission of the nonpartisan Foundation is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity.