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Social Determinants of Health: What’s Happening on a National, State, and Local Level


July 29, 2021
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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The Search for Solutions Starts Here.


By looking at what is happening nationally, statewide, and locally, participants will have a greater insight into the causes and potential answers to health inequalities that happen in rural Illinois. Presenters will be discussing ideas on policy,  innovation, infrastructure, and collaboration that are happening now. This is a virtual conference.


  • Addressing Social Determinants of Health at the National Level: Overview of Key Congressional and Administrative Actions to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of HealthMelissa Quick, Co-Chair for Aligning for Health
    • Learn about congressional and administrative actions to help address social determinates, with a particular focus on rural and underserved populations.
  • Impact of Substance Abuse on Community HealthAmy Ronshausen, Drug-Free America
    • Explore the impact of the current drug crisis and it's impact on community health.
  • The Build Health Challenge: Shifting Social Determinants of Health in the Community - Melissa Monbouquetee, MPH, Deputy Director of Build Health Challenge
    • Learn about the BUILD model which can support communities in their effort to shift social determinants of health. This model includes equity-driven systems change, upstream approaches, cross-sector partnership, community leadership, and leveraging data.
  • Population Health in Illinois: Innovations and OpportunitiesHeather Whetsell, Administrative Director of SIU School of Medicine's Department of Population Science and Policy
    • Pre-pandemic, rural residents suffered from “the Five D’s” – Disadvantage, Disparities, Disconnection, Deserts and lack of Development. Understand how the impact of COVID-19 has amplified existing issues and created new challenges.
  • Building Community Based Organization's Infrastructure for Public Health - Tracy Smith, Director of Community Health and Programs at Illinois Public Health Association
    • Understand the intersection of public health and economic prosperity and how to be a steward of this movement.
  • SIU Community Health Worker ProgramChantel Bowen, Community Health Worker and Nicholas Banning Community Outreach Worker, SIU School of Medicine
    • Learn how community health workers provide basic health and medical care and how this work improves the well-being of patients and communities.
  • Communities in Action: How Small Rural Counties in Southern Illinois Came Together to Collaborate - Woody Thorne, Vice President, Community Affairs and Chief Development Officer, Southern Illinois Healthcare
    • Discover how multi=sectoral, cross collaborative efforts have been formed in Southern Illinois. Regional strategies for improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities will be shared.

Cost: $25.00 per individual or $135.00 per facility.  No charge for VIP subscribers.

3.5 Contact Hours for nurses and social workers.

This webinar will be recorded.

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $824,375 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.