Tue • Feb

Tuesday, February 28, 2017



Reception 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM; Presentation 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Sponsored by:

The Academy Sections on Social Work and Health Care Delivery


Free for Academy Fellows & Members
Free for Students* - to register please email lgardin@nyam.org
$20 general admission
*Students must show proof of current student ID upon arrival

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There is a growing understanding that social determinants of health influence the health of populations of older adults, persons with disabilities, people with chronic illnesses, and low income families. With the right incentives, community-based organizations (CBOs) can provide care management/care coordination for at risk populations. However, CBOs often lack the fiscal, technical and/or political skills to negotiate agreements with hospitals and other payers in order to provide care or services in the community for the populations they serve.

A national initiative from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) is helping community-based organizations partner and contract with health care systems and payers in order to improve population health and reduce health care costs. Through this initiative CBOs receive technical assistance to learn how to work with health care delivery systems to provide health-related services that address the social determinants of health. Not only do CBOs provide much needed social and community services (e.g., nutrition, transportation, social engagement and caregiver support programs) that impact health, but they also have a long history of successfully engaging at risk populations.

Such services are now important to health systems that are seeking to not only improve health, but also potentially lower health care costs by decreasing the need for emergency room and hospital use. With the technical assistance provided by the ACL, dozens of CBOs have successfully partnered with health care providers and payers, and are developing new revenue streams derived from the partnerships.

In New York State, DSRIP focuses on reducing hospitalizations and readmissions through community partnerships. But of the 20 Performing Provider Systems (PPS) in the state, only a few have met the expectations for strong and working community partnerships. A recent PPS assessment at midpoint of the 5 year contracts found only a small handful of PPS Hospital Systems that have been given a "satisfactory" for community partner engagement - Staten Island is one of them. The Staten Island PPS has been cited by the NYS Department of Health for its excellence in community engagement.

This program will:
1. Highlight local and national models of successful partnership between CBOs and hospital systems.
2. Showcase initiatives that have strengthened or can strengthen the capacity of CBOs to partner with health systems.

Keynote speaker:
Marisa Scala-Foley will present information on the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) efforts to help prepare CBOs for effective partnerships with health care entities, including the public-private partnership that funds the Aging and Disability Business Institute. Panelists will provide further details and examples relevant to New York CBOs.

Marisa Scala-Foley leads ACL’s work on business acumen providing national leadership to help states and CBOs forge networks and be part of delivery system reforms happening around the country. This includes technical assistance not just for deploying evidence-based programs, but also for building states’ and CBOs’ business capacity to promote successful partnerships and contract with integrated care entities, and shape pathways to sustainability for aging and disability organizations. Since 2012, ACL has been funding the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, and other grantees and consultants to provide technical assistance to networks of agencies to help them develop new funding streams by contracting with the health sector. This work has become a strategic priority for the agency. From 2012 to 2020, ACL has committed more than $6 million to bolster the business capacity of aging and disability organizations through various grants and contracts.


Diane Arneth, RN, MPA is Executive Director of Community Health Action of Staten Island, a Member of Brightpoint Health.  Community Health Action of Staten Island is a community partner of the Staten Island PPS, provides direct services in the community for low income people with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses, substance users (drug treatment, harm reduction, recovery services), LBGTQ individuals and persons with criminal justice and domestic violence involvement, as well as emergency feeding and benefits services and mobile-based health outreach, prevention education and screening for diabetes, hypertension, HIV and Hepatitis C.

Joseph G. Conte, PhD, CPHQ Executive Director of the Staten Island Performing Provider System (PPS) or SIPPS. PPS’ goal is to achieve the “Triple Aim” for the 180,000 Medicaid patients in the community. The PPS coordinates the efforts of the local teaching hospitals and over 75 community based partners. Dr. Conte has over 30 years experience in leadership positions at several hospitals and health systems in the New York metropolitan area.

Christopher A. Langston, PhD, Vice President, HealthCare Services, Aging in New York Fund. Dr. Langston is an executive, health services researcher, and national leader in philanthropy with 20 years of experience in transforming health care to improve outcomes and value in the care of older Americans. He is currently Vice President for HealthCare Services at the Aging in New York Fund, the non-profit arm of New York City’s Department for the Aging, and director of ANYF’s Management Services Organization.

Event series:
Section and Workgroup Events