Objectives and Tracks

Summit Objectives

By the conclusion of the Summit, participants will be able to:

Description of Summit Tracks

Policy and Action in Chronic Disease Prevention
The Summit will highlight programs, policies, and initiatives focused specifically on the primary prevention of chronic disease. It is widely acknowledged that most chronic diseases can be prevented using existing scientific evidence. The challenge is to develop public (and private) policies that simultaneously promote health and have general public appeal.

Community Development/Grassroots Strategies
Summit speakers will illustrate the use of community development to support or complement chronic disease prevention and management. Sessions will illustrate successful projects whereby community members worked together to identify community strengths and needs and address common issues that affect health.

Physical and Built Environment
Summit sessions will explore how the health of people is affected by a range of physical and social environments including the home, school, workplace, neighborhood, community, region and society at large. The manner in which we plan and construct our communities influences our health through the opportunity it provides for healthy physical activity and social interaction. Together, multiple disciplines play key roles in monitoring and minimizing: (1) the risk of injury among all age groups across various settings; (2) the effects of adverse exposures whether it is food insecurity, inaccessibility of transit, inaccessibility to green space conducive to active living; and (3) the risk and impact of unstable housing and homelessness.

Health Inequalities and Inequities
Participants will better understand the affect on quality of health by the conditions in which people live and work. As the gap between the “have” and “have not” continues to widen, inequalities that can be observed and measured will continue to grow. Health and illness follow a social gradient: the lower the socioeconomic position, the worse the health. Despite the cumulative body of evidence characterizing the origins, inequalities and inequities in health continue to persist within and between communities and counties.

Patient Self-Management
Participants will discover how patient self-management can help improve chronic disease care and curb the escalating economic and public health impact of chronic illness. Through daily decisions about diet, exercise, stress management, and medications, people with chronic illness can be encouraged to play a central role in determining the course of their diseases. However, to be successful, they need the support of their health care provider teams to make and sustain changes in these areas. Successful strategies for self-management support, system redesign and patient flow, training, and measurement are all components of effective health care provider support for persons with chronic disease.

Learn more about the substantial impact that injuries have on the lives of individuals, their families, and society. The consequences of injuries can be extensive and wide ranging encompassing physical, emotional, and financial debilitation; in the case of disabling injuries, the consequences are enduring. Sessions will highlight successful efforts to prevent injuries and minimize their consequences.

Quality of Care
Quality health care is vital to improving the health of the population.   Discover best practices for improving the quality of preventive care that will lead to reducing the burden of chronic disease and its associated healthcare costs. Quality of care for chronic disease and injury goals include practices related to safety and quality, effectiveness, efficiency, and organizational excellence.  Patients experience fewer health complications and physicians see increased adherence to evidence-based medical practices and have more satisfaction with healthier patients. Employers have a more productive and healthier workforce while payers see a reduction in healthcare costs.

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