2015 NCLR Health Summit: Day One Recap

The 2015 NCLR Health Summit got underway this week in San Antonio. Affiliates and representatives from several organizations across the country gathered in the Lone Star State for the fourth annual summit to talk about the built environment and what it means for Latino health. Below is a  recap of the first day of the summit. Follow @NCLRHealth for live updates of day two.

The morning started with opening remarks from Dr. Esteban Lopez who set the tone for the two-day summit.

Next up was John Govea of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who closed out the morning session.

Mr. Govea prepared attendees for the day’s first sessions, which included two breakouts on the health at home and how to expand the role of promotoras.

During the session on promotoras, Martha Moore-Monroy from Arizona shared with attendees how they’re helping to expand the role of promotoras in their community.

In the session on home health, YWCA El Paso del Norte Region’s Elke Cumming, talked about her organization’s innovative approach to housing seniors.

After the morning sessions, attendees were treated to a working lunch, which included a presentation from Eli Lilly Company’s director of social media and digital communications, Robyn Orth.

After lunch, it was time to get the blood flowing again in time for the afternoon sessions. Nutritionist Ana Primera led guests in hour-long session on how to stay active at work.

The final sessions of the day included workshops on how to be more effective at grassroots advocacy, and healthy aging in the Latino community.

Johanna Barraza-Cannon provides an overview of the state and federal landscape of the Affordable Care Act.

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And with that, day one of the 2015 NCLR Health Summit came to a close. Be sure to follow #NCLR15 and @NCLRHealth today for more updates from the final day of the summit.

NCLR Hosts Conference on Community Health Worker Programs

This week, NCLR, along with Peers for Progress, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, hosted experts from across the country for a convening titled, “National Consensus Conference: Implementation and Dissemination Issues for Peer Support/Community Health Worker/Promotora de Salud Interventions and the Affordable Care Act”.

The National Peer Support Collaborative Learning Network, a collaboration of Peers for Progress and NCLR supported by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Together on Diabetes Initiative, has been the vehicle that for the work we have done over the last couple of years that we discussed during the convening.

For example, one of the objectives of the meeting was to review the Call to Action on Peer Support under the Affordable Care Act. Over the last several months, Harvard Center for Health Law Policy & Innovation, Peers for Progress, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and NCLR drafted a Call to Action highlighting opportunities under the Affordable Care Act to integrate and implement peer support or community health worker programs into preventative services. We are currently seeking other organizations to endorse the document and help us to spread the word. If your organization is interest in endorsing this document, please contact Manuela McDonough at mmcdonough@nclr.org

Another objective of the convening was to organize visits with Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill. We conducted visits with legislative staff from the offices of Senators Durbin, Franken, and Brown. It was great to meet with them to increase awareness and support of peer support/CHW programs and to advocate for continued funding of the Affordable Care Act.