Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

How to Build Healthier Communities: From the Opioid Crisis to Social Determinants

October 11, 2019 | 12:00 PM
01:45 PM ET



Dirksen Senate Office Building
Room G50
(C and First Streets NE Entrance)
Washington, DC 20002

Lunch Provided at 11:45 AM

This briefing in Washington, DC featured forward-thinking leaders whose expertise spans the public and private sectors to share their insights on how to build healthier communities by addressing social determinants of health and the opioid crisis. Topics of discussion included:

  • An update from CDC on their latest opioid overdose prevention efforts and new guidance on opioid prescribing
  • Successful community-led partnerships to fight hunger in rural America and address the drivers of food insecurity
  • State and local initiatives tackling the root causes of health inequities by redesigning health care delivery to meet social needs


Donald M. Berwick
Former CMS Administrator under President Obama
Curtis Barnett
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Grant Baldwin
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Craig E. Samitt
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Nancy Chockley
NIHCM Foundation

Presentation Slides

"NIHCM Introduction Slides" - Nancy Chockley
"What Makes Us Sick: Getting Real about Social Determinants of Health" - Donald Berwick
"A Fearless Food Fight: Helping to Address Food Insecurity in Arkansas" - Curtis Barnett
"Focusing on the 'Ounce'" - Craig Samitt
"The Opioid Overdose Epidemic: CDC Response" PART 1 - Grant Baldwin
"The Opioid Overdose Epidemic: CDC Response" PART 2 - Grant Baldwin

Additional Resources