The Secret Sauce: Highlights From Our Public-Private Partnerships Panel Event at the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting

When it comes to partnerships, how do you define success? What qualities come to mind when you think of a good example of a healthy partnership?

On November 10, 2018, Heluna Health hosted a live panel discussion at the 2018 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting to explore the key elements of successful partnerships that can lead to systems change at scale to improve population health. Our President and CEO, Blayne Cutler, MD, PhD, sat down with four innovative leaders who are working to improve health outcomes at the intersection of government, nonprofit and corporate sectors to glean insights from their collaborative experiences. Trust, shared passion, shared accountability, and opportunities to learn and fail were just some of the key ingredients that made up the secret sauce for each of them.

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Somava (Soma) Stout, MD, MS, Vice President at Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and Executive Lead of the 100 Million Healthier Lives movement, Patrick McGovern, Vice President of Government Affairs at Gilead Sciences, Inc., Vivian Vasallo, Partnerships and Innovation Director at Fannie Mae, and Jake Segal, Vice President of Advisory Services at Social Finance spoke with Dr. Cutler about some of the key wins and challenges they’ve experienced in their work to flip healthcare delivery and public health system models. Each of them shared their perspectives on how AI and big data can improve health, including how we test and support those impacted by AIDS and HIV, how we improve access to healthy housing, and how we can leverage technology to address systemic inequities and biases to ensure everyone has equal access to the care they need. The group also shared their insights on policy, research, and other social impact investment models, such as the ‘pay for success’ (PFS) model.

Each panelist brought a unique angle to the ways that partnerships can bridge gaps across systems to improve health outcomes. Here are some of the key takeaways that our audience of over 150 population health leaders came away with as the APHA Annual Meeting officially kicked off:

  • the need for baked-in financial incentives for all partners
  • the importance of shared vocabulary
  • developing iterative processes beyond business-as-usual
  • finding ways to share data in real-time
  • setting audacious goals that all partners can come together to achieve
  • knowing when to say no and walk away from unsuccessful partnerships

Whether you were there with us in-person, watched via the Facebook Live stream or are ready to dive in to the video recording, we hope the discussion continues to inspire you to build strong relationships within and across organizations to improve the health and well-being of the communities you serve!