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Primary Care Symposium: Enhancing Care with Community Health Workers

Indiana State Department of Health

Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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Please join us in learning how clinics, hospitals and managed care entities are improving population health and reducing costs in partnership with community health workers (CHWs) at the Primary Care Symposium:

 Enhancing Care with Community Health Workers

Thursday, September 5, 2013

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Indiana Government Center South - Conference Center

402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN


State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. will provide opening comments.

 Keynote Speakers


Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS, is the Director of the Division of Population Health for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, he directs programmatic and research activities in community health promotion, arthritis, aging, health care utilization and racial and ethnic disparities in health. He has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals and has authored several book chapters. Dr. Giles has been the recipient of numerous awards including the CDC′s Charles C. Shepard Award in Assessment and Epidemiology, and the Jeffrey P. Koplan Award.



Bernard J. Emkes, MD, is the Medical Director of Managed Care Services at St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis where he is focused on improving hospital efficiency, assuring payments for appropriately provided services, and reducing payment denials. He has worked to improve processes across various departments of the organization, worked with medical staff physicians on specific cases, and worked with various insurance plans and medical directors to improve quality, reduce utilization and costs, and to begin to change the culture of the St. Vincent organization and the medical staff.

Linda Grosser, RN, CPNP, CPHQ, is the Director of Innovation and Quality for Cooperative Managed Care Services. In her role as Quality Director, Linda works with health plans to achieve improvement with Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) quality scores for National Committee for Quality Assurance accreditation, improvement in the health status of the member population, and to optimize Pay for Performance compensation. Linda is dedicated to improving health care in our Indiana communities, especially for our most vulnerable populations of women and children, and those with chronic medical and behavioral health conditions.


Cost: There is no cost to attend



  • Identify evidence-based strategies to improve population health with CHWs
  • Explore opportunities to achieve Patient Centered Medical Home and Meaningful Use with CHWs
  • Define national, state and local levers for integrating CHWs in primary care and public health

Breakout sessions will feature concrete examples of how CHWs are enhancing health.

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We look forward to seeing you!


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When & Where

Indiana Government Center South
402 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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Indiana State Department of Health


To promote and provide essential public health services.


A healthier and safer Indiana

ISDH Core Values:

  • Health Promotion and Prevention
  • Vaccines—providing for those who can't afford
  • Equitable Care—community health centers
  • Vital Records
  • Health Protection
    • Regulatory
    • Food
    • Environmental
    • Laboratory
  • Collaboration with Local Health Departments
  • Data Collection, analysis, and information dissemination
  • Evidence-based best practices for public health promotion, training, and health care quality


Agency Strategic Priorities:

The Indiana State Department of Health believes that the following agency priorities will have the most impact on the way it operates and on its ability to deliver on its Mission and Vision:

  • Decrease disease incidence and burden
  • Improve response and preparedness networks and capabilities
  • Reduce administrative costs through improving operational efficiencies
  • Recruitment, evaluation, and retention of top talent in public health
  • Better use of information and data from electronic sources to develop and sponsor outcomes-driven programs
  • Improve relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders, coalitions, and networks throughout the State and the nation


2013 Top Public Health Priorities:

  • Reduce Infant Mortality
  • Increase childhood immunizations (19-35 month olds primary focus)
  • Reduce Adult Obesity
  • Reduce Adult Smoking
  • Stand Up Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education



  Contact the Organizer
  News and Updates
2013-09-03 14:35:07

Dear Colleague,

We are very excited to attend Thursday's Primary Care Symposium: Enhancing Care with Community Health Workers.

Below are a few notes regarding travel, parking, lunch and agenda.

Travel to Indianapolis

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, I-65/I-70 between the South Split and North Split in downtown Indianapolis will be closed approximately 59 days for road reconstruction.  For alternate routes,

Parking at the Indiana Government Center South

402 W Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN

The Senate Avenue Garage The Senate Avenue Garage is open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Public parking is not available at the Senate Avenue Garage during the legislative session. Hours may vary due to special events.

The Washington Street Garage The Washington Street Garage is open 24 hours a day except for State observed holidays. During the legislative session, public parking is restricted to weekends. State employees may use their access card to park in the Washington Street Garage on weekends, after hours, or during special event without paying visitor parking rates.

Senate Avenue/Washington Street Garage Daily Visitor Parking Rates (Not available during the legislative session)

Up to 3 hours:$3.00

3-8 hours: $7.00

8-12 hours: $10.00

12 hours and more or lost ticket: $15.00


Attendees are welcome to purchase lunch at the Indiana Government Center South Cafeteria.


The agenda will be posted on September 4, 2013 at

We look forward to seeing you!



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