CHI's 4th National Conference was a big success!

This year's 4th National Conference, Transforming Care Through Disruptive Design, held in Washington, DC, October 26-29, 2013, was a success! We had just under 300 attendees including clinicians, policy makers, administrators, students and many other professionals who joined us from 36 states and 3 foreign countries.

Exciting Keynote Speeches:

Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation opened the conference with her keynote speech, "A New Era of Patient Engagement.

Dr. Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine closed the conference with his talk titled, "Transforming Healthcare: Beyond the Affordable Care Act"

Five Instructive Panels:

The Strong Start Initiative; Health Disparities and the Impact on Perinatal Populations; The Triple Aim: How Do We Lower Cost?; The Affordable Care Act: Impact on Access and Quality; Centering Healthcare Research Updates

Engaging Breakout Sessions:

We had 23 breakout sessions which covered topics such as patient recruitment, system redesign, national maternal and child health initiatives, social media, seeking funding, among many others.

Tuesday Session:

We started out the morning with a dialogue between Dr. Michael Lu, Associate Administrator of HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau and Dr. Charles Homer, President/CEO of National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality. Their discussion had a life course focus on the relationship of maternal child health to chronic disease.

The second session focused on patient engagement. Debra Keith, Director of Midwifery Services at Providence Hospital and a Centering patient from that site, and Sue Sheridan, Director of Patient Engagement at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) provided a framework for patient engagement at both the community and national levels.

WellCare Hero Award

WellCare Foundation presented Dr. Amy Picklesimer and Sarah Covington-Kolb an award in recognition of the outstanding work for CenteringPregnancy that they are doing in South Carolina.

Special Luncheon Speaker:

US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, joined us during Sunday lunch to discuss "Health and Education: Getting Our Babies off to a Great Start". A short piece of his talk can be accessed on the YouTube video.

Attendees were able to earn up to 14 contact hours for continuing education.

Reflections from participants were very positive!

"I was SO impressed with the caliber of people and the variety of topics presented. Thank you for bringing the Centering community together to strengthen our efforts on the ground and help us all benefit from the power of many committed hearts and minds all focusing on the same goal."

"The comprehensive quality of the Conference was commendable. But of course, I wouldn't have expected anything less from CHI. The networking was outstanding!"

"WOW!! What a great conference! I loved the warm and supportive atmosphere that has always been a part of my CenteringPregnancy trainings in the past."

Centering Healthcare Institute thanks our National Conference Sponsors!

Duchesnay USA
March of Dimes
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
United Way of Greater Atlanta
University of Maryland Medical Center
Providence Hospital Foundation
American College of Nurse Midwives
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Wake Forest Baptist Health/Department of Family and Community Medicine and Downtown Health Plaza
Northwest Community Care Network
United Health Center for Health Reform and Modernization
University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
WellPoint, Inc.
Yale School of Nursing



We also are grateful to the 20 individual sponsors
who contributed between $50 and $1000!