The Partnership for Public Health

Improving Hospital-Community Partnerships to Support Health Systems Transformation

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Moving meaningfully towards healthy communities means that health care providers, public health agencies, and community-based organizations need to effectively coordinate their efforts together. Yet how can these efforts go beyond basic assessment to active collaboration? What are those key ingredients to begin successful cross-sector community health efforts?

As part of the Partnership for Public Health project, a joint effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Hospital Association (AHA), and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), this webinar will explore key insights, tips, advice, and leading practices from program participants on coming together as a cross-sector collaborative or consortia from both the hospital and public health perspectives. 


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Thought Leaders

Peter Holtgrave
Senior Director of Public Health Infrastructure and Systems
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
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Peter L. Holtgrave, MA, MPH, is the Senior Director of Public Health Infrastructure and Systems at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), where he oversees the organization’s Performance Improvement, Workforce Development, Public Health Transformation, and Health Equity and Social Justice portfolios. Mr. Holtgrave brings over 18 years of public health experience, including serving as the National Health Manager at the OASIS Institute, a national nonprofit focused on healthy and productive aging, managing the evaluation of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities national initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and directing programs for the Boston Public Health Commission.

Andrew Jager
Director of Population Health
American Hospital Association
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Andrew Jager is Director, Population Health with the American Hospital Association (AHA)’s Center for Health Innovation. Mr. Jager supports the AHA’s population and community health work by managing studies and initiatives on performance and quality improvement activities in hospitals and health systems, clinical-community linkages in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and promoting innovation in health care systems. Prior to joining AHA, Jager was a senior researcher in the American Medical Association’s Ethics Group where he conducted studies on medical ethics and professionalism. He also has developed and validated measures related to how contextual factors impact patient care quality and well-being, and managed programs related to communication effectiveness and health disparities reduction. Jager holds a MA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies and a BA from Beloit College.

Kirstin Craciun, MPP, MSW
Director for Community Outreach
Center for Health Affairs
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Kirstin Craciun, MPP, MSW, is the director of community outreach for The Center for Health Affairs. In this capacity, Craciun helps member hospitals conduct community health needs assessments (CHNAs) and co-led efforts to develop the first joint collaborative community health assessment in Cuyahoga County in 2018 that brought together hospital and public health partners. Craciun leads The Center’s CHNA Roundtable, which brings individuals from the hospital community and other essential stakeholders together to share best practices, support one another and discuss opportunities for collaboration. Craciun has presented to an array of national, state and local audiences including hospital CEOs and other C-level hospital personnel, health commissioners, business leaders, consumer advocates and healthcare consumers.

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