Community Benefit Connect 6th Annual Convening

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Convening has been cancelled.

May 13, 2020, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hilton Orange County • Costa Mesa, California

The Community Benefit Connect Sixth Annual Convening provides a unique networking opportunity for hospital community benefit professionals and those interested in community benefit. We will discuss current issues and challenges facing you as practitioners and showcase successes

Community benefit professionals from a variety of settings will welcome colleagues and make new connections. At this meeting we will focus on health literacy, data visualization and the impact of community benefit investments.

Join us as we learn from each other; discuss solutions to community challenges, and share advice and ideas. Come be inspired!

Event objectives

  • Meet and connect with community benefit colleagues.
  • Discuss emerging community benefit issues and discover ideas and solutions.


8:00 am
8:30 am
Welcome and Participant Introductions
9:00 am
Investing in Local Health Literacy Projects to Enhance Community Benefit

This session will introduce community benefit professionals to health literacy as a social determinant and critical factor in the health of communities. Community benefit professionals will learn who they can talk to in their communities about health literacy, which groups are most likely to confront health literacy barriers, and how community benefit could be a catalyst for measurable health literacy improvements.

Cynthia Baur, PhD
Professor, Behavioral and Community Health, Endowed Professor and Director of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, University of Maryland

10:30 am
11:00 am
Chart Paths of Success Using Data Visualization

Leverage the power of data to amplify the voices of the communities you serve and maximize the impact of your community benefit programs. In this session you will learn how to create a framework for stakeholder engagement, develop success metrics, and visualize data to communicate your success to various audiences.

Melissa King, PhD, MPA,
and JuHyun Sakota, MPA, People’s Health Solutions, LLC

12 noon
1:00 pm
Leveraging Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Needs Assessment Process for Impact

How does a health organization understand the health of its community? How does an organization understand the impact of its strategies and initiatives on the community? And how does it use that information to drive leadership and staff decisions and planning? This discussion will demonstrate Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Needs Assessment (including our community engagement and quantitative data approaches); our national Community Health strategy (how it is both informed by and informs the CHNA process); our rigorous, outcomes-oriented measurement strategy; and the challenges, barriers, and lessons learned to date. The findings should be of interest to community benefit and evaluation staff who are attempting to improve community health as part of their organizational mission and seeking ways to document their progress toward achieving this challenging goal.

Pamela Schwartz, MPH
Executive Director, Community Health, Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy

2:00 pm
Telling the Community Benefit Story – Internal Stakeholders
2:30 pm
Telling the Community Benefit Story – External Stakeholders
2:10 pm
3:00 pm
Closing circle
3:30 pm

Hotel Information

The convening meeting will be held at the Hilton Orange County.

Hilton Orange County
3050 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Sponsorship provided by Lyon Software