How to Build Healthier Communities: From the Opioid Crisis to Social Determinants

Time & Location

12:00 - 1:45 PM ET
Dirksen Senate Office Building Room G50 (C and First Streets NE Entrance) Washington, DC 20002

This briefing in Washington, DC featured forward-thinking leaders whose expertise spans the public and private sectors to share their insights on how to build healthier communities by addressing social determinants of health and the opioid crisis. Topics of discussion included:

  • An update from CDC on their latest opioid overdose prevention efforts and new guidance on opioid prescribing
  • Successful community-led partnerships to fight hunger in rural America and address the drivers of food insecurity
  • State and local initiatives tackling the root causes of health inequities by redesigning health care delivery to meet social needs


What Makes Us Sick: Getting Real about Social Determinants of Health

Donald M. Berwick

Former CMS Administrator under President Obama

A Fearless Food Fight: Helping to Address Food Insecurity in Arkansas

Curtis Barnett

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

The Opioid Overdose Epidemic: CDC Response

Grant Baldwin

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Focusing on the 'Ounce

Craig E. Samitt

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

NIHCM Introduction Slides

Nancy Chockley

NIHCM Foundation


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