Achieving Interoperability: Implementing solutions to connect health and human services

The 8th Annual Stewards of Change Symposium, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, took place June 10-12, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. This invitation-only symposium brought together thought leaders and early innovators from across the nation who are spearheading information sharing initiatives and creating holistic health and human service continuum of care.

This year’s Symposium forged new territory by expanding the range of issues and broadening the scope of services that impact our ability to serve consumers and communities in the future. In particular, we addressed one of the most critical questions currently looming on the HHS horizon: How do social determinants of health intersect with human service programs to better prevent illness, increase access to services, improve quality, lower costs and promote well-being?

Symposium participants live-tweeted the event and many interesting quotes, facts, and materials are still available via the SOC twitter feed at - feel free to follow us!

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SOC13 Closes with a Panel Discussion Featuring ISE, ACF, and CMS.
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Day 1: Monday, June 10

Background, Symposium Orientation and Agenda Review

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Daniel Stein, Managing Partner and Cofounder, Stewards of Change Consulting, LLC

Ignite sessions: Innovation and Inspiration

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  • Ori Z. Soltes Ph.D., Professor, Georgetown University - Changing Paradigms: Lessons from History

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  • Martin Duggan, IBM Cúram, IBM Industry Solutions, Disruptive Innovation Video – video is available here
  • Paul Wormeli, Information Sharing Across the Domains

Stewards of Change Institute Overview

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  • Vernon Brown, Cofounder, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Stewards of Change Institute
  • Sid Gardner, Stewards of Change Institute Board Member

Formal Welcome by Johns Hopkins University

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Michael Klag, Dean, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Innovation, Data & Health Care Ecosystem

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Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer, US Department of Health and Human Services

A Little Theory of Everything

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Harold P. Lehmann, MD Ph. D., Division of Health Sciences Informatics (DHSI), Research and Training Director, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Integrating Population Health into Delivery System Reform
James Hester, Ph. D., Senior Advisor, Population Health Systems

Work Support Strategies: Streamlining Access & Strengthening Families
Heather McCallum Hahn, Ph. D., Senior Research Associate, Center on Labor, Human Services and Population; The Urban Institute

Expanding the Service Continuum to Create a Holistic and Interoperable Spectrum of Care

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Moderator: Jonathon Weiner, Johns Hopkins University; Professor of Health Policy & Management and Health Informatics; Director, Center for Population Health Information Technology


Day 2: Tuesday, June 11

Leveraging the Affordable Care Act to Build Interoperability Initiatives That Cut Across State’s Health and Human Service Organizations

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Session Video, Illinois

California Team

  • Shell Culp, Chief Deputy Director, California Office of System Integration
  • Larry Bolton, Counsel to the Department of Social Services and Office of Systems Integration
  • The Honorable Michael Nash, Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court, Los Angeles County, CA

Illinois Team – What is the Illinois Framework?

  • Sean Vinck, Chief Information Officer, State of Illinois
  • Kathleen Monahan, Project Director, Illinois Framework
  • Ivan Handler, Chief Technology Officer

Fishbowl Dialogue: HHS Interoperability Innovation and Challenges

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Moderator: Vernon Brown, Cofounder, Stewards of Change Institute

  • Doug Robinson, Executive Director, NASCIO
  • Nicole Gardner, Vice President - Global Industry Leader, Social Security and Government Healthcare, IBM
  • Bill Davenhall, (Retired) Global Manager, ESRI
  • Kathy Fallon, Director, Public Consulting Group

INTERACTIVE SESSION: Building HHS Interoperability amid the Challenges of Multi- System Clients and Isolated Service Silos

  • Daniel Stein and Stewards of Change Team
  • Philip J. Leaf, Ph.D., Senior Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence - School of Medicine

Accountable Care Communities: Evolving Solutions for Integrated Health and Human Services

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Moderator: James M. Galloway, MD, FACP, FACC, FAHA, President and CEO, Admiral Innovations, Former Assistant US Surgeon General, Rear Admiral, U.S.P.H.S. (ret.)


Day 3: Wednesday, June 12

The Big Picture: Enterprise Systems Thinking for Health and Human Services

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Charles Pickar, Program Area Manager, National Security Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory

Interactive Session: Achieving Interoperability – Designing an Actionable Roadmap


  • Charles Pickar, Program Area Manager, National Security Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Philip J. Leaf, Ph.D., Senior Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute; Director, Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence - School of Medicine

Federal Panel Roundtable & Fishbowl: Synthesis Discussion and Next Steps

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Moderator: Paul Wormeli, Stewards of Change Board Member


  • Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager, Information Sharing, Environment
  • George Sheldon, Acting Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children & Families, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jessica Kahn, Senior Technical Advisor, Data Systems Group, CMS/Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services

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