Health leaders come from multiple sectors and professions, but they all share a common vision: to advance well-being and health equity among individuals and communities. To achieve this, leaders must understand their communities and patient populations. They must listen to their stories. And they must work with them to create more affordable, equitable and high-quality care.

The AHA’s Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) 16th annual conference – March 19-21 in Chicago – will help health leaders on these efforts. Through breakout sessions, presentations, workshops and panels, the conference convenes hundreds of health care professionals to join an instrumental conversation that can ignite creative thinking around population health programs and activate partnerships to drive community and organizational transformation, all while creating a culture of well-being and health equity in our communities and in our evolving health care environment. 

Population health stakeholders from hospitals, health systems, health departments, community health centers, public health agencies, universities, social service organizations, coalitions and beyond will be participating in conversations about how to best serve their communities. There also will be conversations about how leadership support is critical to these efforts and collaborating from the get-go can drive this movement and bring sustainable programs to life.

Dynamic speakers such as Dayna Bowen Matthew from the University of Virginia School of Law will share how to advance equitable care; Mona Hana-Attisha, M.D., from Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich., will speak on lessons learned from the water crisis; and Indu Subaiya, M.D., co-founder of market intelligence company Health 2.0, will share how to leverage technology to advance community health. You also will have the opportunity to hear from other leaders in the field, to learn about actionable tools for population health and to engage in meaningful discussion.

I invite you to join me and 700 of your peers at this conference to lend your voice to this work. Together, we will amplify our shared commitment of advancing health equity and well-being in our communities.You can register here:

Jay Bhatt, D.O. is AHA’s chief medical officer and senior vice president. He also is the president of AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust.

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