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Business Health Agenda 2019 Addresses Health Beyond the Workplace

The action-packed 2nd day of NBGH’s spring conference offered participants opportunities to challenge their current thinking and explore innovative ideas from leading employers and health care experts.

Our first Plenary Session of the day focused on using social determinants of health to inform employer health care strategy, featuring Bechara Choucair, SVP and Chief Community Health Officer at Kaiser Permanente, and Jeffrey Brenner, SVP of Clinical Redesign at UnitedHealthCare Community & State. We learned about the investments their respective organizations have made to address housing and food insecurity within their populations.

"What impacts health doesn't just happen within the four walls of the health care system." - Bechara Choucair

Attendees heard firsthand from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II on the administration’s current health care policy priorities. Find a transcript from his address here.

During the conference luncheon, we celebrated the achievements of Walmart as the recipient of the Helen Darling Award for Excellence in Health Care Value and Innovation, for their many successful strategies for adding value to their employees’ health care experience. The Business Group also awarded Anthem and Cigna with the Innovation in Advancing Health Equity Award. Learn more about each company’s award-worthy efforts in NBGH’s Press Release here.

Our strong line-up of breakout sessions across the day spanned cutting edge topics including virtual care, data innovation and behavioral health interventions.

Mark Ganz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cambia Health ended the day on an uplifting note and spoke about creating hope and humanity in health care. Mark highlighted the need to bring the voice of the individual into the conversation in order to better meet their evolving needs.

"When there is no hope for the future, there is no power in the present" - Mark Ganz

Check back tomorrow for valuable takeaways from Business Health Agenda’s final day in Washington, DC!