Wednesday, October 2, 2019, from 8:15 a.m. to
4:15 p.m.

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The Hanover Inn 
Two E Wheelock Street
Hanover, NH  03755

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Team Up, Take Action: A Conference on Partnering to Improve Community Health: Building Bridges Between Community and Healthcare

The Challenge of Community Health and Wellness

Mental health, substance use, aging, chronic disease, and access to care are enduring health issues of particular concern to rural and isolated Northern New England communities. While the health issues have not changed significantly in the past decade, collective thinking about how to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes has evolved. Increasingly, community residents as well as health system and public health professionals are recognizing the important role of cross-sector partnerships in leveraging the full range of factors that contribute to health such as housing, transportation, food, education, exercise, employment, social relationships, and health care.

About Team Up, Take Action

Now in its fourth year, the Team Up, Take Action conference convenes public health and health care professionals, community activists, and health advocates to advance best practices and to build collective capacity to improve health and health equity through partnership. The 2019 conference theme is Building Bridges between Communities and Healthcare. What makes for successful partnerships between clinical health care providers, public health systems, and community stakeholders? What are the essential strategic skills for leading partnerships? What are the tough challenges in integrating clinical and community systems that are focused on disease prevention and improve health outcomes for all? What can we learn from others who are building partnerships in different settings? What policy changes can help to facilitate strong partnerships in the future? What practices and approaches to organizational development and collaboration can best promote inclusion of all?

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Keynote Speaker: 

Jose T. Montero, MD, MHCDS

José T. Montero, MD, MHCDS, is the director of the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, where he oversees support to the US health departments and those serving tribal nations and insular areas. He provides leadership for key activities and technical assistance designed to improve the public health system’s capacity and performance to achieve the nation’s goals in population health.

Previously, Dr. Montero served as vice president of population health and health system integration at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. In that capacity, he helped the healthcare system advance its Healthy Monadnock population health strategy. Key components of this process were improved partnerships with all organizations engaged in addressing social determinants of health for the population served and development of a sustainability pathway for the region’s population health strategy.

For seven years, Dr. Montero served as director of the Division of Public Health Services at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Under his leadership, DHHS developed a systematic approach for collecting, using, and disseminating actionable data and improved coordination between public health and health care.

Dr. Montero holds a medical degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He specialized in family medicine and completed his residency at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. He also holds an epidemiology degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, received his certification of field epidemiology from the Colombia Field Epidemiology Training Program and a master’s of healthcare delivery science from Dartmouth College.

Schedule of Events:

8:15 a.m.: Registration

9:00 a.m.: Keynote Speaker José T. Montero, MD, MHCDS

10:15 a.m.: Break

10:30 a.m.: Morning Workshops
Attend an interactive learning session to strengthen skillsthat are essential for highly effective clinical-community partnerships such as community engagement, cultural and linguistic competence, systems thinking, change management, data analytics, and policy engagement.

12:30 p.m.: Lunch

1:30 p.m.: Hot Topics - Roundtable Conversation
Participate in informal, open conversations to explore why and how to develop effective clinical-community partnerships focused on reducing health disparities and building health equity.

2:15 p.m.: Break

2:30 p.m.: Clinical-Community Panels Discussions
Hear from partnerships that are succeeding in improving health outcomes and equity. Learn about how effective partnerships set goals, engage communities, develop and implement success measures, and address the tough challenges.

4:00 p.m.: Wrap-Up

4:15 p.m.: Adjourn

CME and CEU Information


Southern NH AHEC is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multistate Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

5.5 contact hours. Activity Number: 1287


The Southern NH Area Health Education Center, accredited by the NH Medical Society, designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NHPHA regrets that it cannot offer refunds for this event.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year's conference, please click here