To truly have impact on health outcomes, organizations shouldn’t do it all—partnerships and integration are the keys for moving the needle. This spark session will discuss leveraging strengths to build partnerships with insight from Cornerstones of Care and their partners Netsmart and the KC CARE Clinic. They will highlight the:

  • Driving health care forces that led to partnership
  • Opportunity for meaningful partnerships to facilitate a better integration of services
  • Meaningful use of technology as a means of improving care and improving collaboration

Cornerstones of Care’s partnership with Netsmart, has made it possible to implement a cutting-edge electronic health record system that is improving the accuracy of client records and leading to better follow-up care. Additionally, its partnership with Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) KC CARE Clinic guarantees that children and youth have access to the highest level of whole person care possible.

Learning Objectives

  • How to leverage partnership to remain a leader
  • Tangible guidance on how to leverage organizational strengths to attract partners
  • How technology is a key component of partnership and collaboration
  • Insight into the operational and financial implications of new payment and service delivery models

Moderator: Jennifer Cato-McKinney, vice president of health care integration, Cornerstones of Care

Presenters: Justin Horton, director of EHR/Technology to Practice, Cornerstones of Care; Meghan Cizek, business development/organizational strategy manager, Cornerstones of Care; AJ Peterson, vice president of interoperability, Netsmart; Dennis Dunmyer, vice president of community programs, KC CARE Clinic

Jennifer Cato-McKinney
Vice President of Healthcare Integration
Cornerstones of Care

Cato-McKinney has been a registered nurse for 12 years and has worked in various clinical settings to include Psychiatric acute care, ED, ICU, and cardiac telemetry. Currently, Jennifer is pursuing a dual graduate degree. Once completed, she will have her MSN in executive leadership and her MBA. 
In her tenure with Cornerstones of Care she has served as a part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity committee, has provided training on secondary trauma to children’s division staff, has provided training to community partners, stakeholders, and staff on the psychotropic medication crisis for foster youth, and has been a guest lecturer for the UMKC school of Social Work Master’s program. Additionally, Jennifer has been a spotlight presenter at the 2015 National Conference for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. 

Justin Horton
Director of EHR/Technology to Practice
Cornerstones of Care

Before moving to the nonprofit world in 2014, Justin Horton worked in public child welfare for almost 12 years. Throughout his career in state government, he worked in case management, quality assurance, quality improvement, and administrative leadership, and he was part of multiple accreditation cycles. He also served on the implementation team for Missouri’s statewide automated child welfare information system (SACWIS). Horton has seen how technology can be a barrier to progress. His passion is to arm health and human service staff with technology tools that create efficiencies and provide them with solutions that aide in completing their job functions so that the children and families worked with have optimal safety and stability.

Meghan Cizek
Business Development/Organizational Strategy Manager
Cornerstones of Care

Meghan Foster Cizek, MA, LCSW, joined Cornerstones of Care in August 2014. As Manager of Business Development and Organizational Strategy, Meghan leads strategic organizational growth through the pursuit of new opportunities and collaborations in the community and the alignment of internal programs through ongoing and formalized business planning. Previously, Meghan was Vice President of Programs for Cornerstones of Care-Gillis Campus and directed clinical operations and program development for residential and community-based programs. Meghan has worked with children, adults and families in behavioral health, homeless service, and HIV/AIDS service organizations in both clinical and administrative positions in Pennsylvania, Chicago and Texas. Meghan also previously worked at a planning organization as part of a regional health care initiative aimed at increasing access to quality health care and services, particularly focusing on behavioral health. Meghan has a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

AJ Peterson
Vice President, Interoperability

AJ Peterson is Vice President of Interoperability for Netsmart, the largest healthcare IT provider solely focused on integrating behavioral health and post-acute care with the rest of healthcare. AJ maintains an efficient client-focused model around connectivity and consumer-engagement technologies, and develops value-based connections among clients, suppliers and partners in the healthcare market.  Before joining Netsmart, AJ was an area operations director at Concentra Medical Centers, where he managed medical outpatient facility operations, sales development, customer relationships and personnel development.  He has participated in the Office of the National Coordinator’s Data Segmentation for Privacy project, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for Carequality, which provides a national-level, consensus-built, common interoperability framework to enable exchange between and among health data sharing networks. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from DePaul University.

Dennis Dunmyer
Vice President of Community Programs
KC CARE Clinic

Dennis Dunmyer, BBA, MSW, JD, graduated cum laude, from Widener University School of Law in 2003 with his Juris Doctor degree and from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice in 2005 with a Master’s degree in Social Work. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from James Madison University. He has over 17 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining the Clinic in 2009, Dennis was the Manager of Admissions for Marillac Children’s Psychiatric Hospital and Residential Center. Prior to service in his current role at the Clinic, Dennis served in two Clinic management positions, starting as a Manager of HIV Case Management and then Manager of Behavioral Health. He is the co-chair of the Kansas City Regional Community Health Worker Stakeholder Committee, sits on the Community Health Worker Advisory Committee to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, is the Program Director on four federal grants, was named the 2014 Health Advocate of the Year by the Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kansas and Missouri. Dennis is responsible for all community services at KC Care– including care coordination, case management, education, and prevention services. During the last five years, Dennis has built and implemented the Community Health Worker Program at the Kansas City CARE Clinic while dedicating time and effort to developing community-wide infrastructure for the program, such as training and education, state-wide advocacy, and community awareness.