With increasing frequency, health care organizations that work with complex populations are pursuing partnerships with community-based organizations to address both the medical needs and social determinants of health. The development of these cross-sector relationships is happening under a variety of partnership models, yet little is known regarding the financial, operational, cultural, and strategic considerations that contribute to their success.

This spark session will highlight innovative and successful cross-sector collaborations, and will present lessons learned from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded study on bridging community-based human services and health care. Hear key findings uncovered through this project, including core partnership characteristics and insights from diverse partnership models serving low-income and populations with complex health and social needs.

A panel discussion featuring a representative from a community-based organization-health care partnership will share perspectives on what it takes to establish and maintain a strong clinical/community collaboration. Panelists will describe critical operational aspects of their partnerships, highlighting approaches related to funding and contracts, data sharing, workflow, and community engagement.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand various partnership models
  • Key success factors of leading community-based organization/health care partnerships

Presenters: Tricia McGinnis, vice president of programs, Center for Health Care Strategies; Elise Miller, senior associate for advisory services, Nonprofit Finance Fund; and Monica Sampson, behavioral health director, Ruth Ellis Center


Tricia McGinnis
Vice President of Programs
Center for Health Care Strategies

Tricia McGinnis is the vice president of programs at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). In this role, she helps guide CHCS’ program development and leads a team in executing initiatives to transform how care is paid for and delivered to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care received by Medicaid beneficiaries. Within this portfolio, McGinnis oversees a wide range of projects working directly with state Medicaid agencies, health plans, and providers to advance value-based payment models.

Her team leads the organization’s technical assistance to states awarded the Center for Medicare and Medicaid State Innovation Models grants. She also directs CHCS’ multipronged efforts to advance accountable care organizations (ACOs) in Medicaid programs, including the Medicaid ACO Learning Collaborative, funded by The Commonwealth Fund.

Additional projects in her portfolio include:

  • Initiatives to promote greater linkages between population health and payment reform including Medicaid participation in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 6 | 18 initiative
  • Technical assistance and tools that promote value-based purchasing in Medicaid including the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program Learning Network
  • Efforts to address the social determinants of health

Prior to joining CHCS, McGinnis managed the provider performance measurement, improvement, and transparency program as a senior program manager at Blue Shield of California.

McGinnis holds master’s degrees in public policy and public health from the University of California, Berkeley. She received a bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from Kenyon College.

Elise Miller
Manager, Advisory Services
Nonprofit Finance Fund

Elise Miller is a senior associate on the Advisory Services team at Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF). In this role, she provides strategic advice to mission-driven organizations through leading customized financial management consulting services, facilitating workshops, and managing place-based and health-related initiatives.

Prior to joining NFF, she was a research analyst at Vera Institute of Justice, conducting data analysis and evaluation for immigration and anti-human trafficking programs. She also has worked at Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, The Robin Hood Foundation, and Federal Defenders of New York.

Miller holds a master’s in business administration from Columbia Business School, a master’s in social work from Columbia School of Social Work, and a bachelor’s in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Monica Sampson
Behavioral Health Director
Ruth Ellis Center

Monica Sampson is the behavioral health director at the Ruth Ellis Center, specializing in LGBTQ-specific family, mental health, and substance use disorder services. She has been a part of the Ruth Ellis Center Team since March 2010, holding several positions including but not limited to residential director, quality assurance officer, and mental health therapist. 

Prior to coming to the Ruth Ellis Center, Sampson was a services program manager for Child Protective Services (CPS) in Wayne County, Department of Health and Human Services for 18 years. She prides herself on being knowledgeable in child welfare laws and policy and sharing this knowledge with the community. During this term, Sampson was an advocate for child welfare youth that identified as LGBTQ, lobbying for them to obtain appropriate services that would meet their specific needs.

While the residential director, Sampson obtained the state contract with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to provide residential services for LGBTQ youth in foster care. Since then, Ruth Ellis has also obtained a family preservation contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to provide outreach services to the families at risk of entering the child welfare system.

Sampson has been a social worker for 25 years, working both in the private and public sectors. She studied psychology at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, earning her bachelor’s in 1992. She went on and earned her master’s of social work from Wayne State University in 2000 and became licensed by Michigan in 2007. Sampson is currently working toward her Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate (CAADC).