If we want to improve health and well-being while lowering care costs, we must look beyond health care to the social determinants of health. While many are realizing that collaboration and holistic approaches are the solution, the health care and human services sectors are struggling to find the right formula to realize the full potential. Each sector comes with its own core assumptions and beliefs, rules and regulations, and financial pressures that get in the way of integration and innovation.

In the podcast More than Health Care: A Community Health Conversation, we break down the barriers by exposing the myths, misconceptions, and shortcomings of these efforts, as well as showcase the full potential of integration taking place in communities across the country. Listen for the latest on best practices, policy, inroads, and opportunities for integration and innovation.

Cohosts Jill Huynh and Tim Johnstone work at the intersection of health and human services, each leading high-impact projects that involve daily challenges and ongoing learning in health and human services integration. Huynh is the vice president of new business development at Beech Acres Parenting Center, and Tim Johnstone is the executive vice president of community services at Ascentria Care Alliance. Both are members of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a national network of social sector organizations dedicated to advancing our vision of a healthy and equitable society.

As students of this work, Huynh and Johnstone interview experts across sectors, asking the right questions to uncover key ideas, promising practices, and lessons learned. The cohosts discuss the key takeaways that can help organizations in pursuit of improved health outcomes and lower care costs in their communities, or support those already on their way.

More than Health Care is presented by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Ascentria Care Alliance, and Beech Acres Parenting Center.

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Podcast 13: A Deeper Look at a Health and Human Services Integration Model
CUPS is an organization located in Calgary, Canada, whose vision is that Calgarians overcome adversity, reach their potential, and end the cycle for poverty and trauma for themselves and their families. This episode explores how this organization designed all its programs around brain science. From health education to housing, CUPS is truly promoting wellness for its community.

 

Episode 12: The Power of Engaging those Over 50 in the Social Sector
Janet Waters is one of 10 “encore fellows” across the US challenged with testing, trying, and learning about what it takes to engage folks who are over 50 years of age in volunteer and paid positions in the social sector. Not only do those served by these individuals benefit from their wisdom and compassion, but the 50+-somethings also enjoy the benefit of purpose. The value of purpose in our lives has direct connections with health and wellness. Learn about Ascentria Care Alliance’s journey in this area and the difference being made in people’s lives as a result.


Episode 11: Supporting Population Health Directly for Your Employees
Organizations looking to support population health management shouldn’t forget to look internally at their own workforces. Learn about Marathon Health and the unique ways it supports its employees. From city mayor in Rockford, Illinois, to his current work at Marathon Health, Larry Morrissey uncovers interesting insights about systems of support in our communities.

Episode Ten: Results and Learnings from a Refugee Health Project
This episode takes a deeper look at a demonstration project in New Hampshire that is leveraging the Medicaid 1115 waiver to transform the way services are delivered to Medicaid recipients. By hiring culturally sensitive and relatable staff to provide home health care services, this programming is supporting refugees in trusting and engaging with health care services.



Episodes Nine and Eight: United Health Care’s Community and State Program where Medicaid Lives (Parts 1 and 2)
This UnitedHealthcare program has a significant national footprint, serving over 6.8 million people in the US each year. States are looking to evolve Medicaid to increase value and address root causes of health issues for individuals within the network. Kevin Moore shares his belief that community-based human services organizations are great partners for health insurers to drive positive outcomes for individuals. 

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About the Hosts

Headshot of Tim JohnstoneTimothy Johnstone

Executive Vice President of Community Services
Ascentria Care Alliance

Timothy Johnstone joined Ascentria Care Alliance in February 2016 as executive vice president and leads the organization’s Community Services Division of programs throughout New England. These programs include the Florence House in Worcester, the Ruth House in Brockton, Services for New Americans, Language Bank, Good News Garage, as well as adoption, foster care, mental health, and disability services.

Prior to Ascentria, Johnstone was chief strategy officer for Hopelink, a large Seattle-area community action agency. He also led the Clarity, Impact and Performance Project, a coalition of 53 anti-poverty agencies across Oregon, Washington and Idaho serving more than 1.5 million people annually. Prior roles include president of Johnstone Advantage Consulting Group, senior vice president and division manager at JP Morgan Chase, and vice president of operations and manufacturing at a telecommunications company.

Johnstone was the recipient of the 2015 Evergreen Award, presented by the Washington Nonprofit Association, for a proven track record of outstanding leadership.

Headshot of Jill HuynhJill Huynh

Vice President of New Business Development
Beech Acres Parenting Center

Jill Huynh is currently the Vice President for New Business Development at Beech Acres Parenting Center, which is a parent-focused, family-centered organization with the mission of: Inspiring and equipping today’s parents, families and communities to raise capable, caring, contributing children.  Huynh oversees transformative and innovative projects that will guide Beech Acres into the future by responding to the needs of today’s parents.

Parent Connext™ is a program that launched in 2016 under Huynh's leadership and embeds parenting specialists in the pediatric office to support parents experiencing challenges. With the goal to prevent and/or mitigate toxic family stress, this program brings medical expertise together with parenting expertise to support parents, children and families holistically.  Under Huynh's leadership, more than 10,000 parents have completed toxic stress screenings and more than 1200 parents have engaged in Parent Coaching services during the initial two years of implementation.

Huynh has been employed at Beech Acres for 20 years. Prior to joining the Beech Acres team, she worked for Psych Systems of Cincinnati and St. Joseph’s Orphanage as a child mental health clinician for several years.

Huynh has been a licensed social worker in Ohio since 1994. She graduated from the University of Louisville with degrees in psychology and sociology.

She has participated in numerous speaking engagements, trainings, and parenting workshops throughout the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area addressing parenting and mental health issues.  Huynh was nominated by the Cincinnati Business Courier as a 40 under 40 leader in the community. She is most proud of her two sons, Austin and Owen, as well as her 25 years of marriage to her husband, Minh.