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 Episode 27: When COVID-19 Came and the Child Abuse Hotline Stopped Ringing

Be inspired by Dr. Bob Shapiro, director of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and how his team has quickly innovated to create tools and guides for community members, such as schools and day cares, to help keep kids safe in their homes. In the wake of COVID-19, his team is showing ‘how barriers really don't need to be barriers.’ (More Information)


 

Podcast Episode 26: Kids Can Make You Feel Like a Rock Star

Marisa Perez-Martin, vice president of school-based mental health and early education services for Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, explains the need and benefits of embedding teams of mental health professionals within the school setting. (More Information)


 

Podcast Episode 25: Don’t Call Me a Senior Citizen, Call me a Modern Elder

Jane Bavineau, vice president of Health and Wellness for BakerRipley in Houston, Texas, describes her evolving focus on wellness in relation to working with older adults. (More Information)


 

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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.

Erin Keltner 

Vice President of Clinical Services 
KVC West Virgina

Erin Keltner is the Vice President of Clinical Services for KVC West Virginia.  KVC is a multi state organization that provides a wide range of services, including foster care, adoption, in home therapeutic, behavioral health and preventative services, as well as psychiatric care.

Ms. Keltner has been with KVC for 15 years and has held a number of positions within the agency, including case manager, clinician, Director of Development, Training, and Quality Assurance, and Vice President of Operations.  She has worked with both KVC Kentucky and West Virginia, and has a passion for training, policy, and clinical practice.  She has presented at numerous national conferences on child welfare and behavioral health issues.

Ms. Keltner received her bachelors degree in Psychology from Transylvania University and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Kentucky.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the commonwealth of Kentucky and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of West Virginia.