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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Episode Zero: Introducing More than Health Care
Cohosts Jill Huynh and Tim Johnstone set the stage for the More than Health Care podcast. They introduce themselves and preview the guests and topics to come, which include best practices, policy, and opportunities for integration and innovation.

Episode One: Leveraging Discoveries in Brain Science to Promote Health and Well-Being
Brain science has taught us that a big way to impact health outcomes is by understanding people’s environments and life experiences.  These factors affect how people function and help themselves get ahead. They also impact how our bodies respond throughout the lifespan. Learn about the work Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) is doing in a Boston neighborhood where a half mile means a 28-year difference in lifespan.

Episode Two: Using the Community to Drive Community Health
With the goal to tackle root causes of chronic disease in communities, BUILD Health Challenge launched its first cohort in 2015. Today, it is supporting work in 37 communities within 21 different states including Washington D.C. Celebrating innovation and creativity, cohort members are tacking complex health issues in unique ways that are accomplishing solid results. This episode discusses BUILD Health Challenge’s continued journey to learn alongside its communities.


Episodes Three and Four: Why Health Care Reform Is the Greatest Disruptive Force for Nonprofits (Parts 1 and 2) 
Traditionally, 5 percent of the population drives 50 percent of the expenditures in health care and the biggest determinant of health is not what happens in primary care, but the environmental, economic, and behavioral factors in an individual’s life. Susan Dreyfus discusses her belief that health care reform is the biggest disruptive force in our field and sector today and why it’s time to “lean in.” 


Episode Five: The Nonprofit Sector—Something Has to Give
Angela Bovill, president and CEO of Ascentria Care Alliance, explains how the U.S. has underinvested in the social services sector for a very long time, and since the health care/medical sector is well supported financially, decision-making power often lies with them. Tune in as Bovill inspires and challenges us to get innovative and creative and do things differently to create a new future for our sector and better outcomes for those we serve.


Episode Six: Innovating with a Focus on Population Health Starting with Pediatrics and Schools
Jim Mason tells the story of Beech Acres Parenting Center’s journey from being a 19th-century orphanage to operating as a 21st-century parenting center that invests in innovation and partners closely with health care entities to provide holistic and systemic supports to parents, kids, and families. Learn why Beech Acres believes it is critical to serve the whole child and whole family within the context of their community ecosystem.


Episode Seven: Episode Seven Why Nonprofits are Sitting at the Kids' Table
Our nonprofit sector is very fragmented today. As a result, our sector is not widely viewed as a valuable resource to lead change in our community systems. We are therefore banished to the “kids’ table” and are not part of the important conversations and decision making. This episode discusses ways human services organizations can begin changing our trajectory to truly support those we serve in a big way.


Episodes Eight and Nine: 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. 


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.

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.