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Vermont Blueprint for Health Conference:

Supporting Healthy Communities and Addressing Social Determinants of Health

March 27, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center (formerly known as The Sheraton)
870 Williston Road, Burlington, VT 05403


The Vermont Blueprint for Health is a nationally recognized initiative that designs community-led strategies for improving health and well-being. The Blueprint invests in and supports Patient Centered Medical Homes, Community Health Teams, Community Collaboratives, the Hub & Spoke system of opioid addiction treatment, Support and Services at Home (SASH), The Women's Health Initiative, Self-Management and Healthier Living workshops, and a series of learning labs for communities and teams. Blueprint interventions have been shown to reduce the growth in health care costs while maintaining or improving health outcomes.

The 15th Vermont Blueprint for Health Annual Conference will focus on supporting healthy communities and addressing the social determinants of health. The conference will feature national and international speakers discussing how communities and providers can improve health by using a collective impact approach. Our Annual Conference brings together approximately 300 attendees, including: clinicians, public and private health sector professionals, hospital and health plan administrators, policy makers, and community organizations.

The target audience of the conference is a diverse mix of clinicians, public health workers, hospital and health plan administrators, policy makers, grassroots community organizations, and others interested in the cutting-edge health system redesign taking place in Vermont.


1. Discuss the key elements necessary to address the social determinants of health.

2. Develop strategies to use a collective impact approach to improve health.

3. Describe the role of health systems and community organizations in creating and supporting healthy communities.


This year’s speakers include:

  • Stephen Cha, MD - Dr. Cha is the group director for the State Innovations Group at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.  The State Innovations Group includes the State Innovations Model, which has supported cooperative agreements to 38 states, territories and DC to accelerate state based delivery and payment transformation.  He was most recently the Chief Medical Officer for the Center on Medicaid and CHIP Services and promoted health transformation and modernization of the Medicaid and CHIP Programs through deliver and payment reforms, and quality initiatives.  Previously, he served as senior professional staff for the Committee on Energy and Commerce and was responsible for a broad set of health issues including quality, delivery system reform, workforce, comparative effectiveness research, drug and device regulation, and public health.  During his tenure there he oversaw the drafting of multiple pieces of legislation, including sections of the Affordable Care Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007.  He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the Yale University School of Medicine and earned a master's degree in health sciences research there.  Dr. Cha earned his medical degree from Brown University and Completed his internal medicine residency at the Montefiore Medical Center in Ney York City, where he also served as chief resident.  He is board certified in internal medicine and is a practicing primary care clinician.
  • Dawn Lambert - Co-Leader, Community Options Unit, Department of Social Services, State of Connecticut - Dawn Lambert manages the Community Options Strategy Group within Connecticut's Department of Social Services. With over 25 years of experience in long-term services and supports, she currently serves as an appointed member of the National Academy for State Health Policy LTSS Committee, an advisor to the AARP LTSS Scorecard and a consultant to the Department of Justice regarding community options for older adults and people with disabilities.
  • Glenn M. Landers, ScD, MBA, MHA - Glenn Landers is a research assistant professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and is the director of health systems at the Georgia Health Policy Center. In his current portfolio, Landers leads the community health system development and long-term services and supports teams. He also plays a lead role in the center's approaches to evaluation, collective impact, and health system transformation. He was recently a senior adviser with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Associate Director for Policy, Office of Health System Collaboration is is the Center's liaison to CDC. His published research has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Medicare and Medicaid Research and Review, and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, among others. His most recent paper, "Developmental Evaluation of a Collective Impact Initiative: Insights for Foundations" appears in the March 2018 issue of Foundation Review.
  • Michael K. Smith, MA - Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of VITL - Mr. Smith's career spans more than 35 years with experience in executive leadership positions in both the public and private sector. His career began serving honorably in the U.S. Navy, first with Underwater Demolition Team 21 and then as a member of SEAL Team Two. He has served in a variety of positions in the public sector including serving in the Vermont House of Representatives, town manager of Hardwick, deputy state treasurer, secretary of administration, and secretary of human services. In the private sector, he has filled the roles of COO and EVP of Yankee Captive Management, as a partner at the insurance firm of Hackett, Valine and MacDonald and as Vermont state president of FairPoint Communications. More recently he was the host of a daily radio program, "Open Mike with Mike Smith" and also acted as on-air political analyst for WCAX-TV and WVMT radio, and wrote a weekly Sunday column for VTDigger and Vermont Business Magazine on political and public policy events. Mr. Smith served as a member of the Vermont Pension Investment Committee, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and Spectrum Youth & Family Services. He is a current board member of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.
  • Marcella Wilson, PhD - CEO and Founder, Transition to Success - Dr. Wilson has over 30 years of extensive experience in healthcare administration, not-for-profit management, behavioral health, criminal justice and public sector programming. Dr. Wilson, a University of Michigan alumnus, holds degrees in psychology, sociology, a Master's degree in Social Work and a PhD in Health and Higher Education. In her newest role, President and Founder of Transition to Success™, Dr. Wilson is leading a national social change movement with a standard of care to treat poverty as an environmentally based medical condition. “Diagnosis: Poverty”, Dr. Wilson’s newly published book, defines a scalable, sustainable, measurable, multi-generational response to poverty. Transition to Success™, recognized as a Clinton Global Initiative, brings uniform protocols and analytics across human services, healthcare, education, government and faith based programs.


Accreditation_COMIn support of improving patient care, the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

The University of Vermont designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 4.5 Nursing Contact Hours.

This program is approved for Allied Mental Health Counselors for up to 4.5 continuing education credits.

Credit is pending for Social Workers.


A limited number of rooms are reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly The Sheraton) for participants of this conference at a discounted rate of $119. Please make your reservation by March 12th: room reservations

If you need assistance, please contact the UVM CMIE office at 802-656-2292.


$80 General Admission (for those not requiring continuing education credit)
$110 Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals (includes continuing education credit)
$160 Physicians (includes CME credit)

Fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch.

Refunds: Refunds, minus an administrative fee of $50, will be made only if notice of cancellation is received in writing by March 1, 2018. No refunds are possible after that date.

2018 Fee Policy for the Vermont Blueprint for Health Conference

There will be no exceptions to this policy.

Blueprint field staff (Project Managers, CHT Leads, Spoke Staff, Regional Coordinators etc.) will pay the full General Admission registration fee supported by the “Training, Travel, Flexible Fund” line of Health Services Area Grants.

State employees of Agency of Human Services (DVHA, DAIL, VDH, DOC etc.) pay registration fee in full.

UVM will no longer bill your State of Vermont department after the conference. State employees may register online by using a credit card or by providing a State of Vermont Purchase Order Number. Purchase Order numbers are required.


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