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Promoting Equitable Specialty Access: Clinical Innovations & Tools from the Field (Webinar 3 in AAMC Series: Advancing Health Equity Through Telehealth)(
AAMC Webinar Series: Advancing Health Equity Through Telehealth
April - September 2022

Webinar 3: Promoting Equitable Specialty Access: Clinical Innovations & Tools from the Field

Wednesday, June 29, 3-4pm ET

Health systems have deployed many strategies and tools to promote equitable access to specialty care. Through the AAMC’s Project CORE (Coordinating Optimal Referral Experiences), over 40 AMCs and children’s hospitals have focused on improving access to specialty care through enhancements to the referral process and use of eConsults. eConsults have been shown to enable timely access to specialty input, improve communication and coordination between providers, garner positive patient experience, and reduce costs of care. Project ECHO has also served as an important tool for promoting increased primary care-specialty care collaboration and has leveraged technology to remove some of the traditional barriers to specialty access including geography, travel, and costs. Speakers will discuss how tools like eConsults and Project ECHO can enable health care equity, as well as potential risks, and share opportunities for assessing and improving equity within these programs.

Learning objectives:
• Articulate the role of clinical innovations and technology in enabling health care equity and improved access to specialty care
• Understand the necessary data and approaches to analyses for assessing health care equity within existing eConsult and Project ECHO programs
• Describe opportunities for leveraging this data to better understand disparities in access and opportunities for intervention through these programs

Jun 29, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Robert Rohloff, MD
Medical Director, Health Management and Community Services @Children's Wisconsin
Dr. Bob Rohloff has been successfully contributing to the organization since he joined Children’s more than 25 years ago as a pediatrician for Children’s Medical Group (CMG) after Children’s acquired Southwest Pediatrics in 1995. He supports strategic alignment of health management and community health needs, ensuring services are optimally integrated across the enterprise to improve health outcomes. He provides executive leadership on health equity, social determinants, trauma informed care, public policy and monitoring/measuring health outcomes. To date, Dr. Rohloff has written for multiple clinical publications, presented lecture topics nationally, been a member of more than 10 boards and committees, and has been featured in four publications.
Tim Poulson
Value and Risk Based Product Manager @Children's Wisconsin
Tim Poulson is the Value and Risk Based Product Manager at Children’s Wisconsin, the only health system in the State of Wisconsin dedicated solely to kids. Having previously worked in the finance and banking world, Tim made the switch to healthcare with the goal of providing a new lens on healthcare delivery and reimbursement. Tim has the privilege of working with both the Health Management team and Contracting team in moving the organization down the alternative payment continuum and has worked extensively with value based care tactics and contracts when it comes to data analysis, financial modeling, contracting, and opportunity identification. Tim currently reside outside of Milwaukee with his wife Mackenzie and three daughters (#girldad). He thoroughly enjoy being outside, whether that’s taking a walk down by Lake Michigan or hanging out in the backyard with friends and family, and is an avid Wisconsin sports fan!
Maggie McDonnell, MPH
Director, Oregon ECHO Network @Oregon Health and Science University
Maggie McDonnell, MPH is the Director of the Oregon ECHO Network. The Oregon ECHO Network (https://www.oregonechonetwork.org/) is a statewide resource for ECHO programs and services and is a program hosted at the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network within Oregon Health & Science University. Ms. McDonnell earned a Master's degree in Public Health and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in public health and program development.
Jonathan Betlinski, MD
Associate Professor @Oregon Health and Science University
Jonathan Betlinski, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University, where he also gets to be the Director of Public Psychiatry. Among other projects, he serves as Medical Director for the Oregon Psychiatric Access Line about Adults, as Clinical Advisor to the Oregon ECHO Network, as Program Committee Chair for the Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association, and as a certified trainer for adult and youth Mental Health First Aid. Dr. Betlinski believes in the power of family, community, relationship, diverse perspectives, multi-disciplinary approaches, theater, being outdoors, a good night's sleep, and leaving the world better for having spent time in it.