The September session of Hot Topics in Practice explores the work of the Population Health Innovation Lab's (PHIL) Aligning Systems for Health project, which conducted research with 22 Accountable Communities for Health (ACHs) in Washington state and California. The presentation will focus on the “secret sauce” — the three most impactful findings from PHIL’s research that allowed for greater alignment of care between the primary care, public health, and social service sectors. Specific attention will be given to how the secret sauce impacted Better Health Together, a community-based nonprofit located in Spokane, Washington.

In this presentation, Dr. Stephanie Bultema, Director of MERLIN at the Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL), will summarize research conducted with 22 Accountable Communities for Health (ACHs) in Washington and California. Alison Poulsen, Executive Director for Spokane’s Better Health Together, will then share stories and provide concrete examples of how her organization made the “secret sauce” work to improve care in Eastern Washington.

Register today to learn about the three most impactful ways to improve cross-sector collaboration in your community.


Stephanie Bultema, PhD
Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Innovations (MERLIN), Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL), Public Health Institute

These monthly Web-conferencing events, sponsored by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, provide an authoritative hour-long forum for discussing topics that are important to the public health practice community and the tribal health units in the six Northwest states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Event Date/Time: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT