September 7, 2023
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Aligning systems for health focuses on enhancing the collaboration between primary care, public health, and social services to better address the needs of communities. This presentation will provide an overview of the Population Health Innovation Lab’s (PHIL) Aligning Systems for Health research with communities in Washington and California.

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.

The Secret Sauce for Cross-Sector Collaboration

Date: September 26, 2023, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Pacific)

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners


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

Alison Poulsen
Executive Director, Better Health Together

About Hot Topics in Practice

Hot Topics in Practice is a monthly webinar forum to discuss issues affecting public health practice.

Up to 1 CPH recertification credit may be earned by viewing this webinar. Visit the National Board of Public Health Examiners to learn more.