Highmark Foundation

Foundations for Success

A symposium featuring best practices in children's health promotion.

On Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23, the Highmark Foundation hosted Foundations for Success: A symposium featuring best practices in children’s health promotion. The event featured two keynote presenters, Dr. David Katz and Horacio Sanchez. In addition, the Highmark Foundation invited Signature Partners from its Highmark Healthy High 5 initiative to share their expertise and lessons learned from participating in this monumental children’s health initiative.

Below are links to the presentations shared at the event.

Morning Keynote Session: Feet, Forks and the Fate of Our Families

David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, Director and Co-Founder,
Yale Prevention Research Center

Keynote 1 – Feet Forks Fate – Dr David Katz

Session 1: Building the Right Team
Forming meaningful coalitions and partnerships

Strength and success often rely on convening people with like minds and shared vision. This session explores how selecting and engaging willing partners can work to ensure long-term success through:

  • Reaching consensus on important goals
  • Rallying around an evidence based model
  • Melding individual agendas to achieve a common purpose

Presenters Dr. Matt Masiello, MD, MPH Chief Wellness Officer and Director of Community Health for the Windber Research Institute and Terese Vorsheck , Director of the Highmark Caring Place will share their knowledge of implementing a successful programs with multiple partners at the state and regional level.

Building the Right Team – Matt Masiello
Building the Right Team – Terese Vorsheck

Session 2: Strengthening Infrastructure
Tools and strategies to foster systems change

Providing ample funding for programmatic activity is not the only key to successful community initiatives. Fostering capacity building among key organizations and partners is also essential. This session explores how lasting change can be accomplished to better ensure long-term impact through:

  • Building capacity to support large-scale implementation
  • Supplying technical support and continuing education
  • Training the trainers

Presenters Dr. Robert Gillio, MD Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer for Innerlink and Lynn Cromley, Director of the Center for Safe School will discuss their experiences in working with both health care professionals and school based professionals to institute change at the ground level.

Strengthening Infrastructure – Robert Gillio
Strengthening Infrastructure – Lynn Cromley

Session 3: Illustrating Impact
Collecting meaningful data through ongoing evaluation

If you know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been and from where you’re starting. The importance of data gathering and analysis in community initiatives cannot be understated. This session will detail how organizations can:

  • Establish realistic benchmarks and goals
  • Collect data across many different environments
  • Analyze data to make informed decisions and enact course corrections to strengthen ongoing initiatives

This expert panel discussion from Highmark Foundation signature partners will include perspective and commentary from Sue Limber,PhD, MLS, Professor, Clemson University; Yvonne Campos, Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Campos, Inc.; Naomi Neufeld, MD, Medical Director, KidShape; Anne Bahn, President and CEO, Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center; Michael Curley, Ed.D, Senior VP, InnerLink, Inc.

Illustrating Impact – Sue Limber

Afternoon Keynote Session: Lessons Learned
Horachio Sanchez, President and CEO
Resiliency, Inc.

Keynote 2 – Lessons Learned – Horacio Sanchez



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