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Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-3562

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School of Health Sciences

Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3562

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
(248) 370-2369

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Save the date | April 30 - May 1, 2019

The Healthology Symposium “where science, practice, and social interests meet” provides a culminating focus for faculty, students and community partners to celebrate impactful research and scholarship that affect health outcomes. Health care leaders and providers will gather to discuss the importance of addressing the “upstream” social determinants of health in achieving better “downstream” care. This symposium is a call for public awareness and professional action. #OUHealthology

Watch highlights from the 2018 Healthology Symposium.

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Past Event Details
APRIL 17-18, 2018
Better Upstream Health | Better Downstream Care

The 2018 Healthology Symposium was devoted to public and environmental wellness. Our theme, "Better upstream health, better downstream care" reflected the need to explore s ocial determinants of health, the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. They include factors such as:
  • Access to health care
  • Education opportunities
  • Employment opportunities
  • Physical environment 
  • Socioeconomic conditions
  • Social support networks

Tuesday, April 17 | 6:30 pm | Public Forum | Oakland Center, Banquet Room
TedTalk speaker, Rishi Manchanda, M.D., MPH

Wednesday, April 18 | 7:30-5:30 pm | CME Credits | Human Health Building, Room 1050
Breakout sessions and closing remarks from Paul Grundy, M.D., MPH, FACOEM, FACPM.


Benefactor's Society
Ora Hirsch Pescovitz
MedNetOne Health Solutions

Black and Gold Circle
Ascension Crittenton
Kevin Arthur Ball
Carrot Wellness
Priority Health

Dean's Circle
Telva McGruder

Leadership Donors

McLaren Oakland
Michael Antaran
Art and Joanne Griggs

Breakfast Sponsor
Health Alliance Plan (HAP)

Symposium Supporters
HealthQuest Physical Therapy
Integrated Health Partners
Oakland Physician Network Services (OPNS)

April 17 | Public Forum

Tuesday, April 17 | 6:30 pm
Oakland Center, Banquet Room
Public forum led by prominent TedTalk speaker, Rishi Manchanda, M.D., MPH, president and founder of Health Begins, and an “upstreamist.”
This event is free and open to the public

Rishi Manchanda

Photo of Rishi ManchandaRishi Manchanda, MD, MPH, is a physician, author and healthcare leader who has spent more than a decade developing novel strategies to improve health in resource-poor communities. He has served as director of social medicine for a network of community health centers in south central Los Angeles, as the lead primary care physician for homeless Veterans at the Greater Los Angeles VA, and as chief medical officer for a self-insured employer with a large rural immigrant workforce. In his 2013 TEDbook, The Upstream Doctors, he introduced a new model of healthcare workers who improve care by addressing patients' health-related social needs, like food, financial, and housing insecurity. The book has become recommended reading in medical schools and universities across the world.

Dr. Manchanda is President of HealthBegins, a social enterprise that equips healthcare organizations and community partners with strategies and tools to improve care while tackling the social factors that make people sick in the first place. With Mathematica Policy Research and the Center for Health Care Strategies, HealthBegins was recently selected to provide technical assistance to grantees in CMS' historic Accountable Health Communities initiative.

April 18 | Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, April 18 | 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Human Health Building (HHB), Room 1050
The Healthology Symposium continues with a call for public awareness, breakout sessions for developing professional action, and closing remarks from Paul Grundy, M.D., MPH, FACOEM, FACPM, founding president of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.


7:30-8:00 a.m. | Registration | Human Health Building 1st floor atrium
8:00-8:45 a.m. | Opening Keynote | HHB 1050
Rishi Manchanda, M.D., MPH

8:45-10:00 a.m. | Morning Panel | HHB 1050

Addressing Social Determinants of Health: National Perspective (Facilitated by Lila Lazarus)
Paul Grundy, MD | Rishi Manchanda, MD | Rodney Rohde, PhD

10:15-11:45 a.m. | Morning Breakout Sessions:

HHB 4043
How Social Determinants of Health Impact Self-Management and Self-Management Support
Mike Hindmarsh, Ph.D.

Self-management is a complex concept, which has been defined in different ways. To some, “self-management is the care taken by individuals toward their own health and well-being: it comprises the actions they take to lead a healthy lifestyle; to meet their social, emotional and psychological needs; to care for their long-term condition; and to prevent further illness or accidents.” Regrettably, social determinants of health may hinder a patient’s ability to participate in self-management activities.

HHB 4050
Building a Learning System to Identify and Address Social Determinants of Health
Neeli Thati, M.D.

As an educator of physicians and other health care professionals, how can we better assess the impact a patient’s race/ethnicity, socio-economic status and environment have on their health status and health behaviors?

HHB 5045
Psychosocial Factors at Play When Addressing Social Determinants of Health
Lori Zeman, Ph.D.

While screening for social determinants of health (SDOH) and providing relevant referrals is a critical first step, it is often not enough to effectively resolve the problem.  Using case examples, participants will explore the meaning of SDOH at the community, system, provider and individual level and how that influences referrals, health behaviors and access to resources.   Addressing the attitudes, values and beliefs of the various players play a key role in whether or not SDOH will get addressed effectively.

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Poster Session and Networking
Human Health Building fourth floor atrium

12:30-1:30 p.m. | Lunch | HHB 1050
Public and Environmental Wellness Presentations

1:30-2:45 p.m. | Afternoon Panel | HHB 1050
Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Local Perspective (facilitated by Lila Lazarus)
Herb Smitherman, MD | Kathleen Forzley, MPA | Marianne Udow-Phillips, MHSA

3:00-4:15 p.m. | Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

HHB 4043
Making a Difference in Determinants of Health through Community Partnerships: Successes in Pontiac, Michigan
Jennifer Lucarelli, Ph.D. | Shannon Brownlee, MPH

The Healthy Pontiac, We Can! coalition brings together diverse partners working to achieve a vibrant community that promotes healthy lifestyles to all in the diverse urban community of Pontiac, Michigan. Utilizing an assets-based approach to strategic planning, the coalition tackles policy, systems, and environmental changes and programmatic strategies to increase healthy eating and physical activity opportunities. 

HHB 4050
Addressing Community Determinants: Tools and Ideas to Overcome Barriers
Rhonda Powell |  Linda Azar, FACHE | Natalie Dean-Wood

Public and private human service providers are finding themselves at the intersection of a cross-sector crisis which can no longer be ignored. The growing rate of aging Baby Boomers, opioid abuse, chronic health conditions and food/income insecurity is quickly exposing an anemic response, often suffocated by the very silos that were once believed necessary for program preservation. Today, however, it is more apparent than ever that to move the needle on large-scale issues, a collective approach is the only way forward. In this presentation, Macomb County: Health and Community Services will discuss creative strategies (largely based on community input) used to explore departments without walls that enable program alignment across multiple sectors, and broader impact in challenging populations.

HHB 5045
Investing in Social Determinants: How a Payer Engages Their Workforce and the Community
Bridget Hurd, MBA

Over the last few years, the focus on social determinants of health and its impact on health and health care disparities has grown.  Various stakeholders play a role in addressing these social determinants of health, no one can do it alone.  Health plans can play a unique role. This session puts the spotlight on the role health plans can play and takes a look at the process and strategies that one health plan is taking to help address health and health care disparities and social determinants of health.  It explores the connection to its social mission, the potential impact on health outcomes, and the importance of partnerships with providers and community.

4:30-5:00 p.m. | Closing Keynote | HHB 1050
Social Determinants: Where Do We Go From Here
Paul Grundy, MD

Paul Grundy

Photo of Paul GrundyPaul Grundy MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM is known as the godfather of the Patient-centered Medical Home and has spent 4 decades focused on population health built on a platform of a healing relationship of trust in primary care. He is a winner of the Barbara Starfield Patient Centered Primary Care, NCQA Quality, and the Sappington awards.

Dr. Grundy spent over 17 years as an executive at IBM where he was Chief Medical Officer and Global Director, Healthcare Transformation, IBM HCLS Industry, and a member of the IBM Industry Academy. Dr. Grundy is currently a healthcare ambassador for the nation of Denmark, Honorary Life Member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Irish National Association of General Practice, and the National Association of Primary Care In the United Kingdom. He is also a member of National Academy of Science’s National Academy of Medicine and a member of its leadership forum and the Director of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) board which Accredits residency training in both the USA and Singapore 

Dr. Grundy is the founding president of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.  Dr. Grundy served in the Carter, Reagan, Bush 1 and Clinton administrations and is a retired senior diplomat with the rank of Minister Consular U.S. State Department. He served In Singapore for three years as a Medical Director at International SOS.  

An active social entrepreneur and speaker on global health care transformation, Dr. Grundy is driving comprehensive, linked, and integrated health care and the concept of the Patient Centered Medical Home. His work has been reported widely in the New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, the Economist, the Huffington Post, New England Journal of Medicine and newspapers, radio and television around the country. Dr. Grundy is also a co-author of the book “Lost and Found: A Consumer’s Guide to Healthcare,” written together with Dr. Peter B. Anderson.

Paul Grundy spent much of his youth in Sierra Leone, West African were his parents worked  He went to Medical School at the University of California San Francisco did his residency training in Preventive Medicine and Public Health and post doc fellowship in International Occupational Medicine at Johns Hopkins.

Rodney E. Rohde

Rodney E. Rohde, Ph.D., M.S., SV/SM/MB(ASCP) received his Bachelor of Science (microbiology) and master’s (biology, emphasis in virology) degrees from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). Dr. Rohde received his Ph.D. in education in 2010 with a focus on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA). 

Dr. Rohde is the program chair for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program and holds the rank of professor in the College of Health Professions.  He also serves as associate dean of research for the College of Health Professions.  Dr. Rohde is also a clinical assistant professor (joint appointment) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Laboratory Sciences and Primary Care, Clinical Laboratory Science program.  Additionally, Dr. Rohde continues to enjoy being an adjunct associate professor of biology in the nursing program for Austin Community College. He holds certifications as a specialist in virology, specialist in microbiology, and molecular biologist from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Rodney spent a decade as a public health microbiologist and molecular epidemiologist with the Texas Department of State Health Services Bureau of Laboratories and Zoonosis Control Division prior to his academic career. His research interests are very diverse but focus on adult education and public health microbiology, specifically with respect to rabies virology, oral rabies wildlife vaccination, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and molecular diagnostics/biotechnology. He has published numerous articles and has received a variety of grant support for his research. Dr. Rohde is a member in the prestigious Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity and was named a CLS Distinguished Author, along with his colleagues, in 2013. He received the 2007 American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science Scientific Research Award and again in 2014 for his work with MRSA and rabies, respectively.

Rodney enjoys teaching and mentoring students towards productive and exciting careers in clinical laboratories. He especially enjoys incorporating research and leadership into his student’s educational experience and challenging them to strive for lifelong learning.

Herbert Smitherman Jr.

Herbert Smitherman Jr., M.D. is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati – College of Medicine and has been a resident of the city of Detroit since 1991. He spent his medical residency at the Wayne State University School of Medicine program.  He specializes in internal medicine. He has served as an adviser on access to health care and medical public policy issues to CEOs, mayors, governors and presidents. He is vice dean of Diversity and Community Affairs and associate professor of internal medicine at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. He is also president and CEO of Health Centers Detroit Foundation, a federally qualified health center look-alike in the city of Detroit.

His research and expertise focus primarily on creating sustainable systems of care for urban communities, for which he has received more than $10 million in grant funding to study. Dr. Smitherman has spent the past 21 years working with diverse communities in Detroit to develop urban-based primary-care delivery systems that integrate the health, social goals and concerns of the community.

Dr. Smitherman recently co-authored and released a book, “Taking Care of the Uninsured: A Path to Reform.”

Marianne Udow-Phillips

Marianne Udow-Phillips, MHSA is the executive director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan.  CHRT is an independent 501(c)(3) impact organization with a mission to advance evidence-based care delivery, improve population health and expand access to care.

Before coming to CHRT, Marianne served as director of the Michigan Department of Human Services from 2004 to 2007, appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. Marianne came to state service from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), where she served in a number of leadership roles for over 20 years, most recently as senior vice president of Health Care Products and Provider Services, with responsibility for the BCBSM social mission, health policy, data analysis, and care and network management programs for the traditional and PPO products. She also served as senior vice president and vice president of Plans and Operations for Mercy Alternative and Care Choices. Marianne holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the U-M School of Public Health. She is currently a lecturer of public health at the U-M School of Public Health.

In addition to her long-standing commitment to improving the quality and affordability of health care, Marianne is a passionate advocate for improving the lives of the poor with a special emphasis on children, including a focus on early childhood development. She has served on many boards and commissions such as the HighScope Educational Research Foundation, Dialogue Direct, Freedom from Hunger and Early Childhood Investment Corporation.  Among others, her current nonprofit board involvement includes the Grameen Foundation, University of Michigan Health System Board, Arbor Research, the U-M School of Public Health Dean’s Advisory Board, the U-M Depression Center’s National Advisory Board, the Michigan Women’s Foundation Emeritus Board and the Arboretum Ventures Advisory Board.

Marianne has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Anti-Defamation League’s Women of Achievement Award; Crain’s Detroit Business top 100 Most Influential Women in 2002, 2007 and 2016; Wayne State College of Nursing’s 2003 Lifeline Award; Girl Scouts of Huron Valley Council’s 2006 Women of Distinction Award; Michigan Business and Professional Association’s 2006 Women and Leadership in the Workplace Award; Michigan Fatherhood Coalition’s 2007 Child Advocate Award; Michigan Women’s Foundation’s 2007 Women of Achievement and Courage Award; and Michigan’s Children’s 2008 Heroes award. Ambassador Magazine named her as one of its 2011 Ambassadors of the Year, and Crain’s Detroit Business named her a Woman in Business Game-Changer in 2012.

Kathy Forzley 

Kathy Forzley was appointed by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson as the director of the Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services in 2017. In this role, she provides oversight of the Health Division, Children’s Village and Homeland Security divisions. Forzley provides strategic direction and management expertise to these departments, ensuring an outcome-driven approach, increased collaboration, and a dedication to improving health and quality of life for anyone who lives, works and plays in Oakland County. Under her oversight, Forzley has created and sustained numerous award-winning community initiatives such as Healthy Pontiac, We Can!, Homeless Healthcare Collaboration, and a county-wide health improvement initiative known as Energizing Connections for Healthier Oakland (ECHO). Forzley has also assumed a lead role advocating for health initiatives on a regional and statewide level through participation on the Michigan Public Health Advisory Commission, Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Commission, Southeastern Michigan Health Association, Michigan Association of Local Public Health, Oakland County Human Trafficking Task Force, and has recently been selected to serve on the Michigan Governor’s Public Health Advisory Council.

Lila Lazarus

Lila Lazarus, M.A. is an award-winning journalist who has anchored the news in Michigan, Maryland and Massachusetts. Never afraid of a challenge, Lila swam the Straits of Mackinac to raise money and awareness for Mentor Michigan. Each fall, she climbs from one end of the Grand Canyon to the other and back again. In 2007, Lila was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. An avid motorcyclist, Lila was recently named Michigan’s Ambassador of Motorcycle Safety. 

Lila also serves as the president of Kids Kicking Cancer, an organization that teaches children the power of breath as they battle the pokes and prods of cancer treatment.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) through the joint providership of Practice Transformation Institute, MedNetOne Health Solutions and Oakland University School of Health Sciences. Practice Transformation Institute is accredited by the MSMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Practice Transformation Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
Sponsorship Opportunities

Benefactor’s Society—$10,000
Reserved VIP seating at Public Forum for six people
Six tickets to the VIP reception with keynote speaker following the Public Forum
Six registrations to attend Symposium
Company or individual name displayed on program, email invitations, slide presentation and listed on website
Recognition from the podium at Public Forum
Signage prominently displayed at the entrances of both events
(FMV $1,200)

Black and Gold Circle—$5,000
Reserved VIP seating at Public Forum for four people
Four tickets to the VIP reception with keynote speaker following the Public Forum
Four registrations to attend Symposium
Company or individual name displayed on program, email invitations, slide presentation, and listed on website
Recognition from the podium at Public Forum
Signage prominently displayed at the entrances of both events
(FMV $800)

Dean’s Circle—$2,500
Reserved VIP seating at Public Forum for two people
Two tickets to the VIP reception with keynote speaker following the Public Forum
Two registrations to attend Symposium
Company or individual name displayed on program, email invitations, and listed on website
(FMV $400)

Leadership Donors—$1,000
Reserved VIP seating at Public Forum for two people
Two tickets to the VIP reception with keynote speaker following the Public Forum
Company or individual name displayed on program and listed on website
(FMV $100)

Lunch Sponsor —$5,000
Registration for four people to attend Symposium
Four tickets to the VIP reception with keynote speaker following the Public Forum
Company or individual name displayed at dining space and listed on website
Recognition from the podium during Symposium
(FMV $720)

Breakfast Sponsor—$2,500
Registration for two people to attend Symposium
Two tickets to the VIP reception with keynote speaker following the Public Forum
Company or individual name displayed at dining space and listed on website
Recognition from the podium during Symposium
(FMV $360)

Symposium Supporters—$1,000
Registration for two people to attend Symposium
Company or individual name displayed on program and listed on website
(FMV $300)

Please contact Sarah Brown at (248) 364-8798 or for additional information.