Healthy Communities Initiative

Ideas to Action for Healthy People, Places and Planet

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

December 7, 2016

What is a “healthy community?” What successful strategies are communities using to collaborate across sectors to promote healthy people and strong economies? What are the opportunities for strengthening the interdependence between urban and rural economies? How are banks, CDFIs, philanthropy, and others investing to foster equitable access to health and prosperity for all? Why is investing in environmental sustainability important for people and places?

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Incourage are collaborating with Adams County Health Department, Aspirus Review Hospital & Clinics, Inc., Avivar Capital, CAP Services, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, Forward Community Investments, Impact Seven, Michael Best Strategies, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, USDA Rural Development, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, and the Wood County Health Department to host Investing in Healthy Communities: Ideas to Action for Healthy People, Places, and Planet on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in Wisconsin Rapids.

This daylong conference will share leading practices in healthy economic development, sustainability and investment, with a special focus on rural and regional approaches to move from ideas to action. The conference will also include strategies for ongoing collaborative work with a new administration in 2017.

Who should attend?

  • Bankers, especially those involved with the Community Reinvestment Act
  • Community development finance leaders
  • Philanthropic leaders
  • Hospital and health system leaders, especially those involved in community health improvement work
  • Public health leaders
  • Community and economic development leaders
  • City planners
  • Local and state government officials
  • Education and faith-based leaders

We encourage you to attend with key partners for shared learning and collaboration.

Conference attendees can expect to:

  • Explore promising community development opportunities and sustainable, innovative financing strategies
  • Consider the interdependence of rural and urban communities
  • Learn how environmentally sustainable practices advance health and well-being
  • Grow and strengthen networks
  • Participate in collaborative action to realize healthy communities

Conference Sponsors:

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM – 8:50 AM
Welcoming Remarks

Alicia Williams, Kelly Ryan, Kristopher Gasch

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM
A Message from Wisconsin Rapids

Zach Vruwink, David Greendeer

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
A Vision for Healthy Rural Communities

Katie Wehr, Farshad Maltes, David Erickson, Julie Willems Van Dijk

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Break, Networking, and Moving to First Breakout Sessions

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout 1
Investing in People over the Life Course – Childhood (Part I)
The importance of focusing on early childhood development (pregnancy through kindergarten) is affirmed by both emerging neuroscience and the economic research of Nobel laureate James Heckman and others. We also know that, while the U.S. spends much more on health care than its peer developed nations with inferior outcomes, those peer nations spend much more on social services early in the life course. What are emerging models within the U.S. for public and private sectors to work more closely together—including through innovative impact investments—to ensure healthy early development for every child?

Doug Jutte

Edna Lonergan, Salli Martyniak, Kelly Borchardt Optional

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout 2
Investing in People and Place: Healthy Food, Healthy Economy, Healthy People
Strengthening regional food systems provides the opportunity to increase community access to healthy, fresh food while also creating equitable access to jobs and lower transportation-related carbon emissions. How are leaders in the Wisconsin regional food system working to achieve these objectives? What efforts to strengthen the food system value chain are still needed—from production to processing to distribution to reaching institutional and consumer markets? What investment capital is available and still needed to sustain emerging operations, meet institutional and consumer demand for healthy, regional food and realize growth potential?

Layne Cozzolino

Mike Bedessem, Jeff Metoxen Optional

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout 3
Investing in People and Place: Community Health Needs Assessments – A Tool for Regional Investment Strategies
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires hospital organizations to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years to assess the health needs of the people in the communities that each of its hospitals serves. It further requires these hospitals to take steps toward addressing identified needs. Hospitals are required to consult with community members including local public health agencies in performing CHNAs. With increased health care coverage under the ACA, hospitals are expected to have additional resources to address upstream needs (community-level needs outside of clinic walls) that can counter disparities and foster healthy human development over the life course. What types of needs have been identified in Wisconsin’s rural communities, and what steps are local hospitals, health systems, foundations and others taking to address them? How is impact investing playing a part in Wisconsin, and what models exist for impact investments to provide greater support?

Kristie Rauter Egge

Sarah Grosshuesch, Nan Taylor, Sarah Havens, Amy Mihm Optional

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout 4
Investing for People and Planet: Advancing Health and Well-Being through Environmentally Sustainable Development
As noted, farmers, businesses and others are taking steps to “green” their approaches in ways that protect human health, often with financing from the USDA, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), banks and others. What are promising models for businesses to provide both products and processes that foster health and environmental sustainability? What are regional trends in consumer demand for such products and processes? Where do businesses, organizations and households that want to “green” their activities find financing? Where are remaining gaps in access to capital?

Carrie Vanderford Sanders

Nick Hylla, Paul Graham, Marcia Caton Campbell Optional

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM
Break, Networking, and Moving to Final Breakout Sessions

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Lunch and Plenary Panel

Shared Stewardship for Healthy Human Development
Healthy human development over the life course depends upon strong pillars of support for children, youth and adults that are grounded within the community. Ensuring these supports requires resilient communities, with strong, collaborative institutions, good government, a vital economy with employment opportunities, and access to a range of public and private capital. How can communities best foster these conditions? What relationships must be nurtured on the ground, and what partnerships must be cultivated regionally and nationally? What are emerging opportunities to strengthen rural communities in their quest to foster and retain healthy, engaged citizens?

Lisa Richter

Kelly Ryan, Katherine Tyler Scott, Doug Nelson

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Break and Move to Final Breakout Sessions

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Breakout 5
Investing in People over the Life Course: Advancing Age (Part II)
Until the recent surge of chronic disease and risk factors such as obesity, lack of physical activity and substance abuse, U.S. life expectancy had generally trended up over the decades. Living longer, particularly with chronic diseases and risk factors, also means generating higher health care expense. People age 55 and over made up 28% of the population but accounted for 48% of all health spending in 2013. At the same time, emerging models for aging in place and coordinated care (including home health care) are bringing about improved outcomes at lower costs. How are these models taking shape in Wisconsin? Are there remaining gaps in the value chain? What is needed to sustain and scale promising providers?

Susan Longworth

Mary Patoka, Tracy Dudzinski, May yer Thao, Janet Zander Optional

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Breakout 6
Investing in People and Place: Trends in Workforce Development
The quality of a person’s employment and the level of their education significantly impact a person’s health and the health of their family as well as a community’s wealth generation prospects. Both rural and urban communities are seeking a range of innovative approaches as they begin to understand that their own resiliency and prosperity relies on their businesses ability to attract, retain and grow a talented workforce. Public and private partnerships, including impact investing, as well as public policy are helping to fuel the growth of businesses and increase the quality of jobs. This session will explore a number of innovative approaches and strategies, including ways communities can build and strengthen employer partnerships with committed businesses.

Jenny Riggenbach

Rene Daniels, Tom Strong, Kelly Aiken, Chuck Price Optional

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Breakout 7
Investing in People and Place: Connecting Capitals to Advance Health in Central Wisconsin (Blueprints Case Study — Fostering Conditions of Readiness)
Blueprints for Tomorrow is a 25-month Incourage and USDA-supported program that is building networks, vision and skills to lead a new regional economy based upon the values of equity, opportunity and shared stewardship. The Blueprints approach connects a range of resources or “capitals” to build a community that works well for all people—moral, human, social, intellectual, reputational and natural as well as financial capital. Building upon this vision, the Blueprints curriculum includes adaptive leadership; collaborative development practices; local, inclusive, and sustainable economies; and how promising organizations and initiatives can raise capital through impact investors. Why is this breadth of capitals needed to spark thriving communities in rural areas? What guidance can experienced practitioners offer communities and entrepreneurs who may be early in the process of planning or implementing a concept to advance healthy communities in their region? What are potential risks? How can entrepreneurs and networks find the support they need to stay the course–or make mid-course corrections–as needed to achieve their goals?

Kelly Ryan, Stan Gruszynski

Heather McKellips, Jo Ann Grode, Matt Wysocki Optional

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Breakout 8

Investing for People and Planet: Assuring Healthy People and Planet through Institutional Investment Strategy
Efforts to create healthier and more environmentally sustainable communities are gaining momentum at both the local and global level. Worldwide, investors are increasingly applying Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) screens to drive corporate practices that reduce harm to the environment and increase transparency in reporting environmental practices. Investors are constructing portfolios of stocks, bonds and other assets that steward natural resources through techniques of inclusion (screening in holdings of companies with positive or best in class environmental performance), exclusion (divestment of holdings in companies with inadequate environmental performance), shareholder activism (agitating companies with inadequate performance) and/or thematic investing in sectors that foster environmental conservation and restoration. How are investors designing and executing these portfolios? What research and partners are involved? What are the costs?

Kathryn Dunn

Liz Michaels, Laura Berry, Dawn Neuman Optional

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Break and Move to Closing Exercise

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Closing Exercise
The summit ends with a “World Cafe” exercise that identifies actionable ideas for participants to advance health, well-being and prosperity in their home communities.

Lisa Richter, Jenny Riggenbach

4:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Steven Kuehl


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