2016 Health and Human Services Summit

Catalysts for a Generative Future

When & Where

October 14 - 16, 2016
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Discover and Deliver New Levels of Outcomes and Impact

What does the future of health and human services look like? Where can we see glimpses of that future? How will we scale up promising innovations to achieve our vision of the future?

We do have insight into catalysts for a generative future: We know that children from low-income families with access to health and nutrition programs are more likely to graduate from high school. We have proven that helping low-income parents increase their educational attainment also positively affects their children’s emotional health and performance in school. We have made the connection that families with stable housing and child care subsidies move up the income ladder faster and more sustainably. We have seen how human services, health, and policing agencies working together on collective challenges can make communities safer and healthier. All of these generative outcomes help cut the cycle of poverty and move families and communities toward a culture of health and self-sufficiency.

Yet here is the problem: Even with all the positive examples of progress and innovation in knitting together services, more work must be done to envision and build the ecosystem of organizations that can work together to design and deliver solutions that address the root causes of individual, family, and community health and human services challenges. In this endeavor, critical questions arise, such as:

  • What are the innovative cross-system partnerships that create new forms of outcomes and value, and how do those partnerships govern and scale their models over time?
  • Where can law and policy be aligned at the federal, state, local, and provider level to ensure that investments and measures are made to achieve our desired future state?
  • How can partnerships better leverage data across an ecosystem in order to predictively assess family and community challenges, connect services, and design positive interventions?
  • How can leaders in health and human services design cultures, teams, and dynamic capabilities attuned to creating solutions across traditional boundaries and networks?

To help health and human services leaders with these challenges, the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, Leadership for a Networked World, and Accenture, in collaboration with the American Public Human Services Association, are convening senior-most leaders for The 2016 Health and Human Services Summit: Catalysts for a Generative Future.

At the Summit, we will work together to vision the future of health and human services, and leverage the catalysts to realize that vision. To accomplish this, the Summit will feature practitioner case studies and topical sessions designed to help participants pursue innovation and lead their organizations up the Human Services Value Curve.

This seventh annual Summit, to be held October 14 - 16, 2016, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn from and network with the world’s foremost health and human services practitioners, Harvard faculty and researchers, and select industry experts. Summit participants will gain membership to a community of peers and experts, and leave the Summit prepared and poised to deliver generative outcomes and impact for individuals, families, communities, and society

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The 2016 Health and Human Services Summit Agenda

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The 2016 Health and Human Services Summit Brochure

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The Executive Leadership Group

Uma Ahluwalia
Montgomery County, Department of Health and Human Services
Roderick Bremby
Connecticut Department of Social Services
Marc Cherna
Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Carolyn Colvin
Commissioner (Acting)
U.S. Social Security Administration
Susan Dreyfus
President & CEO
Alliance for Children and Families
Kelly Harder
Dakota County Community Services
Raquel Hatter
Department of Human Services, Tennessee
Lynn Johnson
Executive Director
Jefferson County Department of Human Services
Nick Macchione
Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego County, California
Debora Morris
Human Services Director
Susan Mosier
Secretary and State Health Officer
Department of Health and Environment
Stephanie Muth
Deputy Executive Commissioner
Social Services (Health and Human Services Commission, Texas)
Tracy Wareing
Executive Director

Clips from Past Events

"It's up to us"

The 2013 Human Services Summit

Here, Nick Macchione talks about rejecting stigmas and frameworks surrounding Human Services.

"Stable, Improving, People are enrolling..."

The 2013 Human Services Summit

Lucinda Jesson discusses Minnesota's current progress with the Affordable Care Act implementation.

Who Should Attend?

Summit attendees are senior-level, health and human services executives, who aspire to improve performance in the near term and redesign public institutions for the long term. Regardless of title, all Summit attendees are “Chief Transformation Officers” in practice – leaders who work across traditional boundaries (organizational, jurisdictional, sectorial) to create public value.

Admission & Participation

The Summit is an invitation-only program for senior health and human services executives. Other applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis, depending in part on available space. We typically receive more applications than we can accommodate, so apply for your seat as soon as possible. This event is supported by the hosting and collaborating organizations, so there is no tuition fee to attend. Travel and hotel expenses, however, are the responsibility of individual participants.