Gettysburg, Pa. (September 18, 2022) Kyle Lowe and Diane Alecusan, the CareSource State Housing Strategy Leads, for Indiana and Ohio respectively, will present Healthy Beginnings At Home — SDOH For Women & Infants — The CareSource Case Study at the October 27 OPEN MINDS Circle Elite Executive Roundtable. The speakers will share results from the CareSource Healthy Beginnings At Home (HBAH) pilot program and how the program is hoping to strengthen the evidence regarding the impact of stable housing in addressing infant mortality, prematurity, and improving health outcomes for women and their infants. Attendees will learn how eliminating barriers to care and addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) leads to better health outcomes for consumers, decreased provider costs, and improved community health overall.

“Social determinants of health are only going to become more important as health care systems evolve,” said OPEN MINDS Chief Executive Officer Monica E. Oss. “As the marketplace continues to move towards value-based care, it will benefit organizations to get ahead of the curve and figure out how to address these social determinants, as this leads to better health outcomes and decreased costs universally.”

According to the infant mortality report put out by the City of Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio has the highest rate of infant mortality in the state, they average a loss of two infants per week. The HBAH 1.0 process evaluation statistics show that this disproportionally affects Black babies, who are affected at almost 2.5x the rate of white babies. High infant mortality is the result of systemic barriers to care and due to the overall health of the mother giving birth. To address this, CareSource launched a pilot program to address SDOH affecting mothers and infants, this has grown into Healthy Beginnings at Home. This program aims to improve maternal and infant health outcomes by providing stable housing and rental assistance to pregnant mothers in need.

Executive attendees of this session will learn about eliminating barriers to care for the most vulnerable populations, how to address infant mortality and poor health outcomes for both mother and baby, and ways to use health outcomes and cost data to turn pilot programs into sustainable service lines.

This one-hour session will be moderated by Kimberly Bond, Executive Vice-President, OPEN MINDS. To register for the 1:00 p.m. ET, October 27 event, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3161520464012303.

Kyle Lowe, State Housing Strategy Lead, Indiana, CareSource, has held several roles within the Life Services department at CareSource since joining in 2017. In his current role, he collaborates with developers and CDFIs to invest in the creation and maintenance of affordable housing in the state of Indiana. In addition, he designs, implements, and optimizes housing and health interventions for CareSource members. Mr. Lowe holds a B.A. in Spanish Literature from Indiana University and a M.S. in Health Leadership from Western Governor’s University.

Diane Alecusan is the State Housing Strategy Lead for Ohio at CareSource. In this role she focuses on creating and implementing affordable housing strategies throughout CareSource’s Ohio market that ultimately improve the health and well-being of the 1.5 million members in the state, most of whom are on Medicaid. Before joining CareSource, Ms. Alecusan was the Policy Manager for the Office of Multifamily Housing at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, and prior to that worked in planning and development roles for the Ohio Department of Development, Bird Houk Collaborative (now OHM Advisors) and the City of Dublin. Ms. Alecusan holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the Ohio State University.

Kimberly Bond, MS, LMFT, brings over thirty years of experience providing behavioral health treatment in the public and community settings to the OPEN MINDS team. She currently serves as the Executive Vice President, Payer/Provider Market. In this role, Ms. Bond provides executive oversight and leadership to all Provider and Payer client engagements for OPEN MINDS. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Bond served concurrently as a Program Coordinator III and Clinical Manager of Adult Services and a Program Coordinator II and Clinical Manager of Recovery Services for the Ozark Guidance Center. Prior to joining the Ozark Guidance Center, Ms. Bond served as the Executive Vice President of Center Point, Inc. and as the President and CEO of Mental Health Systems, Inc. Ms. Bond received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with Honors, and her Master’s in Counseling Education from San Diego State University. She is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and Arkansas.

The October 27 Circle Elite Executive Roundtable is offered as part of a weekly series designed to help executive teams navigate the business, organizational, operational, and culture changes of a market in turbulence during (and after) the COVID-19 crisis. Each one-hour briefing outlines a field-tested approach for recovering from the crisis and developing a plan for organizational sustainability. Once an exclusive benefit to Elite members of the OPEN MINDS Circle, these impactful sessions are now available to all OPEN MINDS subscribers and available on demand.

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