Webinar Tomorrow: Joint PH Forum & CDC Nationwide Webinar on September 18th

Please see the meeting invitation below for this exciting webinar!

Meeting Invitation for:

Date:    Thursday, September 18, 2014 

Time:    3:00 pm Eastern Time / 2:00 pm Central Time / 1:00 pm Mountain Time / 12:00 pm Pacific Time


Dear Public Health Forum Members & Colleagues:

The meeting agenda and the webinar registration information are provided below.

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  • Announcements (CDC and ONC) – [5 minutes]
  • Presentation:  Formalizing Community-Clinical Linkages: Massachusetts Department of Public Health e-Referral Project – [40 minutes]


Thomas Land, PhD, Director of the Office of Data Management and Outcomes Assessment, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Laura Nasuti, MPH, PhD, Director of the Office of Statistics and Evaluation, Bureau of Community Health and Prevention, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Michael Stelmach, MBA, Senior Health Information Technology Consultant and Principal, Bowlink Technologies, Inc.


Massachusetts was awarded a State Innovation Model Testing Award in the first round of SIM Testing Awards. As part of this award, the MA Department of Public Health has developed an open-source, bi-directional electronic referral system (e-Referral) that links referrals from clinical settings to community-based organizations. Since Spring 2013, the e-Referral team has linked two different EHRs to the e-Referral software (NextGen and athenahealth) and initiated pilots in 3 different community health centers, and supported linkages to 3 different community-based organizations for six different referral types. The project currently links community health centers to VNAs, elder services organizations, and YMCAs. To date, the number of referrals has been relatively small. Technical assistance is being offered to clinical site to improve work flow that leads to referrals. The next steps for the project include expanding the capabilities of the e-Referral system, onboarding clinical sites with additional EMRs, finalizing an e-Referral connection on our state Health Information Exchange, and adding additional clinical and community sites (including the state tobacco quitline).

Question and Answer Session – [15 minutes]

Panel Member:

Thomas Land

Laura Nasuti

Michael Stelmach

Akaki Lekiachvili, MD, MBA, Office of the Medical Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Webinar Registration Instructions

Pre-register for this online event at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6622823985119063809

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