Healthcare’s New Diagnosis: Poverty (z59.9) A Standard of Care to Treat the Social Determinants of Health

More than a decade ago, Dr. Marcella Wilson took over a failing charity, and recognized two frequently opposing paradigms for addressing poverty: everyone had good intentions, but a “character flaw” mentality infused their efforts. Unlike other public health challenges, there…

Healthcare's New Diagnosis: Poverty (z59.9) A Standard of Care to Treat the Social Determinants of Health

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More than a decade ago, Dr. Marcella Wilson took over a failing charity, and recognized two frequently opposing paradigms for addressing poverty: everyone had good intentions, but a “character flaw” mentality infused their efforts. Unlike other public health challenges, there was lack of a “science of poverty.” Join us for a joint presentation with Drs. Wilson, Osmick, and Kaminski about the evolving science of poverty, and how that knowledge can be applied to address poverty as a core social determinant of health to strive for healthier populations.

About the Presenters:
Marcella Wilson, Ph.D has more than 30 years of extensive experience in healthcare administration, not-for-profit management, behavioral health, criminal justice and public sector programming. Her life’s work is dedicated to developing a national standard of care that changes the paradigm of understanding and response to the condition of poverty as a treatable condition, not a character flaw. This is the model for Transition to Success.

Currently an appointee of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, serving on the Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity, Dr. Wilson also serves on the Michigan 211 Board of Directors. She served as a Fellow for the National Alliance for Children and Families; the Long Term Planning co-chair for Detroit Area Agency on Aging; a member of Wayne State University President’s Advisory; and a member of the Detroit City Council Returning Citizen Task Force. Dr. Wilson has received numerous honors including the 2015 Distinguished Alumni by University of Michigan School of Social Work, the Spirit of Detroit Award, and the Henry Ford Health System Health Education Achievement and Leadership Award. She received an Emmy Award as the creator and executive producer of “WATRUFIGHTN4?” a video and website promoting social activism.

Dr. Wilson, a University of Michigan alumnus, holds degrees in psychology, sociology, a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Ph.D. in Health and Higher Education Administration. Dr. Marcella Wilson and TTS have garnered much local and national attention. Dr. Wilson receive the 2017 Women of Impact Award from Focus on Women Magazine and a State of Maryland Governor’s Citation.

Mary Jane Osmick, MD is a board-certified internal medicine physician executive with extensive experience leading organizations in health care delivery. She practiced for 17 years as a primary care, general internist, served as a senior medical leader of a 150-employed physician network, as medical director for regional and national health insurers, and clinical leader for vendor organizations focusing on managing the health and well-being of employer populations. MJ currently focuses on clinical advisory and consultant roles with the goal of building organizational capacity to integrate social determinants into the fabric of population health management programs. With other population health experts, she currently teaches a focus on social determinants of health at Thomas Jefferson University, College of Population Health in a program entitled “Population Health Academy – Essentials.”

Mitchell A. Kaminski, MD, MBA is a family physician who has combined clinical practice and teaching with a career in healthcare leadership that has included private groups, hospital systems, and academic institutions. Prior to joining the Jefferson College of Population Health, he served as Chief Clinical Officer at the Delaware Valley ACO, helping to develop the clinical strategy and teams in one of the largest ACOs in the country. He has continued to care for patients part-time, most recently at the Jefferson Department of Family and Community Medicine. He embraces the complex challenges of our transforming national and regional healthcare systems, and continues to bring front-line perspectives to his leadership positions.

Since joining the Jefferson College of Population Health in August 2018, Dr. Kaminski has led enhancement of the College curriculum to include greater emphasis on value-based care, population health management, and an increasing focus on the social determinants of health. He speaks to diverse groups on population health topics, value-based care, and physician leadership.

Dr. Kaminski also enjoys working in collaboration with NAVVIS in a joint mission to promote successful transformation of health care to meet the population health needs of today’s patients…and tomorrow’s.

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