About the Regional Health Summit

In June 2017 the Regional Health Summit brought together over 150 healthcare and public health professionals, nonprofit and academic partners, state governmental officials, and elected officials as key stakeholders representing more than 40 organizations from 21 counties in the Tri-State region of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. The central purpose of the Summit, sponsored by Cabell Huntington Hospital, was to strengthen strategic efforts across health care, public health, and community organizations to improve health, wellness, and prevention efforts by enhancing multi-sector collaboration at a regional level.

Summit objectives included identifying common challenges and opportunities facing the region, sharing of best practices and RegionalHealthSummit 020innovations that demonstrate success and promise for health improvement, innovation and transformation; and engaging health stakeholders in crafting regional solutions to shared challenges. Speakers included national, state and local partners and experts on community engagement, improving health outcomes, current healthcare trends in healthcare service delivery. A key focus of the Summit was to engage participants in discussions on challenges and opportunities around:

  • enhancing access to care and services;
  • improving outcomes for chronic conditions and integration of services for behavioral health/substance abuse, and;
  • using health information technology, data analytics, and telehealth tools to improve population health outcomes.

The Summit also includes breakout sessions, allowing participants to select areas of focus including access to care, behavioral health and substance abuse, chronic disease, and data and technology. Within each breakout session groups discuss what is working, what is not working, what is needed, and then identify three actionable next steps. 

The Regional Health Summit is a regional collaboration to improve health outcomes and is open to any individual interested in participating in regional health improvement. Four regional workgroups focused on access to care, behavioral health and substance abuse, chronic disease, and data & technology will begin meeting soon. To learn more about the Regional Health Summit or to join please email regionalheatlhsummit@gmail.com.