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ICSI News February 2017

Registration open for Annual Colloquium; Program, other details now Available

Registration is open for the ICSI Colloquium, taking place May 8-10, 2017 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest! Get the scoop on our exciting line-up of breakout sessions, keynoters and pre-conference workshop with the newly available online program. We've also posted CME credits and other important information to help inform your plans to attend. Visit the Colloquium web page for the details, and register today.

Interested in a particular speaker or sessions, but too busy to attend the full conference? Take advantage of our new single day registration option and pick the day that fits your interests and schedule. Early bird savings are available through April 14. Learn more and register today.

Upcoming ICSI Events

New Workshops for Clinics: February 21 & March 15

Don't miss these upcoming workshops in St. Paul and Duluth to support your clinic's capacity to assess and address tobacco use and dependence. We'll provide real-world examples of effective methods and practices and offer practical assistance to help you identify and implement your next steps in advancing tobacco systems change efforts in your organization. Learn more and register.

Quality Improvement Basics

Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Bloomington, MN

Registration is open for ICSI's first Quality Improvement Basics workshop of 2017! This popular offering will help you and your team get the best possible start on the road to organizational improvement. Open to members and nonmembers. Space is limited so don't delay—learn more and register today.


Motivational Interviewing Foundations Workshop – Parts 1 and 2

Thursday, April 20 and May 4, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Bloomington, MN

Making lifestyle changes to support better health isn't easy. Motivational interviewing is a proven framework and set of skills used to help people work through ambiguity and change. Find out how you can better help your patients by learning and practicing these skills at this offering of the popular two-part workshop.

Go here to learn more and register today.

Other Noteworthy Events

Honoring Choices MN Offers Advanced Care Planning Training

Honoring Choices MN is offering Advanced Care Planning (ACP) "First Steps" Facilitator training in February and March – three location options. Open to health care professionals, community volunteers and others. Learn more and sign up today.

Accelerating Care Transformation Through Health Information Technology: Online Courses

ICSI has partnered on an Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) grant with Normandale Community College to embed five new topics into existing national curriculum: population health management, care coordination and interoperable health IT systems, value-based care, health care data analytics, and patient-centered care. 

These virtual training modules support health care professionals and other members of the workforce to remain current during the transition to value-based care delivery and expanding use of health information technology. Courses are appropriate for ALL roles and levels of work within health care. Cost is free; CEUs and/or CMEs are available for a nominal cost. Learn more.

Delivering Information through Segmentation and Consent (DISC) Learning Collaborative

Is your organization planning on implementing data segmentation or consent management tools? Would you like to provide your patients with greater control over the sharing of their health information? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking committed and enthusiastic health care providers and organizations who wish to join this six-month learning collaborative. 

Approaching Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 10, 2017. Submit applications here. Please direct questions about the DISC Learning Collaborative via email.

Updates on our Work

Road to Health Care Transformation:
Focus on the Individual

Now and going forward, we see that individuals are focusing more on their overall health. The interconnectedness we experience in other parts of our lives will be expected of the health care system. Patients will come to assume that all care can be coordinated, all information can be shared, that they can directly upload data to the system, and that someone else will manage it all – securely.

What else do you need to know about these and other trends and what they mean for your care delivery system? ICSI members, log in to read this and other papers in our new series that looks at the multiple forces driving health care change in Minnesota over the next two to five years. Each one discusses an identified trend and outlines the various effects it may have in the health care sector. We also include self-assessment questions that an organization can use as it takes steps on the road to successful transformation. Read more.

Patient Advisory Council Looking for New Members

Here at ICSI the patient's voice matters! Our Patient Advisory Council (PAC) is underway for 2017, and is now accepting new members. We are looking for people who want to make a difference, share their health care story, and be a voice for others. Please note, at this time we are not considering practicing health care professionals for PAC membership.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in this opportunity, please encourage them to apply or send a referral to Rochelle Hayes. Candidates from diverse communities are encouraged to apply. Learn more.

Updates to ICSI Board of Directors

At its January meeting, ICSI's board approved Oyebode (Bode) Taiwo, MD, MPH, Global Medical Director, 3M Corporate Occupational Medicine, for a two-year term as a Purchaser/Consumer Director. In addition, Nathan Moracco was reelected to a second two-year term as a Purchaser/Consumer Director. We also thank Steve Lafferty and Sahra Noor for their years of service. Learn more about ICSI's Board of Directors.

Member & Sponsor Spotlight

New ICSI Member: Southside Community Health Services

Please welcome Southside Community Health Services in Minneapolis, which was approved for full ICSI membership in January. They are a community health center that has been serving minority and marginalized populations in the Twin Cities for over 45 years.

Southside takes quality of care seriously and they are continuously working to improve the patient experience and health care outcomes for all of their patients. They currently have many ongoing quality projects to improve health outcomes for their patients by lowering blood pressure, improving asthma care, and screening for depression. Southside has been utilizing ICSI guidelines for years, specifically in areas that affect the Triple Aim, and most recently as part of a successful demonstration project with Minnesota's Department of Human Services.

New Programs for Healthy Eating and Mental Health in St. Paul

The HealthEast Foundation is launching two new pilot programs to support healthy eating and mental well-being on St. Paul's East Side. The programs–East Side Table and the East Side Mental Health & Stress Resilience Partnership–are launching this year. Read more.