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Annual Colloquium


Colloquium Informs and Inspires

Nearly 400 people attended this year's Colloquium, and by all accounts were informed and inspired by our two keynoters and other speakers to continue the collaborative efforts to achieve the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and better costs. The event drew the most members in five years, with 40 percent more in attendance than last year. This high rate of participation by our members indicates that while we may not be "there" yet, more of us are in the boat, rowing in the same direction.

Minnesota author and storyteller Kevin Kling spoke movingly about the "Healing Power of Story." Learn more about Kevin's experiences and his unique perspective on storytelling. A few memorable takeaways from his talk:

"We don't believe what we see; we see what we believe."

"Take the journey with me, don't tell me the way I'm supposed to go."

"Patients want to be heard, and doctors need to learn to pick up on key signposts."

Wednesday's keynote speech, "Feet, Forks, and the Fate of Our Families" by David Katz, MD, galvanized the crowd as he delivered a powerful message centered around healthy lifestyle as medicine. Katz shared numerous free resources, available on his website. A few memorable statements:

"Living a healthy lifestyle can lead to an 80 percent reduction in heart disease and a 90 percent reduction in diabetes."

"We have the knowledge, and we all have skin in the game, so what's the problem?"

"Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."

"Recess, not Ritalin."

Also on Wednesday, people packed the room for a breakfast panel discussion on payment reform with representatives from HealthPartners, Medica and PreferredOne. One panelist noted that patients are demanding to know the costs of specific care choices available to them, and open-source websites and other analytics will do it if we don’t speed up the process ourselves.

Save May 9 - 11, 2016 for next year's conference, which will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. Please contact Lisa LeMay for more information.

Download the 2015 event brochure.