Track 5 - Healthy Populations and Communities (Chronic Disease

Infectious Disease & Resilience)

Sharing Session - 90 Minutes

F15 - evolve Public Health: Accelerating Local Health Department Collaborations with Health Systems and the Community

Wednesday, July 11
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Salon D

The Virginia Department of Health, in collaboration with the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation and Community Health Solutions, developed evolve Public Health, an action learning program designed to help public health professionals apply collaborative leadership skills to build clinical-community partnerships to create effective care models. Most population health requests for proposal require cross-sector collaboration, and most local health departments are still striving to meet the aspirations of Public Health 3.0. Many stakeholders, including public health officials, health systems, and community-based organizations, lack experience and expertise in building and working in multi-stakeholder collaborations, which is critical for project success.This session will describe a model for state and local health departments to develop a learning action collaborative; identify specific resources used successfully to accelerate clinical-community collaborations in Virginia; and provide a venue for participants to share their successes and pitfalls in building clinical community partnerships.


Partnerships & Collaborations, Foundational Capabilities, Leadership & Management

Don W. Bradley, MD, MHS-CL

Consulting Professor
Duke University School of Medicine

Don Bradley, MD, MHS-CL holds a position as a Consulting Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke, as Core Faculty for the Duke Margolis Health Policy Center, and as Executive Director for The Practical Playbook ( The Practical Playbook is an initiative to improve population health through robust collaboration [among Public Health and primary care and other key stakeholders].
He retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) in 2014 where he served in a number of roles, including Executive Director for BCBSNC’s federally qualified Health Maintenance Organization, Senior Vice President for Healthcare, and Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Bradley continues his work with the National Academy of Medicine Health and Medicine Division (formerly Institute of Medicine) Roundtable on Obesity Solutions; and serves as co-chair of the Roundtable’s Innovation Collaborative workgroup for Interdisciplinary Provider Training and Education for obesity competencies. He recently completed a term as public member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors.
Dr. Bradley has experience and success in rural family practice, managing the clinical operations of a large academic family medicine residency practice, managed care contract negotiations and management, medical and reimbursement policy, quality improvement, care management, and clinical informatics.
His interests at Duke include development of population health competencies, curricula, and tools; leadership development; prevention and management of obesity; and health policy, finance and transformation.
Educational credentials:
1. MD- Medical College of Virginia 1976
2. Family Medicine Residency- Polyclinic Medical Center, Harrisburg, PA, 1976-79
3. Kellogg Family Medicine Fellowship, Duke, 1980-81
4. Master Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership- Duke, 2001-02


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Valerie McAllister, BS, CDP

Clinical Community Linkage Coordinator
Virginia Department of Health

Valerie Mcallister holds a BS in Criminal Justice as well as a certification as a Diversity Professional. Ms. McAllister serves as the Clinical Community Linkage Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) where she is responsible for the coordination, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of activities and initiatives focusing on community-clinical linkages as it relates to the State Public Health Actions to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke.
Prior to joining VDH’s Chronic Disease Unit, Ms. McAllister worked in the Office of Health Equity as the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Specialist and key contributor to programs and services ensuring equitable health to all Virginians.
Valerie McAllister is a Certified Diversity Professional, a member of the National Association of Chronic Disease Director’s Health Equity Council as well as the Virginia Community Health Worker’s Advisory Council.
Additional grants and programs that she has contributed to include: Center for Disease Control (CDC)-RFA-DP13-1305, CDC-RFA-DP14-1422, ASTHO, NACDD Cardiovascular Health Collaborative, Evolve Public Health, NACDD Health Equity Research Study.


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Brian Castrucci, MA

Chief Program and Strategy Officer
The de Beaumont Foundation

Brian C. Castrucci, MA is the Chief Executive Officer of the de Beaumont Foundation. Castrucci is a disruptor, instigator, and fierce advocate for public health. In just six years, he has helped build the Foundation into a leading voice in health philanthropy and public health practice.

An award-winning epidemiologist with 10 years of experience working in state and local health departments, Castrucci brings a unique background to the philanthropic sector that allows him to shape and implement visionary and practical initiatives and partnerships and bring together research and practice to improve public health.

Under his leadership, the de Beaumont Foundation is driving change to improve population health, foster collaboration between public health and primary care, and strengthen the nation’s public health infrastructure. Among the projects he has spearheaded are CityHealth, the BUILD Health Challenge, and the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey.

Castrucci is an editor and contributing author to The Practical Playbook. Public Health. Primary Care. Together, published by Oxford University Press in 2015. He has contributed more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics including public health systems, research, maternal and child health, health promotion, and chronic disease prevention. He has been featured in media including Nation’s Health, Hospitals and Health Networks, Public Health Newswire, the American Journal of Public Health, KevinMD, and the Health Affairs Grantwatch blog.

Castrucci graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from North Carolina State University and a Master of Arts degree in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Health Leadership at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Amy C. Swierczewski

Assistant Director, Programs and Intrastate Accreditation
Medical Society of Virginia

Amy Swierczewski is the Assistant Director of Programs and Intrastate Accreditation at the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation. Her responsibilities encompass the planning, execution, and evaluation of all programs within the Foundation that serve the membership base. She also oversees the accreditation program for the state’s Continuing Medical Education providers. Amy holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and has worked in a variety of both for-profit and non-profit settings.


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