Event Date: March 6, 2024
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Polsinelli Conference Center (900 W. 48th Place, Kansas City, MO 64112)
Admission: Free (Registration required)


Recognizing the importance of social needs to overall health status, there has been a trend toward screening for social drivers of health (SDoH) in many health and community-based organizations. In fact, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made such screening a requirement for all in-patient encounters as of January 1, 2024.

Why has this become so important? What does this trend portend? Is it just more regulation, or does it provide a new kind of opportunity? Can it provide an avenue for true population health management and value-based care? Can systems connect more elements of the community to provide a real, maybe even “smart”, continuum of care? Could this be an avenue toward a connected health community that has not been answered by health information exchanges? What are the uses of SDoH data? What is being done in the Kansas City area?

Join us as we address these questions and more in another of our Digital Health Innovation Forums, hosted by KC Digital Drive’s Health Innovation Team in partnership with Digital Health KC.


5:30 – 6:00      Gathering and social
6:00 – 6:10      Welcome and overview
6:10 – 6:30      Views from the community
6:30 – 6:55      Trajectory of SDoH in the Kansas City region
6:55 – 7:05      Break
7:05 – 7:30      How it works today in the region
7:30 – 8:00      Questions and discussion
8:00 – 8:30      Networking and social


  • Erica Anderson, PhD, MPH, MPA, Medi-Cal Implementation Consultant, Kaiser Permanente [LI]
  • Kristi Bohling-DaMetz, RN, BSN, MBA, Director of Aging and Adult Services, Mid-America Regional Council [bio]
  • Dan Cranshaw, JD, Executive Director, Kansas City Health Collaborative [bio]
  • Larry Franken, PhD, Director Community Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City [LI]
  • Luke Harris, MBA, Director of Operations and Population Health Management for Children’s Mercy Health Network [bio]

It is a free event, with registration. Light refreshments will be served. Parking in garage will be validated.