Looking Back to See the Future More Clearly

Friday, January 29, 2016
As the first month of 2016 zooms by, Stewards of Change is embarking on what promises to be its busiest and most productive year ever – which leads me to think about how far our field has come during the decade since SOC came into being. In particular, I remember our first national symposium at Yale, where we started a conversation about information-sharing among health and human service programs. 

2nd Blog in This 3-Part Glass-is-Half-Full Series: The Path to Progress is Paved with Social Determinants

Thursday, September 10, 2015
If you haven’t checked it out yet, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Leadership Network (in which I’m delighted to participate) is a consistently interesting and thought-provoking component of RWJF’s bold, expansive effort to create a Culture of Health in our country. I particularly liked one of the latest commentaries on this Linked-In site, which I urge you to read. It hits home for me partly because of its optimistic “we can do it” tone, which clearly comports with my own view of the future of health and human services in the U.S., but mainly because its headline resonates so strongly with the work that the Stewards of Change Institute has been doing: “Defining the measures of healthcare success.”

Pessimists Beware: This is the First of Three Blogs on Government Progress in Interoperability, Information-Sharing . . . and Social Determinants of Health and Wellness

Sunday, August 16, 2015
It’s election season, so we all hear routinely from candidates across the political spectrum about what government doesn’t do, about how inefficient it is and about how it doesn’t really strive to serve people. I’m not going to take sides in that debate, but the optimist in me has to weigh in with this: What gets lost in the cacophony of nay-saying is the reality that, whatever problems may exist, significant advances are being made on some fronts and the opportunity for even more progress has never been greater.

Musings from Our 10th Annual Symposium – and Planning for Another Decade of Progress

Thursday, July 2, 2015
The title of last week’s 10th Anniversary Stewards of Change Symposium was quite a mouthful – “Harnessing the Power of Information Operability and Social Determinants to Advance Health and Wellness Integration” – but I’m very glad to report that it provided just the right focus and framing for the event. I’m even happier to report that many of our 100+ attendees left saying they were inspired by what they’d heard and learned – and, best of all, many said that the knowledge they acquired would enable them to make substantive improvements in their own organizations’ projects and practices.

Elementary, Dear Watson, the Symposium is about Change . . . and the Future

Friday, June 19, 2015
While preparing for the Stewards of Change 10th Anniversary National Symposium – which begins next Monday at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore – SOCI President Daniel Stein met by phone a few days ago with IBM Global Business Consultant Joseph Fiorentino and Martin Duggan, who leads the IBM Curam Research Institute. Here are edited highlights of their conversation.

Daniel: Five years ago, when IBM first presented at our symposium about your supercomputer, Watson, some of the predictions about the future use of computing in the health and human services realm just blew me away. Can you talk a bit about the progress we’ve made and where you see us heading now?

It’s Health and (not or) Human Services!

Sunday, June 14, 2015
By Wade F. Horn, Ph.D.
Deloitte Consulting LLP

With the 10th Annual Stewards of Change National Symposium just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a good bit about the presentation I’ll be giving there – and I’m excited by it. Here’s why: For more years than I’d care to admit, I’ve been arguing that one major reason we haven’t made more progress in improving the lives of Americans is because, in policy and practice at every level, we’ve too often acted as though HHS is an abbreviation for health or human services rather than health and human services.

Exciting Times Ahead: a Major Grant and our 10th Anniversary Symposium

Friday, May 29, 2015
It’s a bit hard to believe a year has passed since the last Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) national symposium, a memorable event at which about 100 invited thought leaders from across the nation explored “The Art of the Possible” at the intersection of interoperability and health and human services. It’s even harder – but wonderful and, frankly, inspiring – to recall  the good work we’ve been able to accomplish between the time of that symposium and the 10th Anniversary edition that will take place next month.