Patient Engagement: Types, Trends, and Opportunities

Join us for “Patient Engagement: Types, Trends, and Opportunities” hosted by Kathy Kunath, RN, Training and Partner Relations, Iowa Chronic Care Consortium (ICCCC). Kathy will be joined by ICCC executive director Bill Appelgate for the discussion. They’ll start by explaining why patient engagement offers important benefits to patients and practices alike. Then Kathy and Bill will describe the value of practice-level and patient-level engagement and share reasons why it’s a good idea for clinicians to focus on both types. Strategies that have been proven to increase patient engagement will be shared, with examples drawn from ICCC projects that supported patients with heart failure. Q&A follows the presentation.

About the speakers:

Kathy Kunath, RN
Kathy has a personal mission of building healthier communities by serving as a catalyst for growth in individuals and organizations. Kathy is a registered nurse and focused her early professional years on the care of critically ill patients. As she witnessed the stress of patients and families who “if only they had known” would have lead healthier lives, she became interested in finding ways to paddle “upstream” in improving health.
Her journey lead her to manage a cardiac rehabilitation program for 13 years, develop creative community health outreach programs, lead a community health coalition to change tobacco policy, and coordinate local television shows that highlight innovative treatment options and lifestyle management programs for chronic diseases. She chaired a community-based committee of the American Heart Association that published resource guides on healthy eating, local exercise facilities and stress management resources. In 1999, Kathy was chosen to participate in the Cardiovascular Health Leadership Fellowship, a national program through the Health Forum, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association.

Bill Appelgate
As Executive Director of ICCC, Dr. Bill Appelgate provides leadership and guidance in chronic disease management, clinical health coaching, health risk assessments, health policy, prevention, health promotion and healthy aging.  Under his leadership, ICCC has led the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise in deploying statewide chronic disease programs in heart failure and diabetes to its members. He was also involved in the development of chronic healthcare cost-reduction strategies within health care reform legislation.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define changes in healthcare driving the importance of engagement
2. Describe two distinct types of patient engagement and the value of each.
3. Explore effective strategies used in both types of patient engagement that drive improved outcomes

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.  Please click here for complete information on CE credits.

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