Sept. 13 from 9-11 a.m.


Nonprofit human services organizations have valuable skills and experience to contribute to the challenge of improving health outcomes and reducing costs. However, the bewildering world of population health, health care priorities, payer mix, health care competitors and medical jargon isolates and discourages many community-based organizations from seeking a place in the rapidly emerging health care-human sector continuum. This Pre-Summit Primer is the opportunity to gain clarity and identify a way to forward, no matter the size or scope of your organization.

During this pre-summit event, presenters will provide a framework for leaders of human services organizations who are looking to collaborate in the health care environment. As payers, regulators, and health systems continue to develop a better understanding of the correlation between health outcomes and the social and behavioral determinants that lead to those outcomes, the push for integrated care is only going to become more prevalent. That push will lead to opportunities across the country for health and social service organizations.

This Pre-Summit Primer will provide a platform for participating in the Innovation Design Summit: Leading through the Integration of Health Care and Human Services, helping organizations to understand how they can thrive in the health care marketplace.

Learning Objectives

  • Health care environment overview including priorities, financial models, and challenges
  • Strategies for positioning core competencies as a benefit to health care partners
  • Various pathways for partnership
  • Pitfalls and barriers to partnering with health care; how to navigate barriers and build relationships over time

Who Should Attend

  • Executive of community-based human services nonprofits who are new to or are looking to partner with health care institutions

Presenters: Jane Pirsig, executive director, Aurora Family Service; and Kathy Polasky-Dettling, director of clinical strategies, Afia

Jane Pirsig
Executive Director
Aurora Family Service

Jane Pirsig has provided leadership in the integration of social services in health care as the executive director of Aurora Family Service since 2003, drawing upon more than 35 years’ experience in the human service sector in Milwaukee and Chicago.

Pirsig holds a master’s in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and a master’s in business administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management located in Evanston, Illinois.

Kathy Polasky-Dettling
Director of Clinical Strategies

Kathy Polasky-Dettling is the director of clinical strategies with Afia Inc. and a consultant with the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-Health Resource & Services Administration (SAMHSA-HRSA) Center for Integrated Health Solutions. She specializes in agency readiness assessments, developing integrated care strategies, and coordinating multi-year state and county learning communities. She has provided integrated care consultation and Case to Care Management training sessions across the U.S. and has supported numerous Integrated Health Learning Community projects in Michigan and Ohio.

Polasky-Dettling has worked in community mental health centers for 26 years in a variety of positions, including day program worker, case manager, access clinician and administrator.

She holds a master’s in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University and a certificate in primary care and behavioral health from the University of Massachusetts. 


Location & Lodging

Loews Minneapolis
601 1st Avenue North 
Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Alliance has arranged a special room rate of $209 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes. Reserve your room online or call the hotel at 877-880-8918 or 612-677-1100 by Aug. 16 and mention group name Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to receive the discounted rate.

This rate is available for stays up to three days prior to and after the conference, but it is subject to availability at the time of booking.

Ground Transportation

Super Shuttle offers shared van ride service for approximately $14 one way. Uber and Lyft are also available.

What to Wear

September temperatures in Minneapolis range from an average high of 72 degrees to an average low of 52 degrees. Dress for the event is business casual. The Alliance recommends attendees wear layers because meeting room temperatures may vary.