Take Action Post Summit

Sept. 13 at Noon-Sept. 15 at noon


Optional: Pre-Summit Primer: Getting Ready to Partner with Health Care
Sept. 13 from 9-11 a.m.

Design solutions to solve difficult problems and seize new opportunities at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ Innovation Design Summits. Each summit will be focused on a different mission-critical issue to the Alliance network, and all will call on participants to roll up their sleeves.

These are not conferences. Innovation Design Summit participants will collaborate to design ideas and solutions that can be adopted and accelerated by the Alliance network. Presenters and collaborators from the Alliance network and public and corporate sectors will provide stimulus to inspire and guide work completed onsite.

Leading through the Integration of Health Care and Human Services

As health care in the U.S. continues to transform, the role of the human services sector as a critical partner remains to be established. However, health care leaders are increasingly recognizing the critical role that the social determinants of health play in improving upon health outcomes. Join this Innovation Design Summit to discuss how contributions of human services organizations can help to achieve the triple aim to:

  • Reduce health care costs
  • Improve health outcomes
  • Improve patient experience

At this Innovation Design Summit, Alliance and health care leaders will learn, problem solve, and develop action plans around critical business issues that are essential to ensuring that the human services sector is positioned as a valued partner to advance improved health outcomes.

Summit Goals

  • We want payers to invest in sustainable funding models that cover integrated services and incorporate the social determinants of health.
  • We want health care and human services providers to meaningfully use data and technology to achieve optimal results.
  • We want health care and human services providers to develop new care delivery systems for improving the health of patients with complex health and social needs.
  • We want health care and human services providers to understand each other’s value and create win-win partnerships that improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of care.

Kickoff Speakers

Wednesday, Sept. 13
1-3 p.m.

Rapid-fire talks from national thought leaders will offer perspective for tackling the challenge. Speakers include:

  • Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
  • Catherine K. Anderson, senior vice president of policy & strategy, UnitedHealthcare Community & State
  • Michael Shafer, center director and professor, School of Social Work at Arizona State University’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions
  • Susan Mende, senior program officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Richard Cohen, president and CEO, Public Health Management Corporation

Spark Sessions

Thursday, Sept. 14
8:30-9:30 a.m.

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Who Should Attend

Come alone or as a team! The challenges that will be addressed require a full array of skills and expertise. Participate as a team so that you will be prepared to take action right after the summit. This conference will be of interest to:

  • Nonprofit human services organizations currently partnering with, or exploring partnerships with, health care partners
    • Chief executives
    • CFOs
    • COOs
    • Chief Clinical Officers
    • Chief Program Officers
    • Staff who develop strategy and oversee efforts to improve health outcomes
    • Policy and advocacy staff interested in health care issues
  • Health care leaders, including health systems and payers, who recognize the imperative of developing partnerships with human service organizations
  • Public sector leaders
  • Foundation leaders
  • Corporate leaders in health care innovation

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.

Meet Our Participating Business Partners

Learn more about the benefits of becoming a business partner.


FEI hotel key card & AV sponsorBrown & Brown Change Maker Sponsor
Mutual of America Networking Lunch SponsorNetsmart Innovator Sponsor  



  Afia Presummit Sponsor

 Ebsco Activator

Solutionz Inc. ActivatorAmerigroup Activator


Day 1

Noon-1:30 p.m. Registration 
1-3 p.m.

Event Kickoff

3:15-3:25 p.m. Presentation of Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofits Award
3:25-6 p.m.

Design Lab 1: Framing

  • Selecting positive goals
  • Gathering data
6-7 p.m. Welcome Reception


Day 2

7:45-8:30 a.m. 

Power Breakfast

  • Enjoy breakfast while networking with summit participants and business partners
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Spark Sessions

  • Select from one of four sessions designed to spark ideas and fuel work in design labs
9:30-9:45 a.m. Break
9:45-10:45 a.m.

Spark Sessions

  • Select from one of four sessions designed to spark ideas and fuel work in design labs
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Design Lab 2: Synthesis

  • Finding themes
  • Crafting insights
12:30-1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:45-3:15 p.m.

Design Lab 3: Concepting

  • Converting challenges into design opportunities
  • Brainstorming ideas
3:15-3:45 p.m.


3:50-5:30 p.m.

Design Lab 4: Prototyping

  • Creating larger concepts from brainstorm ideas
  • Storyboarding user journeys
6 p.m.

Dine Arounds

  • ​Keep the conversation going; gather for a Dutch-treat dinner at a local restaurant


Day 3

7:45-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-10 a.m.

Design Lab 5: Prototype Planning

  • Evaluating concepts
  • Creating a plan for testing
10-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.-Noon

Pitch Session

  • Prototype pitches
  • Reflection and discussion
  • Coordination of efforts moving forward