Track: Health and Well-Being
Commitment: Partnering with Purpose
National Imperative North Star: Strategic Partnerships

Format: Project-Based
Level of Learning: Learner

Research into social determinants of health has confirmed the essential nature of addressing social factors in achieving lasting health impact with vulnerable patients. The movement toward population health and value-based payment makes the development of a social determinants of health strategy critical to future success for health providers, even as the current payment models are transitioning from pay for encounter to pay for results.

This is a unique opportunity for connecting the human sector to health care as well as a trend whose impact on human service delivery is quickly evolving. Health care, however, is a complex environment in which human sector leaders have had limited relationships. Entry into the health care social determinants of health space is highly dependent upon the unique health care "system" that has developed locally. Differences in state philosophies, political imperatives, and health care structures all combine to define the opportunities and barriers to partnership. An understanding of one’s local health care components is critical to evaluating and adapting successful models from other localities.

Participants in this session will utilize a common framework for creating one’s local health care map, translate the experience of other projects, and identify the points of entry and connection for their own initiatives.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the multiple components that create a local health environment
  • Create a local health care map, contrasting it with two examples: Denver, Colorado and Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Indicate points of strategic connection for participants' agencies when pursuing integration opportunities


  • Jane Pirsig, executive director, Aurora Family Service at Aurora Healthcare

Jane Pirsig
Executive Director
Aurora Family Service at Aurora Healthcare

Jane Pirsig has over 30 years of leadership experience in mental health, social service, and aging services. Since 2002, Pirsig has led the integration of Milwaukee's oldest family service agency into Aurora Healthcare, a $5 billion regional health care provider with innovative services in clinic social work, social service navigation, chronic illness supportive counseling, public benefits counseling, emergency department interventions with high utilizers, targeted home visitation services for families of high-risk infants, and training in medical family therapy.

Pirsig has informed national innovation in addressing social determinants of health through work with electronic health recorder provider EPIC, the Wisconsin Association of Child and Family Agencies, and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. She holds a master's in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a master's in social work from the University of Wisconsin.