Collaborating Across Sectors for Colorado's Health Equity and Wellness (CASCHEW)

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The 2024 CASCHEW conference will be held from Friday, March 1 – Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year’s conference aims to go beyond “convening across sectors” to actually building “collaborations across sectors”. CASCHEW is an invitation only conference aimed at bringing together project participants, community partners, community members, public health departments/organizations, clinic staff, primary care clinicians, and medical and academic partners committed to improving the health of all Coloradans.

Sessions will highlight work being done by groups that would benefit from greater collaboration and or dissemination across sectors. Sessions are open to all attendees to allow for people to choose where they can best contribute and build collaborations CASCHEW will conclude with an interactive session to build concrete steps to further the collaborative, cross-sector work to improve health equity in Colorado. 

CASCHEW is hosted by a group of partners from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus including the Colorado Community Engagement Alliance Against Health Disparities (CO-CEAL), State Networks of Ambulatory Practices and Partners (SNOCAP), Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) Colorado, and the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI). Participants from these programs are invited.

Please see the following for the 2024 CASCHEW Conference. Full conference details will be added as available.

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Collaborating Across Sectors for Colorado's Health Equity and Wellness (CASCHEW)
March 1 - 2, 2024
Cheyenne Mountain Resort
3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs, CO, 80906

Day 1: Friday, March 1
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Hallway outside Centennial
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Remington's Ballroom
Welcome/Evening Session
Hors d’oeuvres
Welcome remarks, Don Nease, MD

Poster and networking session
The poster exchange at the CASCHEW Conference allows attendees to network and learn about research that is going on across the state surrounding patient and community engagement, practice-specific research, various specific medical topics, Community-Based Participatory Research, and a far range above that.
Day 2: Saturday, March 2
7:30 - 9:00 am
Remington's Ballroom
Breakfast and Registration
Registration tables will be outside Centennial
9:00 - 10:00 am

Plenary Session
Welcome remarks: Don Nease, MD

Keynote Speaker: Ned Calonge, MD, MPH
The intersection between social determinants of health and health outcomes: Where are we today with addressing the health impacts of systemic racism?

This presentation will review the evidence for the association of social determinants of health and health disparities, discuss the current political state for addressing structural racism, and contemplate the future for this work going forward.
 Morning Session
Concurrent Sessions
10:10 - 11:00 am
Platte, Gunnison, and Arkansas

Session 1a: Data from and for our CO-CEAL communities: Common Survey

Zachary Giano, PhD and Lisa Lucero, MBA

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the basic structure of CO-CEAL
  • Methods: How data were gathered and disseminated
  • Wave 3 data outcomes
  • Gain a community perspective of the data collection experience

Session 1b: Data from and for our CO-CEAL communities: iHeard

Don Nease, MD and George Autobee

Learning Objectives:
  • iHeard Colorado overview
  • Methods: How data were gathered and disseminated
  • Gain a community perspective of the iHeard project experience

Advocacy Skills Workshop

Kyle Leggott, MD

Learning Objectives:
  • Demonstrate the use of narrative storytelling to improve advocacy efforts
  • Summarize ways to apply skills post-session


Primary Care and Research - Health Topic Prioritization

Mary Fisher, MPH, Sarah Brewer, PhD, MPA and Anne Nederveld, MD, MPH

Learning Objectives:
  • Analyze current topics of priority from various partners state-wide
  • Build and develop several action items related to the top priorities discussed
  • Identity leaders to ensure work is carried out in the short and long term
11:10 - 12:00 pm
Platte, Gunnison, and Arkansas

Social Network Analysis and Boot Camp Translation

Kate Oviatt, PhD, Quatisha "Q" Bailey, MA, Jameel Mallory and Emma Gilchrist, MPH

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the purpose, methods, and outcomes of Social Network Analysis
  • Understand how SNA was implemented in the context of a BCT for Urban Black/African American community
  • See the results of the CO-CEAL SNA (e.g., products, information, relationships)
  • Understand lessons learned for implementing an SNA in this type of work
  • Gain hands-on experience practicing SNA

Keeping Care Local: eConsults and ECHOs in Rural and Frontier Counties

BreAnna Teeters, MPH and Dave Saxon, MD

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe how eConsults and ECHO improve access to care in rural and frontier counties
  • Understand how telehealth methods can improve quality
  • Describe how eConsults and ECHOs support peer-models of care

Community and Patient Partnerships to Address Complex Needs

Anne Nederveld, MD, MPH, Kristen Curcija, MPH, Sadie Fritzler, MA and Maret Felzien, MA

Projects presented, along with likely presenters:
  • Following up on Food Insecurity
  • Prevent T2+Choice
  • Tackling Loneliness with Communities (TLC)
Learning Objectives:
  • Summarize information and results from various projects
  • Utilize information learned to see how to engage in the work in the future
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Mountain View Restaurant
Networking lunch
 Afternoon Session
Concurrent sessions
1:00 - 1:50 pm
Platte, Gunnison, and Arkansas

Building Capacity for Community Engaged Research and Lessons Learned Along the Way

Panelists: Sol Sandoval Tafoya, Javier Garcia Arellano, Quatisha "Q" Bailey, MA and Don Nease, MD
Moderator: Charlene Barrientos Ortiz

Learning Objectives:
  • Provide a framework within which capacity building can be structured for both university and community partners
  • Understand CO-CEAL Community Connectors' roles and experiences in participant recruitment, training, communication, data collection and more
  • Understand how trust was built between academics and community
  • Identify lessons learned around what worked and what did not work/what challenges people experienced around engagement and building trust
  • Understand how lessons learned informed future work of CO-CEAL and similar efforts

State Agency Collaboration to Improve Access to Care

Devin Miller, MPH
Lauren Phillips, MPH
Alexis Burakoff, MD, MPH

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe how partnerships with state agencies can improve health equity
  • Summarize examples of successful state agency partnerships
  • Identify ways to connect organizational partnerships post-conference

Projects Shaping the Future of Primary Care

Anne Nederveld, MD, MPH

Projects presented, along with likely presenters:
  • HOPE Study
  • SDoH in Primary Care - Food Insecurities
Learning Objectives:
  • Summarize information and results from various projects
  • Utilize information learned to see how to engage in the work in the future
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Panel: Successful Cross-Sector Collaborations in Action
Panelists: Lisa Lucero, MBA, Gus Basterrechea, MA, Jason Guidry, MA, LPC and Anne Nederveld, MD, MPH
Moderator: Ricardo Gonzalez-Fisher, MD, MPH

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand how community members and academics from a variety of backgrounds and sectors collaborate to improve and advance the health and health equity of their communities
  • Understand the history of how entities have engaged with community health equity
  • Identify ways in which cross-sector collaborations have been initiated and sustained
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Closing Session
Commitments and The Story of Us: Kyle Leggott, MD
Final remarks: Don Nease, MD

Learning Objectives:
  • Build on the other learning objectives and previous sessions
  • Call to Action from planning committee to bring things into the next steps in community

CASCHEW 2024 Evaluation

Please take 5 - 10 minutes to complete the evaluation at the end of the conference. Your feedback is valuable to the presenters and planning team.



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