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Beyond Health Care: Prevention, Social Barriers & Population Health Improvement

October 20, 2020 8:30 AM

Not every health care problem can—or should—be addressed with a prescription pad: Addressing Social Determinants to Improve Population Health


Carrie Harnish, LMSW is the Executive Director, CommunityConnect at PopHealthCare. She leads a team of Community Health Advisors and supportive colleagues to assess the Social Determinants of Health needs of Medicare Advantage members in Michigan. The member interactions provide community resources when needed and the data will drive systems change.

Prior to her work with PopHealthCare, she was the Director of CHW and Health Systems Integration for Care Coordination Systems. She was responsible for cultivating and supporting CHW and Health System partnerships for CCS. She has also served as Clinical Director, Community Health & Well-Being at Trinity Health, where she was responsible for supporting hospitals across the country to address the SDoH through leading innovation in CHW programs, safety net health centers, pharmaceutical assistance programs, homeless programs, and tobacco cessation.

Carrie is a social worker with experience from AmeriCorps, to community-based eldercare, dialysis social work, nursing facility transition, Executive Director of a non-profit organization, to care management in a primary care office. In addition to a superb understanding of patient centered medical care and community programming, Carrie brings a wealth of knowledge around care for elderly populations across the continuum. Carrie excels at program design including the development of HR and risk policies, local and system policy and procedure development, recruiting standards, interviewing, training, technology implementation, ongoing support, close-out and evaluation.

Carrie is looking forward to partnering with healthcare organizations to address SDoH needs and change social and healthcare systems to address all of those “other things” that deeply impact the lives of our neighbors.