Putting Care at the Center 2017 will be more than just an educational and networking opportunity for attendees. With the brightest minds in health care innovation and transformation at the Los Angeles Westin Bonaventure November 15-17, the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs (National Center) is working to harness the energy of the conference into defining the field of complex care.

At the conference’s interactive Beehive, attendees will have the opportunity to be “field designers,” helping to create the Complex Care Blueprint, a joint project of the National Center, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The Complex Care Blueprint will be a deep dive into the current and potential players complex care field, and a distillation of the priorities and goals of the movement.

The Blueprint project is kicking off at Putting Care at the Center 2017 with the input of our conference attendees. Attendees will work in small groups to fill in their own house-shaped blueprint, including their thoughts on the core tenets of complex care, the biggest challenges they have experienced, priority areas of focus, goals, and who they think is currently missing from the conversation.

The Complex Care Blueprint project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, and The SCAN Foundation, will continue through 2018, and its findings will be used to inform the National Center’s programming and next steps in the coming year.

Rebecca Sax, Program Manager for National Initiatives at the Camden Coalition, says that the Blueprint project will be well-served by the diversity of attendees at Putting Care at the Center 2017. “There will be administrators, direct service providers, consumers, insurers, researchers, people who work in state governments,” she said. “The whole conference will be about honoring the expertise of each attendee. Everyone coming into the room is an expert— maybe on different things, but still an expert.”

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