This is a tentative program, subject to change. Check back often as we update the 2018 program.

Thursday, May 17 

8 a.m. Registration opens.

9:45 a.m. Exhibits open.

10 a.m.: Welcome and introduction, Roger Plothow.

10:10 a.m.: Description and framing of IHS’ goals: Tyler Norris, followed by an update on where Idaho health care stands today (speaker TBA). Also, updates on major issues discussed at the 2017 IHS. (

11 a.m.: Keynote: Dr. Susan Frampton, Planetree International. Topic: Idaho and patient-centered healthcare.

Noon: Break and lunch service begins.

1 p.m. Luncheon speaker: Creating an Idaho road map to change in behavioral healthcare – report on WICHE Behavioral Health Study and plan: Ross Edmunds, Behavioral Health Administrator, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

1:45 p.m.: Ana Fuentevilla, MD, MHCDS, Chief Medical Officer, Optum Population Health Solutions. Big data and patient-centered healthcare. Plus: Observations and further discussion, TBA.

2:30 p.m.: Framing for the afternoon: Tyler Norris.

2:40-4 p.m. Dr. Lauren Smith: What it takes to create a collective impact in communities. Plus:

• Launching a trial balloon: How people of common interest can move things forward – a report from the 2017 collaboration team.

• A report on the Advance Directives project, a public/private collaboration. Stephanie Bender-Kitz, Honoring Choices Idaho.

4-4:15 p.m. Networking break.

4:15-5 p.m.: Demonstration of Live Better Idaho by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Presenters: Lori Wolff, Deputy DHW Director, and Greg Kunz, Deputy Administrator, Division of Welfare.

5-5:30 p.m.: Discussion of the day’s presentations and themes: Tyler Norris and Lauren Smith.

5:30-7 p.m. Reception, sponsored by ICOM.

6-8 p.m. Speakers and Sponsors Dinner (invitation only)

Friday, May 18

8 a.m. Breakfast service.

8:30-9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dean Cameron, Director, Idaho Department of Insurance.

9:30-10:30 a.m. Solutions to providing effective primary care: Panel discussion, moderator TBA.

Panelists: TBA.

10:30-11 a.m. Break for networking and exhibits.

11 a.m. Break-out sessions:

NOTE: The goal for the remainder of the IHS is to identify and recruit stakeholders, identify potential goals, and establish anchor/facilitator for the ongoing initiative.

Breakout No. 1: Behavioral health road map, details coming soon.

Breakout No. 2: Approaches to primary care system issues. Panel presentation and discussions. Presenter and moderator: Dr. Jon Schotts.


  • SHIP sustainability: Cynthia York, Idaho DHW.
  • Efforts toward more fully integrated patient-centered healthcare workforce: TBA.

12 p.m. Break and lunch service begins.

12:30 p.m. Lunch speaker TBA.

1:15 p.m. Break.

1:30 p.m. Breakout sessions:

Breakout No. 3: Behavioral health, part two. A work group facilitated by Ross Edmunds, Idaho Division of Behavior Health.

  • Topics and panelists: TBA.

Breakout No. 4: Effective primary care part two. Panel presentation and discussion. Moderator: TBA.


  • Idaho’s rural healthcare crisis: Dr. Rhonda Robinson Beale, Blue Cross of Idaho.
  • Project ECHO: Jeff Seegmiller.

2:45 p.m. Break.

3 p.m. Tyler Norris and others: Facilitated interactive plenary session to assess what we’ve learned and look forward:

  • Topics and assignments for trial balloon work in 2018-19.

End of conference