Open Minds

March 01, 2016 12:08 ET

Linking Emerging Innovations to Strategy the Theme for The 2016 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute: Northwell Health & Ochsner Health Executives to Keynote

Agenda for the 2016 Event Is Focused on Providing a Deep Dive Into the Innovations Shaping the Health and Human Service Market -- and the Strategies Your Organization Needs to Gain the Strategic Advantage

GETTYSBURG, PA--(Marketwired - March 01, 2016) -   OPEN MINDS recently released the agenda for The 2016 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute. This two-day executive education event will be held on June 8-9, 2016 at The Sheraton (French Quarter) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

For the past five years, The OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute has helped executives of organizations serving consumers with complex needs link emerging innovations to strategy and develop a sustainable position in a disruptive market. This years' event will focus on helping organizations serving complex consumers link emerging innovations to strategy -- and develop a sustainable position in a disruptive market.

"Developing the skills to lead an innovative organization is one of the requirements for sustainability in an evolving health and human service market," explains Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS. "But creating a team and a structure for an agile, customer-focused, data-driven, collaborative, and disciplined organization is no small feat. Success in this market will belong to the leadership teams that can identify disruptive opportunities and develop strategies for financially viable programs and service lines. This concept was the driving force for our team when developing the theme and agenda for this year's Strategy & Innovation Institute."

Each day of the institute will kick-off with a keynote presentation by two leading industry executives that will share tips on leading an innovative organization and developing strategies for financially viable service lines.

Kristofer L. Smith, M.D., M.P.P., Vice President and Medical Director of Northwell Health (previously North Shore-LIJ) will open this year's institute with his keynote presentation, "Strategic Diversification In A Time Of Value-Based Care."

To kick-off the second day of the institute, Philip Oravetz, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Medical Director of Accountable Care at Ochsner Health System will share his keynote presentation, "Taking Risks, Finding Rewards: The Ochsner Accountable Care Organization Strategy."

The institute will close with a final plenary address, "Is Your Organization Innovation-Ready? How To Transform Innovation Into Strategic Advantage" by Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS.

In addition to the keynote presentations, this year's institute agenda features a variety of sessions designed to help executives lead an innovative organization and develop strategies for financially viable programs and service lines, including:

  • Need Capital? A Non-Profit's Guide To Financing New Services
  • The Challenges Of Implementing A Strategic Plan: An Executive Discussion Session
  • Addiction Treatment Transition? A Review Of The Emerging Models Replacing Residential Treatment
  • Tackling The Big Challenges: The Keys To Effective Partnership With Your Non-Profit Board
  • How To Move From Idea To Action: A Guide To Building Successful Partnerships With Managed Care Organizations
  • Outpatient Mental Health Programs: How To Develop A Sustainable Model
  • How Is Technology Shaping The Future Of Care Delivery? A Town Hall Discussion Session On Tech Innovation
  • Are Health Homes Working? The Payer Perspective
  • Medicaid Managed Care For The Foster Care Population: A Look At Specialty Plans Serving Complex Children & Youth
  • Do You Have An Effective Online Marketing Strategy? How To Use Digital Marketing & Social Media To Your Advantage
  • When You've Seen One Health Home, You've Seen One Health Home: The Provider Perspective On Health Homes
  • Emerging Models, Complex Consumers: Innovative Approaches To Serving The IDD Population
  • A Guide To Being Acquired: Why Becoming Part Of A Larger Organization May Be The Right Move
  • Making Integrated Service Delivery A Financial Reality: Key Models For Integration With Primary Care
  • Bringing Patient Engagement To Population Health: Engaging Consumers To Improve Outcomes

Attendees are also invited to arrive a day early to attend one of the two pre-institute workshops that will be offered on June 7:

  • From Strategy To Action: A Guide To Building & Implementing A Strategic Plan That Works. The workshop will be led by Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, Ed.M., Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS who has more than 30 years of experience in the health and human service field -- in both private and public sector delivery of behavioral health and social services. His primary areas of expertise include strategic planning and metrics-based management, electronic health record (EHR) and technology selection and implementation, operations improvement, and corporate compliance.
  • Innovation, Diversification & Scalability: How To Develop A Profitable New Service In A Competitive Market. The workshop will be led by Sharon Hicks, Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS who has more than 20 years of experience in the health and human service field. Ms. Hicks has extensive experience and wide range of expertise in health plan management, clinical operations management, and technology.

Additional information about this year's event, including the full agenda, can be found online at

Discounted registration for The 2016 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute is available through April 8, 2016. Seating is limited, and registrations will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register online or download a registration form, visit

Also, be sure to book your rooms at The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel before May 9, 2016 to take advantage of our special conference room rate of $189 per night. For more information on the event hotel, visit

OPEN MINDS is a national strategic advisory firm specializing in the sectors of the health and human service industry serving individuals with complex support needs: mental health; addiction treatment; children and family services; intellectual and developmental disabilities; chronic disease management; long term care; social services; correctional health care, reentry and diversion; and juvenile justice.

Founded in 1987 and based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the 75+ associates believe by providing the latest market intelligence and management best practices to organizations serving the health and social support needs of the most vulnerable consumers, those organizations will be better able to provide efficient and effective services. Learn more at

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