Straight Talk by BlueBack Health Diversity & Inclusion: Unbundling the Social Determinants of Health

Please join us virtually on Tuesday June 29th at 11 a.m. (EST), for our next session of StraightTalk.

Behind the veneer of a seemingly strong economy, conditions for millions of American families have gotten much worse.  Wage stagnation and an increase in cost of living set the stage for an unprecedented dual economic and health crisis that the global community weathered over the past turbulent year+ in a pandemic world.

Enter ALICE.  ALICE educates our children, takes care of our loved ones, assists us at the grocery store, and helps us maintain our homes.  Nearly 40% of Connecticut households are ALICE households: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.  These hard working, full time employed households earn above the Federal Poverty Level, eliminating their ability to receive subsidies, yet survive paycheck to paycheck, resulting in vulnerabilities in meeting basic needs such as secure housing, healthy food, quality childcare, transportation, and adequate medical care.  The ever-increasing cost of living in our state consistently outpaces what they earn. Join us for a robust conversation with the Community Impact Team from the United Way of Greater Waterbury.

Next up is Brooke Palkie, EdD, Chair, Health Science and Technology Department Program Director at Charter Oak State College, who will speak on matters of population health and unwinding the social determinants of health, health inequities and how to improve health literacy in more vulnerable populations across the state.

Finally, Ashok Subramanian, CEO at Centivo will speak regarding the Centivo model and its direct understanding and alignment of client/employer needs in achieving greater affordability and avoiding the utilization of unnecessary care. Our partners at health benefit provider, Centivo operate under a uniquely high-performing, yet simple, Primary Care-centered model that encourages coordination and collaboration of the right health care team.  This model focuses on satisfying the health and wellness needs of the whole person, with illness prevention and improved outcomes at the forefront.  Not only is team-oriented care integral to the Primary Care Model, but there is a direct correlation between this method of service delivery and improved health outcomes and reduced cost.

We hope you will join us and our team of industry leaders as we convene virtually on Tuesday June 29th   at 11 a.m. (EST). to unwind the realities and challenges of our friends and neighbors facing economic instability.

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Reach out to us at with any questions you may have.  Please RSVP by Monday June 28th. 

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