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Contact: Emily Blackie
Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio

Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio Hosts 3rd Annual Forum & Partner Recognition

Panelists address issues in community, healthcare systems and other factors in discussion on population health

CLEVELAND, Ohio (September 14, 2017) –Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio (VNAO) was proud to host its 3rd Annual Forum & Partner Recognition event on Thursday, September 14. The event, which was held at VNA of Ohio’s Cleveland office, was a free networking event for healthcare professionals followed by a panel discussion led by healthcare leaders from the community. 

This year, panelists discussed population health, a popular topic of discussion in healthcare. Population health refers to the social determinants, individual behaviors and social and physical environment that affect healthcare outcomes. Panelists included Steven Landers, MD, MPH, President and CEO of Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (New Jersey); Nabil Chedade, MD, Senior VP Population Health, The MetroHealth System; Liz Madigan, PhD, RN FAAN, Professor of Nursing, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Case Western Reserve University; Neil Quinn, VP of Innovation and Strategic Risk Management, Oswald Companies; and moderated by John Corlett, President and Executive Director, The Center for Community Solutions.

John Corlett kicked off the presentation by discussing population health policy and how social determinents play into the health of an individual. He used the example of CHIP funds are currently being used for lead testing in households in Ohio and how that will improve health outcomes for children. The panelists touched on how healthcare systems can use population health to treat individuals more efficiently, including the importance of home visiting programs and leveraging community healthcare programs. They also discussed the urgent need for change considering a large segment of the population, baby boomers, will require increased healthcare in the near future. Panelists also talked about the role of the payor and employee and the challenges they face in providing healthcare in an efficient and effective way. 

Following the panel discussion, Lisa Kristosik, President and COO of VNAO awarded community partners with a plaque and talked about each of their continued support for VNAO. Awardees included: 

Community Partner
Alzheimer’s Association

Corporate Partner
The Fedeli Group

Healthcare Partner
Malachi House

George Garretson Wade Charitable Trust #2


About VNAO
Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio a member of VNA Health Group, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, accredited and certified by The Joint Commission, the State of Ohio, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health. VNA of Ohio is also a United Way community partner.

With over 400 healthcare and administrative professionals, VNA of Ohio serves thousands of individuals throughout Northeast, Northwest, Central, and Mid-Ohio. VNA of Ohio offers the largest scope of home-based health services in the state, focusing on home healthcare and personal care private-duty services. Home healthcare services extend to include medical/surgical nursing care, behavioral health services, TeleHealth chronic disease management, and rehabilitation therapy services.

VNA of Ohio joined New Jersey-based VNA Health Group in 2017 to advance high-quality and innovative home-based care services. For more information about VNA Health Group or to find services in New Jersey, please visit

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