Thursday, April 19, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn, Wallingford, CT
Join us for a one-day summit focused on addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) in Connecticut. This conference is specially designed for leaders and changemakers from non-profit organizations, corporations, health and medical organizations, and government agencies who are focused on improving the health of vulnerable populations.


What Are Social Determinants of Health?

The World Health Organization defines the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) as “the structural determinants and conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.” 1

They include factors like socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, education, one’s physical environment, employment, incarceration, social support, access to healthcare, as well as health literacy.

1. World Health Organization. Social determinants of health. (2012, March 09). Retrieved April 05, 2018, from

Social Determinants of Health Summit

This summit aims to engage participants in the discussion of social determinants of health and in developing and implementing data-driven, community-centered solutions to prevent long-term chronic health conditions in the populations we serve. The summit will bring together healthcare leaders, clinicians, non-profit organizations, and representatives from the public sector. The goal is to share best practices and discuss emerging approaches to addressing the social determinants of health to better serve our population.


Meet our speakers

Don Hall, M.P.H.
Summit Moderator

DeltaSigma, LLC


Don Hall, M.P.H., has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of non-profit and for-profit healthcare management, including public health, hospital systems, and health plans. His extensive background includes executive-level positions with Hospital Corporation of America, Lincoln National Corporation, EQUICOR, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Before becoming a founding partner of DeltaSigma, LLC in 2006, Don served for eight years as president and CEO of Colorado Access, a non-profit provider-sponsored health plan focusing on Medicaid, SCHIP, Medicare Advantage special needs populations, and corrections care.

Don has been a member of the Academy of International Health Studies since 2002 and has studied health care systems in Argentina, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Sweden, and Switzerland. In addition, Don serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Managed Healthcare Executive magazine.

He received his M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

DeltaSigma, LLC is a national healthcare consulting practice that focuses on supporting innovative approaches within Medicaid, Medicare, and MLTSS for care management, operations, business development, and market planning.


Ram Raju, MD, MBA, FACHE

Senior Vice President and Community Health Investment Officer
Northwell Health


Ram Raju, MD, brings vast executive leadership experience and a keen understanding of New York’s healthcare delivery system to Northwell Health.

As senior vice president and community health investment officer, he evaluates the needs of Northwell’s most-vulnerable communities, and provides solutions for them by collaborating with community-based organizations. He’s responsible for promoting, sustaining, and advancing an environment that supports equity and diversity, and helping the health system eliminate health disparities.

Prior to Northwell, Dr. Raju served as president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals from January 2014-November 2016. NYC Health + Hospitals has 42,000 employees, 11 acute-care hospitals, five nursing homes, six diagnostic and treatment centers, more than 70 community-based health centers, a large home care agency, and one of the region’s largest providers of government-sponsored health insurance, MetroPlus Health Plan.

Dr. Raju also served as CEO for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest public health system, where he improved cash flow by more than $100 million and changed the system’s financial health during his tenure from 2011-2014.

His medical career began at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn and he later served as chief operating officer and medical director at NYC Health + Hospitals’ Coney Island Hospital. In 2006, Dr. Raju became the HHC chief medical officer, corporate chief operating officer, and executive vice president. Under his leadership, HHC continued to improve quality, patient safety, and healthcare data transparency.

Dr. Raju served as vice-chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association and currently sits on the boards of numerous city, state, and national healthcare organizations, including the American Hospital Association, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Asian Health Care Leaders Association. Among his numerous awards and accolades, Dr. Raju was selected to Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most-Influential People in Healthcare.” Modern Healthcare also named him one of the “Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare” and one of the “50 Most-Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare.” In 2013, he was named a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United.

Dr. Raju earned a medical diploma and Master of Surgery from Madras Medical College in India. He underwent further training in England, where he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. He later received an MBA from the University of Tennessee and CPE from the American College of Physician Executives.


Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA

Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation


Claire Pomeroy is president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. She serves as chief executive officer of the Foundation and is responsible for advancing the Foundation's mission to "improve health by accelerating support for medical research through recognition of research excellence, public education and advocacy.”

An expert in infectious diseases, Dr. Pomeroy is a long-time advocate for patients, especially those with HIV/AIDS, and public health. She passionately supports ongoing investment in the full range of research. She has a special interest in healthcare policy, with a focus on the importance of the social determinants of health. She has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and edited three books.

Dr. Pomeroy serves on the Board of Trustees for the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Board of Directors for the Sierra Health Foundation; the Foundation for Biomedical Research; iBiology, Inc.; New York Academy of Medicine; New York Blood Center, Inc.; and for Becton Dickinson & Company. Dr.Pomeroy was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine in 2011.

Dr. Pomeroy received bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and completed her residency and fellowship training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Minnesota. She earned an MBA from the University of Kentucky. She received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2016. She has held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, University of Kentucky, and University of California (UC) Davis. Dr. Pomeroy was chief of infectious diseases and associate dean for research and informatics at the University of Kentucky. She joined UC Davis in 2003 as executive associate dean and served as vice chancellor and dean of the School of Medicine from 2005 through 2013. She became president of the Lasker Foundation in June 2013.


Toyin Ajayi, MD, MPhil

Chief Health Officer
Cityblock Health


Toyin Ajayi is chief health officer of Cityblock Health, a New York-based health and social services company focused on enabling a path to healthier communities through a digitally-enabled, integrated medical, behavioral health, and social service delivery model for low-income Medicaid populations with complex needs.

Prior to this, Toyin served as chief medical officer of Commonwealth Care Alliance, a nationally-renowned integrated health plan and care delivery system for individuals dually-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. In this role, she led clinical operations, spearheaded care delivery innovations, and oversaw multi-disciplinary teams of clinicians, community health workers, and administrators serving more than 20,000 beneficiaries across the state of Massachusetts.

Toyin received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and her medical degree, with Distinction in Clinical Practice, from King’s College London School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center. Toyin is a board-certified family physician, and continues to practice primary care and hospital medicine, focused on patients with chronic, complex, and end-of-life needs.


Summit Agenda

9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Sylvia B. Kelly

President & CEO
Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc.

Kate McEvoy

Director, Division of Health Services
Connecticut Department of Social Services

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Social Determinants of Health…Where Does Our Responsibility End?
Ram Raju, MD, MBA, FACHE

Senior Vice President and Community Health Investment Officer
Northwell Health

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Questions & Answers

11:45 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
What Have We Learned So Far?
Robert Zavoski, MD, MPH

Medical Director, Connecticut Department of Social Services

12:35 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Connecticut: Social Determinants on the Local level
Lawrence Magras, MD, MBA, FAAPL, FHM

Senior Vice President, Population Health & Chief Medical Officer, Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc.

12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Panel Session 1:
Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Connecticut

Focused on Food Insecurity, Housing, Homeless Population & Human Services

Bernard Beaudreau

CEO, Connecticut Food Bank

Rev. Bonita Grubbs

Executive Director, Christian Community Action

Lisa Tepper Bates

Executive Director, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Panel Session 2:
Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Connecticut

Focused on Prison Re-entry, Employment, Health Literacy & Human Services

Jeff Grant, JD, M Div

CEO/Executive Director, Family ReEntry, Inc.

Alex Johnson

President and CEO, Capital Workforce Partners

Dr. Marcus M. McKinney

VP and Chief Health Equity Officer, Trinity Health of New England

Carmen Daisy Gonzalez

Manager of Member Engagement, Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc.




  • 1181 Barnes Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492
  • 203.949.4080
  • 8:30am - 3:00pm