Northeast Centering Symposium

| Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham, November 12, 2015 —


Come and join us for a fun day full of Centering!

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM
Massachusetts Medical Society

Participate in a Centering experience with opportunities to network, share and see what an impact Centering is truly making on healthcare.  Topics that will be discussed range from data and cost savings to system change and facilitation skills. Attendees will hear from leaders in healthcare and participate in breakout sessions to dive deeper into understanding Centering, how it works and the possibilities it holds for healthcare.

Please click here to visit the Mass Medical Society Webpage for Directions.

If you would like to register for the event please email Jack Mourad [email protected]

Registration is $50.00 per person.  Register before September 1st and save $10 per ticket.



Registration and complementary lunch 11:30-12:30

Introductions 12:30-12:45


Pushing through the Tipping Point – 12:45-1:15

Judi Gooding, Vice President, Signature Programs, March of Dimes Foundation

In this decade, CenteringPregnancy may reach a tipping point to become the standard of care in many clinics, but new approaches and multiple partners are needed to take advantage of the opportunities and address barriers to making this happen.  Throughout its long-standing support of CenteringPregnancy, March of Dimes has adapted its approaches to aid hundreds of providers in taking up and sustaining the care model.  Now, hear how  March of Dimes is bringing more players and approaches to the arena in an effort to extend the reach and impact of group prenatal care through its community, state and national efforts. 

Flipping Healthcare: Innovation Opportunities and Challenges – 1:15-2:00

Beth Monahan, CNM, MPH, Centering Healthcare Institute

Change is hard, especially in healthcare. And yet, we know our current healthcare system is failing us. We'll explore bold innovations that are flipping healthcare on its head and discuss the common challenges that change agents encounter.

Centering Outcomes and Payment Reform: Shifting Resources to Prevention – 2:00-2:45

Amy Picklesimer, MD, Medical Director, Greenville Health System Obstetric Center

John Craine, Regional Director, Centering Healthcare Institute

Centering is driving significant improvements in birth outcomes across the country and preventing tens of millions of dollars in avoidable health care costs. Yet despite great results and huge potential savings, Centering providers still struggle to justify their Centering practices to practice administrators. Wouldn't it be great if we could return some of those savings to the providers who are delivering those great results? Well, it's happening!

Break 2:45 – 3:00

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1 – 3:00-3:55

Strategies for Improved Patient Enrollment: A Consumer Approach

Centering is a paradigm shift in healthcare – moving from one-on-one to group care.  How we present this to women is key to the success of making Centering the norm.  Discussion will include common barriers, messaging, and understanding Centering Intake Groups.

@Stake: A Playful Approach to Centering Conversation

Come play a fast-paced role play game! We'll explore activating culture change, promoting sustainability, and fostering collaboration through @Stake from The Engagement Lab.

What’s your health challenge?  Centering may be the solution

We will discuss the opportunities Centering provides to integrate enhanced services into group and impact various quality measures beyond preterm birth.


Breakout Session 2 – 4:00-4:55

What's Your Centering Story?  Putting Stories into Action

Centering groups always produce some amazing stories from moms, providers and families.  How do you use these stories to increase enrollment and buy-in for Centering? In this breakout we will talk about vehicles for storytelling, such as social media, and tactics you can use to grow your Centering practice through compelling stories.

Flipping Healthcare and Making Change Stick

Learn about CHI's approach to flipping healthcare and share with colleagues your lessons learned for making Centering stick.

Seeking Funding for Initiating and Expanding Centering

Learn helpful information and tips for the best strategies to seeking funding.

Closing Presentation

A Health Plan Perspective: How Anthem Works to Improve Healthcare and Birth Outcomes– 5:00-5:30

Karen Shea, Vice President Maternal and Child Services, Anthem, Inc.

Beyond selling insurance and paying claims, health plans partner with healthcare providers and organizations to identify creative and innovative approaches to improve health and the healthcare delivery system. You will hear about some of the exciting initiatives and collaborations that are making a difference.


Networking with hors d’oeuvres and beverages – 5:30-7:00

 If you need a hotel we recommend the Embassy Suites in Waltham, MA.

If you would like to register for the event please email Jack Mourad [email protected]

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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