2021 Conferences Recap


Emerging from a year of change: An opportunity to rebuild and reimagine

September 13 -17, 2021

We are excited to announce our Save the Date for the virtual 2021 North Country Leadership Summit, with the AHI Leadership Summit joining forces with the state’s premier telehealth conference, brought to you by the North Country Telehealth Partnership (a collaboration of Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization and Adirondack Health Institute). This virtual one-week learning symposium will bring together leaders from New York’s North Country and beyond and is an opportunity to learn from experts on both telehealth, population health, and advancing whole-person care.

Monday, September 13

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Summit Introduction Session

Presented by Sarah Wright, CFO for Adirondack Health Institute (AHI), and Erika Flint, Executive Director and NCI Director for Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO).

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Telehealth in 2022: A Focus on Patient Engagement and Quality Improvement

Presented by Andrew Solomon, Northeast Telehealth Resource Center/Medical Care Development, Inc.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Advancing Food Insecurity Initiatives Through Community Partnerships in the Southern Adirondacks

Presented by Josh Stephani, Comfort Food Community of Washington County, and Brittany Christenson, AdkAction

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Leveraging Smart on FHIR to share actionable healthcare information

Presented by Julia Prusik, Hixny
Thank you to Hixny for sponsoring the 2021 North Country Leadership Summit!

Tuesday, September 14

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Hybrid Healthy: Feel Better, Stress Less, and Succeed in the “New Normal”

Presented by John Godoy, Professional Speak, Award-winning inventor, and healthy lifestyle expert.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Telehealth Home Visit Program

Presented by Laurie Levasseur, MSN/MHA

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Partnership Through a Pandemic: Supporting Veterans and Care Partners through Alzheimer’s Disease

Presented by Molly McCann-Mall, Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York, and Tess Thierbecker, LCSW, Stratton VA Medical Center

Wednesday, September 15

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Suit Up – Protect Yourself from a Telehealth Audit

Presented by Michelle Hager, Blue Cirrus Consulting
Thank you to Blue Cirrus Consulting for sponsoring the 2021 North Country Leadership Summit!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

2021 North Country Leadership Summit Award Ceremony

Honoring the 2021 Rural Health Champions and Telehealth Innovators. Presented by Sara Deukmejian, Adirondack Rural Health Network Manager, and Nancy DelMastro, Telehealth Project Manager.
Thank you to Gallagher and Westelcom for being the 2021 Award Sponsors!

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Social Care Integration into Health Care Delivery System

Presented by Keshana Owens-Cody and Julie M. Adamec, Alliance for Better Health

Thursday, September 16

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Stories from the Frontlines: Innovative Ways to Reach Communities Through Telehealth Service Delivery

Presented by Rebecca Ryan, OTR/L, Center for Disability Services

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Translating Transitional Care Management to the Medicaid Population

Presented by Joanna Loomis, PCMH Certified Content Expert, North Country Initiative, and Steven Lyndaker, MD, Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, North Country Initiative, Lowville Medical Associates

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Consumer Science: Gia and the Evidence-Based Medicine of Telehealth

Presented by Kimberly A. Kilby, MD, and Kelsey Madden, MVP Health Care
Thank you to MVP Health Care for sponsoring the 2021 North Country Leadership Summit!


Friday, September 17

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

A Unique Collaborative Community Health Initiative: Using Back Pain as a Catalyst to Change

Presented by Brian Justice, DC, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

ER on Demand: Northwell brings Telehealth Home

Presented by Sarah Healey Herod, Melissa Hatcher, and Joseph Aquilino, Northwell Health

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Role of Telehealth in Advancing Integrated Behavioral Healthcare

Presented by Alex Marsal, PhD, and Kevin Martin, MD, aptihealth
Thank you to aptihealth for sponsoring the 2021 North Country Leadership Summit!

Rural Health Champions

The Adirondack Rural Health Network (ARHN), a program of AHI, recognizes Rural Health Champions of the Year, who are individuals that have made significant contributions to the health of rural residents in the region. The nomination period is now closed.

Champions will be announced at the 2021 North Country Leadership Summit, on September 15th. Rural Health Champions are individuals, such as health care providers, patient advocates, public health officials, human services personnel, and community-based organization program staff, who demonstrate leadership and provide exceptional care and service to rural community members.

Telehealth Innovator Awards

The North Country Telehealth Partnership (NCTP) recognizes Telehealth Innovators, who are individual (s) that have advanced virtual care in the face of adversity amidst a global pandemic, which has led to improved health outcomes in the community, and/or improved quality of life.

This can include telehealth deployed via videoconferencing, store-and-forward data or images, remote patient monitoring, or mHealth (mobile health) applications.


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