Join your peers in designing the future of health and human services, and delivering new levels of outcomes and impact.

The 2019 Health and Human Services Summit:

Purpose, Passion, and Impact for the Future

When & Where

October 25-27, 2019

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

About the Summit

Over the past decade, health and human services officials around the world have torn down silos, forged dynamic collaborations, built vibrant ecosystems, and created person-centric services that have improved opportunities for individuals, families, and communities to thrive.

Forward-looking and resolute leaders are also keenly aware that health and human services organizations will never fully achieve their mission or legitimacy until all people have equity in opportunity and outcomes in order to achieve their full potential. In our world today, there are still too many communities in need, too many families stuck in generational poverty, and too many gender and racial disparities in outcomes.

Now what’s foremost on the mind of leaders is igniting the vision and mission for a generative future – one in which services and solutions not only address the complex root causes and barriers to better health and human services outcomes, but also invest in community-driven innovation in order to build the social and economic mobility that help individuals and families to flourish. This level of purpose, passion, and impact for the future will require courageous leadership.


It will be imperative for health and human services officials to not only leverage the bold innovations, disruptive business models, and radical breakthroughs that lead to new and better solutions, but also embed the technology, tools, and cultural attributes which lead to creativity, agility, and adaptability. And urgently, leaders must address challenges and opportunities that can make or break progress including:

To help leaders answer these questions and chart a path for the future, Leadership for a Networked World and Accenture, in collaboration with the American Public Human Services Association, are convening senior-most leaders for the 2019 Health and Human Services Summit: Purpose, Passion and Impact for the Future.

The Summit, to be held October 25th – 27th, 2019 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will provide an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate, learn and network with the world’s foremost health and human services practitioners, Harvard faculty and researchers, and select industry experts. Summit participants will gain membership to a community of peers and experts and leave the Summit with actionable steps to build generative solutions that achieve better outcomes more equitably for the individuals, families and communities they serve.

Who Should Attend?

Summit attendees are senior-level, health and human services executives, who aspire to improve outcomes and impact in the short term and design new solutions for the future. Regardless of title, all Summit attendees are “Chief Transformation Officers” in practice – leaders who strive to achieve equity in outcomes and build the social and economic mobility and wellness that help people, families, and communities thrive.

Admission & Participation

The Summit is an invitation-only program for senior health and human services executives. Other applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis, depending in part on available space. We typically receive more applications than we can accommodate, so apply for your seat as soon as possible. This event is supported by the hosting and collaborating organizations, so there is no tuition fee to attend. Travel and hotel expenses, however, are the responsibility of individual participants.

What is the Human Services Value Curve?

Learn more about the framework being adopted in the Health and Human Services field >

Looking Back at Last Year's Summit

1. Reflecting on the 2018 Health and Human Services Summit

On October 26th – 28th 2018 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, Leadership for a Networked World, and Accenture, in collaboration with the American Public Human Services Association, convened senior-most leaders for The 2018 Health and Human Services Summit: Designing Generative Outcomes.

This 9th annual Summit provided participants with an exclusive opportunity to not only learn from emerging health and human services ecosystems, but also ideate and design new ecosystem-enabled solutions that move organizations up the Health and Human Services Value Curve. Take a look back at the events that transpired during the Summit.

2. Exploring Cross Boundary Collaboration with Prince George's County Chief of Police

Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative in Prince George’s County

At the 2018 Health and Human Services, Summit, Police Chief Hank Stawinski proudly shared Prince George's County’s successes on cultivating new partnerships, engaging the community in transformation efforts, establishing key indicators, and tracking and reporting on results. In addition, he offered thoughtful lessons learned while launching the initiative on how to work across organizational boundaries, secure executive support, and deploy resources creatively.

3. Meet the organizations leading the way on Ecosystem Development

Connecticut’s “Baby Bundle”

In Bridgeport, Connecticut, health and human services leaders knew that 75% of children were already developmentally behind by the time they entered head start. To change the lives, development, and trajectory of these babies in a short period of time, city leaders brought together an ecosystem of partners to launch the “Baby Bundle.” Inspired by findings from neuroscience, research on trauma and stress, and the power of values-based case practices, they decided to focus interventions on pregnant women and children ages zero to three, with the goal of preventing adverse childhood events.

Ohio’s Ecosystem and the Move to Value-Based Payments

Since 2011, the Ohio Office of Health Transformation (OHT) has streamlined health and human services with an overarching goal of moving towards an outcome-based system. In the past, the state’s health and human services providers had employed a mix of a fee-for-service model (i.e., an approach in which consumers paid for the services that providers rendered) as well as a managed care setup (i.e., a system in which a company oversees the cost.) However, in 2015 and 2016, OHT sought to take the state to the next level and began implementing ways for Ohioans to pay for the value they received, rather than just the services that health care providers delivered.

Launching a New Vision for Integrated Health Homes in Illinois

In January of 2018, Illinois began transitioning their managed care program into a more streamlined, accountable, and integrated program. The new, member-centric HealthChoice Illinois Program is designed to provide enhanced quality and improved outcomes, all while managing cost. In addition to the new HealthChoice Illinois Program, beginning in January of 2019 providers across the state will opt to enroll as Integrated Health Homes (IHH). After specifying the tier of clients they are able to serve, members of the Medicaid population are then linked to these Integrated Health Homes.

Videos from Past Summits

Nick Macchione
County of San Diego (CA), Health and Human Services Agency
Hannu Välimäki
Oy Apotti Ab
Mark Stutrud
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Hosted by

Leadership for a Networked World’s applied research, student innovation challenge, and on-campus summit programs are an initiative of Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie, Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), part of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TECH is a hub for students, faculty, alumni, and government and industry leaders to learn together, collaborate, and innovate. LNW accelerates these efforts by connecting leaders across sectors and developing cutting-edge thought leadership on innovation and organizational transformation.

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