Event Date

May 25, 2022 2:00–3:30 pm EDT

Health care extends beyond care settings – into homes and neighborhoods. Community partnerships are critical to addressing public health needs and addressing nonclinical factors that influence health in their neighborhoods. But building such coalitions can be difficult to achieve. Participants will engage in a rich discussion with subject matter experts (SMEs) and health center staff at all levels to identify and share promising approaches, challenges, and successful strategies for building relationships with community partners to address the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH).  Participants will agree on a specific topic(s) to discuss and debate, and each member of the discussion is treated as a peer. Topics for consideration include:  

  1. Identifying champions and connecting with leaders at partner organizations to promote engagement 
  2. Defining and prioritizing partnership goals and objectives 
  3. Building new relationships while strengthening long-standing ones 
  4. Making assessment and intervention on targeted SDoH part of the patient care plan 
  5. Developing effective and efficient screening and referral protocols.  


Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 

Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST 

Facilitator: Natalie M. Slaughter, MS, is a Technical Expert Lead with JBS International. Ms. Slaughter has 18 years of experience providing training and technical assistance (T/TA), evaluation and implementation of a variety of behavioral health, prevention, and population health policies and programs. She has provided T/TA to state health officials to advance primary care and behavioral health integration and workforce development, directed the planning and evaluation of treatment and supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area, and delivered strategic guidance to national health insurance programs, including commercial, Medicaid, and Medicare. Areas of focus included payment and delivery, Affordable Care Act implementation, behavioral health integration, chronic and infectious diseases, and health equity. 

As a JBS Technical Expert Lead for the Virginia Statewide Behavioral Health Needs Assessment, Ms. Slaughter evaluated Virginia’s community behavioral health system of care, legislative policies, workforce, and infrastructure and promoted systems change and improvement. Ms. Slaughter currently chairs the JBS Health Disparities Work Group and participates in the JBS Diversity Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council. She holds a Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Subject Matter Expert: Rhonda Waller, PhD, is a psychologist with more than 25 years of professional experience in maternal and child health, education, and human services with an emphasis on program development, leadership development, capacity building, and training and technical assistance. Dr. Waller is highly skilled in program design and implementation, coalition building, and the development of community-based strategies to improve access to health care and education. As Senior Associate, Maternal and Child Health Initiatives, Dr. Waller currently manages several U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contracts to identify gaps in programmatic services and opportunities for technical assistance and training including the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Sickle Cell Disease Newborn Screening and Follow-up Program (SCDNBSFP) and HRSA’s Embedding the Community Health Worker Model into a Public Housing Supportive Services Framework: A Proof-of-Concept Pilot (CHW-PATH). She previously managed HRSA’s Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting / Federal Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA program). 

As the Executive Director of Healthy Babies Project (HBP), Inc., Dr. Waller worked with stakeholders and collaborative partners to identify funding and services to complement HBP’s programs dedicated to decreasing infant mortality among low-income, high-risk African American women in the District of Columbia. Prior to that, Dr. Waller served as the Social Service Coordinator for the Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center – Early Head Start Program where she was instrumental in developing home based outreach initiatives to pregnant women and managing the home based EHS program initiatives. Dr. Waller received her Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from Howard University, and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychology from Clark Atlanta University. 


Earn 1.5 continuing education credits for participating in this roundtable.