Statewide Quality Improvement Event

The Next Step in Healthcare Quality Improvement
June 22, 2023 | 9:00 am-4:00 pm

DoubleTree by Hilton Madison East
4402 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704


WCHQ Statewide Quality Improvement Event


Registration and Continental Breakfast


Welcome and Introductions 
Gabrielle Rude, PhD
WCHQ President and CEO


Recovery Stories: How One Provider Can Make the Difference
Katinka Hooyer, PhD, Medical Anthropologist and Assistant Professor in Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin 

Rene Livingston-DeTienne, SAC-IT, Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), CPS Trainer, as well as a published poet and a person in long-term recovery

Katinka Hooyer and Rene Livingston-DeTienne will talk about a community-academic partnership to implement behavioral health into primary care. Dr. Hooyer will introduce the arts-based method used to elevate patient voices that were used to identify opportunities to improve patient care. A participant in the project, Rene will speak to her video portrait, where she reflects on her experience surviving a recent suicide attempt. She speaks of the failures of forced psychiatric holds and the mental health system, and of how one mental health provider intervened to empower Rene to make her own choices. Rene’s story fundamentally illustrates that one person can make all the difference.


Presentation of the WCHQ 2023 Quality Leadership Award 
Gabrielle Rude, PhD
WCHQ President and CEO

The WCHQ Quality Leadership Award recognizes one member organization that has demonstrated exceptional quality improvement, active engagement with WCHQ’s work and mentorship of other organizations.




Maternal Health in Wisconsin: Opportunities to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Inequities  
Angela Rohan, PhD, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), assigned to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health

This presentation will provide an overview of maternal health outcomes and inequities in Wisconsin and describe current efforts and opportunities to improve maternal health in the clinic and in the community. Programs and resources highlighted will include the Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Program, the Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative, and CDC’s Hear Her Campaign.


The Post-Pandemic Immunization Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities
Rajiv Naik, MD, FAAP, General Pediatrician and Medical Director of Informatics (Chief Medical Information Officer) with Gundersen Health System

In this presentation, we will discuss how the immunization landscape has evolved since the COVID-19 pandemic. We will review the emerging challenges that we must address to prevent vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. We will also introduce some of the important themes and opportunities to improve immunization rates throughout Wisconsin.



Recognition of Departing Board Members

Take the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the state, as well as connect with our event sponsors.

Diabetes Summit
Sponsored by Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk Logo


Novo Nordisk Patient Ambassador
Award-winning Food Network Celebrity and Novo Nordisk Patient Ambassador Chef Sam Choy. Sam will share his story of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and how he hopes to motivate others to keep their health and weight management top of mind.


Addressing Medication Adherence Among Black Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: The Role of Beliefs and Peer Support
Dr. Olayinka Shiyanbola, Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Administrative Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, and an Associate Director at the University of Wisconsin Collaborative Center for Health Equity

Black adults experience severe complications related to uncontrolled diabetes, and one of the reasons for this is their lower medication adherence rates compared to non-Hispanic whites. Despite national organizations’ calls to reduce diabetes disparities among Black adults, there remains a need to implement interventions that focus on sociocultural barriers to Black adults’ medication adherence,  including health beliefs. Black adults’ beliefs about diabetes and medicines,  influenced by discrimination experiences, provider distrust, and limited self-efficacy underly the reasons for non-adherence. Culturally tailored content reframing negative perceptions of diabetes and diabetes medicines, as well as race-congruent support from peers who are treatment adherent may address barriers to treatment adherence.  


Obesity, Obesity Diagnosis, and Social Determinants of Health 
Dr. Christopher Weber, Internist, Pediatrician, and Obesity Medicine Specialist, as well as Medical Director, for Ascension-Wisconsin's  Bariatric service line

Dr. Sai Madhav Dongur, Research Assistant in obesity research,University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Obesity is a major public health concern affecting a large proportion of the population worldwide. While a diagnosis of obesity is based on Body Mass Index (BMI), research has shown that not all patients with BMI ≥ 30 are diagnosed with obesity. This presentation will provide an in-depth analysis of the occurrence of diagnosed and undiagnosed obesity by demographic characteristics and a class of obesity. The session will also look at the relationship between obesity diagnosis and various social determinants of health and explore the implications of these findings for clinical practice and future research.




A Proactive Approach to Diabetes
Mallory Baerenwald, MS, RD, CD, Dietitian and Diabetes Educator and Kathy Kercher, Vice President of Primary Care, Bellin Health System

This session will describe, in detail, Bellin Health’s approach to pre-diabetic patients to get ahead of the diabetic population, improve the health of the patient, and empower the patient to take an active role in their own health.  Learn how to plan, implement, and sustain this approach. Hear from team members about how this approach achieves the three wins: a win for the patient, a win for the care team, and a win for the system.


Obesity: The Why and How of Treatment and Coverage
David Skomo, RPh, Chief Operating Officer WellDyne

Recognizing obesity as a chronic disease by all provider team members is of utmost importance. Treating obesity has the potential to decrease the incidence of 60 other diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and even 13 cancers. Utilizing medications and involving pharmacy staff in obesity treatment and management is an important tool to decrease chronic disease and improve patient quality of life.


Diabetes Data Update and Final Comments
Abbey Harburn, MPH, WCHQ Director of Practice Transformation and Analytics




Registration Fees
WCHQ Members - $100 per person, virtual or in person
Non-members - $125 per person, virtual or in person

Registration Deadline: June 15, 2023


All Conference Inquiries
Carmen Craker
WCHQ Director of Membership or 608-558-0474