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Annual Volunteer Conference to Include Focus on Population Health
CAHHS seeks panelists, programs for conference presentations

Education presented on Feb. 22 will focus on supplementing hospital initiatives to improve the health of the populations they serve by including volunteers. Using his hospital’s work as a framework for reference, Ronald Werft, President/CEO of Cottage Health, will present a general session outlining the rationale for, definition of and methodology behind hospital population health programs. His session will be followed by a general session panel presentation featuring organizations that successfully engage volunteers in their population health programs, such as the Bay Area Regional Help Desk Consortium. Additional workshops will feature hospital volunteer programs that address transportation, homelessness and food as medicine.

CAHHS is looking for new and current examples of California hospital volunteers involved in population health programs, particularly those that utilize hospital volunteers within transportation, homelessness, food insecurity/as medicine and health coach programs. Interested members should email Joan Cardellino, CAHHS vice president, volunteer services, at

Conference education development has relied on multiple scholarly, operational and health care information sources, including the American Hospital Association’s publication Engaging Health Care Volunteers to Pursue the Triple Aim.

Registration is available online. Discounted sleeping rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina until Jan. 29. To book, call (888) 421-1442 and mention the 2017 California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference or visit​