Healthy Safety Net Symposium 2023

Healthy Safety Net 2023, hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, brings together leaders from across the health care safety net to focus on opportunities in safety net health care delivery.

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Managing change. Keeping it real.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will host the 13th annual Healthy Safety Net Symposium. The event will take place on  Monday, Oct. 16, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West Hotel in Lansing.

Leaders of Michigan free clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Centers, hospitals, public health providers, school-based health centers and other safety net health care organizations are invited to attend. 

Healthy Safety Net 2023 will bring together more than 250 of Michigan’s leading safety net advocates. We’ll reconvene to focus on what’s new and what’s changing in safety net health care delivery and on opportunities to partner with state and local leaders to address racial and rural health disparities.

We will discuss Medicaid redetermination and share strategies for meeting the needs of patients and families who rely on the safety net for medical, dental and behavioral health care. 

The agenda will include topics such as street medicine and other behavioral health care resources, diversity, inclusion and no-cost health care treatment. There will also be opportunities to explore innovations in access to affordable health care, low-cost clinics, health insurance and controlling health care costs.  

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Meghan Groen, senior deputy director, Behavioral and Physical Health and Aging Services Administration
  • Stanley Stinson, nurse, Kate Crombez, board member, Detroit Street Outreach
  • Ninah Sasy, director, Policy and Planning, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Marti Walsh, MD, senior medical director and associate CMO for Provider Engagement, Clinical Partnerships, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Todd Anderson, director, Public Policy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Anthony Pantaleo, EMS opioid outreach coordinator, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Continuing education contact hours are available for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and social workers. Scroll to the Continuing education credits section of the website for more information.

There's no fee for the symposium, but registration is required. Space is limited.

Attendees of the Healthy Safety Net Symposium
Event details

Monday, Oct. 16, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West Hotel in Lansing, MI.

Why attend?

This year’s symposium will focus on emerging policy, best practices and compelling partnerships.

Who should attend?

We encourage you to register your organization’s decision-makers, such as your CEO, executives and medical directors. Also consider registering your board chair, a board member or a community partner.  

There's no fee for the symposium. Registration is required. Space is limited. 



Agenda (PDF)

2023 Speaker presentations

Detroit Street Outreach: Keeping It Real. (PDF)
Medicaid and State and Federal Policy Update (PDF)
Covid-19 Public Health Emergency Unwind (PDF)
Support for Individuals Impacted by Medicaid Redetermination (PDF)
Social Risk Adjustment and Value-Based Care (PDF)
Free Clinics of Michigan (PDF)
Addressing Racism and Racial Disparities (PDF)
Expanding Access to Dental and Vision Care (PDF)
Access to Mental Health Care (PDF)
Patient Perspectives (PDF)
Caring for Patients with Substance Use Disorder (PDF)
Substance Use Disorder and EMS (PDF)
SDOH Hubs: Building a Framework for Sustainable Community-Led Solutions to Address Social Drivers of Health (PDF)

Continuing education credits

Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


CME Statement:

The Minnesota Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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This course is approved by NASW-Michigan

This approval statement is for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Course Title: Health Safety Net 2023: Managing Change.  Keeping it Real

Approval Number: 092523-00

# CE Hours approved: 5

Type of Course: In Person

Event date: October 16, 2023 at Crowne Plaza Lansing West 

Planning committee

We've partnered with a diverse group of safety net experts to plan this year's symposium. We're grateful for their contributions.

Andrea Abbas
Michigan Center for Rural Health

Julie Aronica
Blue Cross Complete

Debbie Brinson
Honor Community Health

Kelly Brittain
BCBSM Foundation

Elise M. Bur
Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health 

Andrea Cole
Ethel & James Flynn Foundation

Amber Desgranges
Michigan Primary Care Association

Hasson Hammoud
Michigan Association of United Ways

Ann Heler
Free Clinics of Michigan

Ruth Rashid Kaleniecki
Metro Health Foundation

Chai-Zean Kinney
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Social Mission

Kim Kratz
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Social Mission

Megan Murphy
Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Melissa Riba
Center for Health & Research Transformation, University of Michigan

Meghan Sifuentes Vanderstelt
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Ruthanne Sudderth
Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Madiha Tariq
ACCESS Community Health & Research Center

Myra Tetteh
BCBSM Foundation

Pam Yager
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Patrick Yankee
Corktown Health


For questions about the symposium, email us.