Vision this.

Envision. Dream. Do.

A Health Home

Peer Centric.


Brick & Mortar.

Web and Community Networked, Virtually.

Build it and they will come.



Healthy Behavior: Literacy and Activation the Gateway to the Future of Health

March 24 – 26, 2015 | Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, St. Louis, MO

Health care costs for patients enrolled in Medicare who were identified with low health-literacy skills were more than four times as high as costs for patients with high literacy, roughly $13,000 per year compared to $3,000 per year.

Activation scores have been demonstrated as predictive of health care outcomes. Patientswith low levels of activation have been found to have significantly greater health care costs than those with higher levels of activation. When socioeconomic factors and the severity of health conditions are controlled, patient activation remains predictive of health care costs and utilization.

How can we bend the health care cost curve while increasing the wellness and recovery of those we serve? Heath Literacy and Activation is one part of the answer.

According to Healthy People 2010, an individual is considered to be “health literate” when he or she possesses the skills to understand information and services and use them to make appropriate decisions about health. Lack of health literacy is estimated to cost $106-$236 billion annually. Activation goes beyond seeing a health care provider and understanding how to promote recovery; it’s the art and science of taking action on the information you have been given. It’s doing the things necessary to move toward recovery and wellness.

The 2015 ACHMA Summit explores this topic from several angles. What can we learn from the “physical health” community on this topic?  What about technology – is it helping or hurting?  How can we take a community approach? What does the research tell us?  What does it mean to approach this in a culturally competent or at least sensitive manner?   What can we learn from the positive psychology movement?

As an added bonus, we have an optional pre-Summit event exploring health homes in Missouri, the first to implement health homes statewide.

Goals of the Summit:
  • Explore how activation and health literacy change the nature and process of healthcare delivery
  • Reframe health literacy as more than being able to read and understand a prescription; literacy is specific to communities and cultures and requires working respectfully and cross-functionally with a broad set of partners.
  • Understand activation as not something done to those who consume healthcare services (including each of us), it’s about supporting change, listening to motivations, hopes and dreams; addressing stigma; and working as partners with every person to facilitate access to the right tools and programs at the right time.
  • Learn from individuals leading successful and innovative programs within this space in order to replicate and expand in our own settings, moving activation and health literacy forward.
The Summit features:
  • Catalysts: Keynote speakers who help us think about Activation and Health Literacy in new and fresh ways.
  • Going Deeper: Facilitated conversations using Appreciative Inquiry techniques for those who what to think deeply together about the implications of catalyst presentations.
  • Tech Tracks: For those who want to think about how technology can facilitate health literacy and activation.
  • Putting it Into Practice: Sessions that showcase programs that have implemented innovations within the health literacy and activation space.
  • Show Me the Data: Sessions that dig into the data around activation and health care literacy as a support to building the case when seeking to implement innovation back home.
  • Resource Ready: Fast-paced sessions that outline tools and resources you can use to implement programs at home.

Prior to the event, attendees will receive an eBook filled with information, articles, research, tools, and resources that help put health literacy and activation into practice. Attendees will have the chance to participate in creating an enriched version of the eBook post-Summit.

Optional pre-Summit Event – Exploring Missouri’s Behavioral Health Homes:  Innovations and Cultural Shift

Experience Missouri’s journey as the first in the nation to create a health home initiative. During the day, you will:

  • Learn how Missouri implemented and sustained the initiative,
  • Hear from the people who helped to shepherd this idea into reality, and
  • Visit an innovative health home and dialogue with staff.

More information and registration is available. Registration is limited to 30 people.










White Paper and Teleconference Webinar July 18 REGISTRATION LINK

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

This TA-lk Webinar will inform and inspire, and show how to take action. The focus will be improving US peer leadership and US domestic workforce development utilizing Certified Peer Specialists (CPS), Recovery Coaches (RC), and Community Health Worker Promotoras (CHW), together with Licensed Integrated Care Professionals (LICP), in an integrated care environment via the Lived Experience Workforce Development model. It also will increase awareness of current innovative and emergent effective models, programs, initiatives, and services specifically designed for peers, persons in recovery, and those working in integrated care settings (e.g., Health Homes, Person Centered Medical Homes, Federally Qualified Health Centers).


Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


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Pamela Hardin, MBA, M.Ed, Instructional Designer, State of Texas HHSC; Principal Investigator and Co-Author, “White Paper:  US Peer Leadership and Workforce Development.”

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John Brekke, PhD,Professor,Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research, University of Southern California School of Social Work.



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Ken Minkoff, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard University Medical School; Representataive, BRSS TACS Advisory Council, Representative, American Association of Community      Psychiatrists; Senior Policy Partner, Meadows Mental Health Institute for Texas; Senior System Consultant, ZiaPartners, Inc., San Rafael, California.





  •  Define a policy framework for maximizing access to integrated peer support and recovery support in a recovery oriented integrated system of care.
  •  Describe the pros and cons of various strategies and approaches to expanding peer support and the peer workforce.
  •  Identify the primary reason people with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues die an average of 25 years earlier than the general population.
  •  Identify three peer support entry level paid positions.
  •  Identify who benefits when lived experience and taking personal responsibility for health and wellness are respected instead of stigmatized.


  • US Certified Peer Specialists, Recovery Coaches and Community Health Worker Promotoras;
  • Peers and persons in recovery, current and past recipients of mental health and substance abuse services, and family members;
  • Peer-run and provider organizations;
  • Community- and faith-based organizations that support individuals with mental and substance use disorders;
  • State, county behavioral health departments;
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers and Look-Alikes;
  • Health Homes and Person Centered Medical Homes;
  • Policy makers and decision makers;
  • Integrated behavioral health and physical health care providers.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet