Improving the Health Status of Your Community

  • March 07, 2018
  • 6:00 - 8:30PM
  • Westchester - Hospital for Special Surgery, White Plains campus

Healthcare organizations exist to serve the communities in which they reside. Though community health has always been a focus for these organizations, new regulations require them to take an active role. The health of a community or geographic population has a critical impact on a healthcare organization’s planning, operations, financial sustainability, outcomes and success.

As the key components of the healthcare reform legislation are implemented, it will be even more important that provider organizations are both aware of and responsive to the health status and disease states that are most prevalent in their communities. Not only is a population-based focus the right thing to do, but it may prove to be the financially astute course of action.

1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face Credits will be offered! 

The event will take place in the HSS Atrium. 


6:00-7:00pm: Networking/Reception

7:00-8:30pm: Panelist Discussion


Israel Rocha

CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst

VP, OneCity Health

Israel Rocha, who has served as CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst since July 2016, is also concurrently serving as Vice President for OneCity Health, a subsidiary of NYC Health + Hospitals focused on population health, care management, and implementation of the State’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program. Comprising hundreds of healthcare providers, community-based organizations, and health systems, OneCity Health is the largest Performing Provider System in New York City. Mr. Rocha has been serving as interim leader of OneCity Health since November 2017.

He previously served as CEO of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, in Edinburg, Texas, and worked for 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Rocha graduated from Columbia University.

Israel is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and accepted the first annual HLNY Diversity Leader Award on behalf of NYC Health + Hospitals at the first annual HLNY Mini-Congress, a day of continuing education and networking, in 2016.

Panelist # 1

Kelly Cassano, DO

Chief of Ambulatory Care

Mount Sinai

Dr. Cassano wears multiple hats within the Health System.  Her ISMMS duties are closely intertwined with her roles as Chief of Ambulatory Care at Mount Sinai Downtown and Medical Director of Mount Sinai Downtown-Union Square. As Chief of Ambulatory Care, Dr. Cassano is directly responsible for a clinical footprint that includes nine faculty practices with 81 physicians and more than 178,000 primary and specialty visits annually.  The Union Square facility encompasses an additional 29 faculty practices with 350 physicians and 530,000 annual visits. Dr. Cassano has been instrumental in physician recruitment and retention, consolidation of clinical practices, and the launching of new ambulatory care sites. She has also been essential in the implementation of quality and financial improvement initiatives and dashboards, the roll-out of EPIC/eIDX, and practice space construction and renovation.  Under her supervision, more than 120 physicians have transitioned to the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice.

Prior to assuming her roles at Mount Sinai Downtown, Dr. Cassano was Senior Medical Director of the Continuum Medical Group at Roosevelt Hospital. There, she was responsible for clinical, operational, and financial oversight for 10 primary care practices in 15 locations. For 15 years, Dr. Cassano was Medical Director for the West Park Medical Group, which she transitioned from a private practice to a hospital-owned model while expanding the specialty footprint, streamlining operations, and implementing cost-control measures.

Dr. Cassano earned her medical degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an internship in medicine and pediatrics at Lutheran Medical Center, and a residency in internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in New York.  Prior to joining the ISMMS faculty, Dr. Cassano held an academic appointment for more than a decade at New York Medical College.  In addition to her administrative duties, she sees patients as a primary care physician at a Mount Sinai Doctors facility on West 14th Street.

Panelists # 2

Nicole Hollingsworth

Assistant Vice President of Community & Population Health

Montefiore Medical Center

Nicole Hollingsworth, EdD, MA, MCHES, is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist based in the New York metropolitan area.  In her role as the Assistant Vice President of Community and Population Health, she oversees the creation and implementation of community and population health strategies, patient education systems, community based interventions, and the development of worksite wellness resources for the Montefiore Health System.

For over twenty-five years, she has specialized in the development of community health programs designed specifically to create behavior change and increase knowledge in hard to reach populations including regional school based programs, national reproductive health organizations and national child welfare organizations.  Her interest areas include the development of effective regional collaborations to increase global health equity and addressing the impact of educational/behavioral supply chain concerns in public health.

Nicole Hollingsworth presently serves on the boards of the Westchester Educational Opportunity Center, the Public Health Association of New York City, the Bronx Health Link, The Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club, and Today’s Child Magazine.  In addition to her work at Montefiore, she is an Associate Adjunct Professor of Health and Behavior Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, and has served as a national grants reviewer for the Human Resources Services Administration.  Additionally she led the community participatory response team for the Central Harlem Populations Group within the Genetic Education Needs Evaluation Coalition in conjunction with the March of Dimes.  Dr. Hollingsworth received her baccalaureate degree from Cornell University in Health Education and both her Doctoral and Master’s degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University in Health and Behavior Studies and holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health.

She lives in Mount Vernon, New York with her husband and two sons.


Panelist #3

Nancy Copperman

Vice President

Community Health

Nancy Copperman, Vice President, Community Health is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health of the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and a senior executive with over 3 decades of clinical nutrition, community health and population health experience. Ms. Copperman is a lead contributor to the Northwell NYSDOH Health Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) in the areas of cultural competency, health literacy, social determinants of health, chronic disease self-management and community-based organization relationships. She oversees the compliance with the satisfaction of not-for profit federal and state community health regulations for the health system. As part of Northwell Health’s Social Determinants of Health Strategy, Nancy’s focus is on food security and increasing access to healthy food for all health system communities.

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