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Contribute to Big Changes: Social Determinants of Health

May 23, 2024
May 23, 2024

A Conversation with HealthStream and AHIMA

Addressing social determinants of health and educating healthcare staff makes direct progress toward health equity, a world where every person has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health and care. Social determinants of health have a lasting impact on society, creating inequities in access to housing, education, wealth, and employment. All of this puts people at higher risk of poor health.

The CDC released four public health actions that can positively affect social determinants of health: convene, integrate, influence, and contribute to big changes. In this special 11-minute conversation, we discuss how taking bold steps towards addressing social determinants of health can make long-lasting change. To do so, organizations must be honest about SDoH concerns and directly address challenges with the power of education. But, where do we start?




Lauren Riplinger, JD
Chief Public Policy and Impact Officer
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Lauren currently serves as AHIMA’s Chief Public Policy and Impact Officer. In this capacity, she is responsible for providing strategic and operational oversight over AHIMA’s advocacy and programmatic strategy to demonstrate mission impact. Prior to that, Lauren served as Vice President of Policy & Government Affairs at AHIMA, overseeing the organization’s policy and advocacy before Congress and various federal agencies. With two decades of healthcare policy experience, Lauren previously worked on Capitol Hill where she was actively involved in almost every aspect of a congressional office, including serving as Chief of Staff—a position that requires the ability to quickly synthesize multiple issues and adapt to constantly shifting priorities. Lauren received her JD from American University Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University. She is admitted to practice law in New York.


Susan Gurzynski-Wells, MS, RHIA
Director, Product Management

Susan Gurzynski-Wells is our Director of Product Marketing for Quality and Compliance here at HealthStream. She oversees our revenue cycle management portfolio, as well as our culture portfolio.

For more than 25 years, Susan has worked with healthcare organizations to ensure data integrity during periods of transition.  She is a subject matter expert in the areas of ICD-10 coding, Evaluation and Management, CPT coding, Patient Access and Revenue Cycle Management at HealthStream. She regularly works with clients to align revenue cycle solutions with both clinical and business objectives. 

She has a Masters of Science Degree in Health Information and Informatics Management; as well as Graduate Certificates in Electronic Health Records and Health Information Technology.  She also has extensive experience with multiple EHR systems and is certified as a Registered Health Information Administrator.

Conversation hosted by Caroline Acree – Director, Product Marketing, Quality & Compliance – HealthStream

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