Wrapping up the 14th Annual TCOM Conference-Evidence and Transformation: Taking Person-Centered Care to Scale

Here’s What Happened

About 300 people gathered at the Drake Hotel in Chicago last week to attend the 14th annual Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management conference. Person-centered care was the theme of this our conference this year, and we were excited to collaborate with domestic and international participants.

Workshops focused on how to make best use of TCOM tools in practice, implementations, and supervision. Participants learned how to make meaningful use of CANS data, including using it for effective planning and for measuring well-being. This year also featured a learning track on safety culture. Despite the wide range of topics covered, every presentation was connected through the belief that making that people we serve full partners in the process of care is how transformation happens.


Conference organizers, Katherine Sun and Michelle Fernando, and additional team members produced an agenda that featured presentations from multiple levels of the system. These included a collaborative workshop by Parent Consultant, Jennifer Griffis, and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago’s Director of Communication, Marrianne McMullen. They collaborated for months leading up to the conference to share their personal stories and work to produce an interactive session for all attendees. We also had the pleasure of inviting Antonella Di Troia and Anna Didoni from Fondazione IRCCS “Ca’Granda” Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico to deliver a key note address and an additional presentation on how the CANS has been adapted to meet the needs of the children they serve.

Scholarships and Learning Opportunities

The Praed Foundation is proud to announce that more than $7,000 was awarded to individuals and parent partners at the conference for travel support, accommodations coverage, and registration discounts.


Congratulations to the following 2018 TCOM Champion Award Recipients!

  • Carroll Schroeder, Executive Director, California Alliance of Children and Family Services: Founders award for his visionary leadership in encouraging providers and systems in California to bring a transformational perspective to their work.
  • Dan Warner, Executive Director, Community Data Roundtable: Agency level award for his innovative and collaborative leadership in supporting the use of data to inform decision making in practice and policy.
  • Tanya Albornoz, Foster Care Program Administrator, and Kyla Clark, In-Home Program Administrator, Dept. of Human Services in Utah: Systems level award for their innovative adoption of communimetric and TCOM principles in the development and implementation of the UFACET in Utah.
  • Janet Hoeke and Jennifer Griffis, Parent Consultants, Youth Empowerment Services Project (ID): Family partner award for their thoughtful and persistent inclusion of parents’ perspectives in the planning and implementation of TCOM in Idaho.

Special thanks to our Sponsors:

The TCOM Conferences are made possible by the individuals who organize and manage the conference and all of our sponsors. This year 12 separate organizations made the 3-day conference with over 60 different sessions possible. Among these sponsors were Seneca Family of Agencies, Centene Corporation, Okay to Say, Fidelity EHR, Magellan HealthCareCalifornia Alliance of Children and Families, Objective Arts, TenEleven Group, and Community Data Roundtable, all supported critical events at the conference including the poster session, AV needs, and breaks. A special thank you to Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, eInsight, and Casey Family Programs, as our Partner Level Sponsors at this year’s conference.

Couldn’t make this year’s conference? Click the link below to download materials. Presentations will continue to be uploaded as they are sent our way.

Conference Program and Presentations

Join us next year for our 15th annual TCOM Conference in Palm Springs, CA!

October 2-4, 2019

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