One priority for innovation is better collaboration between health care and public health. The Cambridge Health Alliance CHA integrates primary care, public health, and more into one community-focused organization. CHA is a large and unique organization, but it offers ideas lessons for collaborative ventures of many different sizes and settings. Learn more from the CHA website as well as the video below.
Research and experience show that Community Health Workers (CHWs) can make a healthy difference in the lives of the people they serve. The keys to optimizing CHWs include local design, close collaboration with primary care providers, a neighborhood-based workforce, effective training and support, and a focus on achieving specific outcomes for defined populations. City Health Works has assembled these keys into a coaching and care coordination program that is helping patients with chronic conditions chieve healthier outcomes.
Health information exchange can be critically important for improving health care. Enabling health information exchange is possible but challenging for states and communities across the country. Oklahoma has an exemplary health information exchange that started locally and has expanded to serve much of the state. As stated on the organization’s website:
MyHealth Access Network is a non-profit health information exchange that links more than 2,000 providers and their patients in a community-wide health information system that will help provider’s better monitor and improve care to:
- Reduce health care costs associated with redundant testing, hospital admissions, and emergency department visits
- Improve care […]
This is a brief video from the CDC that provides visitors to the Health in All Policies Resource Center with an introduction to the concepts of “Health in All Policies,” cross-sector collaboration, and the importance of considering health outcomes when making policy decisions. The video also explains the types of resources that can be found in the Resource Center. Learn more at the CDC Health in All Policies Resource Center.
Prevention Institute has defined an innovative approach to community-oriented primary care called the ‘community centered health home.’ In this video, BCBSNC Foundation and the Prevention Institute provide an introduction to the Community-Centered Health Home concept from its founder Larry Cohen.
- Learn more about the Community Centered Health Home at the Prevention Institute website.
- Read the RFP for a Community Centered Health Homes demonstration project from the Louisiana Public Health Insitute
- Read a summary of lessons learned about the Lousiana Community Centered Health Homes Demonstration as published by the CDC in August of 2016.
Regular exposure to stress can have a lasting impact on the health of children. From what she sees at her clinic in Bayview-Hunter’s Point, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has come to believe that childhood stress can lead to physical changes and illness in adulthood. In fact, stress can take years off an individual’s life. Scott Shafer talks with Dr. Burke Harris, CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, to discuss her ground-breaking work counteracting the effects of what she calls “toxic stress.” (Source: Youtube)
Ten years ago, the youth of the city of Somerville, Mass., much like the rest of the country, faced an obesity epidemic. 44% of youth were […]
From the Youtube post: “What is Collective Impact?” illustrates the concept of Collective Impact through United Way’s work with the Summit County Cradle to Career Alliance. Please share with others who are interested in helping address large-scale social problems, and help us build the Collective Impact movement in Summit County. Learn more at uwsummit.org.
Hear how local communities take action to improve the health of their residents and reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Addressing several chronic health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular health, asthma, cancer, and obesity, innovative programs meet local health needs and demonstrate positive impact. From the CDC, published in January of 2013.