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Population Health in Santa Barbara

Published on Mar 24, 2016
Fred Kass, MD, illuminates some of the struggles facing populations on the west side of Santa Barbara and the implications that they have on public health. Learn more at – https://www.cottagehealth.org.

2017-06-23T21:52:06+00:00June 23rd, 2017|

Donna’s Story

Donna’s story illustrates the importance of family and social context in child health and development. Questions to consider: What might be an optimal support model for Donna and her family if they lived in your community? Are there policy, practice, or resources obstacles to creating an optimal support model? How might people collaborate and innovate to remove or overcome these obstacles?

Published on Sep 27, 2010
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Donna is a kid much like any other kid. But, as with any kid, various Social Determinants of Health […]

2017-06-23T21:45:12+00:00June 23rd, 2017|

Keith and Allison

This story illustrates the importance and the challenge of supporting older adults within the community. The story is presented not only from the perspective of Mr. and Mrs. Dorey, the older couple in the story, but also through the eyes of Keith and Allison, a doctor and a nurse in the hospital emergency department. Questions for consideration: What might be the most supportive care model for Mr. and Mrs. Dorey if they lived in your community? Are there policy, practice, or resource obstacles in the way of this care model? How might people collaborate and innovate to […]

2017-06-23T21:29:20+00:00June 23rd, 2017|

Diana’s Story

Diana’s story illustrates the importance and the challenge of helping people with multiple needs.  Questions to consider: What might be an optimal care model for Diana if she lived in your community?   Are there policy, practice, or resources obstacles to creating an optimal care model?  How might people collaborate and innovate to remove or overcome these obstacles?

Published on Sep 27, 2010

You are watching work by Journeyman Film Company (www.journeymanfilm.com).

Like many of us, Diana has relationship issues, transportation issues, financial issues and health issues.  She also has schizophrenia.  From […]

2017-06-23T21:27:06+00:00June 23rd, 2017|

Trauma Informed Care

Looking for ideas on incorporating trauma-informed approaches into community care models?  Here are some starting points.

  1. Trauma Informed Care resources from the National Council for Behavioral Health
  2. Trauma Informed Intervention resources from SAMHSA
  3. Trauma Informed Care in the Camden Coalition
  4. Advancing Trauma Informed Care project profiles from the Center for Health Care Strategies
  5. Understanding the Effects of Trauma on Health from the Center for Health Care Strategies
  6. Key Ingredients for Creating a Trauma-Informed Approach to Care from the Center for Health Care Strategies
  7. Recognizing Trauma as […]
2017-04-06T19:19:36+00:00April 6th, 2017|

Health Coaching

Looking for ideas on integrating health coaching into a community care model?  Here are some starting points.

  1. City Health Works, a community model of accountable health coaching
  2. AMA STEPS Forward Module on implementing health coaching in clinical practice
  3. A Systematic Review of the Literature on Health Coaching
  4. Overview of Health Coaching for patients with chronic illness from Family Practice Management journal
  5. A Health Coaching protocol for primary care from UCSF
  6. A study of Health Coaching for […]
2017-05-30T18:30:18+00:00April 4th, 2017|

Five Strategic Lessons for Community Health Improvement

Community health improvement is a strategic priority for many hospitals, health systems, public health agencies, foundations, and other organizations with a mission for community health.  Experience shows that the work of community health improvement can become costly and complex if it is not guided by a clear strategic vision. At Community Health Solutions, we have supported dozens of community health initiatives over the past fifteen years, and we have learned a lot about what works (and what doesn’t) in community needs assessment and strategy development.  Here are five strategic lessons for community health improvement.

1. Start with leadership support. Community health improvement […]

2017-03-20T13:57:29+00:00March 7th, 2017|

Health Care and Healthy Food

Food bank 2Good nutrition is essential for overall health and for management of many health conditions.  Access to health food can also be a challenge for many individuals with low income or lack of mobility.  The following resources describe how hospitals, health systems, and other health care providers are partnering with food banks to help people obtain healthy food.  The list is not exhaustive, and we don’t endorse any particular approach.  Our suggested approach is to scan the resources for ideas that might work in your particular setting.

Strategy Guides

  1. Making Food […]
2017-03-20T15:05:04+00:00February 26th, 2017|

Whole System of Care Measures

In today’s health care environment, “measurement fatigue” is rampant across health systems and provider practices. Clinicians and health care organizations are being asked to report more measures with often slight variations in definition and methodology. What this creates is an environment where practices are stretched to authentically use the performance on those measures to inform process and practice improvement.

IHI developed Whole System Measures 2.0 (WSM 2.0) to provide specific guidance to health care system leaders and boards on how to measure current overall system performance and use this data to inform organizational strategy. WSM 2.0 is a set of 15 measures that […]

2017-03-20T14:32:28+00:00January 27th, 2017|

Community Health Funds: Innovative Financing for Community Health Improvement

Community Health Funds (CHFs) are a new method for making communities healthier while reducing costs and supporting collaboration. A new project is asking communities to share and spread lessons from CHF and other health partnership experiences. This article from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation outlines the current states of CHFs and provides links to several working examples.

Click here to learn more about the potential and challenges of CHFs.

 

 

 

2017-03-20T16:07:19+00:00January 26th, 2017|