Posts tagged collaboration
Fostering Hope: Integrated Care Treats the Cause, Not the Symptoms

If healthy, strong communities are what we want to see, we’ve been going about it all wrong. Learn about an Oregon group’s network approach to community health.

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Fostering Hope: Collective Impact Initiative Offers Lessons for Healthcare Industry

Driven by increasing needs and tighter funding, nonprofit agencies are formalizing their collaborator networks into collective impact initiatives to improve lives, strengthen communities and reduce the cost of care. This is the first of three articles exploring how one Marion County, Ore., group is approaching community health – and what the healthcare industry can learn from it.

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Social Determinants of Health: A Case Study

The term “social determinants of health” (SDOH) is inescapable in the healthcare industry. But despite the ubiquity of the term, integrating SDOH into front-line medical care remains largely out of reach.

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Network business models will revolutionize community health

Since the 1990s, the cost of medical care has seen the greatest rate of inflation across all sectors, suppressing wages and limiting economic growth. The system is an enormously complicated technical approach to a complex problem. But complicated is not complex, and only complexity can manage complexity; working harder at the old paradigm won’t yield a different outcome. It doesn’t need to be this way.

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Putting Social Determinants of Health to work

Social determinants of health (SODH) are widely understood to create illness and impair recovery. It’s time to harness this knowledge and put it to work. We can create a self-reinforcing virtuous cycle where medical care is better and more affordable in a strong, healthy community, and a strong, healthy community can afford better medical care.

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Growing value from Social Determinants of Health

Huge cost and quality improvements are possible by integrating Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) into medical care. Achieving this will be possible when we embrace management methods aligned with the reality of healthcare as a Complex Adaptive System; managing the whole instead of the parts and focusing on individual patients, not populations.

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