- California: California CareForce from Sept. 22 through Sept. 24 will provide no-cost health care services—including dental and eye care—at Cal Expo to anyone seeking medical attention, according to Pamela Congdon, executive director at CareForce. While patients are required to register one day in advance, Congdon said services will be provided "with no questions asked. It is not dependent on residency, immigration status, income, or insurance" (Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 9/15).
- Michigan: Michigan State University this week will open its new, $88 million Grand Rapids Medical Research Center. The center has six floors, the Associated Press reports, each of which can house up to 11 research teams consisting of about six researchers and a principal investigator. The center will research treatment and cures for illnesses such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and cancer, with a primary focus on neuroscience, women's health science, children's health science, and cancer (AP/Sacramento Bee, 9/16).
- Virginia: J. Knox Singleton, the CEO of Inova, on Friday said he will retire on July 1, 2018, to spend more time with his family and focus on "personal priorities of social entrepreneurship and health care technology." According to Modern Healthcare's Maria Castellucci, during Singleton's 35 years as CEO, Inova has grown from a $500 million, 1,000-employee system to a $3.3 billion, 17,000-employee system. Inova has not yet selected a successor (Castellucci, Modern Healthcare, 9/15).
From healthy food access to stable housing: The case for collaboration with community partners
Population health leaders know that health care delivery is incomplete without addressing the social determinants of health. But effective patient management cannot only include tasking care teams with addressing patients' social needs on top of their complex clinical needs.
Instead, providers should also partner with community-based organizations already providing quality non-clinical support for a range of needs, from healthy food access to stable housing, to scale patient management beyond traditional care settings.