How to address nonclinical health factors in your communities
Health care extends well beyond care settings—into homes, schools, and neighborhoods. Transforming health outcomes requires a coordinated effort to tackle such contributing factors as socioeconomic conditions, transportation, housing, environmental issues, and access to healthy food.
Partnerships among health systems, public health bodies, and community organizations are the most effective ways to address community health. However, most organizations are traveling on separate but parallel paths toward building healthier communities, and as a result, valuable data, information, and resources are often siloed.
Increased collaboration among key stakeholders will unlock tremendous power and drive better health outcomes. This research highlights innovative partnerships across the country to transform community health.
Specifically, there are four critical steps to build the business case for community partnership:
- Engage leadership—build a compelling business case to garner executive buy-in and needed resources. Read more on p. 8.
- Prioritize initial focus—determine what services or programs to start with, recognizing process will be iterative. Read more on p. 14.
- Strengthen partnerships—leverage unique strengths of community organizations to extend care team reach. Read more on p. 19.
- Design seamless screening and referral protocols—clearly link these two steps to ensure timely follow-through and improved patient and provider satisfaction. Read more on p. 23.