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Local Health Care Providers Partner to Improve Community’s Overall Health

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Community Benefit, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region | 0 comments

New Tool Helps Determine Where Important Health Care Programs and Services are Needed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The region’s four health systems have teamed up to bring telling data to life through the interactive www.healthylivingmap.com – a tool that can identify communities facing the greatest health disparities and help determine important health care programs and services needed by those struggling with poverty, food insecurity, homelessness and/or isolation.

This updated and more detailed version of the Healthy Living Map is a collaborative project of Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region and UC Davis Health System. The interactive ZIP Code map houses health and wellbeing data for every ZIP Code in Amador, western El Dorado, Nevada, south Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties.

The Healthy Living Map is born from the Community Health Needs Assessment, a government-mandated, in-depth study conducted every three years to gather data about the greater Sacramento region and, particularly, its underserved populations. Community Health Needs Assessments involve measuring and understanding the health status of populations, paying close attention to the most vulnerable community members. In partnership with the health systems, Valley Vision – a nonprofit consultancy focused on economic, environmental and social issues – conducted the regional health assessments, generating information that enables nonprofit hospitals to better focus their charitable programs on the most pressing health needs. The data gathered – accessible now to the public and other agencies – will be used by the health systems to guide programming and investment for the next three years.

The most recent report, Regional Snapshot on Health, was published in 2014 and is a primer on the major health access issues confronting residents in 10 counties making up the greater Sacramento region based upon primary and secondary research conducted by Valley Vision and funded by the area’s four not-for-profit health systems.

This partnership has already led to the implementation of impactful programs and activities designed to improve population health in the Healthy Living Map’s identified Communities of Concern, including:

  • Investing resources to build the capacity of community health centers, including Federally Qualified Health Centers, and mental health programs for underserved populations
  • Offering free mammogram and other health screenings for uninsured populations
  • Conducting health insurance enrollment through Covered California with other community-based organizations
  • Supporting safe shelter, care and social support services for the homeless
  • Supporting health education prevention and treatment programs focused on diabetes and other chronic diseases
  • Launching emergency department (ED) “navigator” programs designed to refer patients seeking primary care through the ED to additional resources available

“For those of us in the process of transforming the region’s safety net into a blanket of care, real-time data identifying each nexus of need in our communities is critical,” said Dr. Jonathan Porteus, CEO, WellSpace Health.  “The health systems’ support in gathering this data has been invaluable in documenting needs and making a case for expansion of care for those with the least access, as well as identifying needed collaborations between levels of care such as transitional programs from hospitals to community health centers.”

Now with the ability to utilize the interactive www.healthylivingmap.com, health systems in the region can achieve a more coordinated approach to examining health needs and developing plans for improving overall community health.

For more information, please visit www.healthylivingmap.com.

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Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Community Benefit, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region | 0 comments