Developed by national organizations with experience at the forefront of healthcare transformation and health equity initiatives, a new guidebook, Bringing Light & Heat: A Health Equity Guide for Healthcare Transformation and Accountability, provides this needed framework. The Guide outlines a strategic process for leaders and managers of healthcare institutions to commit to, own, and advance health equity and racial justice (bringing light) and outlines key questions stakeholders can use to help hold these systems accountable for this critical work (bringing heat).
Latest Blog Posts in 2021
Healthcare veteran Carmita Padilla takes on the role of chief program and sites officer. In her new position, Carmita will lead the organization’s diverse range of programs, services, and community partnerships to advance Health Leads' efforts to increase access to essential needs and improve the living conditions that benefit people’s health.
Can Hospitals and Clinics Spread Social Health Integration Faster and Better? Results of an 18-Month Collaborative Says They Can.
We set out to explore and understand how to both improve and spread these existing pilots – operationally and financially. Two years later, we’ve reached the end of the Collaborative to Advance Social Health Integration (CASHI), a community of 21 innovative primary care teams and community partners across the country committed to increasing the number of people who have the essential resources they need to be healthy.
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Patient Perspectives on Addressing Social Needs in Primary Care Using a Screening and Resource Referral Intervention
We were honored to participate in this important study with our friends from Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, University of Washington, Clarify Health Solutions and Contra Costa Health Services. Read how a human-centered intervention not only improved patients' access to resources, but enabled them to report feeling listened to and cared for, which they perceived as noteworthy in their lives, and strengthen therapeutic relationships.
Our Chief Clinical Officer Damon Francis contributed to this new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation outlining initiatives to ensure everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible - including making health care institutions more equitable and improving social conditions in communities.
Two senior Massachusetts CHWs weigh in on the impact of professional standards, changing employer dynamics, the role of empathy, and commitment to social justice.