To build awareness of whole person care strategies and concepts, CAHA held two education and networking events in 2019. A third education and networking event is being planned for Spring 2020.
CAHA held the second in a series of education and networking events on July 23 to promote whole person care in the Greater Lansing Area. The series is intended to increase awareness and understanding of concepts and strategies that support whole person care.
Whole person care recognizes that many factors impact the health of an individual and the population, and that health and healthcare outcomes are greatly influenced by factors related to an individual’s social environment, physical environment and economic opportunity. Three presenters shared perspectives about these social determinants of health: Anne Barna, MA, Planning, Promotion and Evaluation Manager of the Barry Eaton District Health Department; Lisa Peacock, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC, Health Officer for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department; and Anne Scott, MPH, Executive Director of Ingham Community Health Centers and Deputy Health Officer for the Ingham County Health Department.
Ms. Barna shared findings from the 2018 Community Needs Assessment, a triennial assessment conducted by the health departments for Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties. The assessment is used by the health departments, health systems and community organizations to identify priorities for community health improvement. The priorities emerging from the 2018 assessment are: Behavioral Health, Health Care Access and Quality, Obesity, Financial Stability and Economic Mobility, and Chronic Disease. In discussing findings related to social determinants of health, Ms. Barna indicated that while chronic disease is the main killer throughout the tri-county area, social conditions that promote health vary across the region. Because of that disparity, minorities, people of low income and other vulnerable populations are often less healthy. She also encouraged participants to use the assessment to learn more about the community’s health status and priorities. It can be accessed at: https://www.healthycapitalcounties.org/
Ms. Peacock discussed a regional program in northwest Michigan, which was one of five regions selected as a Community Health Innovation Region for Michigan’s State Innovation Model project. The region is utilizing data from social determinants of health screenings and other sources to identify social conditions affecting health. Through partnerships with community organizations, businesses and healthcare providers, they are working to improve policies and practices to increase the availability of accessible transportation options; affordable and healthy housing; communities that promote active living; and healthy food access.
Ms. Scott described how the Ingham Community Health Centers collect and use social determinants of health data to direct people to community resources, advocate and invest in strategies to improve the health outcomes of their patients and identify potential risks in their patient population. Focusing on several patient populations served by the Community Health Centers – homeless people, refugees and people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender – she described the different approaches utilized by the Community Health Centers in addressing the social determinants affecting the health of these populations.
Both Ms. Peacock and Ms. Scott commented on the value of Community Health Workers in their strategies and the need for policies that recognize their contribution to health and health outcomes.
To view the slides from the session, click on the links below:Anne Barna, MALisa Peacock, MSN, RN, WHNP-BCAnne Scott, MPH