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CHW Resource Site Launched

UConn Health Center and Southwest AHEC are pleased to announce the launch of the Connecticut Community Health Worker website. The site was developed to support the growing CHW workforce by highlighting CHW stories, serving as a resource for training opportunities, and educating the public on the roles of CHWs. The site features the roles of CHWs as adapted from the National Community Health Worker Core Consensus (C3) Project by the SIM CHW Advisory Committee. Future plans for the site include sections for career opportunities, resources, and credentialing. Credentialing and certification will be a key focus of the CHW Team and the Advisory Committee over the coming year as they work to fulfill the requirements of Senate Bill 126, now Public Act 17-74, An Act Concerning Community Health Workers. Check out the CHW website and share your feedback as we continue to build on this important resource.

The #1 Misconception about Population Health

Source: Planetree

A critical competency in a value-based world
In recent years, population health management has emerged as an essential capability for healthcare systems to remain viable in a value-based world.  This has paved the way for investments in data integration solutions and clinical informatics, new care management models and innovative partnerships that span the entire healthcare continuum.  All in the service of delivering better healthcare for the population at a lower cost.
Population health is personal
By definition, population health management is designed around the collective. But at the core, to truly drive the high quality care at lower cost value equation, these efforts must work for the individual. They must make sense amidst their real lives and struggles. They must align with their personal goals.  And they must be integrated into the day-to-day realities of the human beings who comprise the population.
Indeed, the greatest misconception about population health is that it’s about the population.  Ultimately, it’s about the individual. This means that understanding the personal side of population health is what success will hinge on.
Even for those who are highly engaged patients, the time spent interacting with the healthcare system is but a mere fraction of what influences their overall health and well-being.  Which is to say, if we design population health efforts solely around patients and their interactions with the healthcare system in its traditional construct, we fail to address the enormously significant social determinants of health. These social determinants, which include environmental, economic, and cultural factors, work together to shape an individual’s access to care, as well as their likelihood to be engaged in managing their health and adopting healthy behaviors.
This more reactive focus on patient-centered care (designing systems around their needs once they are in the system) squanders the opportunities to reach people before their care needs may become more acute (and costly).

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COPD National Action Plan Launches

Source: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Date: 5/22/17

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Some 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease, but millions more are believed to have it without realizing it. COPD can stifle a person’s ability to breathe, lead to long-term disability, and dramatically affect his or her quality of life.

Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with representatives from across the entire COPD community, will release the COPD National Action Plan. This first-of-its-kind Action Plan provides a unified framework to guide stakeholders nationwide in their efforts to reduce the burden of COPD. You can watch a live stream of the release of the Action Plan at 1:00 p.m. ET at COPD.nih.gov.

The Action Plan addresses the needs of patients and the greater public, health care delivery and practice guidelines, research potential, and policy implications. Each of the plan’s five goals is designed to address a different aspect of COPD so the entire spectrum of complex issues related to the disease is covered.

  • Goal 1: Empower people with COPD, their families, and caregivers to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD.
  • Goal 2: Improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD by improving the quality of care delivered across the health care continuum.
  • Goal 3: Collect, analyze, report, and disseminate COPD-related public health data that drive change and track progress.
  • Goal 4: Increase and sustain research to better understand the prevention, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD.
  • Goal 5: Translate national policy, educational, and program recommendations into research and public health care actions.

The COPD National Action Plan belongs to the entire COPD community. Everyone has an important role to play in its successful implementation. To learn more and how you can get involved, visit COPD.nih.gov.