Improving Health Through Clinical-Community Collaboration

Improving Health Through Clinical-Community Collaboration Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Developing, strengthening, and sustaining effective collaboration among clinical providers and community organizations can help achieve the common goal of improving the health of people and the communities in which they live. Clinical–community collaboration can bring preventive and primary health care to underserved populations, spur employers to promote health-related initiatives, and help patients take control of their health.

The featured Innovations describe three programs that provide successful examples of clinical–community collaboration to improve health. One program provided free primary care, support services, and educational programs for men in African-American communities; another coordinated outreach workers, or promotoras, to help Mexican farm workers navigate the health care system and improve their health; and a third initiative supported the development of programs to improve blood pressure control among a local population.

The featured QualityTools include a resource to assist in research and evaluation of clinical-community relationships, a toolkit to help clinicians learn about community partnerships and share what they know with others, and a set of tools for building clinical-community collaboration focused on chronic disease care and management.

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