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Foundations are a natural partner for the Stakeholder Health community. In fact, they have a few distinct advantages over hospitals when it comes to our line of work.
Stakeholder Health is a voluntary movement of people working in hospital health systems who are addressing the underlying causes of poor health in their communities by strategically shifting existing resources and partnering with diverse stakeholders.
Because of the link between the availability of healthy housing and health outcomes, some hospitals and health systems have started their own housing programs designed to make high quality, affordable housing available to low-income, high-risk populations.
Community health workers, no matter where they are located, are deeply embedded in their community. They get to know their clients in a way that a 15- minute appointment with a primary care physician doesn’t allow. This provides the opportunity to better understand poten- tial social and environmental impacts on the client’s health.
“About 3.6 million Americans miss or delay medical appointments every year because they lack a ride to the doctor,” writes Therese McMillan. “Given that America’s population is aging, and about half of us live with at least one chronic condition, getting regular health care is more important than ever.” Health outcomes improve with better healthcare access, so here are some practical ways hospitals can help people overcome the transportation gap.
Hospitals exist for their community’s health. Americans switching from eating bad food to good food will transform our health. Healthcare systems are often among the largest institutional food buyers. And each meal for patients, staff and visitors becomes a potential teachable moment. So to promote health, hospitals can start inside their own walls and quickly join forces with healthy food efforts in their communities.
Fort 65 years, Mental Health America and its affiliates have observed Mental Health Month each May by raising awareness in communities through the media, local events, and screenings. This Stakeholder Health E-Zine issue focuses on mental health in support of their efforts. In it you’ll find articles, case studies, and toolkits highlighting ways in which stakeholders across the health system are promoting mental health at the individual and community levels.
In this issue you will find several thought pieces, tools and resources from a variety of sources designed to help you conceptualize the many roles community health navigators can play and learn from what others are doing in the field. This guide should prove useful as you build partnerships and conduct outreach in your communities.
Some approaches to change tell us to stop fixating on (then trying to fix) problems. Instead, they suggest, find out what’s going well and discover helpful assets then and build on that. An asset is anything of value, anything that can provide an advantage. A community asset is anything that can improve the life of a community, but that’s already in that community. We can partner with others, find the community assets and align them powerfully together toward a common vision.