Slide show presentations:
Spending More and Getting Less, Elizabeth Bradley, Professor at the Yale School of Public Health
Vermont Blueprint for Health: Community System of Health, Jenney Samuelson, Assistant Director of Vermont’s Blueprint for Health
The fourth event in the Reform to Transform in the series, took place on the morning of Wednesday, April 29 at Quinnipiac University’s Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in North Haven.
The program, Getting to Better Health: Connecting Care and Community, focused on the importance of connecting the dots between the health care system and the social determinants of health.
The health reform agenda is focused on achieving access to quality, affordable care to improve health. Yet evidence shows that social and economic determinants such as housing, employment and food security have a much greater impact on health than clinical care. In order to truly aim for better health, much stronger connections are needed between those involved with clinical care and community-based resources.
The keynote speaker was Elizabeth Bradley, Professor at the Yale School of Public Health and co-author of the book, The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting us Less. Dr. Bradley spoke about the need for greater investment in social supports and community-based infrastructure in order to improve population health. Our second speaker was Jenney Samuelson, Assistant Director of Vermont’s Blueprint for Health. She discussed the community health care teams they have deployed throughout the state. These teams coordinate care and provide multidisciplinary support to a broad network of Patient Centered Medical Homes.
These two speakers were followed by a panel of local experts.