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Survival Service #3: Medical And Dental Care Medical and dental care is ripe for new models of delivery. Are you up for innovating?
DESIGNING A COUNTYWIDE FAMILY-FRIENDLY MEDICAL AND DENTAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
The past: How did we get to this point of needing a family-friendly medical and dental health care system? Who exactly needs services to be “family-friendly” anyway? What problems is the system supposed to solve? Why don’t people just figure out the systems on their own? Can’t everyone access care in a timely manner?
The present (action agenda): Within this subject, we’ve identified ten strategies – called innovation areas – that can be used to tackle the medical and dental health care access problem. Within those we suggest about 20 100% Community projects that you (yes, you) can take on, thus propelling your community towards family-friendly health care in its many forms.
The future (goals): With enough work on these innovations/projects, we’ll get to the point where innovation ten – the creation of a City/County Dept. of Family-Friendly Medical and Dental Care – becomes a reality. With a state-of-the-art system of care in place, 100% of our county’s families report excellent support and service.
Since we are currently in the present creating the future, your commitment to innovation is most eagerly sought and needed.
Addressing a Challenge
When we “Google it”, how many results come up?
How to ensure everyone can access health services: 829,000,000
How to address health care provider shortages: 165,000,000
Methods for promoting health care delivery services in a rural community: 46,100,000
What are the pros and cons of a single payer healthcare system? 226,000
How effective are mobile health clinics: 721,000,000
If you have the time, there are 6,550,000,000 articles on “health care” to review. Our medical research centers, university public health departments, and thousands of health advocate agencies have published articles on how to improve care for many decades. We do not lack for solutions yet the US continues to struggle to create a system of health care that serves everyone with no solution in sight – at least on the federal level. Solutions to our health disparities may have to be solved on the state, county and city level. What we do know is that our kids and parents struggle to access care in both urban and rural areas. Even with insurance, long waiting lists and expensive co-pays can hamper timely and quality care. This means we have an excellent opportunity to work on the local level to create a seamless system of care.
Excellent health care is already here, the challenge is ensuring that 100% of our county residents can access it. We work to ensure that dental services are covered with the same urgency as general health care since oral health is directly related to overall health outcomes.
Our current system can leave a teen like Eric, with failing eyesight, dizziness and headaches, unable to get help in a timely manner. This we can fix with collaboration.
Unleashing innovation to fix gaps in services in this sector starts with research. And we don’t lack for it. Our 100% Community course houses a menu of evidence-based and promising practices to consider implementing in your county. And you have a powerful search engine on your mobile.
Healthcare and dental care are important for everyone’s success in family life, school and work. Simply put, untreated or poorly treated health or dental and oral health can drag down school performance, strain relationships, and generally stand in the way of a good life for kids.
Expanded Medicaid in New Mexico has ensured that many more of our children have access to health care. However, lack of dental care is a serious issue that our communities need to find innovative ways to solve.
Advances in technology are making care more and more available and we all need access to the trained experts throughout our life – but some of that can be virtual or mobile (with clinics on wheels).
Our goal is easy access to a quality health care system where services are affordable and accessible. We should make sure that parents don’t skip their kid’s medical or dental treatment because they can’t afford it. Comprehensive health care means healthier kids and supported parents. Win win.
Local innovations, experiments, and change initiatives can focus on using data and technology to promote health, prevent problems, and improve access to care and quality of services.
Learn More in The 100% COMMUNITY COURSE
A 100% Community is one where all our families and county residents get the support they need to be trauma-free and thrive. In our 100% Community Course local leaders are learning how to address gaps in ten vital family services. Course graduates work in action teams through the 100% Community initiative to design, implement and evaluate innovations shown to increase the quality and quantity of services.
Participants in the 100% Community course choose which of the 10 family services areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services” they wish to focus on.
100% COMMUNITY COURSE IS ACTION-FOCUSED
The course is designed to support county stakeholders in developing projects in ten inter-connected service sectors.
Participants in the 100% Community course focus on the one family service area they are most passionate about (one of 10 family service areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services”).
When you enroll in the 100% Community course, you will be working to improve one sector as part of an action team. Each innovation area has short and long-term projects to develop, all with the support of the course instructors. All projects focus on supporting local communities and agencies in strengthening services to meet the needs of residents.
Your Sector: Medical/Dental Care
Innovation #1: Think Big Picture
Designing a county data system to track supply and demand within one of ten family-serving sectors. Participants enrolled in the 100% Community course will learn new ways to assess to what degree a family-serving “surviving” or “thriving” service is meeting the needs of families and innovate ways to improve service delivery.
Innovation #2: Current Support
Ensuring current programs in ten sectors are fully supported
Innovation #3: Private Sector
Engaging the private sector in supporting ten sectors and innovations
Innovation #4: Tech!
Designing a county data system to track supply and demand within all ten family-serving sectors:
Innovation #5: Public Awareness
Generating public awareness and engagement to support innovations in ten sectors
Innovation #6: Public Educators
Making sure your education system is on board
Innovation #7: Higher Ed
Ensuring that local higher education is engaged in research, solutions and evaluation
Innovation #8: Local Government
Supporting city and county governments in innovation in ten sectors
Innovation #9: Feds & State
Identifying how the federal and state levels can strengthen ten local sectors and services
Innovation #10: A New Department
Institutionalizing the work by developing a Family-Friendly City Dept. to assess ten family-serving sectors and secure funding for innovations
READ 100% COMMUNITY
The course textbook 100% Community by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello guide the development of the 10 innovations listed here. It acts as a blueprint for implementing evidence-informed innovations at a county level across a state.
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