Patient Access to Medical Information

Neighborhood based Community Health Workers

Pattern ID: 
913
Michael O'Neill
Healthy Living Collaborative
Version: 
1
Problem: 

Fragmented systems of service delivery that are intended to deliver health, social wellbeing, and safety are in need of course correction to address severe disparities in health and welbeing that exist.  The mandate of health care reform from the Affordable Care Act is to improve care, improve population health outcomes, and lower costs. In Washington State the timeline to accomplish this is five years.

 

How can organizations that have traditionally delivered units of care shift towards providing access to wellness for a population which creates health equity, increases local capacity, and transforms payment and delivery systems?

Solution: 

Community Health Workers are an emerging solution to this problem as shown by a case study of the Healthy Living Collaborative project in Southwest Washington and other similar projects which it is modeled after.  Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trusted community members among the people they serve who can fill a variety of culturally appropriate roles.  These roles increase access for the CHWs friends, family, neighbors, and peers to resources, knowledge, and skills that promote wellness.  CHWs are a credible voice for the lived experience of local needs and play a critical role in translating this information across cultural, social, and organizational boundaries.

Verbiage for pattern card: 

Community Health Workers are an emerging solution to this problem as shown by a case study of the Healthy Living Collaborative project in Southwest Washington and other similar projects which it is modeled after.  Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trusted community members among the people they serve who can fill a variety of culturally appropriate roles.  These roles increase access for the CHWs friends, family, neighbors, and peers to resources, knowledge, and skills that promote wellness.  CHWs are a credible voice for the lived experience of local needs and play a critical role in translating this information across cultural, social, and organizational boundaries.

Pattern status: 
Draft

Sage Bionetworks Commons

Organization's slogan: 
The Sage Bionetworks Commons is an open source computational environment being developed to share mega-datasets and advanced tools in order to facilitate cooperative compilation, comparison and evaluation of network models of disease.
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The Sage Congress promotes the sharing of genetic information and phenotypal information (visible personal characteristics) so that researchers, pharmaceutical companies, and public health agencies can collaborate to produce faster and more effective treatments. Through its annual congresses and other community-building activities, the organization has become a focal point for many groups interested in improving medicine, opening up access to information, and giving patients more rights.

Organizational engagement: 
Active
Organization's headquarters: 
Seattle, WA, USA
Organization's geographic focus: 
Global

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Contact information: 
Sage Bionetworks, 1100 Fairview Ave, N. Seattle, WA 98109, USA, info@sagebase.org, Tel: (206) 667-2102, Fax: (206) 667-2062
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