Written by Leila Espinosa
Disclaimer: Moving Health Care Upstream is a collaborative effort co-led by Nemours Children’s Health System (Nemours) and the Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities at the University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA). The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Nemours, UCLA or the Moving Health Care Upstream initiative.
Almost two years ago, the MHCU Initiative launched an Improvement and Learning Network with a vision that of providing members of the Network transformational concepts that they would apply and turn into actions that could work at scale and be shared with others seeking better ways of optimizing family well-being by addressing the social influences on health. Communities that participated in the Moving HealthCare Upstream Improvement and Learning Network set out to design and test innovative care concepts that enable organizations from different sectors to work as a single system to improve family health and social outcomes. We did not have a set of solutions that could readily be adopted. We started with ideas that had strong evidence in other contexts for managing the care of families with chronic conditions, but had not yet been well tested in community systems for addressing family well-being. [Read more…]