Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Draft Strategy Presented to Board of Health Today

Did you know that more than 1 in 5 Thurston County adults aged 18 to 64 do not have a primary care provider? Having a person you consider your usual healthcare provider improves the likelihood that you will receive the clinical care that you need, in less costly settings (i.e. non-emergency care needs at the provider office rather than the emergency room), as well as preventive care.

Dr. Stephen Albrecht of Thurston-Mason County Medical Society and Board of Health Chair, and former chair of the Regional Health Improvement Collaborative, Cathy Wolfe presented the Clinical & Emergency Care strategy to the Board of Health and Thurston Thrives Advisory Council today. The two team leaders explained their involvement of key players from the health care community in developing a map of how to move our community toward better health outcomes and a better functioning system of care.

The team envisions a future in which:
“More people live longer, healthier lives because they take care of themselves and received the right care at the right places at the right time.” 
A variety of strategies and activities contribute toward core objectives of:
1) educating and influencing people to make better choices.
2) increasing use of proven, evidence-based treatments and services.
3) increasing the public’s health awareness and self-care.
4) promoting appropriate resource utilization.   

This will help our community achieve goals that lead us toward the vision:  integration of care (medical, behavioral and public health); learning to live a healthy life; increasing access to care; reducing disparities; and maximizing value of health care spending.

To access the Clinical and Emergency Care Action Team materials click here.

Please tell us what you think about the draft strategy for action on clinical and emergency health care.

For more on Thurston Thrives, visit www.thurstonthrives.org