Posts by Terie Dreussi-Smith:

Podcast: Bridges to health – Tracking client results with MPOWR

April 20, 2018 Published by

with Marlana Dokken Our institutions tend to be focused on choice and future story, which actually are very much a part of the economic experience of the middle class. So we just basically say that our institutions are usually designed from a middle class lens and perspective. Well, when a…

Podcast: Bridges to Health and Healthcare

April 13, 2018 Published by

As we’ve worked with communities and the health sector within those communities, we’ve had several health institutions use Bridges Out of Poverty to lower costs and improve quality of care, especially for people in populations at risk of poor health outcomes. We saw immediately that there were ongoing, as well…

Podcast: Bridges Out of Poverty overview

December 15, 2017 Published by

Greetings from Greenville, South Carolina! Bridges Out of Poverty is a lens. It’s how you look at what you do every day in a different way. It helps you to look at economic class and be able to see that systemically, to see the environments of economic class and how…

When you can no longer make a fist: We are all ‘those people’

August 2, 2017 Published by

“How do you know if you are going to die?” I begged my mother. We had been traveling for days. With strange confidence she answered, “When you can no longer make a fist.” –Naomi Shihab Nye, “Making a Fist” Here’s what Bridges and its innovative offspring have evolved into and…

Webinar podcast: Improving healthcare outcomes for people in poverty

May 12, 2017 Published by

Bridges makes a forever difference in helping people transition out of poverty and into health. It goes from generation to generation. The costs of health and healthcare are increasing annually in the United States, and the government is stalled on a solution. Healthcare costs are at an all-time high, and…

Targeted community healthcare boosts outcomes in Memphis

January 31, 2017 Published by

Memphis ZIP code 38109, a neighborhood called Riverview-Kansas, is affected by severe health inequities—more so than any other part of the city. High rates of chronic illness, hospital stays, emergency room visits, and use of charitable services in 38109 led Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare to develop a community-driven program in…

Outreach, Prevention, and the “Urgent Chair”

September 9, 2015 Published by

How and why Oregon’s Advantage Dental uses Bridges Out of Poverty to build dental health equity @DreussiSmith_T Advantage Dental, headquartered in Redmond, Oregon, has developed innovative dentistry practices to build dental health equity throughout the state. Two of the models it used to define and design its practices are Bridges…

Good Health = Great Business: The Business Case for Health Efficacy and Communication

December 19, 2013 Published by

Healthcare professionals—and the systems in which they operate—must be increasingly savvy and courageous to deal with the constant changes in legislation, research, and fiscal realities they face. These changes affect every sector of the community, including the health systems we depend on, and they affect our future story as individuals…

Free cell phone minutes for people in poverty: Generosity or exploitation?

July 13, 2010 Published by

In my last blog I examined the way some of the interviewees in this Philadelphia Inquirer article revealed a prevalent mental model of people in poverty in the United States. But the article also briefly mentions another issue that I think it is vital to discuss further. The question raised…

Can you hear me now? Cell phones for people in poverty

July 5, 2010 Published by

Can you hear me now? by Terie Dreussi-Smith The Philadelphia Inquirer article “Advocates say poor need available free cell phones” (June 14, 2010) illustrates a common line of thinking within U.S. society. In the article, some interviewees say they don’t think people in poverty should be buying cell phone minutes,…