If you have unlimited means, our U.S. healthcare system looks pretty great. If you’re middle class, the view may not be so great, and if you’re at risk or living in poverty, it’s likely dismal. Additionally, it’s costing our country an enormous amount to care for people in poverty after they’re sick. Even worse, it’s costing those individuals their well-being and, far too often, their lives.

Healthcare providers, communities, and policymakers struggle to provide adequate access and quality health services for all groups. Individuals struggle to access quality care and to understand their own health- and care-related issues in a complex system.

Bridges to Health and Healthcare provides a fresh opportunity to reach new levels of mutual respect and cooperation amongst patients, providers, communities, and governments, with matching levels of improvement in health outcomes.

Healthcare providers will learn to:

– Engage and better serve individuals across the economic spectrum
– Reduce costs while achieving more successful patient outcomes
– Communicate complex medical information more clearly
– Design services to account for increasing diversity within communities
– Increase effectiveness within successful, patient-centered care initiatives

Public health organizations, communities, and governments will learn to:

– Reduce the health gap and improve outcomes for all, especially those at risk
– Build sustainable neighborhoods and communities coordinated with all stakeholders
– Engage all stakeholders in planning new practices for healthier communities
– Increase community social capital and cohesion linked to improved population health
– Provide collective impact models to drive population research at the community level

To learn more, please visit the Bridges to Health and Healthcare product page.