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New study illuminates our patients’ behavioral health and social needs

February 8, 2019
Staff member logging into Camden Coalition Health Information Exchange on a tablet at a meeting with a participant

By Dawn Wiest and Laura Buckley

Through our signature care management program, our care team serves people with complex health and social needs in the Camden area. Patients enrolled in our intervention with behavioral health needs were referred to Karen Rentas, a clinical psychologist.


New evidence that primary care visits soon after hospitalization are associated with fewer readmissions

January 25, 2019
On left: graphic of blue hand next to "7-Day Pledge" in blue and yellow letters. On right, photo of doctor speaking to two Camden Coalition staff members in clinic room.

By Dawn Wiest, Qiang Yang, Carter Wilson, and Natasha Dravid

As part of the Camden Coalition’s ongoing quality improvement efforts, we evaluated our 7-Day Pledge program to learn about the relationship between timely follow-up appointments with primary care and avoidable readmissions. The results of our analysis were published today in JAMA Network Open. We compared patients who had a primary care follow-up within seven days with patients who had similar clinical and demographic characteristics but who had a later or no follow-up appointment. We found that patients who had primary care appointments within seven days of hospital discharge had a lower number of 30- and 90-day hospital readmissions.


New resources give how-tos for cross-sector data collaboration

September 11, 2018
Researcher presents data research at National Conference for Complex Health and Social Needs

By Teagan Kuruna and Cortney Bruno

Cross-sector data sharing is lauded as an integral part of complex care. Sharing data between between multiple sectors — such as behavioral health, medical, criminal justice, housing, and education — seems like a straightforward way to understand people’s complex health and social needs and provide whole-person care. In practice, however, sharing data isn’t always so simple.


Publication: Two takeaways from cross-sector collaboration between the healthcare and criminal justice systems

August 31, 2018
Cross-sector Data in Action brief cover page

By David Scholnick

A couple years ago in Iowa City, the Police Department noticed that a few residents struggling with homelessness were cycling back and forth through the medical, mental health, and criminal justice systems. About the same time, in Camden, our data team found that a disproportionate number of people with histories of arrest were using the city’s emergency rooms several times a year.


Publication: Integrated Health Care and Criminal Justice Data — Viewing the Intersection of Public Safety, Public Health, and Public Policy Through a New Lens: Lessons from Camden, New Jersey

April 16, 2018
Graphic showing overlap between hospital claims & police arrest data

By Amy Yuen

In a report released by the Executive Session on Community Corrections and co-authored by the Camden Coalition’s Dawn Wiest and Aaron Truchil, researchers found that a small number of Camden residents disproportionately use the healthcare and criminal justice sectors, neither of which is designed to address the underlying problems they face: housing instability, inconsistent or insufficient income, trauma, inadequate nutrition, lack of supportive social networks, mental illness, and substance abuse disorders. These unaddressed social determinants of behavior appear to drive a cycle of repeated arrests and hospitalizations.