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Looking ahead to 2018

December 13, 2017
Care team with Housing First program participant

By Amy Yuen

With 2018 around the corner, and our strategic plan ratified, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the past year and look forward to what’s next. Here’s what to watch out for in the coming year:

Local and regional highlights

Results from our first randomized controlled trial
Expect results from our first randomized controlled trial (RCT) to come out towards the end of the year. Members of our care management team recently reached the milestone of enrolling 857 patients in the RCT, a major step in our efforts to rigorously evaluate the impact of the care we provide to patients with complex needs in Camden. The study, launched in partnership with health economists at MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab in 2014, examines the effect of our Care Management Initiatives on our participants’ hospital readmission and emergency room visit rates, compared to those of a control group receiving routine care.

Housing more people
Housing First continues to expand. In 2017, we housed 11 people in our Housing First program and received 15 vouchers from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to continue our program in the coming year.

Helping Camden residents avoid arrests and hospital readmissions
Camden RESET (Re-Entering Society with Effective Tools) is a collaboration with the Camden County Re-Entry Committee that aims to discover and address the root causes of hospital use, arrests, and jail stays among Camden residents who have experienced extensive hospital and jail utilization. The pilot program will help patients gain the skills and support they need to avoid arrests and preventable hospital admissions, and improve their wellbeing.

Extending into Burlington and Gloucester County
In May 2017, the Camden Coalition was selected as one of 32 organizations in the country to receive an Accountable Health Communities grant. The grant will help the Camden Coalition expand its reach in South Jersey to Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties to identify and address regional barriers to care. We’re working with multiple clinical delivery sites and community service providers across three counties to advance the Accountable Health Communities model that will screen for social correlates of health and provide health and social service navigation.

Advancing good care initiatives statewide
As New Jersey transitions to new leadership, the Camden Coalition has begun engaging the new administration, advocating for community-based care models and policies that account for the social correlates of health. We are revisiting the recommendations put forth at the Camden Coalition’s Good Care Collaborative conference in September.

Camden Coalition will advocate for Governor-elect Phil Murphy and other lawmakers to create policies that address the needs of people with complex health and social needs. Now is a great time for the state to commit to measures that will save money and improve health care for all. Read our policy recommendations.

National highlights

Accepting new Student Hotspotting applicants
In 2017, we launched four new Student Hotspotting inter-professional hubs at universities in California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Utah, enabling us to train many more students and creating new partners who can help innovate and spread the theory and practice of hotspotting. We will start accepting applications for new hotspotting groups in January. For more information on how to apply, visit our Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative or email Gladys Antelo, Program Manager for Student Hotspotting at [email protected].

Convening stakeholders in Chicago
The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs (National Center) will hold Putting Care at the Center, its third annual conference, from December 5-7, 2018 in Chicago. Over 600 complex care innovators from across the country convened in Los Angeles for 2017’s conference to help coalesce the movement and further the field of complex care. Stay tuned for conference details.

Building a shared vision for complex care
The National Center launched the Complex Care Blueprint at Putting Care at the Center 2017 with input from conference attendees. A joint project with the Center for Health Care Strategies and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Blueprint project will be a deep dive into the current and potential players in the emerging complex care field, and a distillation of the priorities and goals of the movement. To learn more, contact Rebecca Sax, National Initiatives Program Manager at [email protected].

This coming year, the Camden Coalition will continue to elevate the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable patients, but with accelerated impact. We’re excited to scale our work and expand our reach geographically. We look forward to advancing these projects with our valued partners in the coming months.

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