A new vision and mission for the Camden Coalition

Care team members line dancing
February 28, 2017
August 19, 2019
Translating local innovation into statewide policy: Lessons from a medications for addiction treatment (MAT) prior authorization pilot in Camden, New Jersey
In this brief, we outline our prior authorization pilot program and our work with partners to translate the pilot into successful statewide policy.
Natasha Dravid and Alex Staropoli
August 19, 2019
Camden residents identify barriers to health in their neighborhoods
Members of organizations that have participated in our Faith in Prevention program conducted a health assessment of their Camden neighborhoods.
Whitney Buchmann
Camden Coalition staff and Community Advisory Committee members participate at the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey’s Annual Legislative Day at New Jersey State House
July 18, 2019
Camden Coalition joins the call to fully fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund
To help secure FY2020 funding for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, CAC members took part in HCDNNJ's Annual Legislative Day at the NJ State House.
Whitney Buchmann
July 16, 2019
From siloed systems to ecosystem: The evolution of the Camden Coalition’s complex care model
In this four-part series, we describe the phases of our care model as we addressed challenges and tested new solutions.
Kathleen Noonan and Kelly Craig
July 15, 2019
Graduates of Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council program reflect on their fresh start
Now in its 28th year, the Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council — or IHOC — has transformed countless lives.
Bill Nice
Camden Coalition care team member helps patient fill medication box.
July 11, 2019
Bringing it home: The shift in where healthcare is delivered
In this blog post for JAMA Forum, Lauran Hardin and Diana Mason write about two new opportunities to incentivize innovative complex care models.
Lauran Hardin and Diana Mason

The Camden Coalition has grown dramatically over the last five years, from a small, Camden-based organization of about five people to a 90-person organization with national reach. In March 2016, we launched the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs and began the work of coalescing the field of complex care nationwide. This past month, we announced our strategic partnership with UnitedHealthcare that will enhance our local efforts in Camden. To better reflect the broadening scope of our work, we’re introducing new vision and mission statements for the organization.

Our new vision for the Camden Coalition’s work is more expansive than simply bending the cost curve in Camden. We are working toward a transformed healthcare system that ensures every individual receives whole-person care rooted in authentic healing relationships.

The idea of an “authentic healing relationship” was first written about in a qualitative research paper on the Camden Coalition’s care management model. We found that the most important thing that our care teams provide to our patients is not any particular service, but the relationship itself. The key elements of an authentic healing relationship are security, genuineness, and continuity. Authentic healing relationships are what help motivate patients to actively manage their health.

“I am so inspired by our vision and mission,” says Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, Executive Director of the Camden Coalition. “It’s rooted in so many of our core values and the long, hard lessons learned from spending fifteen years doing this work on the ground.”

Our mission has also been updated to include our growing national presence. In our new mission, we are aiming to spark a field and movement that unites communities of caregivers in Camden and across the nation to improve the wellbeing of individuals with complex health and social needs.

The word “caregivers” in our new mission is intentionally broad. Caregivers include traditional health care providers, social service providers, family members, community members, peer counselors, spiritual leaders, and more. Advancing care for patients with complex health and social needs will require caregivers of all kinds to work together in new and innovative ways.

The goal of improving the “wellbeing” of individuals with complex health and social needs, rather than improving their care, is also intentional. The data that will tell us if we have succeeded are not quality metrics of the care we’re providing, but whether our patients are well and thriving.

We are looking forward to working with our patients and our partners in Camden, throughout New Jersey, and across the country to make this ambitious vision and mission a reality.

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