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Design Thinking

31 07, 2020

Having trouble getting leadership sign off?

2020-07-31T11:53:08-04:00July 31st, 2020|

It is a challenging time for the healthcare world, and it has never been more important for our hospitals and practices to offer its teams opportunities to grow and develop as leaders. However, it can also be a difficult time to ask for educational opportunities.

We want to offer you support in asking for the opportunity to join the upcoming SYNC cohort. See below for a basic email template that you can tailor and send to your leadership.

Dear ____,

These challenging and unprecedented times require a different way of approaching the way we think of healthcare teams and what it means to be a leader. The SYNC Program […]

22 03, 2017

STEPS Forward: Practical Strategies for Optimizing Medical Practice

2017-03-22T10:36:19-04:00March 22nd, 2017|

The pressure on health care practices to be accountable for quality and cost is real and intensifying.  But sometimes we need to optimize our underlying practice structure and culture before we can devote adequate time and thought to producing quality breakthroughs that really matter.  STEPS Forward can help by providing quick-start ideas for streamlining workflow and creating more time for clinicians to do what they do best.

STEPS Forward is a practice-based initiative produced by the American Medical Association. As stated on the STEPS Forward website:

Our goal is to provide you with proven strategies that can improve practice efficiency and help you reach the Quadruple Aim — better patient experience, […]

15 09, 2016

Book Review: Making Places Healthy

2016-10-31T08:29:33-04:00September 15th, 2016|

It is well established that place matters for health promotion.  But how do we go about making a place healthier? This is the question addressed in Making Places Healthy: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability (Island Press, 2011 available through major online booksellers).  Edited byAndrew Dannenberg, Howard Franklin, and Richard J. Jackson, this book provides insight on healthy community design from dozens of authors with backgrounds in public health, community development, health care, and more.

 The book opens with an introduction to the concept of healthy places, emphasizing areas of common interest between public health and the community design professions.  The next section describes the impact of community design on […]

15 09, 2016

The 3-4-50 Framework for Health Improvement

2016-10-31T08:29:33-04:00September 15th, 2016|

3-4-50 FrameworkWe know from research that health status is influenced by multiple factors including genetics, social circumstances, environmental exposures, health care, and behavioral patterns.  What we might not fully realize is that behavioral patterns have the single greatest influence on personal and population health.  This means that achieving better health at lower cost will require improvements in health promotion and prevention at the community level.  The 3-4-50 framework can be a helpful tool for focusing these strategies.

3-4-50: A Focusing Framework for Community Health Improvement
The three health risk behaviors are unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, and tobacco use.
3-4-50 is a community health improvement strategy based […]

15 09, 2016

Healthy Options Sell in a Food Desert

2016-10-31T08:29:33-04:00September 15th, 2016|

Healthy options can lead to healthy profits. Learn how a small grocery store in the northern part of Omaha, NE, improved its bottom line while at the same time making healthy living easier for community members. From the CDC, punlished April, 2015.

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