Accountable Health Community
The Accountable Health Community (AHC) concept came to Douglas County in October 2015 via a Decision Accelerator planning session with more than 95 leaders from business, non-profit, governmental, faith communities, health care, insurance, higher education, etc. The AHC model in our community is centered in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Action Framework to create a culture of health. At the planning session, leaders signed up to serve on teams that were linked to each of the Culture of Health Action areas.
ACTION AREA 1 + 2:
Making Health a Shared Value and Fostering Cross Sector Collaboration
Action Team Focus: Data + Communications
Purpose: Create a shared language, communication and measurement plan connecting health to the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.
- Created collection of relevant health indicator maps linked to “The Case for an Accountable Health Community”
- Using Results-Based Accountability to recommend macro indicators to meet the priorities selected by the coalition:
- Access to healthy foods
- Access to preventive care
- Safe communities
- Connecting health systems and community together in share resource database
- Updating how we publicly share health data in the community
- Mapping social determinants with health issues
- Campaigns around each priority issue
ACTION AREA 3:
Creating Healthier, More Equitable Communities
Action Team Focus: Shared Coalition Policy Platform
Purpose: Advance health equity via policy and advocacy efforts using a shared platform.
- Crafted initial policy opportunities at the organizational, city, and county levels
- Iterated policy opportunities list at Live Well Omaha Member Council
- Created draft policy platform document (in alignment with the coalition-selected priorities) with lead organizations for each area
- Create work plan and timeline for each policy platform item
- Roll-out pilot grassroots campaign on one item
ACTION AREA 4:
Strengthening Integration of Health Services and Systems
Action Team Focus: Community Health Worker
Purpose: Increase the adoption and consistent application of community health workers across Douglas County.
- Defined Community Health Worker (CHW) term and core competencies
- Working on a core curriculum for basic/foundational level training for CHW
- Surveyed CHW supervisors to understand the current environment in which CHW are working and being supported