Research shows that a more coordinated approach to healthcare and non-medical support leads to a healthier community. It also lowers costs. SWACH is partnering with local care coordinators, healthcare professionals and community organizations to improve care coordination in Southwest Washington.
Care coordinators are professionals that help people manage their healthcare. They coordinate between different settings, like doctor’s offices, mental health clinics and social services. They know their way around the different, sometimes complicated systems. They’re also trained to spot inefficiencies. Care coordination can be life-changing. Especially for those experiencing multiple health challenges. However, the need for care coordination is great. And some community members still fall through the cracks.
Our vision is a stronger and more seamless system of care coordination in Southwest Washington.
Improving Coordination with Technology
Care coordination is nearly impossible without shared technology. Pathways is a nationally recognized solution. It helps health care professionals and care coordinators work together on medical care, social services and other support. SWACH is partnering with local care coordinating agencies to pioneer the Pathways model in our region. It’s called Pathways HealthConnect, a SWACH Program. Check out the video on this page to learn more about how the HUB works.
Enhancing Access to Support and Resources
Health is influenced by all sorts of factors. For example, housing, food and social support. SWACH’s vision is a care coordination workforce with real time access to a wide range of knowledge and resources to help their clients get and stay healthy. We’re exploring a variety of tools and partnerships that support this vision.
Engaging Underserved Communities
Access to care coordination and resources varies widely depending on where you live. Rural areas often lack care coordinators and other services. SWACH is working with local voices, clinicians and other partners to understand the gaps and identify solutions to serve our underserved communities.
Southwest Washington’s Community Care Coordination Workgroup
Partnership and community voices are essential to making this effort a success.
The Community Care Coordination Workgroup is made up of community members focused on improving care coordination in Southwest Washington. Learn more here.
Learn More About Pathways!
Download the Pathways HealthConnect one-pager, here.
We are excited about creating lasting system change that improves health in our region!