At the 2017 Culture of Health Conference, Valeria Galarza, Senior Project Manager, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership presented a Culture of Health Champion Award to the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers in recognition of the positive impact it has made in so many communities across the nation.
Founded in 2002 by Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, the Camden Coalition started as a monthly breakfast group of local health care providers, community partners and advocates committed to elevating the health of patients facing the most complex medical and social challenges.
The Camden Coalition’s most significant accomplishment is its ability to use “healthcare hotspotting,” an approach that uses data to help drive high quality, comprehensive care, and support services to some of the city’s high utilizers of healthcare.
The Coalition’s work has sparked a field and movement that unites communities of caregivers in Camden and across the nation to innovate and test health care delivery models to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of their care using data driven, human-centered practices.
In 2016, the Camden Coalition collaborated with AARP, The Atlantic Philanthropies and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to launch The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs. The National Center aims to improve wellbeing for individuals with complex medical, psychological, and social needs. It works to coalesce a new field of health care by bringing together a broad range of clinicians, researchers, policymakers, and consumers who are developing, testing, and scaling new models of team-based, integrated care. The National Center and its staff collaborate with other experts across the nation to develop best practices, inform policy, and foster an engaged and accessible community to develop this work and teach it to others.
Listen to the inspirational acceptance speech from Jared Susco, interim CEO of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQQQ21PKZl0