Building Healthy Communities Requires All of Us

When several institutions from different sectors work in alignment, we will create better health outcomes for everyone

Across California, 15 communities are working to solve the biggest health problems in their regions, such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, community violence and trauma. They do so through an ambitious effort called California Community Health Initiative (CACHI) .

Kaiser Permanente is a proud partner of this effort because it is possible to build a healthy community when everyone works together for a common cause. Unfortunately, all too often, health care providers, non-profit organizations, schools, businesses, and others work in isolation.

The good news is that through ASCOI, California leaders are now working in their local communities on a new holistic approach that brings together a variety of local actors to improve health and wellness. well-being of their residents. In 2016, Kaiser Permanente teamed up with leading state health funders to launch CACHI and help provide the expertise, infrastructure and resources that communities will need to work effectively together.

To do this, Cachi uses a new model known as the Health Communities (ACH). This model forces us to confront the old-fashioned, conventional wisdom that doctors and hospitals alone can improve the health outcomes of the community. An ACH is unique because it contains the infrastructure to provide a formal and structured vehicle for strong partnerships. It also establishes a wellness fund, designed to attract and weave funds and resources to support the long-term viability of the ACH. In addition, a key element is community involvement. Each CACHA community will mobilize local residents, so that they participate in the development of this new health model.

By working together, we can make sure everyone is prospering. We are delighted that an initiative like CACHI is broadening and modernizing our thinking about what a health system is and what it does. Learn more about these communities and their efforts on the new ASCOI website: www.cachi.org .

Author Loel Solomon is the Vice President of Community Health at Kaiser Permanente

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