Strategies for Improving Medical Care

June 30, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Please join us, the Sonoma Health Access Coalition (SHAC), at our second “Summer of Learning” educational presentation a nd dialogue on Thursday, July 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts – Carston Cabaret Room. The “Summer of Learning” sessions feature speakers from California and other states that have developed innovative and collaborative programs to address key health issues.

Private sector physicians in Humboldt and Mendocino counties have come together with community clinics, government agencies, private hospitals and consumers, to create a consensus around a shared vision for improving the health of their community.

On July 19, leaders of the Community Health Alliance of Humboldt-Del Norte, Alan Glaseroff, MD and Allan Katz, will share the story of how they developed that consensus. They will also talk about the projects that their coalition has collaboratively undertaken and what it has accomplished.

Dr. Alan Glaseroff has maintained a small-town rural family practice for the past 24 years. He is the
principal investigator for the Humboldt Diabetes Project, a California Health Care Foundation-funded, community-based implementation of the Chronic Care Model.

Allan Katz is the Executive Director of the Community Health Alliance of Humboldt-Del Norte.

Local “Summer of Learning” sessions will explore multiple health delivery system strategies and models from other regions. The resulting discussion and findings from these convenings will lead to developing a strategic framework that will be presented to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, and will provide guidance to the County Health Department’s planning process.

SHAC is a newly formed coalition of local healthcare stakeholders working to improve access to care, particularly for the uninsured and underinsured. The coalition’s goal is to proactively design and create a functional, county-wide health care system that is responsive to the needs of the community.