Healthcare Paradox Mash-up

Friday, February 14, 2014

l to r: Lynne Garner, with James Morton, Council President Maggie Osborn and Jewell Mullen.

Greetings from the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.  We are pleased to share our blog space with our first guest blogger and voice from the field, Lynne Garner, PhD., president and trustee of The Donaghue Foundation. 

On January 24, Donaghue was part of a fun mash-up with our long-time friends at the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, new friends at Connecticut Association of Non-Profits, two Paradox authors, a public health commissioner, Hartford’s chief Y guy, and about 75 lively attendees at “Mobilizing a Multi-Sector Approach to a Healthier America: Resolving the ‘spend more/achieve less’ paradox.”

ImageElizabeth Bradley and Laurel Taylor gave an overview of the difference in American structures for health care and social services from that of other counties and some of the resulting health outcomes. They also described two promising U.S. models of medical care coordinated with social services and the positive impact of health produces by these programs.

Commissioner Jewel Mullen, MD, and James Morton, JD, Executive Director of the Greater Hartford YMCA responded from their own local perspective on how we can do a better job of bringing together the services that are important to health.

For the last part of the morning, attendees formed small groups to discuss one of three questions:

  • What steps can each of us take from within our own sectors (e.g. philanthropy, service programs, government, academia) to create a more aligned and well-integrated system of health and social services?
  • Which American values underlie and contribute to our nation’s health care paradox? Which American values can be tapped to support and spur the integration that will lead to a healthier America?
  • What do you think are the some of the key changes needed to reduce the spend more/ achieve less paradox?

ImageTwenty lucky meeting participants received a copy of Bradley and Taylor’s book, “The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Less.”

We’re working to continue the conversation, so please stay tuned for upcoming events on this topic.

We knew we’d found the right combination of players for this meeting when Bradley and Taylor told us that although they’ve spoken at many meetings about their book, this was the first one where both sectors – health and social services – were represented!

One final thoughts: after coming off of eight years of doing our Beyond Eureka! conferences, we really enjoyed sharing the work of developing the best ways to communicate these important ideas with the folks at Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, as well as, all those logistical requirements that make it work. Thank you, CCP!

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