New Jersey Hospital Association

NJHA Shares Best Practices With Community Organization Program

New Jersey Hospital Association / Daily Message — Monday, November 22, 2010

NJHA staff members met last week with a contingent of People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO), a national network of faith-based programs committed to community issues including healthcare, housing and education.

The PICO group, which included representatives from San Diego, New Orleans, Denver and Vermont, was a guest of Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP). CCOP is a local PICO chapter comprised of several Camden congregations that work together to better their community, most recently looking at the impact of healthcare reform. CCOP and PICO turned to NJHA to learn more about healthcare reform and the implications for providing accessible and affordable healthcare for underserved New Jerseyans.

NJHA discussed its many programs and partnerships to improve healthcare quality and access, from its quality improvement collaboratives to its efforts to enroll more kids and families into healthcare insurance programs.

NJHA's Aline Holmes also was a speaker at the group's community meeting in Camden, where she underscored NJHA's commitment to working with community partners - such as Camden's Dr. Jeffrey Brenner - in innovative models to promote healthcare access and quality. She also outlined several NJHA projects including the Medicaid demonstration pilot for medical homes, fighting infections in hospitals and efforts to educate the community on the value of preventive screenings and prenatal care.

"We know that we need to redesign healthcare delivery to serve all of New Jersey's diverse populations and provide care that is safer, more accessible and more affordable. We know we can't do it alone - we need the collective commitment of hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, state officials, faith-based groups, community organizations and patients themselves," stated Holmes.

Several other New Jersey groups also attended last evening's meeting, including Cooper University Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Virtua, N.J. Chamber of Commerce, Community Catalyst, New Jersey Citizen Action, AmeriChoice and the Camden Department of Health.

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