NC Population Health Collaborative Presentations Available Online

Dr. Cole

Attendees at the last NC Population Health Collaborative meeting of 2018, held Dec. 12, at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, participated in a poverty simulation led by Alisahah J. Cole, MD, Chief Community Impact Officer for Atrium Health in Charlotte. The exercise graphically illustrated the agonizing choices citizens with limited financial resources often are forced to make – with health insurance often being at the bottom of their list of immediate priorities. The experience helped show how a tenuous financial situation can quickly spiral downward making it more and more difficult to recover.

Dr. Cole made the point that while individuals do have control over their health behaviors, often socio-economic factors outside of their control negatively impact those behaviors.

By the end of the simulation, participants’ comments reflected a better understanding of how social determinants like housing, transportation and access to healthy food choices – can severely undermine patients’ good health behavior intentions.

While the poverty simulation couldn’t be videotaped, the other presentations, focused on the state’s Medicaid transformation progress, specifically helping practices become an Advanced Medical Home and addressing social determinants of health, were recorded and are available online. Access the information.

Also, be sure to mark your calendars for the next Pop Health Collaborative on March 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Watch for email updates when registration opens.


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