- Integrated Solutions for Youth Recovery and Resiliency
In partnership with Riverside Unified School District and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire, we’ve created a Pilot Project that brings together three best practice models of on site emotional and behavioral wellness services, one to one mentoring, and the integrated anti-poverty platform toward the recovery and resiliency of youth mentally and emotionally impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This project has been selected for funding as a community benefit project recipient by the US Congress as put forth by the 41st District representative, Mark Takano. More information to come on our findings soon.
- Adverse Childhood Experiences Mitigation and Prevention
Within the context of the Inland Empire Children’s Cabinet Health and Wellness Working Group, we are helping to foster and implement a comprehensive community wide strategy to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and mitigate their long-term effects on people and the community. Learn more here: https://inlandempirecommunitycollaborative.org/childrens-cabinet/#health
- CalAIM Connections
The state program, California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM), is a much needed and welcomed reform positioned to revolutionize how Medi-Cal resources are used to address social determinants of health including work within our focus areas. This said, there is still a lot of work to be done in order to ensure that Health Plans and practitioners have the connections they need will community based organizations, that the civic infrastructure is in place to facilitate and support the work needed, and that care is provided with the level of cultural competence required to ensure the outcomes we all desire to see in people’s lives and wellness rather than only the outputs of referrals and services without transformational change. This work must be seamlessly coupled with work addressing systemic obstacles and barriers affecting wellness within our communities. We are currently researching and exploring ways that we can help facilitate the successful implementation of the promising applications for which CalAIM can provide toward increasing the equitable probability of wellness for everyone in our community. More to come soon!
Whole and healthy people build healthy families and contribute to thriving communities. Wellness is so much more than the lack of infirmity. Wellness involves the whole of one’s physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. Over 50% of the issues that patients bring to their primary care physician are psychosocial rather than physical. It is important to note, though one may not be physically sick, they are not necessarily well.
We want it to be possible for every person in our community to access the resources they need to create whole and healthy lives. We also want it to be more probable that they can do so regardless of their zip code, background, ethnicity, ability, or social status. To accomplish this, we are partnering with others across sectors to ensure the equitable implementation of these resources.
We are looking for ways to help improve outcomes while lowering costs and exploring ways to block the effect of poverty on wellness. We are promoting a community where wellness is a consideration in every decision, where healthcare services meet the needs of the whole person, and root causes of the problems patients are experiencing are addressed.
Every person should have the type of care and support they need in the way they need it when they need it.