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2020-10-29

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There is a unique opportunity to improve the health of the residents of Springfield. In combination, the Baystate affiliated Community Health Centers (CHC’s) and Caring Health Center—a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)—care for a large percentage of the total population of Springfield. Baystate’s and Caring’s CHC’s have partnered through the BeHealthy ACO to provide much of this care. Because a large and concentrated population with substantive challenges is served, focus could be downstream (i.e. healthcare oriented) or upstream (i.e. policy, social, political) or some combination thereof. Many faculty, staff, and trainees in these systems in general and in the CHC’s specifically are interested and have the content knowledge regarding social determinates of health and health care delivery but would benefit from a coordinated system and mentoring structure to make a more meaningful impact. Creating a community based infrastructure for alignment and coordination among key stakeholders (e.g healthcare delivery systems, academic institutions, community based organizations, government entities, and others) will help assure common goals, efforts, and sustainability are maximized.

The purpose of this session is to brainstorm how to further leverage existing and potential partnerships towards research that emanates from needs of the community and addresses these needs in a systematic, rigorous, and sustainable manner. The ideas generated in this session will serve to guide the development of a strategic plan for community based research in Springfield.

An open panel discussion of current state (stakeholders, resources, ongoing efforts) and early steps to begin developing a strategic plan will be followed by an open forum to brainstorm for next steps. The brainstorming topics include, but are not limited to: potential avenues of inquiry, model for engagement by CHC faculty and trainees, establishing and/or enhancing collaborations between local institutional stakeholders, assuring input and engagement of the community, and grant procurement strategies.

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community based research, Springfield, Massachusetts

DOI

10.13028/hg2b-8t11

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Oct 29th, 3:00 PM

Developing a Strategic Plan for Community Based Research in Springfield

There is a unique opportunity to improve the health of the residents of Springfield. In combination, the Baystate affiliated Community Health Centers (CHC’s) and Caring Health Center—a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)—care for a large percentage of the total population of Springfield. Baystate’s and Caring’s CHC’s have partnered through the BeHealthy ACO to provide much of this care. Because a large and concentrated population with substantive challenges is served, focus could be downstream (i.e. healthcare oriented) or upstream (i.e. policy, social, political) or some combination thereof. Many faculty, staff, and trainees in these systems in general and in the CHC’s specifically are interested and have the content knowledge regarding social determinates of health and health care delivery but would benefit from a coordinated system and mentoring structure to make a more meaningful impact. Creating a community based infrastructure for alignment and coordination among key stakeholders (e.g healthcare delivery systems, academic institutions, community based organizations, government entities, and others) will help assure common goals, efforts, and sustainability are maximized.

The purpose of this session is to brainstorm how to further leverage existing and potential partnerships towards research that emanates from needs of the community and addresses these needs in a systematic, rigorous, and sustainable manner. The ideas generated in this session will serve to guide the development of a strategic plan for community based research in Springfield.

An open panel discussion of current state (stakeholders, resources, ongoing efforts) and early steps to begin developing a strategic plan will be followed by an open forum to brainstorm for next steps. The brainstorming topics include, but are not limited to: potential avenues of inquiry, model for engagement by CHC faculty and trainees, establishing and/or enhancing collaborations between local institutional stakeholders, assuring input and engagement of the community, and grant procurement strategies.