Social Determinants of Health Innovation Challenge


Foundation: Johnson Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dick Thompson, executive director and chief executive officer of the Quality Health Network (QHN) based in Grand Junction, often tells stories that offer examples of the social determinants that affect well-being.

Thompson's stories show the importance of efforts to develop a community information exchange to help people get the services they need.

His Grand Junction-based QHN plans to launch a pilot program for its Community Resource Network (CRN). The CRN is one of five semifinalists in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Social Determinants of Health Innovation Challenge.

The CRN has received $5,000 and advances to the second phase of a competition in which the winner will receive $50,000.

According to Thompson, the CRN will build on the information QHN shares through its health information exchange.

Goals of the exchange include ensuring better continuity of care and having information readily available for the patients whether that's at a hospital, doctor's office or other location. Read the Entire Article


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