Make a Difference
It takes a village to make a difference. Ideas can spread and impact the lives of thousands. As a community coalition member, you join peers from across the spectrum of care to address the most pressing local healthcare issues.
Together, we’re building a network of advocates dedicated to strengthening the voice of patients, providers and communities wherever decisions shaping the future of the health system are being made.
What is a Community Coalition?
A community coalition is a diverse group of healthcare stakeholders who collectively desire to improve all aspects of healthcare in a specified geographical area. This includes organizations with a shared vision that collaborate and encourage the efforts of one another. Together, they build and sustain an affiliation with a focus on improving care for people in their community. Patients and caregivers are included in the process and provided a platform for their voices to be heard.
How Does It Work?
Community coalition building makes efficient use of limited resources. By connecting the community together, our collective efforts can achieve tangible, data-driven change. Members share knowledge, insight and aggregate data in order to evaluate and improve healthcare quality in their area.
Who Should Join?
We encourage all stakeholders from across the continuum of care to join, including but not limited to:
- Accountable Care Organizations
- Area Agencies on Aging Assisted Living Facilities
- Associations and Advocacy Groups
- Behavioral Health Providers
- Case Managers and Discharge Planners
- City and State Government Officials
- Community-Based Organizations
- Emergency Department Staff
- Emergency Medical Services
- Faith-Based Organizations
- Healthcare Consumers, Family Members and Caregivers
- Health Departments
- Home Health Agencies
- Hospice Providers
- Hospital Administrators
- Insurance Plans
- Nursing Home Administrators and Staff
- Practice Administrators and Managers
- Quality Improvement Experts
- Rehabilitation Facilities
- Social Workers
What Are the Goals of Community Coalitions?
Community coalitions address how to make healthcare better by:
- Keeping patients and families safe throughout the healthcare journey
- Increasing access to high quality, integrated behavioral healthcare
- Tackling the opioid epidemic
- Improving chronic disease self-management through patient-centered approaches
- Improving healthcare delivery in nursing homes
- Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations
- Increasing medication safety
- Decreasing adverse drug events
Involving Healthcare Consumers in Quality Improvement
Qsource wants to learn from healthcare consumers’ experiences so we can help providers deliver person-centered care. We would like to recruit consumer advisors from each of the community coalitions we support.
Qsource seeks advisors who are interested in helping people acquire the information, skills and confidence they need to manage their health and healthcare. Our advisors help us shape patient education materials and messages. Please help us identify individuals who might want to inform their local communities and advise the QIN-QIO.
Email TechAssist@qsource.org to nominate a Consumer Advisor.
Integrating Nursing Homes into Community Coalitions
Our shared goals to improve healthcare spread across several provider and stakeholder types. From implementing pain and opioid use best practices to increasing awareness of behavioral health services, when we work together, we can make a difference in people’s lives and make healthcare better in your area.
Nursing homes play a key role in our community-based work. Many of our initiatives overlap the nursing home setting and the community coalitions. Qsource supports community coalitions as a driver for change and improvement.
Benefits for Partners and Stakeholders
Qsource connects organizations, associations and advocates in the community with clinicians through partnerships and collaborations. Here are some ways we work together to impact healthcare improvement in our region:
- Networking Opportunities – Get connected in your community and state.
- Knowledge Sharing – Get best practices, innovations, successful interventions and reports.
- Shared Outcomes – Reach your goals faster by working with us on similar initiatives.
- Shared Audiences – Get your messaging to the right facilities and staff.