The shift within healthcare to value based care validates the role and impact of community providers on health outcomes. It is encouraging to hear leaders in the industry like Aetna’s CEO Mark Bertolini say:
“We believe the only way to truly disrupt the cost of health care … is to go into the homes and meet the social determinants that are now driving as much as 60 percent of life expectancy of Americans.”
Unite Us couldn’t agree more with this statement, and with the transition from volume to value. Through our work across the country we are seeing firsthand the positive change that is happening in communities through cross-sector coordination and partnerships.
In August 2015, the AmericaServes collective impact initiative, led by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, launched a Unite Us powered Coordinated Network in Charlotte North Carolina. With Veterans Bridge Home serving as the hub, this network serves the military-connected community in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln, Catawba, Iredell, Rowan, Cabarrus, and Union counties.
Since then, Unite Us has had the opportunity to see and hear how the community has improved – through the testimonials from the providers, the clients they serve together, and through data analysis. Below are some of the numbers.