Online Program

Power of an unlikely collaboration: Detroit regional infant mortality reduction task force's initiative to “sew up the safety net for women & children”

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS, Executive Offices, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI

Nancy Combs, MA, Office of Community Health, Equity & Wellness, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI
Jaye Clement, MPH/MPP, Office of Community Health, Equity & Wellness, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI
Nancy Gray, PhD, Women's Health, Oakwood Healthcare System, Dearborn, MI
Shawn Levitt, RN, MSA, CPHQ, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI
Cynthia Taueg, DHA, MPH, RN, Ambulatory Services and Community Health, St. John Providence Health System, Warren, MI
Yolanda Hill-Ashford, MSW, Office of Community Health, Equity & Wellness, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit
Alarmed by persistently high infant mortality rates and disparities, the CEOs of four major, competing health systems in metro-Detroit committed their organizations to finding sustainable, collaborative solutions. In 2008, the Detroit Regional Infant Mortality Reduction Task Force formed with the mission of collaboratively reducing infant mortality, creating unprecedented levels of sustainable regional partnership. The Task Force is a public-private partnership including four health systems, three state and local health departments, two academic partners, and two non-government organizations. The Task Force since received $2.6 million in funding from four foundations and the health systems for “Sew Up the Safety Net for Women and Children” to connect the right women to the right places at the right times to reduce infant death. Numerous local organizations were engaged to provide infrastructure, assist with recruitment, provide data assessment and analysis, health care, and connections to address social determinants of health in numerous ways including housing, food access, transportation and education/employment. The collaboration of the Task Force contributes to the population's wellbeing by: -Connecting with non-traditional contributors to health such as education and employment services, grocery stores, public transportation, etc.; -Advocating for policy change towards improvement of social determinants of health and reimbursement of services provided by community health workers; -Sharing data/information across health systems, and with community/public health agencies and support services; and -Developing a social networking platform to enhance communication between systems and patients. To date, Sew Up the Safety Net has enrolled over 135 pregnant women and engaged hundreds of other women.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss lessons learned in implementing a regional health initiative through partnerships among competitors to obtain $2.6 million in funding to achieve a common goal. Identify key components of collaboration-building and maintenance to address population health needs. Describe a model for how major community health challenges can be addressed in a replicable manner

Keyword(s): Collaboration, Maternal and Child Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal or co-principal investigator of multiple federally funded and foundation funded grants focusing on topics related to the social determinants of health, racial disparities and chronic disease management. I am committed to championing transdisciplinary, game-changing, translational research that aligns diverse stakeholders around shared goals to reduce and ultimately eliminate health and healthcare disparities in our communities and region.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.