“Systems Wanted: Programs Need Not Apply”
Benjamin F. Miller, Psy.D., Chief Strategy Officer, Well Being Trust
Former Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Founding Director, Eugene S. Farley, Jr., Health Policy Center
The problems that exist in health care are so pervasive that new programmatic solutions are not going to solve them. Simply put, programs matter, but we need more thoughtful connection of these programs into a true system of care that can take into account the various pieces of health that health care has fragmented. Consider the problem our nation is facing with addiction – specifically, the opioid crisis. If all we did was to create a new program to decrease the amount of opioids on the street (supply side) we have done little to address the underlying issues driving our disease of despair, which are predominately social in nature (demand side). To this end, the last thing we need are more disconnected programs in this country without first creating a true system where people do not fall through the cracks.
This presentation will highlight some of the problems, elevate solutions, and most importantly help underscore the importance of making thoughtful systemic decisions for how we begin to address health. Using examples from business, health care, and on the ground experience, a framework will be proposed to help evaluate how we approach complex solutions to complex problems.
- Attendees will be able to describe some of the problems around fragmentation in health care, specifically the impact this has on mortality;
- Attendees will leave able to explain some of the solutions to addressing mental health and substance use in the larger context of health and community; and,
- Attendees will be able to list the elements associated with a National Resilience Strategy and specific actions we could take together
WHEN: Wednesday, June 27th from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
WHERE: COPIC offices, 7351 Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230
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