Grassroots Organizing Techniques Help Neighbors Take Charge of Health

Read article by SCHA's Rick Foster, MD, for The Doctor Weighs In on the Healthy Columbia Campaign.

Read a guest article written by SCHA's Rick Foster, MD for national health care blog, The Doctor Weighs In. The article details the Healthy Columbia Campaign - a grassroots initiative guided by Organizing for Health, a project funded by the New Jersey based Fannie E. Rippel Foundation.

The Healthy Columbia Campaign was designed to use a community organizing model to encourage residents of the 29203 zipcode to work together toward better health outcomes in their own neighborhoods.

Mobilizing Stakeholders For Better Health, Better Care And Lower Costs

In health policy circles, we are fond of saying that "all health care is local." 

The research on variations in health care costs, delivery, and outcome bears this out.  So, if that is the case, don’t solutions to many of our health care problems also need to be locally generated, locally shaped, and locally implemented?  Communities across the country are experimenting with ways to become healthier from the Blue Zone communities to communities like Columbia, South Carolina, the topic of today’s guest blog by Rick Foster, MD, SVP for Quality and Patient Safety at the South Carolina Hospital Association, a key stakeholder in the “Healthy Columbia” campaign.  Click here to read the entire article.