- Who We AreAll great movements have started with people, because collective wisdom is stronger and smarter than any one individual. And we believe that it is time to leave partisan politics behind. We Can Do Better engages citizens in identifying barriers and solutions to improving health and health care for all.We combine traditional tools – community forums and workshops – with new media to bring people together. Online and in-person opportunities for the public to become informed, organize, and voice their opinions lead to real-time grassroots civic action that influences public policy debate. We want public and private programs to reflect our shared principles and framework. The process won’t always be easy or comfortable because we recognize we have tough choices ahead. We believe that positive and lasting social change only comes when engaged citizens work together in common cause. We Can Do Better is a non partisan space for civic engagement for people to develop strategies and solutions that inform public policy and result in better health and health care for all.
- What We DoEducation We optimize website, webinars, in-person sessions and our Annual Conference to accommodate those who understand health policy inside and out, along with those who are new to the language of insurance, health plans, health reform, public and private approaches. Education can be tailored for small groups or large gatherings. Workshops Since part of our mission is around engagement, each year we hold trainings on public speaking, framing and messaging, and how to be compelling when speaking with (or before) policy makers and decision makers. Coalitions Being a non-partisan organization allows us to work in coalitions with other organizations who share the belief that that health reform should result in better health, lower or contained costs, and a better experience for all of us who use the system – the essential components of the Triple Aim. Staff from We Can Do Better have played leadership roles in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Consumer Voices for Coverage, the Oregon Health Reform Collaborative, the Allies Group, the Human Services Coalition of Oregon, and the Ladders to Leadership Initiative. Consultation Staff are available to meet with community organizations, local leaders and employers to sort through some of the complex issues that must be…
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The We Can Do Better lead Northwest OpenNotes Consortium was covered in the July Portland Physician Scribe (see page 8). Nationally the OpenNotes leaders in Boston are now opening up therapy notes, read more in this NY Times article. Is this something you would want to see done in Oregon?
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a new report out to track the impacts of health care reform. One of the key findings is that there was not an increase in new patient visits and that there is a widening gap between states who did Medicaid expansion and those who did not.
Check out this new Commonwealth study on the impact the ACA had on the uninsured. 9.5 Million fewer adults are uninsured.
Not to late to listen if you missed July 3 Think Out Loud on Medical Malpractice Mediation and Patient Safety
Last Weeks July 3 Think Out Loud is worth a listen. Segments on the new medical malpractice mediation system and on potential changes to hospital fines from Medicare for patient injuries, listen here.
Try out this new interactive tool to show Oregon benchmarked agains national and other state data on various health indicators.