- 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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Open Notes are now available to 4.8 Million Americans and growing. See where notes are being shared. We Can Do Better put the majority of the Oregon and Northwest dots on the map through our Northwest OpenNotes Consortium supported by Cambia Health Foundation. Congratulations to PeaceHealth who opened up notes for all of their patients in Oregon, Washington and Alaska this …
Friday Forum: What did you say? Why Health Literacy Matters for Health OutcomesDate(s): March 6, 2015 Time: 12:15 PM PST – 1:15 PM PST Location: Sentinel, 614 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR Program Information: Doors open at 11:30am; Program begins at 12:15pm. Before you register, please review our reservation procedures – click here. What did you say? Why Health Literacy Matters for Health Outcomes At least …
The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard teaching hospital) researchers Tom Delbanco, MD and Jan Walker, RN who started the OpenNotes movement are on to the next stage in the evolution of patients being involved in their care, OurNotes. We Can Do Better and our Northwest OpenNotes Consortium members will be watching this closely. Read more about it here.
Blue Cross Blue Shield in their Health of America Report “A Study of Cost Variations for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries in the U.S.” NPR also covered this story and you can listen here.
Read here a new Commonwealth Fund report on the International Profiles of Health Care Systems, 2014: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.