As the Coalition prepares for certification by the State of New Jersey as a community-based Medicaid accountable care organization (ACO), a series of public meetings with Camden residents has launched public health campaigns, informed the ongoing development of the ACO, and opened dialogue on how health care savings can be reinvested to improve health and wellness in Camden.

Residents gathered at a series of three public meetings this May and June to share their thoughts on the state of Camden’s health care. Feedback from the community emphasized a need for investment in mental health care access, public health education, and improved care coordination. The residents also had the opportunity to converse with Dr. Camille Henry of Cooper University Health Care, Dr. Amit Bhalodia of Virtua, and Dr. Lesly D’Ambola of St. Luke’s Catholic Medical Services and Rowan University School of Medicine.

The meetings were hosted by the Coalition’s Community Advisory Council, a group of Camden community residents that provides strategic guidance to the organization, representing the voice of Camden’s citizens. The Community Advisory Council is also helping educate the public on the 7 Day Pledge, a citywide initiative to reduce hospital readmissions rates.

A final public meeting will be held in fall 2015 to share the results of community input. The certification of the Camden Coalition ACO is anticipated in the beginning of July.

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