From a healthcare perspective, we’ve known for years that health disparities and social inequities exist and have always approached every child with an equity lens. But sometimes it’s really just been talk. I think now we’re ready for action — and the only way a healthcare organization can do that is with community partnerships. They can’t ever do it alone.Learning collaborative participant
The Ecosystem Community Learning Collaborative launched in spring 2021 as a group of multi-organization collaboratives from five communities across the country.
Each ecosystem site received technical assistance and coaching from our National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, and met regularly as a group to learn from each other. The learning collaborative ended in fall 2022.
Learning collaborative participants were also interviewed for our brief on rethinking the value of cross-sector collaboratives.
Each site had a specific population of focus and set of aims. Learn about each site’s goals, challenges, and successes in the case studies linked below.
Learning collaborative communities
Allegheny County, PA
Ecosystem aim: Improve healthcare outcomes for individuals experiencing homelessness and reduce the cost of emergency department services.
Connect or reconnect patients to outpatient mental health and substance use treatment services following presentation to the emergency department through our Pledge to Connect initiative.
San Diego, CA
Ecosystem aim: Reduce recidivism, improve health outcomes, and reduce unemployment among individuals leaving incarceration in their communities.
York County, PA
Ecosystem aim: Achieve health equity and increased well-being for populations experiencing substance use, mental health, chronic medical, and/or poverty resulting from or resulting in interactions with the criminal legal system.