PCCI’s New Book Shows How To Connect Community, Medical Resources to Improve Healthcare

DALLAS – Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI), which improves healthcare for vulnerable populations using advanced data science and clinical experts, released a new book, “Building Connected Communities of Care: The Playbook for Streamlining Effective Coordination Between Medical and Community-Based Organizations.” This is a playbook that offers a step-by-step program for coordinating medical and community-based resources to change how, where and when healthcare is delivered.

“Building Connected Communities of Care” serves as a practical, how-to guide for health systems, payers, communities, philanthropic agencies, foundations, and federal and local policymakers desiring to streamline coordination and assistance efforts between medical and social services to reduce costs and improve the health, safety, and well-being of a community’s most vulnerable residents, especially those  with chronic diseases and complex social needs.

“The Building Connected Communities of Care playbook is one of the first step-by-step guides that provides specific details and steps to start taking action. The mix of lessons, practice pointers and case studies make the insights useful for communities of all shapes and sizes.”

– Elena Marks, President, Episcopal Health Foundation

“Building Connected Communities of Care” authors, Steve Miff, PhD, PCCI’s President and CEO and Keith Kosel, PhD, PCCI’s Vice President Enterprise Relationships, each have long careers leveraging advanced data science, clinical expertise and social determinants of health insights to better support population health and at-risk groups.

Much of the authors’ insights are based on their experience in Dallas, Texas, one of the first metropolitan regions to develop a comprehensive foundation for partnership between a community’s healthcare and social sectors using web-based information exchange.

“This book is a must-have for anyone seeking expert insights about how to maximize the possibilities of social determinants of health,” said Dr. Miff. “To help change healthcare from the costly, resource intensive system we have today, we need to understand that health begins where we work, live, learn, play and pray. By moving our focus upstream, it will make a significant impact on the resources and costs we experience in our current healthcare system. This book can help just about any community build a foundation for creating successful communities of care.”

The book is endorsed by Elena Marks, President, Episcopal Health Foundation; Richard (Dick) Daniels, CIO, Kaiser Permanente; and David Nash, MD, Founding Dean Emeritus at Jefferson College of Population Health, who wrote the book’s Call To Action. The book’s forward is contributed by David J. Scullin, President and CEO of the Communities Foundation of Texas.

PCCI’S “Building Connected Communities of Care” is on sale now at HIMSS Publishing and on Amazon, and is available in hardback, paperback and electronic editions.

About Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation

Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) is an independent, not-for-profit, healthcare intelligence organization affiliated with Parkland Health & Hospital System. PCCI leverages clinical expertise, data science and social determinants of health to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We believe that data, done right, has the power to galvanize communities, inform leaders, and empower people.



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