Recognition April 2018

CCHE and KP featured in new healthy food playbook

Health Care Without Harm announced the release of a new resource—“Delivering community benefit: Healthy food playbook”—for hospital community benefit professionals and community organizations.

Carol Cahill, MLS, communication & analytics consultant at KPWHRI’s Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE) said, “The playbook will be a great resource for hospitals and health systems that want to be more intentional using institutional resources and implementing community initiatives that tackle the determinants of health, such as access to affordable, healthy food.”

Two CCHE resources are listed in the evaluation section (a dose toolkit and an evaluation toolkit prepared for Cottage Health in Santa Barbara). Additionally, there are a number of Kaiser Permanente examples among the shared case studies.

Created with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this new resource is intended to inspire and support hospital community benefit professionals and community partners to develop initiatives to promote healthy food access and healthy, local and sustainable food systems.

The playbook offers resources to address diet-related community health needs throughout the community health engagement process. In addition to Kaiser Permanente, the playbook features case studies from leading hospitals from across the country and 25 guidance resources that support

  • community health needs assessments;
  • developing implementation strategies; and
  • evaluating, reporting, and communicating results.

Kathy Bradley contributes to new SBIRT Change Guide

KPWHRI Senior Investigator Kathy Bradley, MD, MPH, recently contributed to a new guide for caring for patients with substance use disorders (SUDs). Focused on a process called “screening and brief intervention and referral to treatment,” or SBIRT, the guide was recently released by the National Council for Behavioral Health. In the news release announcing the guide, National Council Releases Guide to Assist Primary Care Providers Implement Substance Use Disorder Services, KPWHRI's Dr. Katharine Bradley comments on this resource, which provides concrete guidance on integrating alcohol/other drug care into routine primary care.

“Historically, SUDs have been managed outside health care systems in the U.S., but many forces are leading to an appropriate shift to identifying and managing SUDs in medical settings, beginning in primary care. This guide’s enhancement of the SBIRT model is intended to help primary care practices deliver improved, comprehensive, coordinated care for patients with SUDs, thereby improving patient outcomes,” noted Dr. Bradley, who chaired the panel of expert contributors to the guide.

The guide outlines an extended/evolved model of SBIRT, which includes screening for alcohol and/or other drug use disorders, eliciting symptoms, brief counseling, management, and follow-up with monitoring. The guide also addresses both clinical and organizational practice challenges to implementing SBIRT and provides guidance for overcoming those challenges.