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Your Health

Building healthier communities through integrated data

Dec 08 2016

A logo of the "Neighborhood Health Compass"The Aetna Foundation announced a collaboration with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers (Camden Coalition) on Dec. 8, 2016, to expand the reach of an approach used in Camden, New Jersey, to improve community health by leveraging integrated, cross-sector data. The two organizations will work together to help other communities similarly use a wide range of data among health care providers to improve health outcomes for individuals who use health care services most frequently.

The collaboration will:

  • Reshape the national dialogue to focus on improving care for patients with complex needs by addressing social determinants of health.
  • Begin planning and development of a national program office to identify communities that could benefit from the Camden approach.
  • Provide technical assistance and support for implementation of the right methods for each community by disseminating tools and resources.
  • Enhance the capacity of groups across the country to form data sharing partnerships
  • Help communities navigate the legal landscape of data sharing.
  • Use data to improve outcomes for individuals with complex health and social needs.

Why use integrated, cross-sector data more widely?

Social determinants of health have a clear impact on health care utilization:

  • Health is determined 20 percent by genetics, 20 percent by health care and 60 percent by social, behavioral, and environmental factors.1
  • In New Jersey, 1 percent of the Medicaid spending distribution account for 28 percent of total statewide Medicaid spending and those in the top 10 percent account for approximately 75 percent of statewide spending.
  • Nationally, 1 percent of the population accounted for 20 percent of U.S. health care spending (total, not just Medicaid) in 2013. Five percent of the population accounted for 50 percent.
  • The U.S. spends $0.90 on social services for every dollar it spends on health care, but countries with better health outcomes spend almost $2 on social services for every dollar spent on health care.
  • In Camden, New Jersey, 13 percent of the population accounts for 80 percent of the city’s health care costs.
  • Camden Coalition’s health care “hotspotting” technique uses data to discover high utilizers (with complex, chronic conditions), understand the problem, dedicate resources and design effective interventions.

About the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

The Camden Coalition is a non-profit organization based in Camden, New Jersey. The Camden Coalition innovates and tests health care delivery models to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of their care using data driven, human-centered practices. For more than a decade, the Camden Coalition has used data as the foundation for building and testing health care delivery models that give equal weight to the social, behavioral and medical underpinnings of health and well-being.

The Coalition launched the Camden ARISE initiative in 2015 to supplement health care data from three hospital systems in Camden, NJ, with information from other human service domains, such as the Camden County Police Department, Camden City School District, Camden County Department of Corrections, South Jersey Perinatal Cooperative and two additional hospitals in South Jersey. These data form the bedrock of various innovative collaborations. Learn more about Camden Coalition.

About the Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation collaboration with the Camden Coalition is part of the Aetna Foundation’s broader effort to influence and improve the health of the population through local communities. Since 2014, the Aetna Foundation has awarded nearly $14 million in grants and sponsorships that support the Foundation’s overall commitment to building a healthier world, community by community. Learn more about Aetna Foundation and the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge.

1. McGinnis, J. M., Williams-Russo, P., & Knickman, J. R. (2002). The case for more active policy attention to health promotion. Health Aff (Millwood), 21(2), 78-93.)