Who are we? Founded in 2012 by VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice, we are a group of professionals from medical offices, health departments, senior housing, geriatric care management, skilled nursing facilities and other nonprofit agencies from throughout the Greater New Haven area.

Why did we form? As a “grassroots” response to healthcare reform, the changing health delivery system and the impact these changes have on our shared patients and community.

What is our goal? To work together as a health community to reduce hospital re-admissions and help people stay healthy and independent through professional collaboration and community health literacy education.

When do we meet: The second Wednesday of each month from 8-9:30 a.m. at VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice’s Guilford office (753 Boston Post Rd, Guilford – Concept Park, building in the back) Please join our conversation and effort.

Click here to read the minutes from the February 2018 meeting.

For questions: Contact Barbara Katz, RN, MSN, Director of Clinical Program Development at 203.458.4232 or bkatz@vna-commh.org.

What have we been doing and talking about? Our primary focus is health literacy:

In 2014, The Health Neighborhood received a grant from the CT Foundation for Better Health. We partnered with 32 local organizations to provide videos and cue cards for asking questions at medical visits. Project data indicated a significant improvement in patient involvement as a result of the project. Click the link below to see the program videos.

Video 1:  Sharing Medication and Names of Health Professionals 

Scene 2: Bringing an Advocate to Medical Appointments

Scene 3:  Asking Important Questions at Medical Appointments 

We are working with the “Consumer Reports Choosing Wisely Program” to educate the public about overuse of antibiotics. For our resource materials, visit our Choosing Wisely microsite.

We continue to work together to coordinate better care between medical facilities and community organizations.