Integrated strategies for integrated care
What We Do
Health Commons Project helps our partners form strong connections and quickly develop fully-integrated public health services, so our neighbors can get access to the care they need.
Our Public Health Service Accelerator supports partners on their journey from an idea to building the most successful public health programs, projects, and equity initiatives.
We quickly scale-up public health services and informational campaigns by helping communities recruit local partners, access capital, and utilize the best science and technology on the market.
Our one-to-one project management support provides the technical oversight and accountability needed to drive these networks toward shared goals.
In Fall 2020, we worked in partnership with DOH, Benton-Franklin Health District, Pasco Fire Department, Greater Columbia ACH, Columbia Safety, University of Washington Laboratory Medicine, Solve Health, PS Media, and other local agencies to setup a high-throughput Community Test Site in Pasco, Washington. After getting this first site up-and-running, we helped our partners in Yakima, Sunnyside, Vancouver, Seattle, Lynwood, and Everett setup similar COVID-19 testing services.
We provide our partners with a 'menu' of technologies to choose from and the support needed to select the right vendor.
Working closely with local and state health jurisdictions, we vet and engage technology vendors, pilot test their products with community partners, advise vendors on process improvements, then scale and manage vendor services to meet community needs.
We created Learn to Return to provide free onsite and mobile COVID-19 testing for K-12 students in public, private, and tribal schools throughout Washington. We cultivated close partnerships with COVID-19 testing vendors to develop a menu of 10 different testing technologies that schools can access free of charge to stand-up robust, school-based diagnostic and screening programs.
We help our partners get access to the capital they need to get their public health services up-and-running.
The Impact Fund uses a transparent and equitable process to identify, support, and monitor community-based innovations in service and information delivery.
The African Leaders Health Board (ALHB) received funding to produce culturally and linguistically appropriate multimedia communications aimed at driving COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the communities they serve.
Building fully-integrated public health services is too complex and too costly to do alone. We connect our partners to facilitate the exchange of best practices and promote alignment across geographies and sectors.
We convened over 300 superintendents, staff, and other stakeholders in state education for a virtual event to discuss evolving testing strategies for COVID-19, learn about updated state guidance from top state officials, and explore ways that schools can drive vaccination uptake in their communities.
Featured Work Of Our Partners
At the Kittitas County Health Network, Community Paramedics are working together with local healthcare and social service providers to improve care for individuals with complex behavioral health needs.
In South King County, jail providers are working together with local healthcare and social service providers to improve care for people with Opioid Use Disorder.
More About Best-in-Class Technology
Health Commons believes closing technology gaps is critical to the delivery of better public healthcare.
Our aim is to make sure technology vendors understand how their technology will be used by our partners in the community. We serve as an advocate for end-users by communicating challenges and potential process improvements to our technology partners and helping them design practical solutions. Our feedback to vendors includes how technology will be used by individuals with different skill levels, the different languages they speak, the types of devices they use to do their work and the different locations and situations in which they provide care (including virtual care).
We likewise act as advocates for the vendors, by providing learning tools and other targeted communications for the end-users. We develop videos, implementation guides, virtual events, and other resources to help users implement and better understand the different technologies involved.