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Determinants of Health

Inventory of local projects and opportunities for collaboration

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Projects addressing determinants of health are emerging across the Olympic region. There is no standard playbook of how best to improve social conditions in a community.  Olympic Community of Health (OCH) has taken the first steps in creating an inventory of local projects addressing determinants of health.

 

Purpose

The tools on this page were created to:

  • build situational awareness- who's working on what

  • provide creative examples to inspire future projects and collaboration

  • visually display current outreach and gaps

To learn more about the ways OCH is addressing determinants of health, check out the following resources:

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SOCIAL NEEDS IN OLYMPIC REGION

In 2020, OCH and Collaborative Consulting surveyed different partners across the Olympic region to better understand the social needs and social conditions that are negatively impacting health.

Determinants of Health
Conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age that shape health.
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LOCAL PROJECTS

OCH is compiling an inventory of local projects addressing determinants of health, conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age that shape health. The Olympic region includes Kitsap, Clallam and Jefferson Counties and seven Tribal nations. The map below is designed to showcase some of the many local projects addressing determinants of health across the Olympic region. OCH has chosen to start by focusing on the following determinants as they were ranked highest impact by OCH implementation partners: 

  • Financial strain

  • Healthy, affordable food access

  • Housing

  • Transportation

OCH will be updating this as new projects and partnerships arise. This tool is intended to be used as a source of creative inspiration and situational awareness.

 

Please note, the maps below are not a comprehensive inventory of local efforts. If you have any questions about the contents of this tool, please contact OCH@olympicch.org

The map above highlights a variety of projects, approaches, and efforts across the Olympic region. The inventory of projects combined with OCH's research provides an assortment of promising collaborative approaches. Below is a summarized list of community-based approaches to address determinants of health. 

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Financial Strain

  • Internship programs in local non-profit or health care organizations
     

  • Teams helping individuals enroll in government safety net programs (food stamps, WIC, Earned income tax credit)
     

  • Medical legal partnerships to support patients appeal denials for benefits such as food stamps, disability, insurance
     

  • Advocacy for policies that expand unemployment insurance, childcare subsidies, and living wage

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Healthy, Affordable Food Access

  • Food incentive programs that provide vouchers to purchase healthy foods at local food outlets
     

  • Pop up markets/ food pharmacy at clinical sites
     

  • Healthy corner/convenience store initiatives to increase availability of fresh produce and healthy food options in local food outlets
     

  • Advocacy related to food security (federal nutrition programs)

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Transportation

  • Free or discounted bus, transit, or taxi vouchers
     

  • Partnerships with local community-based organizations that provide transportation
     

  • Dial-a-ride transit and volunteer ridesharing programs

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Housing

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboratives investing to build affordable housing
     

  • Housing as healthcare providing target populations with permanent housing and support services
     

  • Rehabilitation to improve the safety and quality of existing housing stock (energy audits, building inspections, improved ventilation)
     

  • Advocacy for policies that promote and increase affordable and high-quality housing

 
 

ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE

Access to healthcare is another determinant of health that is important to address. OCH's implementation partners have taken strides in bridging the gaps to essential health services. OCH partners demonstrate innovation and collaboration in a way that results in meaningful change across the Olympic region. Together, OCH, behavioral health providers, primary care providers, hospitals, Tribes, community-based organizations, and social service agencies aim to continue to tackle health issues no single sector or Tribe can tackle alone.

Scroll through the boxes below to learn about some of the many partner projects address access to healthcare.

LOOKING AT THE DATA

The dashboard below visualizes Medicaid healthcare data across the Olympic region in regards to five different metrics. The data is measured at a zip code level (which is different from the sub regions in the above map of local projects).

Data source: Healthier Washington (2020, March 31), Measure Explorer & Trend Dashboard

Barriers that prevent or limit access to health care can increase poor health outcomes and disparities

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION

Specific areas OCH partners want to see new strategies implemented:

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