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Bridges to Health & Healthcare: New Solutions to Improve Access and Services
Date:8/12/2014

Houston, TX (PRWEB) August 12, 2014

The costs of health and healthcare are increasing annually in the United States and it is not likely to be fully solved with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Healthcare costs are at an all-time high, and across the country, hospitals in small towns, thriving cities and rural areas have similar problems: struggling hospitals are shutting their doors leaving communities underserved and causing overcrowding at other hospitals. Can hospitals survive the fiscal challenges while offering the best healthcare opportunities for everyone in their community regardless of education and socioeconomic status? And can communities and legislative groups create environments and policy that reduce population health disparities?

A new book, Bridges to Health and Healthcare, by Ruby K. Payne PhD, Terie Dreussi-Smith MAEd, Lucy Shaw MBA and Jan Young DNSc (aha! Process; June, 2014), uses the Bridges Out of Poverty’s framework to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be an underserved American, and offers up prototypes for successful healthcare initiatives with breakthrough approaches that have successfully improved access and services for all. Health and healthcare providers now have to find ways to fund their own survival. To do that requires a new way of thinking about and serving patients across economic classes. Bridges to Health and Healthcare assumes that efficacy is the common goal for everyone – the patient, the institution and the community. A common goal that can only be achieved in an environment of mutual trust and cooperation between providers and patients from across the socioeconomic spectrum, Bridges to Health and Healthcare provides a common language for consensus building around this common goal. Each of the seven chapters features progressive lessons and positive outcomes for health and healthcare organizations to invite a dialogue with their patients and other h
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