November 2023 Newsletter
Keep up to date with the latest news from Healthy Jeffco Alliance partners and community!
Hello Healthy Jeffco Alliance friends and community,
We hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy the cooler weather and stunning fall colors. As the days become shorter and we feel more inclined to stay inside, consider reaching out to that friend, colleague or family member you haven’t heard from in a while. Grabbing a coffee or going for a walk together can be a great way to stay connected through life's transitions (including the changing seasons).
Alliance In Action
Meeting: Monday, November 6th at 11:00 a.m.
Update: Last month, the team learned about the Coordinated Community of Care effort spearheaded by Metro Denver Partnership for Health and linked to statewide efforts to develop a social health information exchange. The team is also launching its interview project to better understand the type of information clients want shared across providers. Key partners in this project are Jefferson Center, Stride Community Health Centers and Jefferson County Human Services, client navigators and advocates. Connect with Kelly to find out more.
Meeting: Wednesday, November 8th at 2:00 p.m.
Update: This team has relaunched and is welcoming new participants. We have been getting acquainted with all the assessments that are taking place in Jefferson County and discussing ways to collaborate, support and learn from each other. If you are interested in learning with others, connect with Kelly to learn more.
Meeting: Monday, November 13th at 1:30 p.m.
Update: At its upcoming meeting, the Committee will hear from Jake Tate of Imagination Library about efforts to bring the program to Jefferson County, and the Culture of Connection Action Team about the results of the Storytelling Pilot. It will also discuss recommended changes to the executive roles section in the Alliance’s Governance Charter.
Meeting: Thursday, November 16th at 11:00 a.m.
Update: Last month, the team participated in a training with Tamara Rios with Rios Associates, sponsored by Lutheran Medical Center. In the training we discussed ways that the Latin culture influences in how people develop trust with a medical provider, as well as ways to connect to this population and promote health. Our next steps are finding workable solutions to pilot with Lutheran Medical Center.
Meeting: Wednesday, November 29th at 4:30 p.m.
Update: This team continues to define its next steps to advance storytelling. They are also working on their story dissemination plans.
Update: The team is currently taking a pause.
Want to get involved with the Alliance or participate in Action Team meetings?
Update your contact information with the Alliance
The Alliance is kicking off an effort to update the contact information of its participants, friends and partners. Please complete this form and update your contact information, share your engagement preferences and confirm if you would like to become a formal partner of the Alliance. Next month, we’ll share some stats about the growing number of individuals, organizations, businesses and collaboratives who are committed to a connected thriving community where health and opportunity are possible for all.
Volunteer with the Action Center this holiday season
There are many ways to connect with your community and collaborate with others this holiday season. Visit the Action Center website to learn about programs offered during the holiday season, including their Thanksgiving Food Drive and the 2023 Adopt-a-Family Program.
Apply to be on the Jeffco IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility) Advisory Council
The Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners is looking to recruit individuals to join their IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility) Advisory Council. This is a volunteer community advisory commission that provides feedback on Jefferson County special projects and policies. Learn more about the opportunity here.
Patient and Staff Centered Design at the New Lutheran Medical Center
Alliance partners recently had the opportunity to tour the new Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. While visiting the site, we heard about how the Lutheran team centered staff and patient priorities in the design of the new medical center to improve the functionality and environment at the hospital. We asked Lindsay Reinert, the Community Outreach and Partnership Manager at Lutheran Medical Center and a member of the Alliance’s Steering Committee, to tell us more.
“The new Lutheran Medical Center replacement hospital, now part of Intermountain Health, will open in Fall of 2024… designed with patients and caregivers top of mind,” Lindsey tells us.
“Guiding principles and design elements took into account caregiver [hospital staff] input on how they could best deliver quality patient care, resulting in an efficient and flexible facility. A few recommendations the architects included were providing women’s services all on one floor, adjacencies in design such as placing imaging services closer to the Emergency Department, smaller nursing wings on each unit, and standardizing supply and support areas across the floors.
Caregivers continue to play a key role in planning the details of the move, from participating in workflow discussions to furniture selection in patient rooms. In the coming months, they will continue to tour the new space and participate in training opportunities.
All are looking forward to continuing to provide safe, high-quality care in the new facility and supporting the community’s healthcare needs for many years to come.”
Have you heard of other initiatives working to increase collaboration and belonging in Jefferson County? Share them with us by filling out the Alliance’s Community Spotlight Form.
Share your community spotlights and events!
Is there a community spotlight or event you would like us to share on our website and in our upcoming newsletter? We're always looking to share information about events, programs, initiatives and other exciting work supporting connection and collaboration in Jeffco communities.