On the national front, Kirwan partnered with PICO National Network and CCO in Kansas City, and with MICAH in New Orleans, to build a common understanding of sustainable and equitable community health. Our studies mapped high concentrations of emergency room usage (“hot spots”), in order to better understand the primary care needs of the community, the costs of using the ER system, and how to reinvest in these “hot spot” communities to build healthier families (see the Bring Health Reform Home reports for Kansas City and New Orleans on our website’s new section, “Building Healthy Communities of Opportunity”).
The work with CCO in Kansas City has expanded into a second phase, including a project recently launched to understand geographic patterns of health inequity in Wyandotte County, Kansas.
In addition to these activities, the Institute is partnering with physicians, public sector partners and other health equity advocates to develop data capacity tools to bring “hot spot” methodologies to building capacity and investing to address infant mortality disparities. We expect this work to expand significantly in the 2013, with the launch of several interactive tools to assist the health equity community in directing responses to the infant mortality challenge.