The Next Total Health Focus at CTH: Connecting Patients & Social Support for Better Health

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Bookmark this post in your browser and return January 23 (3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern, noon to 1 p.m. Pacific) to watch the webcast live.


On January 23, the Center for Total Health will host the next Total Health and Technology Focus, this time looking at tools to support the social needs of patients.

Total health is about the mind, body and spirit. but there are other influences on our health — such as the community a person lives in, the environment that surrounds them and all their relationships that influence healthier behaviors.  Unrecognized needs such as support for housing, food/nutrition or other psycho-social stressors also have an impact on health.  Clinicians often feel unable or unprepared to address these needs.

Our January 23 event will feature Healthify and Health Leads, two organizations with innovative models that help people with unmet social needs connect to available community services.  Join us for a discussion on how clinicians can be part of a health system solution.

About the Organizations
Healthify  is:

  • a dynamic screening tool that identifies and quantifies the social and behavioral needs of your patients
  • a matching algorithm that finds, refers, and texts patients about the best resources for their needs
  • a dashboard to allow staff to search for resources and gain insight into their population

Health Leads works with clinics to connect patients to basic resources, improving health outcomes and patient satisfaction while lowering the cost of care. Health Leads enables doctors and other healthcare providers to “prescribe” basic resources like food and heat just as they do medication. The organization recruits and trains college students to “fill” these prescriptions by working side by side with patients to connect them with the basic resources they need to be healthy.


Please note that Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the products featured in these discussions.


Back Pain? Ask an Expert During Today’s Online Chat with a Physician

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According to WebMD, back pain—the most common chronic pain in the United States—affects 80 percent of Americans at some time in their lives. Considering how we are so often tied to computers at work as well as at home, it’s no surprise that people of all ages now struggle with the common discomfort that can drastically affect everything from walking to sitting—even our sleep.

Today, from noon to 1:00 p.m., PDT, Kaiser Permanente is hosting an online chat featuring Southern California rehab physician Michael Jaffe, DO, who will be sharing information on how to prevent and treat low back pain. You can find a link to participate in the chat here (and even contribute questions ahead of time). Today’s web event is part of KP’s Healthy Chats series of online conversations with physicians and clinicians about real-life health concerns.

Click here to read more about the chat, and for a brief preview of Dr. Jaffe talking about back pain treatment and prevention, check out the video below.

Breastfeeding Info Straight From the Experts: Join the Tweetchat

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In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, MomsRising (@MomsRising) and Kaiser Permanente (@KPThrive) and are hosting a tweetchat tomorrow—Thursday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT.  Topics for the chat include Baby-Friendly hospitals, how to prepare for breastfeeding, how to balance breastfeeding and work outside the home, and what you can do to help new moms in your community achieve their breastfeeding goals.

Ruth Shaber, MD, medical director for the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute, will answer questions involving KP’s breastfeeding commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America and Cara Hafner, lactation specialist at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center (a designated Baby-Friendly hospital) in Clackamas, Ore., will be available to comment on how women can prepare for breastfeeding and other common concerns.

Check out hash tag #KPBFChat to join the discussion on Twitter Thursday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT.