North Coast Collective was recently featured in North Coast Primary Health Network magazine HealthSpeak’s April issue. Read the introduction below:

A new vision for health care: North Coast Collective

With quality, outcomes, and value the watchwords for health care in the 21st century, stakeholders around the globe are looking for innovative, cost-effective ways to deliver patient-centred, ‘smart’ technology enabled health care.

For a long time, the Triple Aim was the guiding light used to help health care organisations plan their efforts. In the last few years the Quintuple Aim has emerged with these goals:

  1. Reduced per capita cost of health care
  2. Improved outcomes in Population Health
  3. Improved patient experience
  4. Better support for health providers to avoid burnout
  5. Individual patient engagement

In the UK, a key report published last year commissioned by the NHS found that a person-centred approach needed to become standard practice in health and social care. The report titled Shifting the Centre of Gravity also emphasises the need to move beyond primary health care to make health and wellbeing ‘everyone’s business’.

This approach and the approach of the new North Coast Collective is to address not only the health concerns of a person. It is aimed at addressing the social determinants affecting health by working hand in hand with all sections of the community to better address health care priorities.

Social determinants of health are many and include:

  • Housing instability/homelessness
  • Poor housing conditions
  • Incarceration or having a family member in jail
  • Malnutrition
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Unemployment or under-employment
  • Domestic violence
  • Low income
  • Illiteracy