Connecting to Idaho’s Medical-Health Neighborhood
Ever heard of a medical-health neighborhood? Have you ever needed services provided by the medical-health neighborhood? Even if you answered no, chances are you’ve used the services of the medical-health neighborhood without really knowing it.
According to the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, the medical-health neighborhood is defined as “A clinical-community partnership that includes the medical and social supports necessary to enhance health, with the PCMH serving as the patient’s primary “hub” and coordinator of healthcare delivery.” It includes specialists, hospitals, long-term care providers, community centers, faith-based organizations, schools, employers, and public health agencies. The medical-health neighborhood is based on relationships and the coordination of health care and information within the patient’s community.
In Idaho, there are several organizations you can turn to that both provide information and connect you to the hundreds of community and social service organizations and direct healthcare providers across the state. One of these is phone-based and one is a website; both help you navigate the hundreds of resources available to you:
Live Better Idaho
Live Better Idaho is an organization whose mission is to connect people to services to help them live better lives. It’s a website that’s a collaboration among multiple groups including government agencies, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and other community services working throughout the state to bring available services to Idahoans.
According to Greg Kunz, Deputy Administrator of Live Better Idaho, the organization set out to create a website that would be easy to use. With that in mind, it’s designed to be user-friendly – so that people can find the services they need within three clicks…even if they aren’t sure what they’re looking for. Live Better Idaho is free to users.
2-1-1 Idaho Care Line
The Idaho Care Line is a program of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. It’s a free, statewide information and referral service. It uses a comprehensive database of programs that offers free or low-cost health and human services. By dialing 2-1-1 from anywhere in the state, you’ll be connected to a live information specialist who can refer you to health and human services available right in your own medical-health neighborhood.
For more information about Idaho’s Care Line, dial 2-1-1 or click here to visit their website.