Health Leads, Baltimore, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation discussed on Outcomes Rocket
So for those of you that are entrepreneurs in the space wanting to get some insights at the you're gonna get plenty here today. So it's with great pleasure that I welcome sign into the podcast welcomes on you Angsana salts. Great to be here. It's a pleasure to have you on. Now. What am I missing that intro that maybe you wanna fill the guests in? Yeah. I think one of the things that I'm really excited to be part of right now is just engaging which different networks. So I'm currently a Robert Wood Johnson foundation culture health leader. And there I had the opportunity to be amongst dozens of really innovative acres. Doers who are boundaries that. We think about healthcare in house today. I'm excited to dive into how we might be thinking about those definitions in our everyday work and app yet to speed a lot of what you guys are offering here on this casts. Well, that's fascinating. I'm sure those those meeting would be fascinating to attend. And folks here today, you'll be able to get a little glimpse into the thought process. So as you as you do what you do sunny. A what is it that got you to the medical sector? To begin with when I was a public health undergrad at Johns Hopkins, I really fascinated Bill so frustrated by the fact that you have us healthcare institutions in the country yet in the neighborhoods immediately surrounding that institution. You also have some of the worst health outcomes the country. So lotta folks think about Baltimore they also have heard about or seen statistics. Like, the fact that in the early two thousands or mortality rate was Feist that of the national average or some your listeners might know that in certain neighborhoods in Baltimore are people can expect to live twenty years less than those living in other neighborhoods in Baltimore. And so what I really wanted to understand against the root out was I was in this, particular instance, the best that are out care system has to offer still wasn't enough to actually deliver health. And so in my sophomore year, there was a program called health leads which is a national social enterprise that was really focused on. Connecting the dots between clinical care, and the social media that patients might have hopefully, it's really recognized that if you're prescribing antibiotics that the real issue is that the child or the family doesn't have suited home than that medical treatment is to go very far and that frustrates the patients, but also the physicians healthcare system hostile working so hard to get them better to improve their health. So I joined health leads was part of a co founding team that was really focused on building the organization from the ground up. But most importantly, I spent a lot of time directly working with patients. So these were he shouldn't who lived in east Baltimore, predominantly African American neighborhood. Many of them have been navigating different complex systems their whole life and taught me a lot about facts that although I have so many friends and colleagues were in medicine and saying I am really most excited. I interested in how different organizations different sectors outside in healthcare can work in partner. Ship with the healthcare sector to thinking about how to move it up stream, and how to position it s to be able to address some of these needs that are coming into our waiting rooms in exam rooms wet and ensure that we're actually getting to the health outcomes that our country's diverse that's very insightful Sonia. And so you definitely have been there and experienced a hardships to some of your work. So what would you say an example of the work? You guys are doing now with the organizations you're involved with to improve outcomes has been yeah, I've been really lucky super with organization known as the MARCY Clara tive, they are their own organization to an initiative healthcare anger network, which.