Community Partnerships Encourage Teamwork
One significant outcome of the Community Needs Assessment process was to expand our relationships with agencies working to reverse negative health trends. These growing partnerships have explored new ways to share resources and encourage teamwork to impact the health of our community.
Some of our partners include:
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) works to save lives and create a world with more birthdays and less cancer. The Swedish Cancer Institute worked with ACS to provide 550 individuals who were uninsured or on Medicaid with cancer treatment, lodging, transportation support, personal health managers and other forms of holistic care. ACS serves 8,000 people throughout the Western Washington region.
American Diabetes Association
The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The Association is proud to partner with Swedish on fund raising events including Tour de Cure and Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, and programs serving high risk populations including EXPO, Global to Local and the Stop Diabetes® Initiative.
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association (AHA) is dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke through cutting-edge research, public and professional education programs and public health. The partnership with Swedish has enhanced opportunities to expand CPR training, community presentations of its Life’s Simple 7 cardiovascular program, and participation in walking and diet programs offered by the AHA
Lifelong AIDS Alliance
Lifelong AIDS Alliance empowers people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions to lead healthier lives. As a community care provider, Swedish has partnered with the organization to host conferences focused on prevention, policy and practice, along with forming a Medicaid Expansion work group to understand the upcoming challenges and opportunities with healthcare reform in Washington.
March of Dimes
March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Swedish staff works closely with March of Dimes to improve education and support for expecting and new parents as well as critical support for families with a baby in the NICU. Additionally, Swedish supports public and fundraising activities throughout the community.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Pacific Northwest has the highest rate of Multiple Sclerosis in the United States. Medical partners are critical to the Society’s mission by increasing access to education, early treatment protocols and screening. Swedish’s physicians participate in community events to provide information and education. Its Charity Care program funds care for uninsured patients, and the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center hosts Society sponsored support group meetings.
Senior Services is King County’s one-stop, non-profit shop for senior citizens and their loved ones. Swedish has partnered with Senior Services to provide mobile mammography services, along with tailored health and fitness classes. In 2012, Swedish and Senior Services partnered on presentations to 15 senior housing facilities, centers and groups.