Americans Working Together for a Healthcare System That Works for All
The challenges facing the healthcare system are daunting, that's why we need to work together. The solutions will not come from a centralized entity be it government or a private organization like insurance companies. Because healthcare is personal and local, each and every one of us can contribute to the reform our healthcare system so desperately needs. The Tool Box for Citizen Engagement gives you user friendly information, civic engagement tool and other activities that make you the most important piece for achieving the best healthcare system in the world. We divided the activity into three types: Get Personal, Get social and Get Political. You can learn more about activities for each of these types and start to do your part to achieve the best healthcare system for all of us.In addition you can learn about activities you can engage in activities to make medical care safer with our project, Getting to Zero by 2022.
Because healthcare is personal and local, each and every one of us can contribute to the reform our healthcare system so desperately needs. Open-source Healthcare Reform gives you user friendly information civic engagement tool and other activities that make you the most important piece for achieving the best healthcare system in the world.
We believe that citizen engagement is crucial to improve our healthcare system. We provide information, ideas and tools to for civic engagement. We will discuss ways you can support our work and improve your own, community’s, and the nation’s health.
Take responsibility for your health: What does personal health mean to you?
Whether you’re a healthy adult, a frail, elderly parent or sufferer of a chronic condition, there are countless resources you can use to manage and improve your health and have your say in the ongoing national healthcare debate.
The Get Personal section helps you define what optimal health means to you and your family by providing an overview of specific tools you can use to establish a baseline for your healthcare needs and develop a plan to improve your health and guarantee access to quality healthcare. Here you’ll find scientific research and specific health resources linking public and private information sources that will help you achieve your health goals.
Take action to improve your health care environment: Be the source for a healthy community
Focusing on your own health is a good start, but there are other factors you don’t have sole control over, from access to quality of care to hospital acquired infections and other unforeseen complications.
The Get Social section provides the tools you need to engage with your neighbors on a local level and collaborate to affect change on a national level. Only by taking ownership of our own health and holding stakeholders responsible for healthy outcomes can we drive solutions and reform in the healthcare system. Join others in reviewing the suggested activities to achieve our collective goals.
Exercise your civic duty locally and nationally: Make sure your political input counts.
Without an informed and involved population, there’s no way to enrich our democracy and ensure that national and local policies serve the needs of the public. Unless individuals call for the change we want to see, we’ll lose out to special interests and the ideological positions of our elected officials.
The Get Political section helps you learn the issues and the skills needed to participate in the deliberate process of demanding solutions from our political representatives. The resources in this section will help you track regulators and other public servants responsible for shaping our healthcare system – and hold them accountable.
The 7 Point Plan to End Needless Deaths in Our Hospitals provides an action plan for individuals to make their hospitals safe and free of acquired medical conditions. The plan answers the question What Can You Do to Prevent Medical Errors? It provides activities to: ▪ do your part ▪ engage with your doctor ▪ engage with fellow citizens ▪ engage with the hospital ▪ engage with stakeholders ▪ engage with politicians ▪ engage with the media