Purple Binder Blog

70Strong: Resources for Aging Well

In San Mateo County, adults over 70 are the fastest growing segment of the population. Older adults are vulnerable to loneliness and isolation, so Lee Michelson, CEO of San Mateo’s Sequoia Healthcare District, recognized a need.

“Aging can be a period of decline, but it can also be a period of greater engagement with the community and more opportunity to enjoy life,” Michelson says. “A lot depends on whether older adults know what community resources and social services are available to them.”

Michelson knew his community had a lot to offer older adults. The challenge was […]

By |July 31st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

How Purple Binder Supports Care Managers

Purple Binder’s support team goes above and beyond the call of duty to help connect patients with the resources that they need. To give the care managers who work at our partner organizations extra guidance, we provide online chat support from a team of social workers. Below are just a few examples of cases in which we’ve helped care managers connect patients to much-needed social services and even specialty care.

The social service landscape can be difficult to navigate. But when healthcare professionals take the time to address patients’ social determinants of health, they provide […]

By |June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Closing the Loop in Sonoma County: Part II

This is the second of a three-part series highlighting a collaborative of organizations in Sonoma County that use Purple Binder’s Referral Network to connect patients to vital social supports when they most need it. The collaborative includes West County Health Centers, Petaluma Health Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Petaluma People Services Center, and Food for Thought. You can read Part I here.

Closing the Loop on Mental Health Referrals

Since California expanded its Medicaid program in 2014, it’s been easier for patients to access mental health care. California’s Access to Care ranking, which measures ease of access to mental health care, […]

By |March 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Closing the Loop in Sonoma County: Part I

This is the first of a 3-part series highlighting a collaborative of organizations in Sonoma County that use Purple Binder’s Referral Network to connect patients to vital social supports when they most need it. The collaborative includes West County Health Centers, Petaluma Health Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Petaluma People Services Center, and Food for Thought.

Bridging the Gap Between Healthcare and Housing

Sonoma County’s healthcare and housing organizations provide critical supports for the county’s homeless population, but it can be difficult for them to coordinate care.

As more research demonstrates housing’s impact on healthproviders […]

By |January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

A One-Stop Shop to Address Social Determinants and Reduce ER Utilization

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) launched an initiative focusing on its most complex and costly patients – those frequently visiting the emergency room (ER). The initiative uses interdisciplinary care coordination to address the medical and psychosocial determinants of health. It aims to improve patients’ health and reduce the need for ER visits and hospital admissions. To meet this aim, UI care managers needed to keep patients healthy in their communities.

Stephen Brown, Director of Preventive Emergency Medicine, UI Health

“We needed a source where our social workers could […]

By |November 7th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Health Beyond the Health Center Walls

Purple Binder at Access Community Health Network This is a dynamic time in health care. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health care providers are finding new, innovative ways to engage and treat patients between visits.

With its focus on preventive and primary care, the Affordable Care Act heightened the importance of holistic care. This includes integrating social supports such as food assistance and housing that patients might need, but are not typically services that health systems provide. And with good reason–a 2011 study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that social factors, including […]

By |September 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|