Purple Binder Blog

Purple Binder Joins Healthify Team To Tackle Social Determinants of Health

We are very excited to announce that Purple Binder is becoming part of Healthify.

Since founding, both teams have shared the belief that there is more to health than healthcare. We realized that we could make a bigger impact together than we could separately, and build a world where no one’s health is hindered by their need.

Addressing all of the social, behavioral, and economic factors that affect people’s health can only happen if we engage a wide range of stakeholders and institutions. From non-profits to governments, from health systems to insurance companies — all have a part to play in […]

By |December 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Understanding Assets and Gaps on the South Side of Chicago

The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) plans to open a Level 1 Adult Trauma Center in May of 2018.

To tackle the social determinants of health at its new Trauma Center, the UCMC is exploring partnerships with community-based organizations that can provide continuity of care after a patient is discharged.

A key goal of the program is partnership building with local community agencies. Purple Binder is helping the UCMC identify potential partnerships with community services. Purple Binder’s database includes highly detailed, curated descriptions of services offered by community organizations and who is eligible for them. The database makes it easy to find all agencies offering particular […]

By |December 5th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

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|