Actions and Detail Panel
Population Health: A Round Table with Jeffrey Orlin
Tue, April 11, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
A compelling reason why DBHIDS taking a Population Health approach is that it’s a natural continuation of the important work we’ve done to transform our system of care, ensuring individuals not only live in their community, but are a part of their community. There are five pillars of the DBHIDS approach to Population Health, and one of those is addressing the social determinants of health. Poor health and health disparities don’t result from medical causes alone. Chronic stress, toxic environments, limited access to nutritious foods, inadequate housing, social isolation, poverty, and numerous other nonmedical factors contribute to poor outcomes.
The message of today’s presentation is simple: Employment First/Employment for All is the key, the linchpin, the essential ingredient, to meet the challenges of addressing a variety of social determinants contributing to the state of wellness of all individuals. Philadelphia has hundreds of individual stories which clearly illustrate how important it is to be ‘On the Job!’ It’s true for you and me, and it’s true for those we support. We all want the same things. People want to earn money. They want to make friends on-the-job. They want to be part of a team. They want to increase their community connections, independence, and self-esteem. Every day, people are overcoming barriers to realize their dreams. They’re in recovery, or they are transitioning from a workshop to a real job in the community. They’re finding their dream job, or transitioning from school-to-work and adult life.
Today’s panel offers a wealth of experience and proven results in supporting individuals to be employed. We often hear about best practices - these folks talk the talk and walk the walk every day, from reaching school-age children and young parents, to supporting people of all ages. Population Health offers the next great opportunity to carry the good word about the power and benefits of employment, and embed the practice of Employment First – Employment for All!
If we want to de-stigmatize and demystify the human experience, nothing does it like having a job. Employment is the great equalizer. When people are employed, earning money, working side-by-side with others, many of the issues that separate people simply go away!
Jeffrey Orlin – Administrative Services Director, DBHIDS