QHN’s Community Resource Network Selected as National Semi-Finalist for Well-Being Innovation Challenge

Stella Technology is proud to be partnered with Quality Health Network (QHN) on their Community Resource Network (CRN) project, which has been selected as one of five semi-finalists in the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) challenge run by Catalyst 2.0 and sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The competition started with 110 entries and seeks to find digital solutions to help providers and those at risk connect to safety net and other services which may include social, behavioral, and medical needs. The ability to address an individual’s unmet social determinant needs, like housing and food insecurity, can contribute materially (+50%) to a person’s well-being and can improve healthcare outcomes and costs.

The social determinants of health (SDoH)-based Client Profile in CRN creates a whole-person picture across physical, behavioral, and social domains to expedite help for those most at risk, fill in the gaps in care, and optimize well-being.

“We are thrilled that CRN is among the top five innovations in the country,” says Dick Thompson, Executive Director and CEO of QHN. “Our community has been working for years to develop a collaborative system to reduce unnecessary duplication, improve the well-being of individuals, and ultimately drive down the cost of healthcare for everyone across western Colorado. We also believe this leading-edge technology can be scaled to be used in communities throughout the US.”

“The establishment of the Community Resource Network gives us the opportunity
to facilitate a whole-person approach to care and support and provide a robust directory and referral network of community resources which can be used to meet
the needs of those we serve,” said Jeff Kuhr, PhD, Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health.

“We’ve had one of the most successful health information exchange platforms in the country for more than a decade that has enabled better care for patients across our region. Incorporating social determinants of health into our purview made perfect sense. We are still in the infancy stages of the CRN, but as we prepare to launch phase one of our CRN pilot we are excited about the depth of the system’s potential,” adds Thompson.

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