Announcing Community Health Innovators In Residence
SIBLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL LAUNCHES COMMUNITY HEALTH INNOVATORS IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND WELLNESS EAST OF THE RIVER
Washington DC August 15, 2017
Sibley Memorial Hospital News Release
Aug. 15, 2017
Director of Public Relations
Subject: SIBLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL LAUNCHES COMMUNITY HEALTH INNOVATORS IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND WELLNESS EAST OF THE RIVER
Washington, D.C. (Aug.15, 2017) -- Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, announced today the launch of its Community Health Innovators in Residence Program. The new initiative aims to improve the health status of underserved communities in the District of Columbia by harnessing innovation methods to rapidly create positive impacts in months rather than the typical years of traditional health improvement projects.
Under the program, up to four teams, comprised of residents and organizations in Wards 7 and 8, will be accepted into the first cohort, which will work alongside Sibley’s Innovation Hub team to learn, design and implement potential solutions to improving health and wellness in their community. The community health innovators will learn human-centered design from some of the leading innovators in health care. Together, they will quickly and collaboratively test creative prototypes in the community to see which ideas are most effective. The process is the same energetic and imaginative methods taught at Stanford and used by some of Silicon Valley’s most successful tech firms. Sibley’s efforts are among the first to bring this work to community health and well-being. The hospital’s Innovation Hub was the first such community hospital-based innovation hub in the nation.
To inform and drive the work of the Community Health Innovators in Residence Program, Sibley will engage an advisory board of key stakeholders, including residents, organizations, health care, elected officials and Sibley leadership in an advisory and decision-making capacity. The advisory board will be charged with informing community health focus areas, evaluating proposed prevention and wellness initiatives, building capacity within the community and engaging community residents around these efforts.
The hospital’s government and community affairs team, as part of a collaboration with the Sibley Innovation Hub, convened a series of listening sessions with faith leaders, students, senior-citizens and community leaders in the early summer, to discuss the health and wellness priorities of Wards 7 and 8 residents. Common themes emerged ranging from access to healthy fruits and vegetables to the impact that isolation has on an individual’s well-being.
“Sibley is 100 percent committed to improving lives of all residents in the District. And what makes our commitment unique is Sibley’s culture of human-centered design, which is based on listening and understanding. We use design everyday here at Sibley with our patients and families. I’m excited to partner with our community to be agents of change,” says Richard O. Davis, Ph.D., Ed.M., president and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Sibley will build upon its efforts to define what health means to the community and design and implement sustainable solutions to improving health and wellness through the Community Health Innovators in Residence Program. Sibley invites residents and qualifying nonprofit organizations serving Wards 7 and 8 to apply to the first cohort. In addition to receiving coaching and guidance from leading industry designers and entrepreneurs, each resident-led cohort will receive up to $25,000 to help develop solutions and tackle projects related to health and wellness in their community.
For detailed information about the Community Health Innovators in Residence Program, including the application and information related to the program, visit WardInifinity.com.
About Sibley Memorial Hospital: Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, in Northwest Washington, D.C., has a distinguished history of serving the community since its founding in 1890. As a not-for-profit, full-service, 318-bed community hospital, Sibley offers medical, surgical, intensive care, obstetric, oncology, orthopaedic and skilled nursing inpatient services and a state-of-the-art 24-hour Emergency Department. Sibley’s campus, with its new patient tower, is also home to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Grand Oaks, an assisted living residence, a medical building with physician offices as well as ambulatory surgery and imaging centers. For more information, visit Sibley.org.