FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO IS BEHIND WARD INFINITY?
Ward Infinity is a program created by Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. It's managed by the Sibley Department of Government and Community Affairs and Innovation Hub. Sibley is located in Washington, DC.
HOW WAS THE WARD INFINITY BRAND CREATED?
The name “Ward Infinity” emphasizes the idea that although the initiatives associated with the Listening Tour and Community Health Innovators Program were focused on Ward 7 & 8, the approach of using human-centered design to empower community members to address health challenges could be replicated in an infinite number of areas. The infinity symbol connects to the concept of continuous iteration and improvement, which is a key principle of Design Thinking. It’s an indication that reminds us of the infinite opportunities and growth potential to subvert the idea that Wards 7 and 8 are places with limited potential for health and wellbeing.
WHY WARDS 7 AND 8?
Wards 7 and 8- the last 2 wards to be developed after the Civil War- are the poorest neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River in the District. It’s physical and socioeconomic divide consist of approximately 95 percent of African American residence. The area’s astounding lack of resources forces the inability to maintain a healthy lifestyle due to food deserts, neighborhood violence, ineffective costly way of living, poor housing conditions, and lack of fresh produce compared to residence in all other wards.
Sibley has created a program that will build strategic partnerships with community organizations in hopes to speed up innovation in health East of the River, increasing outreach and implementation programming. Hence, the creation of Ward Infinity. Ward Infinity is a community-led initiative that works closely with Sibley’s Government and Community Affairs Department in efforts to re-imagine healthy, sustainable neighborhoods East of the Anacostia River.
WHAT'S THE GOAL OF WARD INFINITY?
Traditionally, community hospitals have provided care for members of their communities, while a portion of that care is prioritized to charity. Wards 7 and 8 are the last neighborhoods to develop in DC and unfortunately are the poorest. As a community outreach initiative, Ward Infinity’s goal is to listen to the voices of the community, educate the community about all things health related, and engage in more service projects that make a large impact to families who live east of the river.
ARE YOU CONNECTED WITH PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WHO ARE WORKING ON THESE ISSUES?
Absolutely! As part of the Ward Infinity experience, it is important to have the solid support system for networking, planning and development. We have provided all Community Health Innovators with the necessary support from neighborhood commissioners, pastors, and government officials. As a result, the innovators have expanded and utilized what they have learned and the resources from Ward Infinity to form new partnerships and new business ventures that Sibley is proud to be associated with.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
We do not accept applications on a rolling basis. However, applications for the upcoming Community Health Innovators will be displayed by November 2018. We are looking for innovators who are excited by problems, curious, eager, and creative learners who are drawn to challenges and have an insatiable urge to make the world better. Your interest in Ward Infinity must align with 5 themes- called insights- which are patterns that emerged across multiple conversations and listening sessions with the elderly, faith leaders, families, and students of wards 7 and 8.