For the health care industry to truly transform how it operates, innovation must take hold at all levels of an organization. Often, a seemingly simple idea can lead to huge change. The inaugural class of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Innovators found new ways to engage consumers, improve quality of care and lower costs.
Doctor Kimberlydawn Wisdom, senior vice president of community health and equity and chief wellness and diversity officer, Henry Ford Health System and member of the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) was recognized for her commitment to improving population health.
In Detroit, the infant death rate for African-American babies remains twice as high as the rate for white babies. To address this problem, Doctor Wisdom founded the Henry Ford Health System’s Women-Inspired Neighborhood Network. The program uses midwives, social workers and others to connect with African-American mothers to address social determinants of health. Since launching, there have been no preventable infant deaths among program participants. Only seven percent of babies were born with low birth weights, compared with 14 percent across Detroit; 94 percent of mothers initiated breastfeeding. Mothers also experienced dramatic rises in the use of social services, including nutrition, meditation and family planning.
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