The forum brought together a diverse group: city leaders, nurses, hospital CEOs, physicians, business owners, and other community leaders from across eastern Montana. The sheer excitement of these participants was impressive. People met and discussed what the real issues were and how to potentially solve them. They set priorities, and decided where best to begin. It worked because we involved all the key stakeholders. We moved the envelope as to when things could get done. — Jackie Muri, Director Business Development, Strategy & Foundation, Holy Rosary Healthcare
Miles City, MT – A Consensus Building Forum titled Priorities in Healthcare Delivery in Eastern Montana took place on March 3, 2011.
Global Health Equity Foundation, in collaboration with Holy Rosary Healthcare Foundation and Montana Health Network, conducted its first live Consensus Building Forum at the Miles City Town and Country Club.
“Consensus Building Forum: Priorities in Healthcare Delivery in Eastern Montana” brought together healthcare providers, healthcare experts and community leaders from many parts of Eastern Montana. Participants broke up into five discussion groups, each focused on a major issue for healthcare delivery in the region. The discussion topics were: Chronic Diseases, Mental Illness & Behavioral Health, Access to Health Education, Healthcare & Preventive Services, Health Management of the Aging Population, and Challenges Facing Healthcare Providers. Each group dedicated their time to an investigation of their topic, then proceeded to explore practical – and immediate – solutions to these issues. Each group was moderated by a Group Facilitator who led the discussion and presented a summary at the end of the Forum.
The results of the Consensus Building Forum will be formally presented in a single Declaration of Consensus, along with a summary of the discussions, on March 4 during the Eastern Montana Rural Health Care Conference. The goal of the Forum is to take the proposed solutions to healthcare organizations and community organizations in Eastern Montana and integrate them into current models of healthcare delivery and education.
The Consensus Building Forum is a live, interactive, collaborative model for the purpose of sharing knowledge and producing potential solutions that can improve equitable access to healthcare – especially to treatment, education, and preventive services.
For More Information Contact:
Holy Rosary Healthcare Foundation
Montana Health Network
Global Health Equity Foundation is a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of people who lack access to health education, prevention services, and healthcare.For more information on Global Health Equity Foundation or any of its projects, please visit www.ghef.org.