Join Professor Jonathon Gray, (Director Ko Awatea) Mark Stracey (Director of Aboriginal Health in Victoria, Australia), Pam Muth (30 years experience of clinical work in New Zealand, Alaska and Australia), and Mataroria Lyndon, (Clinical Fellow Ko Awatea), as they undertake a journey of discovery in Alaska and learn valuable insights into a health system that has been completely transformed.
Triangles, not parallel lines
A day at a mid level provider clinic in Kodiak, Kodiak Island.
Our generous hosts at Kodiak Area Native Association showed us how they bring together quality, customer service and stewardship in a joined up way (a “triple aim”, and another quality improvement “triangle” driven by the outcomes their populations desire)
We enjoyed a wide range of contributions, including those from experts in behavioral health, nursing, quality, pharmacy, dentistry and more. It’s hard to do full justice to the knowledge and expertise shared that day, however below are a few highlights (a full report to follow)
- Community health aides- local people, interested in taking a role in improving the local village health. Train to different levels, assuming different levels of expertise from education, emergency response, through to prescribing in carefully managed situations.
- Behavioral health aides- a newer development, again recruiting local people, funded to develop a range of behavioral therapy skills, and working at village as well as town level.
- Dental health aides- to our embarrassment we learned about this NZ success in Kodiak Alaska. First developed in Dunedin and now successfully exported around the world. Kiwi innovation allowing dental health improvement in the community. A real opportunity for us in South Auckland to learn with colleagues about improving oral health.
With the support of dentists, hygienists and soon Dental health aides, each village/ each person will receive 2 dental checks a year- priority to emergency/ children and then routine checks.
To check out Day 1 of our journey click here.