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Why Learn About This?

Because we are paying attention. Because we care about suffering. Because we care about eachother.

Because our children, families and communities are at risk. The unnecessary death, crippling injury, permanent disability and suffering are real.

Because the harm and suffering in most of these cases is entirely preventable.

We can prevent this harm. Know what's happening, what's possible, and choose effective action for change. Many solutions are well known and just require compassionate and consistent implementation. Now. Not next month. Not next year. Not after a congressional resolution.


Changing this story requires community involvement. Change is in progress. We can accelerate and inform that change. As consumers, recipients, and concerned citizens our success depends on our knowledge and our informed choices. Because we are present in our communities, we have a unique ability to see local needs and influence local outcomes.

Successful people, organizations, and causes ...

  • Choose a vision of a better world
  • Choose to see and understand obstacles and the ways past them
  • Choose to act effectively. To do the right things.
  • Choose to empower others to act effectively. Remove obstacles to their success.
  • Choose to generate highly visible early successes.
  • Choose to act together. Cooperate, collaborate, inspire eachother
  • Choose to get the job done. They work. They persist . They are accountable for results.

The Quality of Our Health Care: Disaster and Opportunity - An Overview

The healthcare establishment harms millions of Americans each year. Adverse health events from avoidable mistakes extend beyond pain and suffering or even permanent crippling injury. A horrifying proportion end in death. By conservative estimates, at least a quarter million patients die annually through mistaken, innapropriate, delayed, or unnecessary treatment. Many are children. Many are family members. Many are friends. All are unacceptable.

A recent Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey compared data from Australia, US, UK, Canada, New Zealand. US health care ranked last or significantly lower than other countries on all aspects of patient-centeredness. Patient-centeredness is the extent to which the patient's perspectives, needs, and preferences are a primary focus of the care-giving process. It is generally acknowledged to be a key dimension of health care quality.

The waste and suffering at hand is absolutely staggering. The view forward is encouraging and inspiring. We are at a historically unprecedented intersection where knowledge, technology, public awareness, political will, and national alignment are driving change in the story of American health care. The executive and legislative branches of our government are positioning enormous resources behind solutions. President Obama has made healthcare a major focus of his campain and his administration. Real momentum - programs, knowledge and results - has been building nationally for the past three administrations. Professional societies and coalitions are on board producing a rising tide of standards, best practices, lessons learned, policy recommendations and proposed regulations. Now is truely the time for change. And change is happening.

But changing the national environment is not enough to protect vulnerable patients from harm today. Simple, known solutions are already available in many cases. These solutions do require change. They do not require redesigning or rebuilding the entire healthcare system. These solutions do require a change in our attention and the attention of health care providers. These solutions require an immediate, urgent and unwavering focus on quality and safety. They require a commitment to implement known solutions now. Beyond commitment, protecting our communities requires results. Comprehensive and effective quality of care programs must be actually be implemented locally, monitored, and continually improved to improve results at individual hospitals and clinics. Healthcare providers must be accountable for safe, quality care. Accountability and results are the heart of patient centered care.

What can Grassroots HealthCare do? We help eachother to organize and act. We provide knowledge, a network of local connection, and a framework for coherent community action. We provide a collective voice. Together, we can require accountability and results. Together, we can make our voice and participation in this dialog a valued asset and a requirement. We can initiate and accelerate local change. Patient centered healthcare is currently the buzzword and rallying call for a new generation of health care proposals. As Grassroots HealthCare, we propose to extend this call to include a notion of "citizen centered" healthcare. We will not only take our places as patients at the center of our care, but as participating citizens at the center of our national health care dialog. This is not just a national issue. This must be our focus and program development. This must be our regulatory practice. This must be our funding priority.

Grassroots HealthCare is starting locally with small pieces of the problem that we can manage and affect. Change that we can create now. We work together to prove Margaret Mead's famous reminder...“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens
can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”

HealthCare Quality: What's the Problem?

Some comprehensive literature review articles and statistical summaries that describe the magnitude of mortality and morbidity from preventable health care errors.

HealthCare Quality: What Can We Do?

Here's a great easy issue overview. Just click to learn more about quality problems and solutions. And what we can do together.