How does MHIN’s services intersect with efforts to improve population health for the entire community?
MHIN works to provide the necessary data a wide range of our collaborating organizations need to define their attributed populations, even as we look more broadly across the communities that make up the geographic region of Michiana. As healthcare organizations use our services to stratify and manage the most complex and expensive patients to care for, we also work with health departments, state and local agencies, university researchers and community-based organizations to identify and contextualize the impact of social determinants and structural factors on health disparities, equity and outcomes.
What are you looking forward to working on in 2018?
A) MHIN will be will be developing a range of new data-informed services to support sectors of the care continuum who have not historically benefited from incentives made available through the traditional Meaningful Use funding model. These will include: Emergency Medical Services (EMS), post-acute care (home care and skilled nursing facilities), behavioral and mental health services and public health (at the state and local levels).
B) Longstanding research at the state and federal level has consistently identified disparities experienced by our racial and ethnic minority, low-income, and other vulnerable communities. In 2018, MHIN will work to increase the amount and diversity of data being collected on the Social Determinants of Health which have a significant impact on health outcomes of residents across the region.
Waldo A. Mikels-Carrasco leads MHIN initiatives to use technology and data to drive healthy outcomes and eliminate health disparities. Waldo is an expert in medical anthropology, capacity building, population health management, health disparities, applied social science research, and intervention design and evaluation. He serves in leadership capacities for several local and statewide organizations including: Indiana Rural Health Association Service Corporation, Indiana Latino Institute, and United Way of St. Joseph County. Waldo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Indiana University South Bend and a Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology from University of North Texas. Connect with Waldo on LinkedIn.