Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, announced today the launch of its Community Health Innovators in Residence Program. The new initiative aims to improve the health and wellness of communities in the District of Columbia by working with Sibley Innovation Hub staff to harness innovation methods to rapidly create positive impacts in months rather than the typical years of traditional health improvement projects. The Sibley Innovation Hub is focused on designing new approaches that better meet the needs of patients and families, and demonstrating the role of community hospitals in generating health and wellness.
Under the program, up to four teams, comprised of residents and organizations in Wards 7 and 8, will work alongside Sibley’s Innovation Hub team to learn, design and implement potential solutions to improving health and wellness in their community. The community health innovators will learn design thinking?multidisciplinary problem-solving method with the end-user in mind?from some of the leading innovators in health care. Together, they will quickly and collaboratively test creative prototypes in the community to see which ideas are most effective. The process is the same energetic and imaginative methods taught at Stanford University and used by some of Silicon Valley’s most successful tech firms. Sibley’s efforts are among the first to bring this work to community health and well-being.
To inform and drive the work of the Community Health Innovators in Residence Program, Sibley will convene an advisory board of key stakeholders, including residents, organizations, health care, elected officials and Sibley leadership in an advisory and decision-making capacity. The advisory board will be charged with informing community health focus areas, evaluating proposed prevention and wellness initiatives, building capacity within the community and engaging community residents around these efforts.
The hospital’s government and community affairs team, as part of a collaboration with the Sibley Innovation Hub, convened a series of listening sessions with faith leaders, students, senior-citizens and community leaders in the early summer, to discuss the health and wellness priorities of Wards 7 and 8 residents. Common themes emerged ranging from access to healthy fruits and vegetables to the impact that isolation has on an individual’s well-being.
“Sibley is 100 percent committed to improving lives of all residents in the District. And what makes our commitment unique is Sibley’s culture of human-centered design, which is based on listening and understanding. We use design everyday here at Sibley with our patients and families. I’m excited to partner with our community to be agents of change,” says Richard O. Davis, Ph.D., Ed.M., president and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Sibley will build upon its efforts to define what health means to the community and design and implement sustainable solutions to improving health and wellness through the Community Health Innovators in Residence Program. Sibley invites residents and qualifying nonprofit organizations serving Wards 7 and 8 to apply to the first cohort. In addition to receiving coaching and guidance from leading industry designers and entrepreneurs, each resident-led cohort will receive up to $25,000 to help develop solutions and tackle projects related to health and wellness in their community.
For detailed information about the Community Health Innovators in Residence Program, including the application and information related to the program, visit wardinfinity.com.