Ward Infinity is a community-focused initiative developed by Sibley Memorial Hospital to strengthen local efforts related to health and wellness in Wards 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia.
As a committed partner and collaborator, Sibley recognizes that the ultimate expert on how community health is experienced is the community itself. In mid-2017, Sibley convened a series of community conversations to better understand local priorities related to health, wellness, and socioeconomic concerns.
Coming out of these gatherings, Sibley designed Ward Infinity and invited local residents to partner as Community Health Innovators in Residence. Through Ward Infinity, Community Health Innovators address health equity and social determinants of health while also promoting innovation, advocacy, and community engagement.
The Community Health Innovators are guided through an intensive design-thinking curriculum which provides them with a set of useful tools and resources to help define their health program and bring their innovative ideas to fruition. The curriculum emphasizes the need for high-impact solutions that align with existing community health programs.
As a nonprofit community hospital, Sibley is continuously focused on increasing our investments in health care services for underserved communities, health promotion and education, and outreach. Ward Infinity was launched through a contribution to the Sibley Foundation to support community health improvement initiatives in Wards 7 and 8.
MEET THE 2019 INNOVATORS IN RESIDENCE
In 2019, Sibley launched the second cohort of Community Health Innovators in Residence. Four teams of community leaders from Wards 7 and 8 were awarded funding to design solutions targeting three focus areas:
- Better access to healthy foods
- Improving housing options
- Using technology to improve health literacy
The following teams are part of the 2019 cohort:
- Amanda Stevenson and Kendra Johnson will focus their efforts on expanding affordable and safe housing for low and moderate-income individuals and families and special populations (e.g., homeless, mentally ill, individuals in substance use recovery, persons with disabilities).
- Leonard Watson and Taboris Robinson work for DC Urban Greens, in Ward 8, a non-profit organization that addresses food justice in the District of Columbia. The team will focus their efforts on issues related to food insecurity, food scarcity, hunger and the prevalence and impact of obesity.
- Tambra Stevenson and Franciel Ikeji will focus their efforts on utilizing social cognitive theory-based behavior change procedures to improve health literacy in Wards 7 and 8.
- Kesha Lee and Carlisha Gentles will work to advance health literacy in Ward 8 with a focus on the intersection of functional, digital and health literacies.
For more information on the 2018 Inaugural Cohort of the Ward Infinity Community Health Innovators in Residence, please review the report.