Letter: Group solicits input on health careOn June 26, Citizen Solutions came to Worthington to engage local residents in a different conversation about health care — a conversation that moved away from argument and instead focused on personal experiences and consensus building.
By: C. Scott Cooper, Director of Engagement and Communication, Bush Foundation, St. Paul, Worthington Daily Globe
On June 26, Citizen Solutions came to Worthington to engage local residents in a different conversation about health care — a conversation that moved away from argument and instead focused on personal experiences and consensus building. The focus of the outreach was to hear directly from Minnesotans their values and priorities related to the health care system and how to make that system work better, especially when it comes to increasing opportunities to maintain and improve health. The meeting was one of 40 across the state of Minnesota.
On Aug. 6, the findings from Worthington were coupled with the findings from the other meetings and submitted in a report to the bipartisan Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force, which is responsible for making policy recommendations to the governor and the legislature. Based on the input from Minnesotans across the state, three action steps were recommended to the task force:
* Empower Minnesotans to be better co-creators and co-managers of their health;
* Equip Minnesotans to overcome existing barriers such as access and affordability in order to make better choices in health care, and;
* Encourage the redesign of institutions and creation of environments that help make available and reinforce healthy daily choices.
We encourage the citizens of Worthington and surrounding areas to read the Citizen Solutions report by going to www.citizensolve.org. It is your health care system, and it should work as effectively and efficiently as possible for you.