October 2020 | Volume 2
Complexity, COVID-19 and controversy are the dominant themes in healthcare to no one’s surprise. Yet, there are emerging issues that are forcing us to reconcile with long-entrenched attitudes and systems that hold us back from truly world-class health, including mental health, disparities in care and outcomes, and often-politicized questioning of science. The solutions exist if we choose to see them. Compassion and commitment to understanding the needs of individuals must be the primary guide to choosing effective services and interventions. Prevention and using technology to support customized care are the keys to more cost-effective and equitable care. Transparency of science and the open, respectful, and evidence-based consideration of all options will yield creative and successful policies. I believe in a future where the hard lessons of 2020 fundamentally change how we seek, receive and pay for health care.
The State Of Mental Health In America
This year’s report includes a spotlight on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, using the over 1.5 million people who have taken a screen on MHA Screening from January to September 2020. From these screens we have found: The number of people looking for help with anxiety and depression has skyrocketed.
The Urgency of Redesigning Care Delivery — How to lead a consumer-centric approach to reconfiguring care and services after COVID-19
COVID-19 has upended the way consumers engage with the health care system. While this crisis is a once-in-a-generation challenge for the industry, it also presents an unparalleled opportunity for innovation. Returning consumers to a resilient care system can happen only through a reconfiguration of delivery models that prioritizes value, accessibility, satisfaction, and, most importantly, outcomes.
Spillover Effects Of The COVID-19 Pandemic Could Drive Long-Term Health Consequences For Non-COVID-19 Patients
As COVID-19 continues to rapidly spread, our attention often focuses on the numbers of confirmed and probable cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, which can be called the “direct” effects of the pandemic. However, these numbers do not capture the full extent of the pandemic, because it has also generated important “spillover” (or “indirect”) effects by decreasing the supply of and altering patient demand for non-COVID-19-related medical care. 
What Fans of ‘Herd Immunity’ Don’t Tell You
No matter their politics, people nearly always listen to those who say what they want to hear.
Hence, it is no surprise that the White House and several governors are now paying close attention to the “Great Barrington Declaration,” a proposal written by a group of well-credentialed scientists who want to shift Covid-19 policy toward achieving herd immunity — the point at which enough people have become immune to the virus that its spread becomes unlikely.
In 2021, Presidential Priorities Must Be Pandemic Response, Health Care Access
Health care has been a hot topic in past presidential elections, but never has it been as front and center as in the 2020 race. NEJM Catalyst Insights Council members hope the president in power in 2021 will show leadership for Covid-19 as well as broaden access to health care.
Removing Cops From Behavioral Crisis Calls: 'We Need To Change The Model'
In what will be among the largest and boldest urban police reform experiment in decades San Francisco is creating and preparing to deploy teams of professionals from the fire and health departments — not police — to respond to most calls for people in a psychiatric, behavioral or substance abuse crisis.
‘All You Want Is to Be Believed’: The Impacts of Unconscious Bias in Health Care
In mid-March, Karla Monterroso flew home to Alameda, California, after a hiking trip in Utah’s Zion National Park. Four days later, she began to develop a bad, dry cough. Her lungs felt sticky.
The fevers that persisted for the next nine weeks grew so high — 100.4, 101.2, 101.7, 102.3 — that, on the worst night, she was in the shower on all fours, ice-cold water running down her back, willing her temperature to go down.
AI-Enabled Clinical Decision Support Software: A “Trust and Value Checklist” for Clinicians
As clinical decision support software becomes more sophisticated, clinicians must be able to evaluate how it works, and how well it works, so that they will be comfortable trusting machine learning and artificial intelligence to help them care for patients.

Passion + Quality = Change That Matters
I embrace the powerful opportunities in our evolving health care landscape. I founded Momentum Health Strategies to be a catalyst for change through continuous learning, diverse engagement and thoughtful policy and practice initiatives. I deliver innovative, strategic thinking and a passion for improving the patient experience. My personal drive and dedication to high-quality results will help you navigate the competitive terrain you face and convert your vision to action.

Momentum Health Strategies

Jennifer L Bright, MPA
(703) 628 - 0534