Press Release

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services 
Partners with UC Berkeley Board Fellows 
to Create  Client Health Assessment Standard
CONTACT
Susannah Meyer, Community Engagement Director,
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services
Office 925-937-8311 x104  Cell 925-963-1611   smeyer@mowsos.org 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Walnut Creek, CA, October 20, 2017 - Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services (MOWSOS) is proud to announce that it will receive the support of UC Berkeley graduate students to create a standardized health assessment program.  Berkeley Board Fellows will design a standard health assessment, work with MOWSOS to implement the assessment, and review and analyze the resulting data.

" Once we standardize and collect data, over time we can use this to affect policy at the local, state and national levels, and secure additional funding partnerships. Capturing the right data and interpreting it in a way that tells our story will enable us to speak to a broader audience at the state and national level," says Elaine Clark, Chief Executive Officer for MOWSOS.

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services (MOWSOS) has been transitioning the last several years from an output-based social services model (i.e., focused on the number of individuals served and the number of units of service provided), to an outcomes-based coordinated care model (i.e., focused on the impact of services provided). 

" In order for us to influence policy, we must collect data. Connecting social determinants to health outcomes is a national conversation with little data," continues Clark. " Because we see over 6,000 older adults in their homes each year, no other organization in Contra Costa County is as capable of impacting the social determinants of health. Creating a system for measuring outcomes will add credibility and voice to our work. We are so thankful to the Berkeley Board Fellows for helping us to quantify the positive impact we are making on seniors' social and physical health outcomes!"
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services is a full-service nonprofit organization dedicated since 1968 to helping seniors live independently and with dignity.  Based in Walnut Creek, the agency serves older adults all across Contra Costa County.  More information can be found at www.mowsos.org.  

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