Health and Well-Being for All: Meeting-in-a-Box (HWFA) is a new product created by Dr. Denise Koo to improve communication among community stakeholders regarding the social determinants of health (SDOH). HWFA is an innovative way to facilitate a discussion about SDOH and mobilize with a “meeting-in-a-box.” The HWFA meeting-in-a-box provides everything healthcare and health industry professionals, as well as medical students, need to explore the determinants underlying the health problems faced by patients and communities from its foundation.
This hands-on tool incorporates a big-picture visual with supporting materials including data cards, group dialogue exercises, and facilitator tips. It also provides guidance for following a 6-step process for leading change in the community, including how to identify and engage collaborators. Dr. Koo developed HWFA because current and future leaders in healthcare recognize that providing value-based care requires addressing the root causes of illness. With this facilitation tool, she reinforces that health and well-being are products of not only the healthcare we receive and the choices we make, but also the places where we live, learn, work, and play. HWFA is an interactive way to discuss factors that affect our overall health, including social factors, and to consider how to take action.
HWFA promotes teamwork and cross-sector collaboration to address social determinants. Working with partners maximizes the impact on the health of individuals and the communities in which they live. HWFA has been tested by various audiences, from healthcare to academia. Watch a video that features the Health and Well-Being for All: Meeting-in-a-Box when it was used by public health, business, and medical students at Emory University.
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About Dr. Denise Koo
Dr. Koo graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Biochemical Sciences. After combining medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, with an MPH in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley, she completed a primary care internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Koo is also a graduate of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and Preventive Medicine Residency program. Prior CDC positions include running the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System, serving as Director of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Informatics, and the Director of CDC’s Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development. Dr. Koo holds appointments as Adjunct Professor of Global Health and of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and is a Consulting Professor at the Duke University Medical Center's Department of Community and Family Medicine. She co-authored a new book with over 50 other population health experts, Solving Population Health Problems through Collaboration, which also available from PHF's Learning Resource Center.