Medical and Dental Care@100%: Innovation 10
Developing the City Dept of Medical and Dental Care
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Medical and Dental Care.10.1
Project 1: The “county/city Partnership That Funds The Department Of Accessible Medical And Dental Health Care” Project
Elevator pitch: When Eric was a toddler, his mom should have been able to scan city hall’s website to find all sorts of accessible medical and dental care programs for her kids and herself. She should have been able to see a clearly defined menu item called “Department of Easy-to-Access and Family-Friendly Medical and Dental Care” right next to the Departments of Police, Fire and Parks. It should not be buried deep in the bowels of the website. It’s a vital, stand-alone department (or should be) and deserves to be treated as such.
Why is this so important? After all, various local community clinics and care programs are often funded in part by county entities, city entities, foundations, nonprofit organizations or multi-county coalitions. In less-populated areas, nonprofits or hospitals become the hub for all medical and dental care.
This proposed department doesn’t take over health care, instead it regularly evaluates the medical and dental needs of its constituents, determines if they are adequate and regularly researches innovations. This job will look very different depending on the town — it may just take a part-time city manager a few hours per year in the smallest of hamlets. But it’s important work, and it needs to be done by someone who reports to an individual who regularly stands for election.
Potential partners: mayors, city councilors, county commissioners, advocates for care, public health departments, health care providers and researchers, and socially-engaged businesses.
Project: Medical and Dental Care.10.2
Project 2: The “convene Your Fellow Medical And Dental Care Advocates And Enhance Your Skills In Public Speaking, Committee Briefing, And How To Get To A Lawmaker” Project
This project is a crash course that you develop with local experts about how to contact local and state leaders, give an elevator pitch on your projects, and the protocol for committee hearings that can lead to funding.
Project: Medical and Dental Care.10.3
Project 3: The “know Your Stuff Before You Meet The Mayor” Project
Innovation #10, in some ways, is putting it all together. By this we mean that, by the time your action team becomes familiar with all ten innovation areas and their projects, you will be prepared to meet with elected officials and stakeholders to discuss support of accessible medical and dental care for all.
Project: Medical and Dental Care.10.4
Project 4: The “create A Bold Vision And Strategic Plan” Project
It’s time to create a detailed plan for this new (or improved) local Department of Accessible Medical and Dental Care. With previous projects, you will have learned its strengths and weaknesses, potential funding sources, and who the players are. You’ll be in a great position to document what’s great, what needs to be kept as it is or expanded, and what needs to change.