Health professionals meet for more cohesive healthcare

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Health professionals from around Western Colorado met up Thursday with the end goal of making our communities healthier.

It was the biggest summit that Quality Health Network, a non-profit, has put on with around 200 health professionals in attendance. Topics ranged from privacy laws, to mental health and addiction to child healthcare, but the biggest theme was how to connect all these different aspects of healthcare together. Organizers said 80 percent of our health comes from social factors.

“If we can begin to collaborate more effectively, more efficiently with human services agencies, human behavioral health and physical health, we can begin to create healthier communities across our region, across our state and across our nation,” said Dick Thompson, Quality Health Network.

The summit was also an event to kick off what Quality Health Network is calling their Community Resource Network that will let health professionals exchange social information to help identify people most in need.

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