This year, Connect with Partners covered a wide range of stories with impact on health care and medicine at the local, national, and international levels. From the human and economic toll of the ongoing opioid crisis to efforts to make health care better for people with complex medical conditions and social factors, our goal was to capture a snapshot of the system, week after week.

What captured your attention? Here are the year’s stories with the highest levels of readership as measured by site traffic.

1. Help Wanted: Businesses Must Join the Effort to End Opioid Abuse. In a Boston Globe op-ed, Partners HealthCare President and CEO David Torchiana, MD, joined colleagues from the Boston health care community in calling for Massachusetts employers to unite against the economic and human toll of opioid use disorder.

2. With NIH, Leading the Way Toward More Precise Care. Partners' participation in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) program, launched on May 6, is helping to create a national databank of genetic- and molecular-level insights that accelerate medical research and improve human health.

3. Combatting the Opioid Epidemic, By Increasing Access to Life-Saving Treatments. Neighborhood Health Plan (who will be AllWays Health Partners as of January 1, 2019) launched a first-of-its-kind initiative incentivizing providers to obtain prescribing certification for the opioid-counteracting medication Suboxone—one of several Partners programs expanding access to medication-assisted treatment.

4. Introducing the Partners Emergency Navigator Pilot. A new program, part of the Partners Medicaid Accountable Care Organization, is helping to better support Medicaid patients in the emergency department by connecting them with community resources to address psycho-social needs.

5. Taking Pride in Partners’ Diversity and Inclusion Policies. During Pride Month, we took stock of the progress made through the development of Partners’ gender identity policy, the resources keeping our workplaces inclusive and supportive, and the opportunities to remain on the cutting edge of progress.

As the year comes to a close, we are grateful for the engagement of so many stakeholders, in New England and beyond, with a common commitment to enhancing our health care system for all patients. We look forward to sharing more stories with you in 2019, and wish you good health this holiday season.

Topics: Access to Care, Substance Use Disorders, Diversity and Inclusion, Partners Corporate

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