We're proud to announce the official opening of ComSA (Community for Successful Ageing) at the Whampoa Community Center! Congratulations to the Tsao Foundation team, Whampoa Community Center, and all healthcare partners, friends and families of ComSA Whampoa.
In conjunction with the launch, we hosted the ComSA Forum, welcoming Dr Amy Khor (Senior Minister of State for Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources & Ministry of Health), Mr Heng Chee How (Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office and MP for Jalan Besar GRC), Dr John Beard and Dr Sarah Barber from the World Health Organization, and many other panelists and community members.
Some key themes and takeaways from the Forum include:
✦ Creating an ecosystem approach to care by collaborating with multiple stakeholders to build an aged-care service integration hub
✦ Taking a holistic, lifecycle view to care, from preventative care to end of life care
✦ Quantifying and tracking care outcomes through The BPS Metrics - (Bio, Psychological/Emotional, and Social), with the ultimate goal of making evidence-based iterative improvements to design, care quality and scalability
✦ Transforming care recipients to care partners, and encouraging elders to take care of themselves and others
And finally, to share some key early learnings from ComSA Whampoa so far...
✦ Community care management to detect 'cold' cases has more challenging than expected
✦ While engaging in outreach to the community, many clients did not see the need for preventative health and care management (!)
✦ Deep-seeded social issues in the families require expertise in mental health, family therapy and dementia
Anne Kim serves as a Board Member of the Tsao Foundation, a non-profit organization where she helps to advocate innovations in community based eldercare, training and education, and policy relevant research.
ComSA is Tsao Foundation's innovative, community-focused, grounds-up approach to co-create an integrated system of comprehensive programs and services, and an environment for health, well being, personal growth and empowerment.
The ComSA Whampoa Center features:
✦ Hua Mei clinic: primary care clinic focusing on comprehensive BPS care needs for elders
✦ Hua Mei Elder-centered Program of Integrated Comprehensive Care: day care center
✦ Elder Empowerment and Communication Participation Program Center
✦ Learning Room: training for self-care and successful ageing
According to the World Health Organization (WHO)'s 2014 World Cancer Report, the number of cancer cases in Asia is anticipated to increase by a staggering 75% over the next two decades. We attended The Economist's Healthcare Forum: War On Cancer and engaged with leaders from the government, academia and healthcare industry in a deep discussion on improving access to cancer diagnosis and treatment via effective policy making, financing and patient-centric care.
✦ Who pays? Cancer continues to remain a heavy financial burden, especially to patients in the low to middle income Asian countries. Continued cooperation between insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and care systems, diagnostic companies, patients, non profit organisations and government and policy makers are required to develop patient-centric, affordable care.
✦ Holistic care: Often we focus on drugs and treatment. However, more effort is needed to shift patient awareness to prevention and early detection - after all, the WHO estimates that roughly one third of cancers are preventable and another third treatable if diagnosed early on. Overcoming the stigma of "end-of-life" care and incorporating palliative care earlier into the treatment process is slowly becoming the norm.
✦ Continuing improvements to access and delivery to care: Policy, financing and capacity building were high on national agendas for cancer care across the ASEAN region. Advances in data and technology in diagnosis, treatment continue to aid in improving the quality to cost value proposition for cancer care.
We are excited to launch Alphavita Capital - we have a number of projects and collaborations under wraps, watch this space for more news!
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