Ashley Shearer, LCSW, Director of Care Coordination, Utilization Management, and Clinical Documentation Integrity at the Queen’s Medical Center, is working to address Hawaii’s high emergency department utilizers, especially those who come in for non-emergent needs. Shearer’s work with the Queen’s Care Coalition aims to identify the broader, health-adjacent needs of Hawaii’s residents and address them from a community-based perspective.
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“Doing social determinants of health (SDOH) screenings in all sorts of health care settings is invaluable,” she said.
Shearer also spoke on the importance of data as a tool for addressing health disparities, especially for the Native Hawaiian community.