Innovation  

Assertions pertaining to Bedlamís introduction of new and compelling ways of responding to unmet health needs and those health needs influenced by poverty.  

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The integration of administration and management of the Bedlam Alliance into the medical school stands as an innovation.

   

The medical school supports a public venture and public service option often times missing from many medical schools which have adopted more for profit and entrepreneurial forms of service delivery. 

The formation and diffusion of school based models of health care delivery stands as an important innovation.

 

 

School personnel and Bedlam providers assert the importance of bringing health care into the schools through physical co-location with early education, primary school, and middle school settings. Making Bedlam part of the community schools model in Greater Tulsa is a salient innovation.

The co-location of Bedlam clinics in public housing settings holds national significance as an innovation.

 

 

Sandy Park and East Central Village locations demonstrate the positioning of Bedlam clinics in high risk communities close to populations at risk.  Convenience, qualities of the physical facilities, location, outreach, and continuity of care become important features defining this type of Bedlam clinic. 

The interplay of multiple types of services imbues Bedlam clinics make many sites comprehensive.

 

 

While Bedlam is evolving in terms of comprehensiveness, the sites increasingly incorporate medical care, health promotion, social services, and potentially employment services to address multiple consequences of poverty.