Transcript: Forming a catalyst for better health in Washington state

Upbeat music plays. Downtown Seattle towers over the blue water.

ON SCREEN TEXT:          Seattle & King County, WA

A sailboat floats along the water by the docks. A white man in a dress shirt interviews. He sits at a granite kitchen island and browses on his laptop. He grips his forearm as he moves the mouse with his right hand.

MAN IN KITCHEN: I like the Catalyst Project because it’s not coming in with a pre-defined role or scope. The Catalyst project, we’re coming in saying “We’re gonna look at data.”

Outside on a stone path, a person in a red headdress walks towards the street.

MAN IN KITCHEN: We know we want to serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community, but we’re gonna use data and use community voice to find out how we’re gonna be the most successful.

ON SCREEN TEXT:    Doug Baxter-Jenkins
                                    Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
                                    Community Integration Program Manager

A barge of sand sits in the harbor. A white man with a beard interviews on a stone balcony.

ON SCREEN TEXT:    Ben Miksch
                                    UnitedHealthcare Community & State
                                    Housing Specialist

BEN: We get to come in and say like, “What does the community need?” We’re working together to improve health outcomes, but aside from that we really get to decide what that means and how that’s gonna look.

A long-haired brunette woman interviews.

ON SCREEN TEXT:    Anne Penucci
                                    King County Housing Authority
                                    Director of Impact & Evaluation

ANNE: Our long-standing partnership with UnitedHealthcare as well as public health Seattle King County has led us to unique health and housing data. 

A mural of a curly haired person is painted on the side of a building. Thin white paper strips cover their eyes and hang under their chin. Text is written inside them.

ON SCREEN TEXT:    Building communities
                                    Where ideas thrive

Someone in a long winter coat walks their dog along the sidewalk. A person in a grey hoodie crosses the street.

ANNE: And that has allowed us to gain unique insight into what are the health patterns, issues, disparities that our residents face.

Anne interviews in front of a lake.

ANNE: And then we can use that to actually drive action, in a meaningful way.

A man in a cap is silhouetted against a lake. The reflection of the sunset gleams off the water, and a cat steps forward.

BEN: What we see generally though is a lot of health disparities, that generally it’s a sicker population with higher need, with more chronic illness.

A spot of blood forms on a person’s fingertip, and they hold a device with a metal strip to the blood. A man in a yellow shirt sits in a chair, and a woman wraps a blood pressure cuff around his arm.

BEN: A lot of diabetes, a lot of hypertension, and we’re seeing a lot of serious mental illness, particularly on depressive disorders.

Beyond a patch of long grass, children play at a park, and a couple pushes a baby stroller through the grass onto a sidewalk.

BEN: We can play a really, really big role in helping bring, you know, better health outcomes, better health access, better health education to a lot of communities in a way that’s gonna not just improve outcomes but can address some of the equity issues that we’re concerned about.

At a picnic table, Anne speaks with an Asian man in a dark dress shirt.

ANNE: This partnership is different from other partnerships because its really multisector. We talk a lot about cross-sector, and that’s usually a one to one. You know, the housing authority is working with a healthcare provider, or the housing authority is working with a community-based organization. What we’re doing here is bringing all those pieces to the table and trying to build a more longstanding partnership.

Doug sits at the kitchen island.

DOUG: Catalyst means that we are creating a movement where we can affect real change. And not just small projects, but it’s something big, it’s something that can morph and grow into a project that we can’t even fathom right now.

Ben stands on the balcony.

BEN: Like a blank page is scary. There’s a lot of freedom here, but at the same time this is what I’m here for, is this chance to build some of these bridges. Cause I think like, not only is this maybe one of the best ways to really make a big difference for some of our members, I think it’s the only way.

The skyline of downtown Seattle fades to white. A blue u-shaped logo appears against a white background, followed by text.

ON SCREEN TEXT:          UnitedHealthcare