Thursday, May 25, 2017
Bridging for Health: Improving Community Health Through Innovations in Financing supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by the Georgia Health Policy Center, is pleased to announce the selection of Caledonia & s. Essex Accountable Health Community (CAHC) to participate in this initiative.
CAHC is committed to the shared goal of improving the health and well-being of the people in Caledonia and southern Essex Counties by integrating efforts and services, with an emphasis on reducing poverty in the region. Several organizations have taken a lead in this effort: Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, Northern Counties Health Care, Northeast Kingdom Human Services, RuralEdge, Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging, Northeast Kingdom Community Action, and the Vermont Foodbank. Several other local agencies and organizations are also partnering in this effort to improve health and well-being of residents in the region.
NVRH CEO Paul Bengtson was enthusiastic about this award. “This will help us engage with even more local partners such as banks and financing organizations to develop sustainable financing mechanisms to build flourishing communities through a variety of population health-improving strategies,” said Bengtson.
The goal of Bridging for Health is to improve population health by rebalancing and aligning investments while fostering linkages among multisector stakeholders. Population health recognizes that factors outside of the traditional health care delivery system—like housing, food access, and education—significantly influence health and well-being. Innovations in financing to fund nontraditional, health-related initiatives can achieve improvements in population health for all. To accomplish this, Bridging for Health focuses on: innovations in financing; collaboration and collective impact; and population health and health equity.
The Georgia Health Policy Center, as the national coordinating center, works with these communities to further develop, evaluate, and disseminate innovations in policy, health care delivery, and financing. Each site is provided with technical assistance, evaluation support, and opportunities for peer learning. Additional resources for convenings, core functions, and/or special projects are also available.
“We heard this was a very competitive award,” said Laural Ruggles, Community Health Improvement at NVRH. “We are one of only 6 communities in the country to be offered this opportunity.” The other five Bridging for Health sites are:
Allegheny County Health Department (Pennsylvania)
The Bexar County Community Health Collaborative (Texas)
Inland Empire (California)
Spartanburg’s Way to Wellville (South Carolina)
Yamhill Community Care Organization (Oregon)
For more information on Bridging for Health, visit http://ghpc.gsu.edu/project/bridging-for-health/.