Improving Health Outcomes through Faith-Based and Community Partnerships: Innovative Practices from Health Systems in the Field

Published On 02/21/2012

Charity Care—Triple Aim for Triple Eligibility
Medicare, Medicaid and Mercy (the uninsurable) 

Advancing the State of the Art in Community Benefit:  A national demonstration project that aspires to make use of limited charitable resources to address unmet health-related needs. Facilitated by The Public Health Institute, Dignity Health, St. Joseph Health System and other partners. www.asacb.org

The CMS Innovation Center Health Care Innovation Awards: Project profiles of the 2012 Health Care Innovation Awards.  These organizations will implement projects that aim to deliver better health, improved care, and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), particularly those with the highest health care needs. Funding for these projects is for three years. 

Primary Care Access Network (PCAN), Florida Hospital, Orange County Florida Web site, is a dynamic collaborative among hospitals, local government, primary health care centers, community agencies, and other social services designed to improve the access, quality and coordination of health care services to the underinsured and uninsured populations of Orange County.  

Integrative Care: Socially Complex Residents of Socially Complex Neighborhoods
(This includes the domain of social determinants as well as mental health broadly conceived—and unreimbursed and informal care networks.)

Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Care Management Program that seeks to reduce unnecessary ED utilization in Camden, NJ, by intervening and directing appropriate outreach attention to those lacking consistent primary care, suffer from chronic illness, mental illness, and/or substance abuse. 

Adventist HealthCare, Center on Health Disparities (MD, NJ) seeks to remove barriers to care, and create opportunities for health access, treatment by offering culturally competent education and training modules for health care professionals and staff, partnering with community organizations to make health care and services accessible to all members of the community and disseminating health disparities research and exemplary practices that address them.   

Garden on the Go, sponsored by Indiana University Health, celebrates its 10,000th transaction, demonstrating its success in bringing fresh, local produce to communities in need. 

Movin’ Mania, the program launched by Bon Secours Virginia Health System, a member of the Catholic Health Association, is a community-wide effort to reduce childhood obesity and encourage children to form healthy habits for life. 

Project Safe, Lutheran Healthcare, trains youth between the ages of 14 and 19 to provide life-saving information to their peers through workshops, performances, and community outreach. 

Lutheran Healthcare Community Liaison Program, facilitates access to high-quality care by assigning a culturally competent liaison to serve the needs of three of its major patient groups—Orthodox Jewish, Arab, and Chinese—and provide culturally competent care. 

Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation (BSMF) supports housing assistance and senior housing initiatives designed to sustain strong, stable, and thriving West Baltimore neighborhoods in partnership with Operation ReachOut SouthWest-- a coalition of more than 300 community businesses, churches, residents, partner organizations and institutions. 

Arts of Alignment:  Engaging Communities in Transformational Partnerships
(This includes a variety of models including the Memphis Model, health community organizing)

Church-Health System Partnership Facilitates Transitions from Hospital to Home for Urban, Low Income African Americans, Reducing Mortality, Utilization, and Costs. AHQR Innovations Exchange: May 31, 2012

The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation,  a joint project of Advocate Health Care and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Neighborhoods Initiative, was formed to mobilize the unique strengths of faith communities to address the social conditions that impact people’s health.

Integrative Groups Wellness Program Concurrently Reduces Pain and Stress, and Improves Stress-Related Chronic Illnesses: Henry Ford Health System faith-based (and employee group) program that delivers chronic pain intervention and techniques to relieve stress, eliminate pain, and improve related conditions (e.g. high blood pressure, obesity, and sleep difficulty).