Regional health center awarded grant funding
EDWARDS — Mountain Family Health Centers recently received $150,000 in grant funding from the Colorado Health Foundation to implement team-based care practices that will strengthen the delivery of integrated care. The clinic’s health care team will work closely with patients to accomplish shared goals within and across settings to achieve coordinated, high-quality care that will improve health outcomes throughout the community.
Josh Rusk, MD, joined the Mountain Family Health Centers’ team early in 2015 and serves as the Edwards location’s medical director.
“The Colorado Health Foundation could not have chosen a better practice (than Mountain Family Health Centers-Edwards) for this grant,” Rusk said. “The providers and staff here in Edwards are already so engaged and dedicated to the mission of serving patients and the community. Now, even more time and energy can be focused directly on providing care as a unified team. A primary goal will be continuing to develop the notion that everyone in the office has a role in empowering the patient, from the moment a patient walks in the clinic door to the moment they walk out.”
ADVANCING BASIC PRINCIPLES
The Colorado Health Foundation will connect Mountain Family Health Centers with a technical assistance provider and provide access to a learning collaborative and practice coach. These tools will help Mountain Family Health Centers advance basic principles of team-based care such as shared goals, clear roles, mutual trust, measurable processes and outcomes, and effective communication.
Mountain Family Health Centers provides high quality, integrated primary, behavioral and dental health care in the communities they serve, with special consideration for the medically underserved, regardless of ability to pay. Mountain Family Health Centers accepts most private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare, and offer sliding scale programs and other assistance programs for any person who is uninsured.