WATERTOWN – Area organizations recently received grants to implement strategies to address the physical, social and behavioral health care needs of the community.
The award criteria were determined by a summer 2020 survey of regional health care providers who were asked to comment on the most pressing health issues in the tri-county region.
Of the 60 issues identified, 14 were earmarked for funding promising practices in six categories: preventing and managing chronic disease; promote mental and behavioral well-being; prevent communicable diseases; promoting healthy infants and children; promote geriatric and end-of-life care; and strengthen health care infrastructure and delivery.
This is the second year that the North County Initiative, NCI, has invested in these priority areas. In 2021, five projects received a total of $175,000.
NCI is a partnership of hospitals, independent physicians, and community providers working to reform the health care system in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. Partners implement strategies to coordinate leadership, align incentives, create clinical programs, and develop technical infrastructure.
“The NCI is pleased to once again direct funding for innovative healthcare projects to our clinical and community partners in 2022,” Joanna Loomis, NCI Deputy Director, said in a statement. “Furthermore, it was important for us to continue to involve the views of multiple stakeholders in the review process, as each reviewer carefully assessed the strengths of the applications through their respective lenses and brought their particular expertise to the process. .”
In February, the NCI issued a request for proposals to its partner organizations. The proposals were received and reviewed by a community review board made up of health care stakeholders, including a Medicaid-insured person. Grant applications were evaluated based on project feasibility and impact, primarily on the Medicaid/Medicare/uninsured population; focus on the social determinants of health; community need; project management; and long-term durability.
Seven projects have been selected for funding.
• Bolton Pharmacy: “Children’s Vaccines and Vitamins” will provide free vaccines and multivitamins to at least 200 children from low-income households through the Bolton site in Watertown.
• Carthage Area Hospital: “Health Care on the Highway: Bringing Primary and Preventive Care to the Community” will staff a mobile primary care clinic, which will travel to Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence and will make preventive care more accessible to local residents. against transport barriers.
• Complete Family Care & Laser Center: “Bridging the Care Management Gap for Medicaid Patients” will enable an independent Jefferson County primary care practice to provide clinical and social care management support to identified high-risk Medicaid patients.
• Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center: “Cooking to Eat to Live: Basic Culinary Skills for Better Health” will create a teaching kitchen at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in which people with prediabetes, diabetes, obesity, other chronic illnesses, or families with children at risk of developing chronic illnesses, can participate in group or individual classes on preparing healthy meals and snacks. The project also includes the “$25 Feeds Five” program, which provides participants with home-cooked meal kits incorporating local ingredients.
• Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions: “Mobile Medication-Assisted Treatment Unit” will support the purchase and staffing of a mobile van that will travel to Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties to provide assessments behavioral health and substance use, counselling, medication administration, peer support and other services.
• St. Lawrence County Community Services: “Creating a Trauma-Informed Culture of Response for the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility” will facilitate the delivery of training from the Office of Mental Health New York State on Trauma-Informed Response Among Corrections Officers, Medical and Administrative Services. St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility staff and management. Project goals include a reduction in inmate-reported misconduct and grievances and an increase in inmate participation in rehabilitation programs and post-release services in the community. This award is pending approval from the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators.
• Watertown Family YMCA: “Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Innovation: A Partnership to Empower Low-Income, High-Risk People with Self-Monitoring for Successful Hypertension Control” will enroll two cohorts, each consisting of 50 participants who have or are at risk for high blood pressure, in a four-month program in which participants regularly monitor their blood pressure at home using equipment funded by grants, engage in personal consultations with trained Heart Health Ambassadors, and participate in nutrition education for better blood pressure management.
The 12-month performance period for grant-funded projects runs from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. The impact of each project will be measured throughout the performance period and shared at its conclusion.
“These Promising Practices funds will enable our partners to implement innovative healthcare projects in the Tri-County area,” said Ms. Loomis. “Our community is fortunate to have an array of clinical and community partners who are passionate about improving the health and well-being of local residents. We look forward to seeing the impact each of these projects will have on our region.