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Healthinsight Utah Awarded Grant To Improve Health Care Education

Salt Lake City - HealthInsight Utah, along with Alliance Community Services, Association for Utah Community Health, Utah Health Policy Project and Salt Lake Community Action Program – Head Start have been creating a first of its kind health care education program to help meet the growing needs of diverse consumers in Utah. The innovative approach was recognized by the Cambia Health Foundation with a $185,000 grant to accelerate the work.

These partners recognize the health system is complex and difficult to navigate, especially for those who have not previously had insurance or have had minimal access to or experience with the health care system. The Affordable Care Act has increased the number of people with health insurance, but they are now faced with learning how to use their insurance coverage, choosing from an array of provider types, advocating for their own health care needs and understanding how to choose high quality health care, all while avoiding unnecessary and sometimes harmful care.

HealthInsight Utah will work with these community-based organizations to educate newly insured Utah residents on how to navigate the health care system, utilize preventative services and provide support to meaningfully interact with their health care providers.

"Now more than ever, responsibility for making big decisions about selecting a health plan and deciding how, when and where to access health care falls heavily on individuals," said Utah-based Cambia Health Foundation board member Jennifer Danielson. "But are we doing enough to help arm people with all they need to know to be wise consumers? Cambia Health Foundation believes there’s room for improvement. That’s why we’re awarding this grant. We believe the HealthInsight Utah team has the proven track record and thoughtfully crafted plan needed to provide consumers here with accurate and timely information about how to make sound health care decisions based on quality and cost."

"We are grateful to Cambia for investing in our communities’ access to health care and preventative services," said Juliana Preston, executive director, HealthInsight Utah. "Over the next 18 months, HealthInsight Utah and its community partners will use a targeted and customized intervention that brings prevention education and ‘how to use the health care system’ message to newly insured consumers, in particular, Spanish-speaking patients and families in the West Valley City area."

The grant provides a unique opportunity to implement the Collective Impact Model, which is the "commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to align their efforts and use a common agenda for solving a complex social problem." HealthInsight Utah and its four community partners will use this model to move their efforts from collaboration to broader leveraging of resources to achieve a larger impact.

About HealthInsight

HealthInsight is a recognized leader in convening and partnering with our communities to improve health and health care by advancing quality, efficiency and value for patients and providers. HealthInsight Utah serves as a catalyst, using collaborative efforts to facilitate and promote the quality and safety of health care to achieve improved outcomes and value for all Utahans. Learn more at healthinsight.org.

About Alliance Community Services (ACS)

ACS is a unique 501 c 3 non-profit organization founded in 2002. The mission of ACS is to improve the well-being of Hispanics and underserved individuals by making social and preventive health services accessible to them. The bicultural staff includes professionals from diverse multiethnic backgrounds with vast experience in human resources, health and social services, education, communication, planning, and program evaluation. This blend of skills, education, experience and cultural backgrounds contributes to a unique outreach effort that provides services in an efficient and cultural manner. For more information about ACS programs please visit www.alliance-community.org

About Head Start

Salt Lake CAP Head Start provides health, education, and promotes self-sufficiency for children and families facing adversity. Salt Lake CAP Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood development program serving low-income children and their families. Children who attend Head Start participate in school-readiness curriculum that includes literacy, language, science, mathematics, and social-emotional development. They also receive case management services, medical and dental screenings, nutritious meals.  For more information on Head Start please visit our website at www.saltlakeheadstart.org.

About Salt Lake Community Action Program

The mission of Salt Lake Community Action Program is to empower individuals, strengthen families and build communities through education and self-sufficiency programs. The purpose of SLCAP is to create programs that empower low-income people to enhance the quality of their lives. SLCAP provides six programs; Adult Education, Head Start/Early Head Start, HEAT, Housing, Nutrition and Weatherization. For more information on how this program changes lives, visit www.slcap.org OR www.saltlakeheadstart.org. Click on the "donate" tab to donate to this valuable program.

About The Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH)

AUCH supports and represents Utah’s Community Health Centers by providing training and technical assistance, education, policy analysis, and community development. AUCH and Utah’s Community Health Centers reduce barriers to healthcare by enhancing primary care service delivery through prevention, health promotion, and community participation. Utah’s 13 Community Health Center organizations operate over 40 clinics across the state and provide comprehensive medical services including treatment for acute and chronic illness, preventive care, prenatal care, oral health, and behavioral health to over 125,000 Utahns annually. For more information on Utah Center Health Centers please visit  www.auch.org.

About Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP)

UHPP is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advancing sustainable health care solutions for underserved Utahns through better access, education, and public policy. Since 2006, UHPP has worked hard to develop solutions to create a health system that provides better access to higher quality health care at a lower cost. We pride ourselves on being an open resource for the public, community leaders, the media, businesses, health care providers and policymakers. Our nonbiased approach strives to find solutions that best fit Utah. We bring individuals and organizations to the same table, recognizing that effective and long-term solutions are fostered by authentic collaboration among disparate stakeholders. Our role is to ensure the consumer voice is present.