Centura Health Receives $2 Million Grant From Catholic Health Initiatives To Assist Patients In Accessing Health And Social Services

(CENTENNIAL, COLO.) Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, has been selected as one of three health systems by one of its sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), to implement a new, innovative model for addressing the social determinants of health. The program, which was made possible by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with an equal match from CHI, focuses on rural and urban primary care settings and includes adding community health workers who will help patients access local health and social services.

“We are excited to amplify our community health work and partner with CHI to define an integrated primary care model that holistically addresses issues that affect well-being,” said James Corbett, MDiv, JD, Senior Vice President, Community Health and Values Integration. “Our Christian ministry calls us to nurture the health of the communities we serve, and it is important that we continue to look beyond hospital walls and foster collaboration with a wide array of community partners to address the most important needs and issues facing our communities today.”

The grant is part of CHI’s “Total Health Roadmap” initiative, which eventually will expand across CHI. It focuses on transforming the role as health care providers to ensure basic human needs are addressed as a standard of care, leverages health systems/hospitals as community-based “anchor institutions” to partner with other organizations in addressing patients’ social determinants of health needs, and strengthens the capacity of the governance boards and leaders to ensure CHI addresses social determinants of health as a standard of care.

Support for this project comes from a $2.5 million grant awarded to CHI by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a national organization dedicated to creating healthier communities. CHI is matching the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant with a $2.5 million award from its Mission and Ministry Fund.

“We must transform our roles as health care providers, community partners and leaders within our communities to address the basic needs of everyone we serve and to help create conditions that will promote health and well-being,” said Shannon Duval, president and chief development officer of the CHI National Foundation, which is administering the grant.

The 30-month grant will identify and address the social and environmental issues that affect well-being and health equity by integrating a comprehensive screening for basic human needs into five primary care provider practices: St. Anthony Family Medicine Residency in Lakewood, Golden Neighborhood Health Center in Golden, SET Clinic in Colorado Springs, Southern Colorado Family Residency in Pueblo and Mercy Family Medicine in Durango.

The grant will integrate clinical workflows and expand Centura Health’s Community Health Advocate Program. The Community Health Advocates at the five primary care clinics will ask patients questions related to their basic needs, which include food insecurity, housing stability, utility needs, financial resources, transportation, exposure to violence and health literacy. Working with our established local community partners, the Community Health Advocates – which will become part of the care team – and clinicians will partner to connect patients with the proper community resources so patients have the opportunity to overcome social barriers that affect their health.

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