Regional Health Connectors
Regional Health Connectors use community and practice engagement to cultivate partnerships by bridging resources and systems to build healthier communities and healthier practices. This is accomplished through:
- Practice engagement in practice transformation and quality improvement activities to reach the Quadruple Aim to improve health care, patient experience, and clinician and staff experience at a decreased cost
- Partnership development to connect practices to community resources
- Community Engagement to connect practice workforce into community-level activities related to the Social Determinants of Health
Regional Health Connectors (RHCs) are deployed across Colorado as a part of the Colorado Health Extension System (CHES). The Extension System, a multi-stakeholder collaborative, creates a statewide infrastructure to support and coordinate practice transformation and to connect primary care to local public health and community organizations for community health improvement initiatives. The RHCs provide a bridge between practice transformation and community health improvement efforts, building on potential synergies and avoiding duplication of effort.
RHCs serve as liaisons to physician offices, public health and community organizations. They provide linkages among the various components of the healthcare delivery system (with a particular focus on primary care), practice transformation organizations, public health system, community organizations, state, county and city agencies, and the academic health system. One function is to build relationships with primary care practices to make them aware of the resources available to help them evolve to new models of care deliver and compensation.
Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment is one of the local host organizations supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality through the EvidenceNOW program. EvidenceNOW Southwest (ENSW) is a collaborative of Colorado and New Mexico designed to help small and medium size primary care practices in Colorado and New Mexico with a particular focus on improving how they deal with cardiovascular risks. In addition to Regional Health Connectors, the project includes multiple practice transformation organizations (PTOs), which support practices in this type of effort.
Regional Health Connectors are being deployed in a joint effort of the Colorado Public Health Institutes*. For more information on other projects of the Regional Health Connector Program visit CHI’s RHC page.
For more information, please visit the EvidenceNOW Southwest website here.
*Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment and the Colorado Health Institute