Toward Data-Driven, Cross-Sector, and Community-Led Transformation: An Environmental Scan

The way we practice, cultivate, and pay for individual and population health in the United States is rapidly changing. Emerging research and experience point to social and environmental determinants as key influencers of health and well-being, and payment policies that reinforce value over volume are finally providing sufficient leverage for action. In part, given the recognition that local conditions drive social determinants, place-based strategies for improving population health are gaining traction. In parallel, public and private funders have increased investments in efforts to broaden our collective understanding of how to address the root causes of poor health, and to design systems that anticipate and intervene proactively for better outcomes.

This report characterizes ongoing efforts to improve population health as reflected in select national and regional programs.

Click here to access the report.

Tackling an Epidemic: Evaluation of California Opioid Safety Coalitions Network

The opioid epidemic is having a devastating impact in communities across the nation, fueling a dramatic increase in premature deaths. In California, there were almost 2,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2016. In late 2015, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) launched a statewide network of 16 local coalitions in 23 counties focused on three priority strategies — safe opioid prescribing, use of medication-assisted addiction treatment (MAT), and access to naloxone to reverse drug overdoses.

A report released by the Public Health Institute,  Tackling an Epidemic: Evaluation of California Opioid Safety Coalitions Network, looks at the impact these local coalitions are having in their communities.

ITUP Regional Meetings will be held in Rural North this November

ITUP regional workgroups bring together local leaders to engage in constructive dialogue, problem solving and identification of creative policy solutions that expand access and improve the health of Californians.

New dates! Please be sure to check the ITUP Regional Workgroup schedule.

Eureka                                                               Redding                                               Willits
November 13, 2017                            November 1, 2017                           November 1, 2017
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM                          12:00 PM – 2:00 PM                         12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Click here for more details and to register.

American Health Care Act is Pulled from Consideration

Our rural health care voices were heard today as the Republican plan to repeal and replace the ACA was pulled from consideration by the House of Representatives. CCRHI appreciates the efforts of all rural health care leaders who reached out to their Members of Congress and shared their thoughts about why this plan was not the right answer for our rural communities. Read more on this in coverage from the news media.

Opportunities for Rural Communities in California 1115 Waiver

The Bridge to Reform Waiver guided the state’s effort to prepare for implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Expansion of the Medi-Cal Program to thousands of new beneficiaries. California is now working to implement its plan for the Medi-Cal Program over the next five years. On December 30, 2015, the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved California’s 1115 Waiver Renewal, called Medi-Cal 2020. This waiver includes some significant changes to the health care safety net in California, which may provide opportunities for rural communities. Continue reading