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.

Southern California Regional Rural Health Convening, July 26th in San Bernardino

This convening will bring together rural health system partners, including the Rural Task Force that has been developing to address the rural health system needs. Hosted by the Community Health Association Inland Southern Region, the convening to be held on July 26th will offers an opportunity to learn about successes, challenges and threats in the shifting policy landscape from all healthcare industries and develop strategies to navigate potential changes to rural.

For more information on the event view the event flyer here..



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.

Regional Convenings to Discuss Health Care 2017 for Rural California

A coalition of organizations focused on rural health care in California is sponsoring three regional convenings to discuss the policy landscape for rural health, reflect on impact of the ACA on rural health systems and identify strategies to navigate potential changes. The event dates are:

  • Central Valley: March 16, 2017
  • Northern California: March 20, 2017
  • Southern California: Date TBD

Visit the CCRHI events page for more information and to register today.

Download the registration flyer to share.

Rural Americans at Higher Risk of Death from Five Leading Causes

On January 12, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the results of a study that demonstrates rates of the five leading causes of death are higher among rural Americans:

  • heart disease,
  • cancer,
  • unintentional injuries,
  • chronic lower respiratory disease, and
  • stroke
“We have seen increasing rural-urban disparities in life expectancy and mortality emerge in the past few years. CDC’s focus on these critical rural health issues comes at an important time,”  said Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Acting Administrator, Jim Macrae, in a press release.

According to the CDC, gaps in mortality can be addressed by the following:

  • Screen patients for high blood pressure and make control a quality improvement goal. High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
  • Increase cancer prevention and early detection. Rural healthcare providers should participate in the state-level comprehensive control coalitions. Comprehensive cancer control programs focus on cancer prevention, education, screening, access to care, support for cancer survivors, and overall good health.
  • Encourage physical activity and healthy eating to reduce obesity. Obesity has been linked to a variety of serious chronic illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.
  • Promote smoking cessation. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States and is the most significant risk factor for chronic lower respiratory disease.
  • Promote motor vehicle safety. Rural healthcare providers should encourage patients to always wear a seat belt and counsel parents and child care providers to use age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts on every trip.
  • Engage in safer prescribing of opioids for pain. Healthcare providers should follow the CDC guideline when prescribing opioids for chronic pain and educate patients on the risks and benefits of opioids and using nonpharmacologic therapies to provide greater benefit.

View the CDC News Release for more information.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Webinar

Today CCRHI hosted a successful webinar with staff from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. Thank you to all of our CCRHI collaborative members who participated. This is the first in what we hope will be many webinars that explore strategies to improve the health of your rural communities. To view the meeting recording and slides visit the CCRHI Events page.

Shasta County Physician Workforce Assessment Released

The Shasta Health Assessment and Redesign Collaborative (SHARC) released a Shasta County Physician Workforce Assessment last week. Prepared by Health Alliance of Northern California (HANC) on behalf of the collaborative, the paper is the culmination of a year-long collaboration between Shasta County’s hospitals, clinics, county agencies, Partnership HealthPlan of California and many other healthcare leaders to research and analyze the current physician supply in the county.

Read the full report.