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Upcoming Initiatives

Regional Health Partnership (RHP)

As its main priority the RHP is currently focused on improving care for the high cost, high need patient (HCHN) who have many non-medical needs. These social determinants of health which impact health outcomes and therefore medical utilization and costs are the focus of social service providers, and thus the Community Action Network (CAN) was created to coordinate medical and social services. Through CAN consensus was reached regarding a care model for HCHN patients and developing centers of excellence in East Hawaiʻi to address complex needs of every HCHN patient and establish continuum of care with their medical team/home. An infrastructure to support this care model is being developed and includes an online inventory of resources and referral management, a Community QA Committee, and Exception Funding. Our work also proceeds from the assumption that in East Hawaiʻi only together as a community can we make significant progress.

Access to Care

Community First is working with local stakeholders to develop a community focused healthcare collaborative that ensures everyone on Hawaiʻi Island has timely access to quality healthcare, close to home. An island wide community health needs assessment will be completed in 2021 with providers and general community stakeholders. The assessment will work to address the long term goals of timely access to care for all, increasing provider capacity to serve more patients locally, and to inform our community of their healthcare options and the benefits of keeping care local.

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