The Health Partnership: Supporting our communities through direct services and systems level healthcare change.
In 2006, northwest Colorado’s care providers came together to create an agenda addressing the health needs of the Yampa Valley. This agenda consisted of deepening organizational collaboration to support individuals in overcoming barriers so that systems were stronger and people were healthier. What started back in 2006 became the foundation for the Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership, which in 2019 became The Health Partnership.
As a 501c(3) non profit organization, our funding depends on support from Rocky Mountain Health Plans (the Regional Accountable Entity (RAE)), Connect for Health, and a myriad of grants. Health equity is our true-north and we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our work with clients and on behalf of our community.
A brief history and timeline are included below:
- We launched our Care Coordination program. Care coordinators provide 1:1 support to individuals to get them connected to the resources they need. This could be transportation, finding a primary care provider or getting a roof fixed. Anyone is eligible for services.
- We started Navigation Networks to bring together case managers, navigators, care coordinators to work collaboratively to identify available resources. Through this effort, we compiled county-specific resource and referral lists for our network and clinical partners, available in English and Spanish. The resource and referral lists are updated regularly and have become increasingly valuable to our community partners as we work together to support people in need.
- The Navigation Networks morphed into Collaborative Care meetings to ensure wraparound services for clients. These meetings allow those in the direct service support roles to work more efficiently and effectively together.
- We began offering health insurance outreach and enrollment services to support individuals in signing up for the insurance on the health exchange. Our health insurance assisters help people find plans that work for them and support them in understanding how to use their health insurance plans
- We launched our Community Recovery Program, after recognizing a need for substance use disorder recovery support and safe, fun places for people in recovery to gather.
- We completed the Community Health Needs Assessment
- We launched High Fidelity Wrap Around services to provide youth at risk of out of home placement and or returning from residential treatment with the support they need to identify goals and work towards meeting them.
- We launched our Jail Care Coordination program in Routt county to support justice involved individuals re-enter with resources and support.
- We kicked off our Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative to provide organizations and businesses to support staff in substance use disorder recovery.
We are proud of our work, our team, and our commitment to the greater community and can’t wait to see what the future holds.