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Grants Will Boost Outreach and Enrollment to Uninsured

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) has awarded nine short-term grants to support and promote innovative outreach and enrollment (O&E) efforts to uninsured populations.

The Reaching Deep to Enroll and Retain Communities grants are supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and were awarded to primary care associations (PCA), health center controlled networks (HCCN) and Community Health Centers.  NACHC and RWJF have forged a partnership aimed at boosting  O&E support to health centers and creating a coordinated support network for over 60 PCA O&E staff.  O&E activities include webinars and trainings to over 1,600 health center staff so that more uninsured and eligible patients can be connected to coverage. NACHC has even created an O&E track at the annual Community Health Institute and EXPO that offers a range of information and tools for health center staff.

The Reaching Deep to Enroll and Retain Communities Awards ranged from $10,000 to $15,000 and will cover projects through then end of the year. Specifically, NACHC looked for organizations with O&E projects that would impact hard-to-reach populations, demonstrate workforce innovation, use social determinants of health data and/or provide training and technical assistance. NACHC hopes these projects will help identify best practices so that health centers can continue to learn from one another.

Congratulations to the grant recipients:

  • Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS)
    • BRCHS’ project will implement a screening/tracking software and tablets for patient navigators to screen all new patients for coverage eligibility and other local assistance.
  • Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC)
    • CCALAC plans to use their award to provide outreach, enrollment and retention staff with resources, training and technical assistance on recent policy changes, including the expansion of Medicaid coverage to all California children regardless of immigration status and the transition of newly-qualified immigrants from Medicaid to Covered California health plans.
  • Cornell Scott-Hill Health Corporation (CSHHC)
    • CSHHC is using the award to enroll hard-to-reach, low-income minorities and assist them with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and wellness screenings.
  • Near North Health Service Corporation (NNHSC)
    • Near North’s project—From Coverage to Care—will focus on improving access to health care for 250 homeless adults through daily enrollment assistance at local homeless shelters, offering transportation to NNHSC health centers for health care, and also working to improve health literacy among their patients.
  • Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN)
    • CCHN will work through their Covering Kids and Families project to develop a website to serve as a resource and forum for enrollment assisters and other community-based organizations on comprehensive training on Colorado’s health insurance affordability programs.
  • Florida Association of Community Health Centers (FACHC)
    • FACHC plans to hold three regional conferences to improve the capacity of Florida Enrollment Assisters, including sessions on hard-to-reach populations, and best practices.
  • Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (MassLeague)
    • MassLeague will explore and implement best practices on reaching those leaving correctional facilities with a focus on assisting them with enrollment while connecting them to care and support services.
  • Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA)
    • MPCA’s project will offer four self-paced learning modules for enrollment assisters, including assister onboard training, outreach planning, health literacy, and integrating social determinates of health data in O&E activities.
  • Montana Primary Care Association (MTPCA)
    • MTPCA will further their efforts of the Cover Montana project through a statewide paid media campaign specifically targeting counties with a high American Indian population and low enrollment numbers.

We look forward to sharing some insight and outcomes from these projects in future blog posts.