142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Building healthy communities around shared goals: A community-academic partnership between Project Access-New Haven and Yale-New Haven Hospital

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Lauren M. Kelley, MSW, MPA , Project Access-New Haven, New Haven, CT
Darcey Lynn Cobbs-Lomax, MBA, MPH , Project Access of New Haven, New Haven, CT
William Gedge , Yale-New Haven Health System, New Haven, CT
Adrienne Lofton, MSN , Project Access of New Haven, New Haven, CT
Erica S. Spatz, MD, MHS , Department of Medicine/Division of Cardiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
As hospitals work to align efforts with the triple aim of better care, improved health, and lower costs, they are becoming increasingly accountable for the health of their communities.  Community-based organizations (CBOs) play a critical role in supporting this mission.  Since 2009, Project Access-New Haven (PA-NH), a nonprofit CBO, has partnered with Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) to advance a shared goal of improved community health.  PA-NH expands the safety net and coordinates timely care for low-income, uninsured adults in the Greater New Haven community.  YNHH provides financial and in-kind support, including free specialty and ancillary services.  Based on the principles of community-based participatory research, PA-NH has engaged YNHH (and other stakeholders) from its inception, involving them in the program’s formation, implementation, evaluation, and strategic planning.  PA-NH and YNHH work collaboratively and benefit from shared insights that influence both organizations’ strategic thinking surrounding access to care.  Through bimonthly leadership meetings and recognition of each partner’s unique role and strengths, PA-NH and YNHH have developed a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership that supports PA-NH’s expanded reach and impact in the community.  With the help of YNHH and State and local grants, our budget has grown 7-fold and we now serve 339 adults annually.  Our expanded safety net includes 323 physicians and comprehensive ancillary services.  The average wait-time for appointments is <3 weeks with a 97% show-rate.  PA-NH is now informing broader YNHH efforts to improve care coordination.  Our experience demonstrates how hospital-CBO partnerships can enhance both partners’ efforts to improve community health.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Describe the ways in which community-academic partnerships can improve community health; List strategies that can facilitate the development of strong, mutually beneficial, and sustainable community-academic partnerships

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Underserved Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of Research & Evaluation for Project Access-New Haven (PA-NH). I have been involved with PA-NH since its inception in 2009 and have participated in the development of the organization/program in close partnership with Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Yale University School of Medicine.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.