How can an RHC help my practice?

Regional Health Connectors (RHCs) are a new workforce dedicated to improving the coordination of local services to advance health. Want to talk with an RHC about ways they can help advance your practice transformation goals? Ask your practice facilitator to introduce you, reach out to them directly, or email RHConnectors@coloradohealthinstitute.org. For more information about RHCs please visit: www.regionalhealthconnectors.org 


Real world examples of how RHCs are helping practices

 

In Region 11 (Western Slope), RHC Stephanie Monahan is convening care coordinators, case managers, and community resources to identify referral opportunities and gaps.

 

 


 

In Region 3 (Front Range), RHC Laura Don connected a primary care practice with a behavioral health provider in the same office building!

 

 


 

In Region 9 (Western Slope), RHC Mary Dengler-Frey will expand the SIM-funded stigma reduction campaign to reach providers and residents in 2-5 additional counties. 

 

 


 

In Region 13 (Front Range), RHC Mike Orrill is sharing lessons learned from chaffeeresources.com.

 

 


 

In Region 4 (Front Range), RHC Darlyn Miller heard a need for behavioral health resources tailored to LGBTQ youth and delivered a packet to practices.

 

 


 

In Region 18 (Front Range), RHC Tanya Trujillo-Martinez connected a SIM practice looking for materials on childhood obesity to a local community group working on consistent messaging.

 

 

Other examples:

  • In southeast Colorado, the RHC helped coordinate a lunch and learn so multiple practices could earn CME credits. A SIM provider presented on practice transformation, the SIM building blocks, and his experience with integrating behavioral health. Lunch and learns are a popular activity for RHCs right now! The RHC in Larimer County is planning a lunch and learn for practices on how to access local behavioral health services and relevant community-based resources.
  • Many RHCs responded directly to asks from SIM practices, who want to know more about locally-based resources to support their patients with tobacco cessation, diabetes self-management support, depression follow-up, and social needs. In Weld County, the RHC provided materials to a clinic who asked for help identifying community resources related to their practice transformation goal to assess social needs for patients (SIM building block 7).
  • The RHC in El Paso and Teller Counties heard from clinics and doctors that they were interested in a training on screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment. This is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. The RHC in the area is planning a training for local practices.