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Tift Regional receives federal grant for population health management

Medicare awarded Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) a $2.5 million Accountable Health Communities Grant to be used for infrastructure and staffing for population health initiatives. The goal of that spending is to screen community members to identify unmet health related needs.  Unmet health related needs—such as food insecurity and unstable housing—can contribute to the rise of development chronic conditions, increase health care costs and reduce a person’s ability to manage chronic conditions. 

TRHS will serve as a hub, coordinating efforts between medical providers, community service providers and area residents, helping residents navigate the healthcare system and community services.  While Tift County is the primary service area for the hospital, its seven neighboring counties—Worth, Turner, Ben Hill, Irwin, Berrien, Cook and Colquitt—are secondary service areas.  All eight counties fall in the bottom half of the state’s county health rankings.  The $2.5 million will be evenly split across five years.  TRHS was one of 12 organizations who received the grant.