Top NewsTift Regional provides presentation on Accountable Health Communities initiative
Representatives with Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) provided a presentation on the Accountable Health Communities (ACE) program to the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce on June 15. Accountable Health Communities Grant Manager Valerie Levy and Director of Clinical Integration Joel Presley discussed a $2.5 million Accountable Health Communities grant awarded to TRHS by Medicare. The grant funds will be used for infrastructure and staffing for population health initiatives. The goal is to screen community members to identify unmet health related needs, such as food insecurity and unstable housing, which 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 health system, 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.
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