Healthcare Happenings, May 2018
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In This Issue
Download the 2017 Access to Care Data Book Today!
Gateway to Better Health Enrollment Enhancement
Behavioral Health Assessment and Triage Center Feasibility Study
Celebration of the St. Louis Healthcare Safety Net
The RHC Welcomes Back Amanda Harris!
RHC in the News
Upcoming Events
Access to Care Data Workgroup Meeting

Provider Services Advisory Board Meeting

Gateway Pilot Program Planning Team 
  June 7, 2018

Community Advisory Board Meeting

Commission Monthly Board Meeting

Commission Monthly Board Meeting

About the RHC
Download the 2017 Access to Care Data Book Today! 
As part of our mission to improve the health of uninsured citizens in the St. Louis Region, the RHC produces an annual "Access to Care" data book to review community-wide progress toward strengthening the health care safety net system. This report is a vital tool for many in our community to understand the local health care system.
The 2017 Access to Care Data Book is now available to be  downloaded on our website. This report details access to primary, specialty, emergency and behavioral health care in our region. To request a hard copy of the 2017 Access to Care Data Book, please contact Blessing Kuebee

Gateway to Better Health and RHC Wants to Hear From You!
A hallmark of the RHC has been listening and responding to the needs of our community. We are actively engaged in listening to our stakeholders for our current initiatives. If you have any feedback on our current work, please contact   Rikki Takeyama Menn

"Voice of the Customer" 
During the month of April, Chris Bell, Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, joined the RHC to help capture the Gateway to Better Health "voice of the customer." During his placement, he conversed with nearly 200 patients (current and prospective Gateway members) and community health center frontline staff. The feedback from existing members, prospective enrollees and community health center staff will provide insight on the awareness and perception of the program, and help define the enrollment enhancement recommendations this July. 

Gateway to Better Health Informational Presentations

As a reminder, all of our meetings are open to the public. Check out the upcoming meetings in the left navigation. We hope to see you soon!

Behavioral Health Assessment and Triage Center Feasibility Study  
In the City of Saint Louis and Saint Louis County, many individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) and problematic substance use (SU) are not being adequately treated, resulting in an increased number of encounters in emergency departments (ED) and the criminal justice system. These systems may not be the appropriate settings for individuals with SMI and SU to receive support and treatment. Additionally, there is increasing pressure put on providers and first-responders due to recent trends in opioid abuse. Leaders across the St. Louis region recognize that an intentional process is needed to connect these individuals to resources that facilitate treatment, recovery, support services and housing. 

More than 50 regional stakeholders have been meeting on a monthly basis and  exploring the feasibility of an Assessment and Triage Center that would provide more comprehensive care, improve community health and result in system-wide cost-savings.

If you or someone you know is interested in the RHC's Behavioral Health Assessment and Triage Center Feasibility Study , please join us at an upcoming meeting or contact April Jolly . As with all RHC meetings, the Behavioral Health Assessment and Triage Center planning team meetings are open to the public and listed on our website calendar.

Celebration of the 
St. Louis Healthcare Safety Net

In recent months, federal funding has been approved for the "Gateway to Better Health" program, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Center Fund (CHCF). To celebrate these achievements and the release of our 2017 Access to Care Data Book, more than 150 community members and stakeholders gathered at the Urban League's Vaughn Cultural Center on May 3, 2018. THANK YOU to our Commissioners, Advisory Board Members, and community stakeholders for joining our celebration of the healthcare safety net!  We are also extremely grateful for Senator McCaskill, Senator Blunt, Congressman Clay and Congresswoman Wagner for their continued commitment and support of the RHC and its partners to preserving the healthcare safety net for the medically under-served in the St. Louis region.

The RHC Welcomes Back Amanda Harris!

We are excited to welcome back Amanda Harris to the RHC team as our Strategic Planning Manager!  In this role, she will manage Gateway evaluation and support the Chronic Pain Initiative.  Previously, she served as the Manager of Community Programs at the RHC from 2016-2017, where she supported the development and implementation of Alive and Well STL with a particular focus on strengthening the Ambassador Program. In her one year leave of absence from the Commission, Amanda pursued a Fulbright Research Fellowship and analyzed an intercultural birthing initiative with the Aymara population in northern Chile.

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Your dedication and continued support are what make these efforts possible.  We look forward to continued partnership with you in the months ahead. 

Robert Fruend, Jr. 
Chief Executive Officer
St. Louis Regional Health Commission