As we start 2016, we're taking a look back on the last year and what we accomplished with PHIP. The PHIP Steering Team has been diligently working in their workgroups. Roughly 8 months ago, the Steering Team broke up into three separate workgroups: Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health (MEB); Chronic Disease Screening; and Healthy Environments. The chart below depicts PHIP's transformation and progress.
The MEB group is working to assess 2-1-1 WNY, a 24/7 resource that connects people to services in seven of the counties in WNY. The assessment will identify strengths and gaps in their services as it related to mental health. The second project under the PHIP MEB group provided Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for free to the community, which is detailed below. Read more about MHFA»
The Chronic Disease Screening group is breaking out into subgroups looking at breast cancer screenings and colorectal screening. The hope for these groups is to help expand current initiatives to the other counties to help fill the gaps and help target the at risk populations.
And lastly, the Healthy Environments group has been working on building the WNY Healthy Communities Coalition in a regional effort to expand programs such as the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH). CATCH is the most proven program to prevent childhood obesity and launch kids and communities toward healthier lifestyles. Read more about CATCH»
P² conducted a survey in collaboration with the two Performing Provider Systems (PPS) in WNY to assess understanding of healthcare disparities, national CLAS standards and implementation of the CLAS standards at their organizations. Working with our partners, we will draft a strategy to address specific needs as identified in the survey findings and we will facilitate the process for implementing such strategies in order to promote equity among diverse communities. A full report will be reported out at the January Steering Team meeting and will be posted to the the P² website.
One of our long-standing goals has been to have a single website that can meet population health information needs. The Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) has allowed us to make this a reality. For the past few months, we have been working with the Healthy Communities Institute to create a website tailored for WNY.
The resource, which we’ve named “Keys to Health,” is a user-friendly website that allows users to:
We are looking forward to 2016 and what we can accomplish together!