Community wins Accountable Health grant

A Western Colorado initiative to improve individual and community well-being by connecting health care and regional community services has received a five-year, $4.5 million grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The Accountable Health Communities Model (AHCM) will test whether systemically identifying and attempting to address health-related social needs (e.g., housing, food and utilities) through referral and community navigation can lower health care costs, reduce utilization and improve care quality and delivery. Many initiatives address aspects of individual and community health, but too often they are uncoordinated; gaps in services are poorly communicated or not prioritized. Colorado's AHCM seeks to change that by addressing fundamental gaps in services that impair individuals' ability to achieve their full potential for health and well-being, and aligning resources and coordination efforts to extend their impact.