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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Increased Health Access through Integrated Health Home

Colorado has been a national leader in supporting whole-person health, especially in underserved communities. Integrated care models can be found in safety net systems across the state. One such model takes place at an Integrated Health Home in Boulder, Colo. This Integrated Health Home is a unique partnership between Mental Health Partners, a behavioral health organization; Dental Aid, a nonprofit dental clinic; and the medical team from Clinica Family Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center.

Before accessing services in the Integrated Health Home, 32% of patients visited an emergency department for health needs. After six months of accessing care through an integrated model, only 13% of patients utilized an emergency department for their health needs.


The Caring For Colorado Foundation and The Colorado Health Foundation provided funding to include dental care through the SMILES Virtual Dental Home grant into Mental Health Partners’ Integrated Health Home model. Additionally, Phase II of Colorado’s Accountable Care Collaborative is supporting sustainability of this work. The videos listed here highlight patient, provider and organizational leadership experiences, demonstrating the benefits of integrated health services.

The Caring For Colorado Foundation and The Colorado Health Foundation provided funding to include dental care through the SMILES Virtual Dental Home grant into Mental Health Partners’ Integrated Health Home model. Additionally, Phase II of Colorado’s Accountable Care Collaborative is supporting sustainability of this work.


Development of these videos was made possible by state funding from CDPHE’s Oral Health Unit. The videos were developed before COVID-19 and do not reflect current infection control processes or safety precautions currently in place.


For additional background information, please see this document.
  

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