Grand County Rural Health Network awarded $356,285
The Colorado Health Foundation has awarded the Grand County Rural Health Network a two-year grant of $356,285 to expand patient navigation services for low-income, uninsured individuals in Grand County.
Patient navigators coordinate healthcare, offer emotional support, provide education, and eliminate barriers to care, such as transportation, cost of care, cost of prescription drugs and insurance status. Navigators perform these vital functions by linking patients to appropriate community agencies and resources.
The Grand County Rural Health Network began the patient navigator program in April 2011 and has since served 83 clients through navigation services and community referrals.
This project is in collaboration with Middle Park Medical Center and will place navigators in the clinics a both the Granby and Kremmling Middle Park Medical Center facilities. The project also expands the Network’s current navigation services to serve more patients from all of Grand County’s primary-care providers.
“We’re really excited to expand our navigation services,” says Jen Fanning, Executive Director of the Rural Health Network. “This program helps people get the care they need when they need it. Because of this program, patients have improved their ability to communicate with the health care team, and received education on their health status or chronic disease that helps them understand the importance of health maintenance.”
“One of the Colorado Health Foundation’s goals is for all Coloradans to receive cost-effective, quality, coordinated health care, because those who do are healthier,” said Kelly Dunkin, Vice President for Philanthropy at the Foundation. “We are excited about the Grand County Rural Health Network’s efforts to help individuals in the community access the care they need.”
The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by investing in grants and initiatives to health-related nonprofits that focus on increasing the number of Coloradans with health insurance, ensuring they have access to quality, coordinated care and encouraging healthy living. For more information, please visit http://www.ColoradoHealth.org.
Grand County Rural Health Network is a local nonprofit that works in partnership to improve the future of our health care. Its programs and services educate the community on health issues, work towards access to care and efficiency of the healthcare system. The Grand County Rural Health Network is looking for interested community members to be on the board of directors or volunteers. Specific needs for volunteers are marketing and fundraising.
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