Objectives for Implementation of Recommendations in the HMA ReportHealthcare Access in the River Region January 2012
Envision 2020 is a process of active engagement for positive change.
Understanding that local healthcare access issues must be solved through active partnerships of local people, as well as within the framework, challenges and opportunities that impact healthcare at the state and federal levels, it is anticipated that Envision will continue to serve as the leader to create effective and fruitful relationships.
Under the leadership of Britney Sellers as Program Director of M.D.Connection™, collaborative partnerships with regional school systems, universities, hospitals, the UAB School of Medicine-Montgomery Campus, Residency programs, the Southeast Alabama AHEC (Area Health Education Center) and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce are all ongoing.
All work is aimed to establish and nurture a healthcare workforce pipeline in the River Region, with the purpose of "growing our own healthcare professionals" and to ensure that all River Region communities are "recruitable."
The River Region Health Center, which opened in 2012 adjacent to the Jackson Hospital campus, is a state-of-the art Federally Qualified Health Center offering internal medicine, OB-GYN, pediatrics and pediatric dentistry. It is one of 12 facilities operated by Health Services Inc. http://www.hservinc.org/
Mental Healthcare Access
Envision 2020 has partnered with Auburn University Montgomery in a “collective impact” initiative to coalesce the regional hospitals, Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority, law enforcement, judicial officials and social service providers to establish the Healthy Minds Network. The goal is to establish and sustain a coordinated system of mental healthcare services through the synchronized work of six targeted task forces.
Oral Healthcare Access
To address issues related to access to oral and dental care, Envision 2020 has partnered with Auburn University Montgomery in a second “collective impact” initiative. The goal is to establish and sustain a coordinated system of oral healthcare services, particularly for the uninsured and underinsured. Another component is educating the public in general about the importance of regular dental care.
Insuring current information as the basis of our work is a continuous process. We benefit from excellent relationships with print and electronic media and will continue to engage with them.
We continue to work toward gaining information leading to maximizing funds and are available to partners for grants related to additional funds for healthcare access.