Critical Access Hospital Owned Provider-Based Rural Health Clinic Innovation grants (PBRHC Innovation Grants) allow clinics to create or enhance innovative project work to support sustainable community-derived problem solving and collaboration. Goals are to improve service integration or expansion; addresses barriers to care or capacity gaps; improve or expands workforce capability; or expands/ advances the use of electronic and technological health tools and resources. . Projects could be entirely new or build upon existing services, but must be innovative and potentially serve as a best practice model to be shared. The Oregon Office of Rural Health granted a total of $15,000 to the following clinics to carry out innovative projects in their communities:
Morrow County Health District Clinics: Pioneer Memorial Hospital Clinic, Ione Health Clinic and Irrigon Health Clinic.
Each clinic is participating, with their unique and growing patient cohorts, to meet an identified need to address chronic disease management. Specifically, the clinics will operate an expanded care coordination model, including pharmacy provider partners, to provide support and management of patients at-risk of developing diabetes, along with newly diagnosed diabetic patients. The goal is to more efficiently assess risk for developing diabetes, work to prevent development of the disease in high-risk patients, and to help patients with a current diagnosis to manage their diabetes at an ideal level.
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