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Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits Plan Summary

Cape Cod Healthcare, Inc., through its Community Benefits initiative, is committed to enhancing the quality of and access to comprehensive health care services for all the residents of Cape Cod. Through continuous assessment of community needs, coordinated planning and the allocation of resources, this commitment includes a special focus on the unmet needs of the financially disadvantaged and underserved populations. We will take a leadership role in collaborative efforts joining our resources, talent, and commitment with that of other providers, organizations and community members. The Community Benefits Mission Statement was affirmed by the CCHC Community Health Committee and the Board of Trustees in 2000 and remains in effect.

A plan is developed each year to align Cape Cod Hospital, Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Healthcare’s Community Benefits activities to the identified significant health needs and target populations in Barnstable County. An eleven-member Community Health Committee, a subcommittee of the Board of Trustees of Cape Cod Healthcare, provides oversight and input to annual planning and implementation of key initiatives. Community Benefits staff ensures that annual plans, priorities, goals and activities comply with Mass Attorney General (AG) Guidelines, Medicare guidelines and IRS requirements.

FY 2014 Goals

I. Invest in initiatives, clinical programming, and community education and outreach aimed at the management and prevention of chronic and infectious disease.

II. Support regional health efforts through direct grant funding and a competitive RFP grants program open to all community organizations with programs aligned with Community Benefits priorities.

III. Improve access to primary and specialty care for Cape Cod’s underserved and vulnerable populations through partnerships and support of community health centers, interpreter services, physician recruitment and health care enrollment efforts.

IV. Promote education, coordination, and navigation of services targeted at individuals and families facing mental health issues.

V. Engage in collaborative efforts to support community-based substance abuse prevention and education efforts.

VI. Support innovative and preventative health initiatives for the community with a specific focus on youth and seniors.

VII. Engage physicians, nurses and clinical staff throughout CCHC to inform and advise Community Benefits planning and program development.

VIII. Maintain and develop community leadership opportunities to improve the health status of the residents of Barnstable County including participation with the Community Health Area Network (CHNA 27) Steering Committee, the Behavioral Health Provider Coalition of Cape Cod & the Islands, the Barnstable County Human Services Advisory Council, and the Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council.

FY2014 – 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

In September of 2013, the Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Report and Implementation Plan for Fiscal Years 2014 – 2016 was released and made available to the public via CCHC’s website: www.capecodhealth.org/communitybenefits.

Features of the CHNA Report and Plan include:

  • Data on the health status of Barnstable County residents with accurate comparisons to state and national benchmarks
  • Identified significant health needs and vulnerable populations
  • Community Benefits programs, hospital planning activities and community assets available to address significant health needs

Request for Proposal (RFP) Process

Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits offers an annual competitive RFP grants program open to all community organizations with programs aligned with Community Benefits priorities. A formal RFP announcement will be released in the summer of 2014 for the 2015 Annual Priority Grant cycle. The funding period will be 1/1/2015 through 9/30/2016.

Community Collaborations

CCHC Community Benefits staff play an active role in community coalitions, various regional task force efforts, and health and human service organizations across Barnstable County including leadership participation with the Cape Cod Community Health Area Network (CHNA 27) Steering Committee, the Behavioral Health Provider Coalition of Cape Cod & the Islands, the Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council, and the Barnstable County Human Services Advisory Council.

FY 2014 Community Benefits Priorities

I. Support community-based activities to improve chronic and infectious disease management.

II. Expand access to health care services to reduce health disparities and promote health equality.

III. Support programs for outreach, education, navigation and intervention targeted at individuals and families facing mental health issues.

IV. Support community-based substance abuse prevention and intervention programs.

V. Support programs that address senior health challenges.

VI. Support community-based programs that encourage positive health and lifestyle choices among youth and young adults.

Community Benefits Reporting

Annual compliance reports are submitted to the Massachusetts Attorney General, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Internal Revenue Service. Additionally, the Staff provides reports to the Community Health Committee, CCHC Leadership, CCHC Board of Trustees, interested agencies and the community at large.