Community Benefits Plan FY13
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 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 financially disadvantaged and underserved populations. Through collaborative efforts, we join our resources, talents and commitment with that of other local providers, organizations and community members.
Each year, a plan is developed to reflect emerging needs and ensure that efforts are aligned with current data and findings from national, regional state and local studies, particularly those provided by the Mass Department of Public Health. The 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. In addition, CCHC staff ensures that the FY2013 Plan complies with Mass Attorney General (AG) Guidelines, Medicare guidelines and IRS requirements.
FY 2013 Goals
I. Improve access to primary and specialized 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.
II. Promote education, coordination and navigation of services for mental health and substance abuse.
III. Invest in initiatives, clinical programming and community education and outreach aimed at the management and prevention of chronic and infectious disease.
IV. Support innovative and preventative health and wellness initiatives for the community with a specific focus on youth, seniors, and caregivers.
V. Complete the community health needs assessment with collaborative partners to inform planning and dialogue in our region.
VI. Engage physicians, nurses and clinical staff throughout CCHC to inform and advise Community Benefits planning and program development.
The Community Benefits budget, as part of the corporate Cape Cod Healthcare budget was approved by the CCHC Board of Trustees prior to October 1, 2012, thus activating the FY2013 Community Benefits budget including increased funding for annual priority grants. Determination of Need funding continues as per agreement with the Department of Public Health and the CHNA 27.
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 as listed below. A formal RFP announcement will be released in July of 2013 for the 2014 Annual Priority Grant cycle. The funding period will be 1/1/2014 through 9/30/2014.
FY2014 – 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
The Community Health Needs Assessment study is currently underway. The study consists of both primary and secondary research. Findings will be available in the fall of 2013. This study will become the foundation for planning for FY2014 - FY2016.
Cape Cod Healthcare staff will continue to participate and partner with community coalitions, task forces and health and human service organizations across Cape Cod which includes leadership participation with the Cape Cod Community Health Area Network (CHNA 27) Steering Committee and Barnstable County Human Services Advisory Council.
FY2013 Community Benefits Priorities
- Expand access to health care services to reduce health disparities and promote health equality.
- Support community-based activities to improve chronic and infectious disease management.
- Support programs which reduce declines in senior health and wellness.
- Support community-based programs which encourage positive health and lifestyle choices among youth and young adults.
- Support programs for outreach, education, navigation and intervention targeted at individuals and families facing mental health issues.
- Support community based substance abuse prevention and intervention programs.
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.
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