2020 QCP Grant Awards Announced!
Qsource Community Partnerships (QCP) supports programs that pursue improvement in health outcomes and we’re excited to introduce and spotlight our Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) QCP award recipients below. We invite you to learn more about these organizations and the projects they are implementing to make healthcare better, for everyone.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis - TN
|Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis (ADS) is a local non-profit organization established in 1983 for the purpose of operating a day program for persons with Alzheimer’s disease. ADS is a social agency (non-medical) that provides a safe, stimulating and socializing environment for persons with dementia. ADS strives to maintain maximum level of physical, cognitive and social functioning for persons with dementia, while providing respite, education, encouragement, and support to their caregivers and families.
About Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis
QCP funding will support the training of Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services staff at both centers on the knowledge of fall prevention and reducing the risks and the number of falls. This educational opportunity will impact the “Friends” by boosting their confidence.” Once the training is completed the outreach will include educating the community on the fall risk in the home and building confidence, as well as, working directly with the caregivers.
American Cancer Society – Tennessee - TN
|Through this QCP grant, Qsource is helping American Cancer Society – Tennessee improve existing efforts to reduce transportation barriers to health care access. This includes enhancing Road To Recovery volunteer transportation (recruit new drivers), supplementing paid transportation services, and piloting a quality improvement process among select hospitals (4-6) to improve the delivery of transportation to their patients and build in sustainability.
About American Cancer Society – Tennessee
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle.
Church Health - TN
|Through this QCP-funded project, Church Health is expanding its use of population health software to effectively and seamlessly deliver medical care to patients. This includes utilizing population-based analysis, provider team reporting and education, health inequity identification, pre-visit planning, and proactive outreach to patients-especially those at-risk for cancer and chronic diseases.
About Church Health
Church Health is a faith-based, non-profit organization located in Memphis, Tennessee that provides comprehensive health care and health services to individuals with little or no access to health care. In the past year alone, Church Health had 62,861 patient encounters. In addition, Church Health has extended training, education and outreach to countless individuals and organizations with the goal of fostering physical, emotional and spiritual well-being among patients, participants, families and the community at-large.
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions - IN
|QCP supports CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions and provides funding to pilot a transportation program for dialysis patients through CICOA’s Way2Go transportation service. Dialysis patients who are on low, fixed incomes need affordable, reliable transportation for their treatments. Through this pilot program in collaboration with Davita Dialysis, CICOA will be able to meet the transportation needs of clients receiving dialysis, helping them adhere to treatment plans, reducing emergency room visits and hospitalizations, reducing stress and worry for patients and families, and leading to improved health outcomes and better quality life.
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions is a nonprofit providing the innovative answers, services and support you need to help you or your loved one remain at home in better health, with better care, at a lower cost. As a state-designated Area Agency on Aging serving Central Indiana, one call to CICOA links people with a wide range of services for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers, including care management, home health care, home-delivered and neighborhood meals, transportation, home accessibility modifications, respite care and caregiver assistance.
Common Table Health Alliance - TN
|QCP supports Common Table Health Alliance and the Memphis Breast Cancer Consortium (MBCC). This initiative will focus on improving yearly mammogram screening rates, reducing disparities, increasing knowledge of the importance of early detection and screening, and provide needed breast health community resources. It will provide access to information and training, and outreach to underserved populations in ZIP codes with high breast cancer mortality and incidence rates.
About Common Table Health Alliance
Common Table Health Alliance (CTHA) is a community-based, nonprofit, regional health and healthcare improvement collaborative serving Shelby County and Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area. The organization’s mission is to achieve health equity through trusted collaborations, partnerships and direct services. The anchor of its work is to organize and operationalize community-wide partnerships to address disparity and equity in health care for our most vulnerable and underserved populations while also improving overall health outcomes in the midsouth region.
Crawfordsville Fire Department - IN
|Qsource supports the Crawfordsville Fire Department and its Fall Prevention initiative to target fall risk factors and improve the function, independence, and well-being of older adults in the community. This fall prevention program is unique and efficient in that it utilizes community paramedics to deliver the services to patients in their home, which minimizes the cost of care, reveals information that may not be apparent from an office visit, removes the barrier of transportation for patients, connects patients who may otherwise skip appointments, and lightens the burden of care on physicians and hospital systems. The fall prevention program is comprised of immediate on-scene assessment and navigation by a trained community paramedic, 24-48 hour follow up, home safety checks, medication adherence evaluations with reconciliation from licensed pharmacists, STEADI assessments, and referrals for additional services as needed. This program also creates connections that improve social determinants of health as patients are connected to other community resources they may need, such as meal programs or programs that promote physical fitness in order to help them achieve a healthier lifestyle.
About Crawfordsville Fire Department
Crawfordsville Fire Department was founded in 1869 after a major fire destroyed a block of downtown and several businesses. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was incorporated into the department by the mid 1900’s, and the department became one of the founders of fire-based EMS. As an all risk life safety response provider, it is the mission of Crawfordsville Fire Department to preserve life and property of our citizens, provide professional and compassionate service, promote public safety and foster economic growth through leadership, management, and actions.
Generations - IN
|As a QCP grant awardee, Generations is tackling the opioid epidemic throughout its six-county service area in Indiana. In June 2020, the organization will host an Elder Justice Event to provide education and information about the opioid crisis and how opioid-misuse can affect older adult populations. Through opioid abuse educational sessions in each of the six counties, followed by a Chronic Disease Self-Management workshop, they aim to provide participants with non-opiate pain management techniques to help reduce the use of opiates in their community. Generations will distribute drug deactivation bags to those who participate in opioid awareness events and programs; these bags deactivate medications that are placed inside of them so that they can be safely discarded in the trash.
Generations is the local Area Agency on Aging & Disability (Area 13) for the Indiana counties of Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike. Our mission is to offer older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers options for a better quality of life. Our agency has been providing information and services to older adults, individuals with disabilities and caregivers since 1974. Generations is part of Vincennes University’s Community Services Division.
Gift of Life, Inc. - KS/MO
|QCP Funding will support expansion of the Life Savers Education program with the addition of a kidney transplant recipient to provide classroom education about the importance of organ donation to high school students in urban Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. QCP funding will also support an expanded outreach of the Transplant Mentors program to kidney transplant medical teams at Kansas City area hospitals so they can refer patients who would benefit from a mentor who is a kidney transplant recipient or living donor.
About Gift of Life, Inc.
Gift of Life, Inc. as established in 1998 by Kim and Nate Harbur after their 11-month-old son, Luke, received one of the first successful pediatric liver transplants in Kansas City. Their objective, along with other founding partners, including the parents of Luke’s donor, was to build awareness of the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation, with the mission eventually growing to include providing support, education, information and encouragement to transplant patients, their families and living donors. Gift of Life has provided health literacy by educating more than 375,000 high school students and family members about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation through the Life Savers program, and has mentored more than 700 transplant patients and their caregivers through referrals from Kansas City’s transplant hospitals. Each year, the Life Savers program reaches approximately 30,000 students in 115 high schools over twenty-one counties in Kansas and Missouri, and the Transplant Mentors program mentors approximately 75 transplant patients. Both programs are provided free of charge.
Healthy Communities - IN
|Qsource supports Healthy Communities, a Columbus Regional Health initiative, and provides QCP grant funding for its program to facilitate local peer support for those suffering from post-partum depression through weekly support group meetings in Bartholomew County, Indiana. In partnership with Family Service of Bartholomew County, support staff are trained on the Components of Care for Perinatal Mood Disorders. Through this program, parents no longer must travel outside the county to attend support group meetings or to learn coping skills and have an outlet for emergent mental health needs.
Postpartum depression leads to increased costs of medical care, inappropriate medical care, child abuse and neglect, discontinuation of breastfeeding, family dysfunction and adversely affects early brain development. (Earls, 2019) Research says about 80% of new mothers experience normal “baby blues” in the first few weeks after the baby arrives. At least 1 in 7 mothers experience serious depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. One to two out of 1,000 have postpartum psychosis. In a meta-analysis of paternal prenatal and postpartum depression, researchers found 1 in 10 fathers experience postpartum depression (Paulson, JF, Bazmore, S.D., 2010).
About Healthy Communities
The Healthy Communities Initiative began in 1994 with the goal of improving the health and quality of life of all residents of Bartholomew County. A collaborative effort from its inception, Healthy Communities has grown to reflect the entire spectrum of the community involving Columbus Regional Health, schools, businesses, local government, churches, and others working together to address identified health needs. Healthy Communities Initiative is proud to be a two-time national finalist for the Foster G. McGaw Prize, one of the healthcare field’s most prestigious honors for excellence in community service.
Financial support for Healthy Communities is made possible through generous gifts of individuals, businesses, churches, and donations to Columbus Regional Health Foundation.
The Healthy Communities Initiative is working to make a difference in the health of Bartholomew County through the work of our action teams. The driving force behind these groups is a commitment to a vision of Bartholomew County as a healthy community where each member is valued and shares in the responsibility of making a difference.
The Indiana Community Health Workers Association (INCHWA) - IN
|QCP funding will support INCHWA in becoming trainers of Mind Body Medicine. The goals of the project are to 1)equip CHWs with self-care and coping strategies to reduce stress and prevent burnout and 2) to build mentally-healthy communities through the spread of self-care strategies by CHWs to their clients that can be utilized to build resilience and manage chronic disease, chronic stress, and/or trauma.
The Indiana Community Health Workers Association (INCHWA) is a professional association advocating for the community health workers of Indiana. INCHWA’s mission is to support the workforce of Indiana’s CHWs through a unified voice with the vision to build healthy communities by advancing the CHW profession through evidence-based strategies, education, and advocacy. Although they are called by many different job titles and roles, community health workers (CHWs) are always a trusted member of their community– sought after sources of information and assistance by those in need. Often unnoticed, they play a vital role in today’s healthcare system. Their work has been documented and proven effective to break down cultural barriers for clients and health care providers. Their ability to provide education and resource assistance has led to improved health outcomes for patients and cost savings to the healthcare provider. INCHWA is uniting those that recognize the importance of CHWs in today’s health care system and giving them a voice to promote their presence and their value as a community that cares.
Mercy Community Healthcare - TN
|Through a QCP grant, Qsource supports The Mercy Community Healthcare’s Hypertension Program (also known as the Target Blood Pressure Program) as an organizational approach to caring for patients with uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure) which is a chronic condition. Program services include communication between the patient, their coach and provider to improve overall health by controlling or reducing their blood pressure.
About Mercy Community Healthcare
Mercy Community Healthcare was founded in 1999 as Mercy Children’s Clinic with a mission to reflect the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by providing excellent healthcare to ALL and support to their families. The nonprofit clinic added mental health and social services to its integrated care program in 2006, and expanded to a new facility in Franklin, Tenn., in 2009. Mercy was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services designating it as a Federally Qualified Health Center in June 2012.
As a result of this, Mercy began seeing adult patients, and Mercy Children’s Clinic transitioned to Mercy Community Healthcare. Mercy expanded into Lewisburg, Tenn. in 2018, and opened a full-time clinic just off the square in downtown Lewisburg in 2019.
Mercy Community Healthcare seeks to reflect its mission of providing a continuum of care to everyone – adults, children, insured and uninsured, throughout Middle Tennessee.
Methodist Healthcare’s Healthy Families America - TN
|QCP supports Methodist Healthcare’s Healthy Families America (HFA) home visitation program, which offers an evidence-based curriculum rooted in the belief that early, nurturing relationships are the foundation for healthy development. The HFA program provides services to children and families who are at risk for physical, psychological, or developmental problems with the goals to: engage parents to offer resources and support; cultivate the growth of nurturing, responsive, parent-child relationships; promote healthy childhood growth and development; and build the foundations for stronger family functioning.
About Methodist Healthcare’s Healthy Families America
Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has been caring for patients and families regardless of ability to pay for more than 100 years. Guided by roots in the United Methodist Church and founded to help meet the growing need for quality healthcare in the greater Memphis area, Methodist has grown into a comprehensive healthcare system with 13,000 Associates supporting six hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient facilities, hospice residence, physician practices, and a robust Community Outreach Division serving communities across the Mid-South. We strive to offer clinical expertise with a focus on improving every life we touch.
Missouri Highlands Health Care - MO
|Qsource supports Missouri Highlands Health Care (MHHC) in its effort to establish a school-based telehealth clinic to serve students throughout southern Reynolds County, Missouri R-2 (pre-school, elementary, middle school, and high school). Currently, MHHC does not have school-based clinics; however, MHHC utilizes telehealth services to provide behavioral health and telepsychiatry services at MHHC clinic locations. This QCP-funded, school-based telehealth project will apply MHHC’s expertise in telehealth and its collaborative partnership with the school district to expand services and connect low-income children to immediate access to health care services. Students can remain at school while healthcare providers diagnose and prescribe treatment protocols that can expedite their recovery through telehealth access.
About Missouri Highlands Health Care
Missouri Highlands Health Care, a non-profit organization and federally qualified health center, endeavors to meet the primary and preventative health care needs of the residents of Carter, Reynolds, Shannon, Iron, Ripley, Butler and Wayne counties in Missouri. Our vision is to grow and succeed, continually striving for excellence as we identify and address well-defined health care needs within our medically underserved region.
You do not have to go far to find care you can feel good about. A Missouri Highlands Health Center is right around the corner. We have been providing comprehensive services to Missouri communities for more than 40 years. All our clinics see patients with or without health insurance.
Missouri Highlands Health Care is non-profit, community-owned organization. Unlike traditional health care practices, Missouri Highlands has a governing body, composed of volunteers from the communities we serve. At least 51% of the board must be consumers of our services. That means you are always assured that Missouri Highlands Centers are…
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission - KY
|Qsource supports the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, and its work to improve the health and well-being of children in its region. This QCP project will take place in Head Start classrooms during the 2020 – 2021 school year. During the first six weeks of the project, 450 Head Start children will be screened for height and weight as well as for speech, hearing, and vision issues. Additional children who are admitted throughout the school year will be similarly screened. The project aims to serve children who are identified as overweight or obese and their families. During the first six weeks of the project, QCP grant funds will help provide the services of a registered dietitian from St. Elizabeth Healthcare who will establish monthly target measures for three major activities: working with families one-on-one, supplementing the one-on-one sessions with education sessions for parent groups, and consulting with the Head Start teaching staff to advise on curriculum enhancements. During the second month, parents of identified children in the target group will be recruited for participation in the face-to-face learning sessions. By month three, evening or weekend group education sessions with the parents will begin.
About Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission helps Northern Kentucky families develop the knowledge, opportunities, and resources they need to achieve self- reliance.
Ours is a thriving community where all members are self-reliant, capable of helping themselves and offering support to their neighbors with any life challenges they may face.
We connect Northern Kentucky – urban to rural, young to old, education to electricity.
Regional One Health - TN
|Through a QCP grant, Qsource is helping Regional One Health meet the needs of its food-insecure patients through its ONE Health Food Pantry program. Food insecurity is one of the most significant social needs of the organization’s super-utilizer population and is an important area of focus in serving ONE Health participants. The ONE Health Food Pantry was launched in May 2019 and Regional One Health believes by helping food-insecure patients address the need for regular meals they are better able to focus on their medical needs.
Food boxes supplied by the Memphis Food Bank provide thousands of meals for people in need. Through this program, three types of adult food boxes are offered and provide healthy food options; a diabetic box, a senior food box, and a homeless food box. These varieties help ensure that targeted and nutritionally appropriate meals can be available to those most in need.
About Regional One Health
Regional One Health is a health care system providing accessible, efficient, quality care for individuals in the Mid-South. Its primary service area includes west Tennessee, east Arkansas and north Mississippi. Regional One Health is improving the health and well-being of the community by focusing on compassionate care and exceptional services. The system is anchored by the acute care hospital Regional Medical Center, which is home to highly respected Centers of Excellence including trauma, burn, neonatal intensive care and high-risk obstetrics. Also located at the main campus are Regional One Health Rehabilitation Hospital; Regional One Health Extended Care Hospital; Regional One Health Surgery Center; and an Outpatient Center. A second location, Regional One Health East Campus, houses specialty care physician offices and other outpatient services. The system is rounded out by a network of primary care physician offices from downtown to east Memphis.
Saint Mary’s College - IN
|Qsource funding will support the dissemination of the “Living Longer, Living Better Toolkit” to organizations serving older adults in three rural Indiana counties. Developed by faculty and students in Saint Mary’s College’s doctoral nursing practice program, this Toolkit helps communities become more “aging‐friendly” and increases awareness of the programs and services available for older adults.
About Saint Mary’s College
Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1844 and still informed by their values, Saint Mary’s College is a Catholic, residential, women’s liberal arts college located in Notre Dame, Indiana. The College offers seven undergraduate degrees in 42 majors, as well as co‐educational master’s degrees in data science, speech language pathology, and autism studies, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Saint Mary’s fosters an inclusive academic community where students discover and develop their talents as they prepare to make a difference in the world.
Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center - KY
|QCP supports Shawnee Christian Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center’s Partners in Heart Health program. This program partners a patient with uncontrolled hypertension with a Community Health Worker to coach patients in monitoring their blood pressure, care planning, coaching, and resource navigation to improve blood pressure control.
About Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center
Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center (SCHC) is a non-profit federally qualified health center (FQHC) located in the Shawnee neighborhood of West Louisville, Kentucky. We provide whole person care to medically underserved patients include those who are low-income and uninsured. We provide primary care, dental, mental health and supportive services in one medical clinic, one dental clinic, and ten school-based clinics.
Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County - IN
|Qsource supports Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County and its Reaching Resources initiative. This program serves as a resource guide, advocates and provides support, and is the hub for all things related to aging in Hamilton County. Through Reaching Resources, Shepherd’s Center is helping prevent isolation, improve quality of life, and help maintain independence.
About Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County
Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County provides programs to promote and support independent lifestyles for seniors in Hamilton County. Our vision is to be known throughout Hamilton County as a trusted resource for connecting seniors with beneficial programs to support their independence. Through our programs, seniors have the opportunity to connect with services or to other individuals that will help enrich independent lifestyles.
White House Clinics - KY
|White House Clinics will utilize it’s QCP grant to build upon the success of its self-monitoring blood pressure program initially implemented in 2017. This project will expand to include pediatric patients with high blood pressure and other patients not initially included in the original pilot. Program participants will receive a clinical grade automatic blood pressure monitor for at-home self-monitoring. The organization’s Community Health Workers will educate patients on using the device, and target blood pressure ranges, diet and educationalchanges to support blood pressure control. After 7 – 14 days of at home use, the CHW will follow-up with the patient to provide continued encouragement on the importance of self-monitoring and the behavior changes necessary to improve blood pressure control.
About White House Clinics
Health Help, Inc., d/b/a White House Clinics, is a federally qualified health center operating nine community health centers in Jackson, Madison, Estill, Rockcastle, and Garrard Counties, Kentucky. Fresh from a term in the Peace Corp, Dr. Philip Curd founded White House Clinics in 1973 as a way to use his medical training to serve those Kentuckians most in need of healthcare. Dr. Curd’s tradition of service proudly continues today. Each year the 260+ member team provides comprehensive medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and enabling services to over 31,000 residents of the Commonwealth.