Mark your calendars! AHA's next Quarterly Community Meeting will be held July 16th from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Note the location for this meeting will be in the Akron and Clinton Meeting Rooms at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.
Health Access: Pediatric Access Workgroup
AHA operates through workgroups, charged with addressing issues related to access to health care services in Aurora. The Pediatric Access Work Group was formed in 2012 and accepted the charge to "increase access to medical homes, improve health outcomes, and reduce emergency department visits for children in North Aurora." We convened over 40 organizations for strategic planning and created smaller working groups that put elements of the plan in place, which included these activities and resources:
A database of medical homes serving children in North Aurora, suitable for navigators, community organizations, or others to assist families in selecting a medical home, was created which will be hosted on the Aurora Health Access web site.
A database describing resources available for families in North Aurora to help with psycho-socio-economic barriers to good health and health care is being developed by the Field's Foundation.
The medical homes serving children in North Aurora agreed to expand their hours and to strengthen intra-communications to keep children in their medical home.
Culturally appropriate educational materials
(for example a Novella) are being developed that describe what a medical home can do, how to appropriately utilize one, and how to get help in selecting a medical home. These will be made available at no charge to all organizations.
Neighborhood-based Navigators (in existing community organizations and new ones) will be trained in child-specific navigation by the Field's Foundation, the Colorado School of Public Health, and Colorado Children's Healthcare Access program (CCHAP) to assist families in accessing a medical home and addressing psycho-socio-economic needs that influence health outcomes.
For families without a medical home, telephone care advice for illness or injury as well as assistance in selecting a medical home will be provided by The Children's Hospital Nurse Advice Line (Parent Smart).
The Nurse Case Manager in the Emergency Department (ED) at Children's Hospital will assist families to find a medical home. The ED staff will promote the concept of medical homes, distribute educational materials, and the Parent Smart phone number to families without a medical home.
A final meeting of the Pediatric Workgroup will be organized this summer to finalize and celebrate these accomplishments. Let us know if you would like to be included.
Workgroup Co-Chairs Maisha Pollard, Fields Foundation and Steven Poole, MD, Colorado Children's Healthcare Access Program (CCHAP)