About the Humboldt Community Health Trust:
The complex health and social issues Humboldt County faces cannot be solved by one organization or through one initiative alone. By bringing together diverse organizations and individuals under a common vision and agenda, stakeholders can achieve improved health of all Humboldt County residents through the manifestation of an Accountable Care for Health (branded locally as the “Humboldt Community Health Trust”). This model allows for the alignment of multiple initiatives that address the health of the whole community while closing the gap for vulnerable populations.

About Accountable Communities for Health (ACH):
An ACH is a structured and enduring platform for bringing together the health care delivery system, public health, social services, community-based programs, other aligned sectors and institutions, and residents in order to collectively improve the health of the community.  Accountable Communities for Health or Accountable Health Communities (the name given to federal CMS sites) have been piloted in numerous sites across the United States, with early pilots in Washington, Vermont, and Minnesota.

Humboldt Community Health Trust Efforts:
The work of the Humboldt Community Health Trust is supported by a multi-sector governance team and the initiative’s backbone organization, the North Coast Health Improvement and Information Network (NCHIIN).   In early 2016, NCHIIN, in partnership with many community healthcare and human service organizations, submitted an ACH proposal to the California Accountable Community for Health Initiative (CACHI) focused on addressing Substance Use Disorders (SUD) issues in Humboldt County.  Though unsuccessful in the initial wave of awards, NCHIIN was notified in January 2017 that the Humboldt County CACHI proposal was funded in a second round of awards.  The Humboldt Community Health Trust has also been funded as part of a joint proposal to the WellBeing Trust, a new national foundation formed out of the Providence-St. Joseph merger.

In July 2017, NCHIIN officially kicked off the Humboldt Community Health Trust.  Over the next 18 months, NCHIIN and community partners will focus on:

  • The establishment of a governance team and workgroups
  • Supporting-sector collaboration and data sharing across Humboldt County
  • Initiating community systems mapping to capture existing resources and analyze gaps and redundancies
  • Developing a community-wide approach in the creation guidelines related to SUD prevention, resource, and treatment
  • The establishment of the Humboldt County wellness fund and alternative funding models
  • Developing a portfolio of community projects that progress Humboldt Community Health Trust SUD efforts

Partnership Agreement

The purpose of this Partnership Agreement is to develop a mutually beneficial working relationship to achieve the vision of the Humboldt Community Health Trust (HCHT):

 “Humboldt County is a safe, healthy, and resilient community where everyone thrives”

The undersigned will work together in Humboldt County using the Accountable Community for Health Model. An Accountable Community for Health (ACH) is a structured, cross-sectoral alliance of healthcare, public health, law enforcement, education, social services, and other organizations that plan and implement strategies to improve population health for all residents in a geographic area. Designed to strategically leverage resources across sectors, the ACH model presents opportunities to reduce costs, enhance quality of care, and improve population health.
Reaching this shared vision is only possible through a common understanding of the community’s needs that results in centralized infrastructure, a common agenda and mutually re-enforcing activities to achieve the greatest impact. By working together, HCHT partners will cultivate trust and create an enduring platform for meaningful collaboration across sectors that impact community health and wellbeing. The HCHT Governance Committee members commit to engage in transformational systems change through strong leadership, transparency, accountability, and equity. Furthermore, HCHT partners will:

  • Keep their organization informed of collaborative progress and actively seek feedback regarding the collaboration from within their organization
  • Commit to the time and effort required for consistent participation in meetings and workgroups
  • Share and promote the work of the HCHT in the community
  • Oversee development and use of the Wellness Fund
  • Oversee planning and action steps that move toward achieving goals

Partners of the Humboldt Community Health Trust are:

Linda D’Agati, Open Door Community Health Centers

Christina Huff, Community Member

Julie Malvey, St. Joseph Health, Humboldt

Jay Reed, Community Member

Connie Beck, Humboldt County DHHS

Hillarie Beyer, McKinleyville Family Resource Center

Martha Shanahan, St. Joseph Health, Humboldt

Meg Walkley, First 5 Humboldt

Virginia Bass, Humboldt County Board of Supervisors

Ivy Breen, Humboldt County DHHS

 

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