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Rocky Mountain Rural Health, Inc.

HELP! Healthcare for Everyone Living in Park! Park County residents must travel out of the county for virtually every medical service or simply go without care. Rocky Mountain Rural Health assists residents get the healthcare they need with a wide range of services all without charge to the client.

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Advance Care Planning

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
Families
People/Families of People with Health Conditions

Description

RMRH's specially trained Community Health Workers (CHWs) offer assistance with Advance Care Planning (ACP) through one on one discussions, group educational sessions and/or written material. This includes information and education on the nature of ACP, the benefits of having ones wishes known while still able to make decisions and appointing a representative in the event one is unable to do so. CHW's also offer assistance in starting the conversation with loved ones as well as assistance in registering their wishes with their healthcare provider. RMRH CHWs offer three instruments to clients: Five Wishes, MOST (Colorado Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) and It's About How You LIVE. Our CHWs assist client's in selecting the instrument that most closely matches their end of life choices. The program is implemented by calls to our client base, informational meetings hosted by either RMRH or interested community groups and in one on one settings. RMRH makes this service available to residents of Park County at no charge to them.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Since this program began in late 2016, we have educated over 1200 people on the importance of Advance Care Planning. People were engaged through one on one contact either at outreach events or by phone. Other people attended group educational sessions hosted by churches, employers, civic groups, etc. Our success is also measured by the lives we touch. One middle aged woman attended a group session sponsored by her employer. She selected and completed 'It's About How You LIVE'. Less than three months later she was in a very serious accident. Because she had completed her ACP, her family and medical team knew her wishes. Thankfully, she has made a remarkable recovery. She expressed her gratitude to RMRH for helping her give peace of mind to all involved during a very difficult time.

Transitions in Care

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

The purpose of this program is to assist Park County residents in the transition from hospital or other care facility to home. Due to the limited healthcare available in Park County, Park County residents are currently discharged home with a limited network of support to facilitate their recovery. RMRH's Community Health Workers assist with medication reconciliation, followup appointments, home safety evaluation and any navigation necessary to connect the client with the medical care and services they may need. The goal is to lower the readmission rate due to patients not being able to follow their discharge instructions because of limited health care services in Park County.

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Evidence of Program's Success

RMRH Community Health Workers had 315 interactions with individuals explaining our Transition in Care service and offering assistance to people recently discharged from the hospital. This resulted in 28 home visits in 2019 where clients were assisted with medication reconciliation, transportation arrangements for medical visits, home safety evaluations, assistance finding primary and specialty care providers and basic health screenings. These clients have expressed their gratitude for all the help our Community Health Workers give assisting them in this transition and for being able to stay in their homes because RMRH provides these services. Above all else, our Community Health Workers are praised for brightening a shut-in's day!

Breast Health Program

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Female Adults
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

This is a program designed to increase breast health literacy including risk factors through educational outreach events and designed to provide early detection with two screening events per year in partnership with St. Joseph's mobile mammography unit. Financial assistance is provided for uninsured/under-insured women as well as follow-up services for clients receiving abnormal results

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over the past ten years of this program, Rocky Mountain Rural Health has served over 600 women in getting their annual screening and with educational material. Over 55 women have been offered additional assistance for advanced diagnostic and cancer treatment.

Insurance Enrollment Assistance

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Families
General Public
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

According to a study by Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance, uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40% higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts. Rocky Mountain Rural Health takes our mission to enroll people in health insurance seriously. RMRH has the only two Certified Health Coverage Guides in Park County assisting clients with insurance enrollment through the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace in our Fairplay office and at outreach events throughout Park County. They also act as advocates for complex enrollment issues. Rocky Mountain Rural Health also assists clients in determining eligibility for Medicaid and the staff is able to assist clients with basic Medicare questions.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2019 Rocky Mountain Rural Health Certified Health Coverage Guides assisted hundreds of clients in obtaining affordable health insurance the marketplace and through Medicaid.

Health Literacy

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

General Public

Description

Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identifies that nearly 9 out of 10 U.S. citizens have limited health literacy. To address this, Rocky Mountain Rural Health holds outreach events weekly in population centers throughout Park County providing a variety of health related literature, blood pressure, pulse oximetry and glucose screenings and assistance with health insurance coverage. We publish and distribute our newsletter Health Matters which contains health related articles to improve health literacy; our Facebook page and website contain health literacy postings and links to other sources of health related information; we conduct health-related educational sessions for community groups and in the schools; we partner with the department of Public Health, Human Services, Boys and Girls Club and other organizations to promote healthy lifestyles and we have an online directory of services in Park County and surrounding communities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over 60 outreach events were held in 2019 rotating through the six major population centers in Park County (larger than the state of Delaware!). There were nearly 500 attendees resulting in greater dissemination of important health information through our Community Health Workers. Over 900 basic health screens were performed. Attendees that had basic health screenings were given material to track their results and those that had results out of normal range were referred to their primary care provider. If they had no PCP, assistance was offered in finding one. In addition, gently used and new clothing and shoes were also made available at no charge at all outreach events.

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Mileage Reimbursement

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

General Public

Description

With very limited health care in Park County, residents need to travel great distances to receive health services. To alleviate the financial strain of transportation costs and thus encourage residents to make and keep medical appointments, RMRH educates Medicaid clients on the non-emergency medical transportation mileage reimbursement benefit that they have. RMRH also assists non-Medicaid clients with mileage reimbursement through other grants and funding sources.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2018 Park County, Medicaid clients were reimbursed for over 190,000 miles of NEMT for trips to and from medical related appointments. Through other RMRH programs, 37 non-Medicaid clients were assisted with mileage reimbursement for over 16,000 miles of NEMT!

Families in Crisis Fund/Community Assistance Fund

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Families
General Public
General Public/Unspecified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

The Families in Crisis Fund and Community Assistance Fund are used to provide direct support to families of Park County that find themselves in a medical crisis and are financially unable to meet their obligations.

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Evidence of Program's Success

RMRH has a growing number of requests for assistance reflecting the community's awareness of this vital resource. RMRH used these funds to give direct financial assistance to qualified families covering expenses such as utility bills, eyeglasses, mileage reimbursement, diabetic medication and mental health services. In 2019 RMRH was able to assist 9 families through the Families in Crisis Fund and over 350 individuals through the Community Assistance Fund.

Navigation Services

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

General Public

Description

This program encompasses all of our services. We help people connect to healthcare - physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, mental health providers, diagnostics and treatment services. We help people with health-related issues such as Transition in Care; Advance Care Planning; health insurance enrollment and assistance understanding and using insurance benefits; as well as application for disability assistance. We also advocate in other health related areas such as medical billing and insurance issues.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over 4500 Park County residents served.

Mental Health Programs

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

General Public
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

1. Providing financial remuneration to local mental health providers for counseling not covered by insurance.
2. Support mental health initiatives in Park County.
3. Conduct Mental Health First Aid classes.

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Evidence of Program's Success

RMRH Community Health Workers are certified instructors in Mental Health First Aid both for adults and youth. Our CHWs utilize their training as they work toward positive mental health outcomes with clients in conjunction with other agencies. In 2019 nearly 100 clients were assisted either in Mental Health First Aid training classes or with finding appropriate services.
As an organization, RMRH continues to work closely with two Park County mental health providers who have agreed to provide discounted services to clients referred by and paid for by RMRH.

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