Health Resources and Services Administration
The Center for a New Washington has just wrapped up its final work under a HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) planning grant for workforce development and InterProfessional Education (IPE). The grant team concentrated on developing a foundation of communication between healthcare and educational institutions to promote inter-professional education in local colleges and universities in order to build a health care system that adequately addresses community health. The ultimate goal is to engage Central Washington education resources to align hospitals and other clinical providers in meeting the workforce needs of the community for providing sustainable healthcare delivery. Planning activities support three initiatives to address community health including:
- Achieve Efficiencies - Identify ways to achieve better system efficiencies and improve regional and/or local rural healthcare services.
- Expand access to coordinate and improve the quality of essential healthcare services - Identifying ways to build capacity and a network infrastructure that enables entities to coordinate care and increase access to care for rural communities.
- Strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole - Enhance community and partner relationships to promote involvement and participation in network planning activities.
The goals and planning activities of the Network support its vision to “develop structures and processes in the Yakima Valley healthcare delivery system that create robust interprofessional education opportunities. This will provide holistic, integrated, and multi-disciplinary patient care according to individual care plans that meet the goals the Triple Aim.”
The Center for a New Washington Strives to partner with faculty and staff who are engaged in responding to community-identified priorities. The following faculty-led projects are underway in the 2013-14 academic year:
Participating Faculty: Sarah Augustine, Dr. Robert Smart., Erich Bolz
Participating Faculty: Sarah Augustine, Lindsay Boswell, Crystal Bass
- All Children Exceeding Standards (ACES)
The goal of the ACES initiative is to ensure that parent's, childcare providers, community stakeholders, and the Richland School District work together to help young children enter school with the academic and social readiness skills they need to be successful.
Participating Faculty: Robert Smart, Ph.D., Erich Bolz, Sarah Augustine
The All Children Exceeding Standards (ACES) initiative has a new name: Partners for Early Learning!
The ACES initiative has a new name, and new leadership. Partners for Early learning, a non-profit organization 501c3, is a collaborative partnership between the Richland community, parents, and the Richland School District. Although Richland School District remains a crucial partner, this community organization is working as an independent entity! Please check out PEL’s website, which features news, history, and vital resources about early learning including Karen’s corner. http://partnersforearlylearning.org/news/karens-corner-birth-to-age-5.html
Imagine the Future
In the 2013-14 academic year, the Center will expand its focus on education. We will invite local and national experts to engage in hands-on round-table discussion with our local decision makers to problem-solve using the best evidence-based practices.
Difficult Dialogue Series
The Difficult Dialogues series is designed to bring opinion-leaders to the Yakima Valley to present their divergent viewpoints to an audience of local community leaders. We then invite participants to engage in cross-sector dialogue facilitated by skilled Heritage faculty and staff who have undergone facilitation training from the Dispute Resolution Center. Our goal is to initiate true dialogue by focusing on the process of healthy and productive engagement, working together to gain a clear understanding of multiple positions on a conflicted issue that matters to us.