University-Community Partnership Will Address Medicaid Transformation Plan

Monday, July 29, 2019

The College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is pleased to announce that their Center for Healthy Communities has received grant funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. This funding, totaling $583,000, will support rural health departments in navigating the state’s Medicaid transformation plan.

The purpose of the project, led by Leah Mayo, Center for Healthy Communities coordinator, is to support Bladen, Columbus and Robeson counties in preparing for a successful transition into a value­-based model of care. Value-based healthcare is a model in which providers are paid based on services provided and rewarded for improved patient outcomes. This model incentivizes providers to provide quality care to reduce chronic disease and improve quality of life for patients.

"Our health departments play a critical role in ensuring the health and well-being of our communities," said Dr. Ashley Wells, assistant dean for community engagement for the College of Health and Human Services. "Creating the conditions for health department staff and their community partners to learn, plan and adapt to the transitioning healthcare system will benefit all residents in this region of the state."

Read the complete article on the CHHS website.