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Strengthen Health Care

Hi, my name is Robert Coble and I am a Rural Health Operations Specialist within the Office of Rural Health.   

Did you know that 50% of your annual performance evaluation is measured on the goals set through the NCVIP process?

One of the 5 goals for DHHS in the upcoming fiscal year is to Strengthen Health Care. Characteristics that define Strengthen Health Care include:

  1. Promote access to services for eligible populations
  2. Improve health care quality and patient safety
  3. Emphasize primary and preventive care, linked with community prevention services
  4. Reduce the growth of healthcare costs while promoting high-value, whole-person care
  5. Ensure access to quality, culturally competent care, including long-term services and supports, for vulnerable populations
  6. Improve health care and population health through meaningful use of health information technology

An example of this goal within the Office of Rural Health is providing community development resources and technical support in Rockingham County to establish the newest state-designated rural health center. The new rural health center is named the James Austin Health Center, located in Eden, NC. A State-Designated Rural Health Center is a non-profit, rural primary care provider whose goal is to provide care to all populations while offering a sliding fee scale.

The Office of Rural Health partnered with the Rockingham County Healthcare Alliance, an organization that is composed of stakeholders who are committed to improving overall health, education, and economic standing of community residents. The stakeholders from the Rockingham County Healthcare Alliance included representation from large hospitals, free clinics, mental health care providers, faith based providers, EMS and many more. This diversity proved critical to the culturally competent care to vulnerable populations that the James Austin Health Center now provides.

We are proud to say that at the time of opening, an electronic medical record was up and running which ensures that health information can meet meaningful use standards and the clinic can connect, report and utilize data similar to any of their counterparts in the healthcare industry.  Overall, the Rockingham County Healthcare Alliance and the Office of Rural Health have Strengthened Health Care in North Carolina.

Thank you for taking the time to watch the video today. 

Please discuss with your manager the goals established for your division or department to ensure your individual goals are in alignment with one or more of the DHHS goals for the upcoming fiscal year.