Innovation Driving Change

MHVC is pleased to introduce this new section of our website featuring creative approaches and activities within our MHVC region, as well as important national best practices initiatives that our network can incorporate into the integrated delivery systems and drive outcomes and improve patient care.

MHVC Announces Innovation Fund Awards

Nineteen win competitive grants

In June 2017, MHVC announced a new funding opportunity for MHVC contracted partners and Tier 1 Community Based Organizations (CBOs) through the Innovation Fund Pilot Project Program. Providers and CBOs throughout MHVC’s seven-county region submitted proposals for collaborative pilot projects to address social determinants of health and develop outcomes-driven models of care. After extensive review, Innovation fund contracts have been awarded to 12 contracted partners and 7 new Tier 1 CBO partners, totaling $3,158,726.

“We are excited by the spirit of innovation and new partnerships being formed across the Hudson Valley,” said Marlene Ripa, MHVC Network Director. “We are confident that our provision of funding and continued technical assistance will result in successful projects with the ability to demonstrate a return on investment within a year or two.”

The funding is also consistent with the New York State Department of Health’s CBO Value-Based Purchasing Roadmap. “The state recently distributed a webinar focused on CBO VBP, and we were encouraged to see that our ongoing CBO integration strategy is very much aligned with what was outlined in the webinar and roadmap,” continued Ripa.

Below is a list of the nineteen organizations that have been awarded Innovation Funding for the project period October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018:

Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson— Newburgh-focused project
Project Name: Health Benefits of asthma education, screening, diagnosis/treatment, AAP, and rescue medication in the Newburgh Housing Authority homes
St. John’s Riverside Hospital—Yonkers-based project
Project Name: Decreasing Potentially Avoidable ER Visits through patient incentives, increased CBO involvement & Increased Health Home Enrollment
Yonkers Public Library—Yonkers-based project
Project Name: Offering Support Services for Library Patrons
Arms Acres—Hudson Valley region
Project Name: "Bridging the Gap": Certified Recovery Peer Advocates Engaging SUD Patients in Crisis
Hudson River Healthcare—Hudson Valley region
Project Name: Engaging Behavioral Health (BH) Clients through Nontraditional Strategies
Hudson Valley Care Coalition—Yonkers-based project
Project Name: Development of Sustainable Engagement Models that Target Hard to Reach Members of the Westchester Community
CANDLE of Rockland—Rockland-based project
Project Name: LGBT/Q Cultural Competency Training for Providers of Primary Care
Cornerstone Healthcare—Newburgh-focused project
Project Name: Using Shared Data to Target High-Risk Populations and Reduce ED Utilization-Homeless engagement
Rockland Paramedics—Rockland County
Project Name: Community Paramedicine Health Gap Services
Westchester Jewish Community Services—Yonkers-based project
Project Title: DBT-Informed Response to Care in Yonkers
MHA of Orange County—Newburgh-based project
Project Name: Standardized Care Management Education, After-hours Response to Individuals Enrolled with a Care Management Agency and/or in Need of Care Management Services that Present at an Area Hospital, and Community Education on the Role of Care Management
United Hebrew Geriatric Center—Westchester-focused project
Project Name: Transitional Post-Acute support
Human Development Services of Westchester—crisis-related program in Mamaroneck
Project Name: The Living Room: Crisis Day Respite Hospital Diversion Program of HDSW
Maternal Infant Services Network—Newburgh-focused project
Project Title: The Power of Health: Engaging Youth and Teens in Primary Care and Prevention
Student Assistance Services—Yonkers-based project
Project Title: Wonders of Wellness (WOW) Engagement of Youth in Preventive Care
Nyack Hospital—Rockland County-based program
Project Title: Nyack Hospital Community Paramedicine Collaboration
Cabrini—Westchester-focused project
Project Name: Building Transition in Care Partnerships to Benefit Pulmonary Patients and Reduce Readmissions
Meals on Wheels of Rockland—Rockland-focused project
Project Name: Engagement with Clinical providers & Training of MOW staff to conduct Health Status Monitoring
TOUCH of Rockland & Orange Counties—Rockland-based Stanford Model project addressing food insecurity
Project Name: Medical Case Management and Medical Nutrition Therapy for people living with Type 2 Diabetes

“Change Agents” Learn about “Leading Change in a Changing World”

Dr. Helen Bevan’s NYC RING keynote and workshops part of MHVC leadership support strategy

When MHVC’s Dr. Damara Gutnick, Medical Director, and Joan Chaya, Senior Director of Workforce Development and Management, heard the presentation of Dr. Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer, British National Health Service, at the 2018 All-PPS Symposium, they recognized that her “School for Change” and lessons on being a change agent were consistent with MHVC’s leadership development support strategy and training curriculum in change management.

Dr. Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer, British National Health Service

Prior to the NYC RING Convocation on December 6th, 2018, MHVC hosted an afternoon instructor-led workshop on “Leading Change in a Changing World,” featuring Dr. Bevan. In this lively and interactive session, Dr. Bevan helped participants explore some of the latest ideas, tools, and approaches from leading practitioners of large scale change around the globe.

“Dr. Bevan’s message is both inspirational and aspirational,”said Dr. Gutnick. Participants learned to recognize opportunities that environments filled with change (i.e. healthcare reform) provide. They were able to share collective knowledge and ideas that can be applied to foster others to embrace and lead change (including downstream staff), and develop insight into the importance of empowering and inspiring staff at all levels as “change agents.”

Following the workshop, Dr. Bevan gave the keynote address at the NYC RING Convocation. In her presentation, Dr. Bevan shared the “ways change is changing,” and the implications for future change agendas. (Her keynote presentation can be seen here.) On the following day, Dr. Bevan met with a small group of 25 executives representing MHVC partners, speaking about “Mindsets, Attitudes and Behaviors for a New Era of Leadership.” Her presentation and discussion facilitation was part of MHVC’s leadership development workshop, “New Approaches to Large-Scale Healthcare System Transformation,” held in Yonkers, NY. In this highly interactive, intimate session, Dr. Bevan responded to real-time leadership challenges identified by invitees and shared the mindsets, attitudes and behaviors that are shaping the “new era” of leadership in health care systems globally. (Slides can be viewed here.)

Dr. Bevan’s work will be woven into MHVC events, training, webinars, and learning collaboratives throughout 2019, culminating with a “School4Change” (S4C) in May or June, and world-wide What Matters to You Day in June 2019. As a prelude to this years S4C, Dr.Bevan will host two webinars specifically for our MHVC and MHS partners; check our website in the Spring for details.

Change Management: MHVC Offers New Training

Change Management Sizzle Reel

Change Management Keynote, with Dr. Damara Gutnick and Joan Chaya


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