In 2019, Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions, Inc. was awarded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant (SHCP – QI) for a third, three-year project period.
With these funds UPHCS working with two care-delivery partners (Gibson Family Health Clinic in Newberry, MI and Schoolcraft Rural Health Clinic in Manistique, MI) to enact the UPlift program. The UPlift project is integrating behavioral health services into these primary care clinics using the evidence-based Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) of behavioral health integration. Primary activities include:
The UPlift program is designed based on evidence indicating that integrating behavioral health with primary care improves health outcomes in general, and especially for those patients with comorbid chronic disease and behavioral health diagnoses. This program will proceed through 2021 and will serve as a template for integrating behavioral health into primary care offices throughout the region.
In 2016, the grant funded a 3 year project to implement an evidence-based quality improvement model that tested the efficacy of systemic changes on a specific set of quality metrics, using health information technology to track and report on quality and cost. The goal was to promote the development of an evidence-based culture and encourage the delivery of care that benefits from coordination among medical team members and provider entities in the primary care setting. Specific objectives centered on enhanced chronic disease management, with a focus on diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
2016-2019 Project Objectives:
The project served 40+ participating clinic sites throughout the Upper Peninsula.