HARWICH PORT, MA – Outer Cape Health Services today announced that the organization and key staff will be represented in two prestigious programs in 2018-2019: the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care Advancing Teams in Community Health Program and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation’s Institute for Community Health Leadership.
Outer Cape Health Services began earlier this month in a collaborative sponsored by Harvard’s Center for Primary Care. The Advancing Teams Program is a 10-month professional development program focused on strengthening teams, leadership, and improvement capacity at Massachusetts community health centers. The program includes customized team practice coaching, in-person learning sessions, and a series of monthly webinars. OCHS is one of 10 cohort team members, and the only one from Cape Cod.
The OCHS project team will be led by OCHS’ Anna DeLude, NP, and explore best practices for food insecurity screening in patients with Diabetes. The cross-disciplinary OCHS team will develop one or more interventions toward improving glucose control in uncontrolled diabetics who are experiencing food insecurity. Ms. DeLude is based out of OCHS’ Harwich Community Health Center and specializes in Adult and Adolescent Medicine. The Advancing Teams in Community Health Program is a five-year initiative (2016-2021) partnering with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and the Kraft Center for Community Leadership to improve primary care within a medical home model of care at Community Health Centers in medically underserved communities across Massachusetts.
G. Leo Blandford, LICSW, OCHS Director of Community-Based Coordinated Care, will participate in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation’s Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership program. The MICHL program for emerging community health leaders brings together professionals who currently direct or manage programs at a variety of health care organizations across Massachusetts for a series of classroom, peer-to-peer and professional learning opportunities. Blandford oversees the OCHS Community Resource Patient Navigator program and collaborates on other specialty services and care coordination efforts on the Lower and Outer Cape.
In addition to Mr. Blandford, the MICHL 2018-2019 class is comprised of 17 other participants from state agencies, hospitals, nonprofit community health centers, mental health providers, and advocacy groups serving low-income and uninsured individuals and families. The participants, selected through an application process, represent the 10th MICHL cohort since the program began in 2006.