Addressing Patient Needs Around Social Determinants of Health the Center of June 12 Breakfast of Champions
CTC-RI and PCMH Kids programs recognize the difficulty in responding to increased social needs during COVID-19. At the June 12 Breakfast of Champions, we continued to engage via zoom with Coastal Medical, Providence Community Health Centers (PCHC), and Coastal Waterman Pediatrics. Sarah Thompson, MBA/MS, Coastal Medical VP of Clinical Operations and Pharmacy presented on the Vulnerable Patient Campaign to discuss addressing patient needs around social determinants of health. Chelsea De Paula, MPH, CCHW, PCHC Manager, Community Integration & SDOH Strategy shared their screening and how they're addressing social needs during the pandemic. Elizabeth Lange, MD, Coastal Waterman Pediatrics / PCMH-Kids contributed in the question and answer portion. Pano Yeracaris, MD, MPH, CTC-RI Chief Clinical Strategist, congratulated the graduating practices from Adult Cohort 5 and PCMH Kids Cohort 2. Pano then led a COVID-19 check-in and primary care payment summary of the report submitted in May, "Comprehensive Primary Care in Rhode Island-Responding to the Emergency and Reorienting Health Care Delivery Post COVID-19." The response was Rhode Island's response to the pandemic, led by the Governor, the RI Department of Health, and other state agencies. CTC-RI has been assisting with the response offering a vibrant and cohesive primary care/multi-payer collaborative. CTC-RI solicits the RI community for input on what have we missed to help build resiliency in health care system going forward and what can we do to build on the current crisis to reduce avoidable ED visits going forward and encourage appropriate utilization. Finally, BOC attendees were encouraged to watch a prerecorded message from Nelly Burdette, Psy.D, CTC-RI Senior IBH Program Leader and PCHC on "Lessons from the Field to Care for Yourself and Others During Times of Prolonged Stress."