posted on March 16, 2017 13:01
In this edition of the OHPI newsletter you’ll read about the continued progress being made to onboard Cohort Two clinics, two virtual PCMH opportunities for Cohort One clinics, and the headway we’re making on establishing connections between IHDE and clinics’ EHRs.
On January 31st, Lisa Hettinger, Deputy Director for the Department of Health and Welfare, presented the OHPI budget to the JFAC (Joint Finance & Appropriations Committee) of the Idaho Legislature. Although the SHIP initiative is 100% federally-funded, the state appropriation allows us to draw down the federal grant funds the state receives for our SHIP operations. The budget setting was held on March 10th, and after the Governor signs, the Department will be able to draw down and spend its funds for state fiscal year 2018. This budget appropriation for the next year allows the IHC and SHIP to continue to be active participants in healthcare policy in Idaho.
On a personal note, I recently had a wonderful opportunity to participate in a Faith and Humanities Medical Mission in Honduras. The experiences were incredible in so many ways that I would love to share every single one. However, given the space limitations here, I’ll stick with how they relate to the work I do with SHIP. I was part of a team in Honduras, just like I’m a part of a team here. The difference is, I was privileged to help by performing blood pressure tests. I actually touched people, something I don’t get to do here. Feeling the appreciation, in person, from people who were so grateful that someone just took the time to smile, let alone help them, was delightful and humbling. And, just like with SHIP, everyone from the doctor, the nurses, the pharmacist, and the dentist, to the interpreters and a fabulous cadre of giving volunteers, worked together to provide a better experience for the patient. There were some moments of exhilarating successes and times when the known outcome was heartbreaking. The team worked together to provide the best care with what we had and reached out to the Honduran community as well as the American community for needed resources. Again, it was much like how we all work together in the SHIP initiative. Regardless of the location, Honduras or Idaho, I feel very grateful to work with all of you and sincerely appreciate being part of a coordinated effort to make a difference in healthcare delivery.
Enjoy our second edition of the OHPI newsletter and please contact me with questions or suggestions.