In the News: Spotlight on NCHIIN's COVID-19 Response

Written by Activate Care Staff

The California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI) was established to lead efforts to modernize our health system and build a healthier California. To realize this vision, CACHI is utilizing a new model known as the Accountable Communities for Health (ACH). This model requires us to confront outdated, conventional wisdom that doctors and hospitals alone can improve community health outcomes.

ACHs, including Activate Care’s customers in Humboldt County, CA are linking and coordinating agencies and resources as well as disseminating information to ACH partner organizations, stakeholders and the public. ACHs communicate regularly with the public regarding available resources, such as food and financial support, and have been able to connect clients with services.

This August 2020 Issue Brief shows findings from the first 90 days of the COVID-19 pandemic response in California, and the critical role of ACHs. Humboldt Community Health Trust’s backbone organization, the North Coast Health Improvement and Information Network, worked to implement an improved Health Information Exchange (HIE) infrastructure to support COVID-19 testing. They also elevated a care coordination platform to support workers triaging homeless individuals into shelter. Learn more in the full issue brief, available from CACHI here as a PDF.