Why does OCH submit deliverables to the Health Care Authority (HCA)?
The Healthier Washington initiative will transform health care in Washington State so that people experience better health during their lives, receive better care when they need it, and care is more affordable and accessible.
To build healthier communities through a collaborative regional approach, a key element of Healthier Washington is the investment in regionally organized Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) that will align actions and investments of diverse sectors to drive transformation in delivery of health and social services and improve population health. In 2014, the legislature made a state general-fund appropriation to the HCA for ACH planning grants and two pilot ACHs. Currently, ACHs are funded primarily with grants from HCA, using money from the SIM grant issued by CMMI.
Through these diverse multi-sector partnerships, ACHs are an integral part of all strategies under the Healthier Washington initiative. Specifically, ACHs are:
* Bringing together diverse public and private community partners to work on shared regional health goals.
* Identifying opportunities for the ACH and community partners to understand and bridge health and quality of life issues.
* Coordinating systems so that services address all aspects of health at both the community and individual level.
* Partnering with the state to inform the development of other Healthier Washington investments, recognizing ACHs are the connection to communities and the local conduit to achieve systems change.
ACHs partner with the Community Transformation Team at the Health Care Authority.