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Public Health Solutions District Health Department

  • Project Title: Healthy Pathways
  • Grant Period: 04/01/2012 – 03/31/2015
  • Program Representative Interviewed: Jane Ford Witthoff, Health Director
  • Location: Saline, NE
  • Program Overview: Public Health Solutions District Health Department, in partnership with the six critical access hospitals across five rural counties, implemented a patient navigation and case management program to decrease emergency room utilization. The program, Healthy Pathways, focuses on patients with chronic conditions and poor self-management or compliance to increase use of preventive services and a medical home. Case managers work with patients to provide health education and identify the barriers to self-care, with an emphasis on non-medical factors such as access to transportation.

Models represented by this program: