Network Infrastructure & Sustainability
MHA has built a strong organizational infrastructure by obtaining grant funding, creating a governing body, establishing partnerships with other entities, hiring staff and consultants, and developing programs. We are in the process of obtaining our own IRS tax-exempt non-profit status, which will allow us to seek additional funding and ensure future sustainability.
With transportation challenges in our region, telehealth can be a solution to improving access to care. Telehealth, aka telemedicine, includes the use of communication technology (such as high-speed internet) to provide long-distance health care. It can be used for everything from monitoring people at home after they have been discharged from the hospital, to video conferencing with medical professionals who are not available locally. MHA is working to bring telehealth resources to the Mendonoma region, and received a one-year grant in collaboration with Redwood Coast Medical Services, Coast Life Support District, the California Telehealth Resource Center, and Partnership Healthplan of California to evaluate the feasibility of implementing telemedicine services in our area.
Health Information Exchange
Health Information Exchanges (HIE) enables healthcare providers to move and access information electronically across organizations and regions. This can result in better access to information to improve timely, efficient, and effective care. MHA seeks to expand local HIE capacity and explore the possibility of an HIE among MHA collaborating partners.
Outreach & Needs Assessment
All of the tools and resources MHA is facilitating can only be effective if our community is aware of and utilizing them. To achieve this, MHA is conducting ongoing community outreach through a variety of social media, traditional media, and on-the-ground methods. MHA is also working closely with Redwood Coast Medical Services and other community partners to conduct regular Community Needs Assessments, which will help drive resources and funding to our region.
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This website and MHA’s programs are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award through the Rural Health Network Development Program totaling $898,645 and through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program totaling $1 million, over a 3-year period, with 80% funded by HRSA/HHS and 20% percentage funded by non-government source(s), such as the Arlene & Michael Rosen Foundation, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the Community Foundation of Mendocino County and tax-deductible contributions from community members. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.