GHPC’s Top 10 Accomplishments for 2018…
ARCHI Recognized With National Award
ARCHI, the Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement, received the 2018 Community Health Leadership Award, sponsored by U.S. News & World Report and the Aetna Foundation. The collaborative expanded its work in Fulton and DeKalb counties and supports $1 million dollars in community led and health systems change.
Built Behavioral Health Capacity
GHPC’s Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health grew in terms of staff, projects, and partnerships. The center continued to support the Georgia Interagency Directors Team in carrying out the System of Care Behavioral Health State Plan in Georgia and to expand statewide capacity in Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, and with support from the National Association of State Mental Health Directors and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Developed the Making Connections Rural Health Series
GHPC developed the Making Connections Rural Health Series. This series of seven briefs supplements the Understanding the Rural Landscape learning module and explores the range of elements that influence rural health, with special emphasis on the unique challenges and innovative solutions emerging in rural communities.
Enhanced Health Through Affordable Housing
To date, GHPC has worked directly with over 30 housing developers and local housing authorities to implement recommendations from the nation’s first health impact assessment to inform low-income housing tax credit policy, impacting residents of 10,000 units of affordable housing in Georgia.
GHPC Took National Role in Expanding the Public Health Workforce
GHPC developed and delivered an interactive module for public health professionals across the nation to broaden understanding of policies as levers influencing population health and equity, and to build policy engagement capacity in the move to Public Health 3.0.
Health Reform Workgroup Published Health Care Landscape Series
In 2018, the health reform workgroup evaluated recent state trends in private insurance and Medicaid. The workgroup published five briefs as part of a Health Care Landscape series, and provided requested information directly to legislators and others policymakers.
Research Growth at GHPC
Midway through the implementation of its five-year strategic plan for research, GHPC continued to present its work at national and state-level conferences and to publish in a growing list of peer-reviewed journals. The center continued to develop its research capacity through staff mentorship, expanded use of recognition for research, and strategic engagement with faculty in other research units at Georgia State University and beyond. In addition to peer-reviewed work, staff were featured in a record number of lay-media publications in 2018.
GHPC engaged in new partnerships over the past year, including through a new opportunity to evaluate the Improving Health by Aligning Housing and Health Systems project with the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, and UnitedHealthcare Community & State, as well as a collaborative to develop the Modeling to Learn quality improvement initiative with the National Center for PTSD at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Substance Use Disorder Portfolio Expansion
GHPC expanded its portfolio of work around substance use disorder, with a strong focus on systems-level approaches to tackle the multifaceted challenge. Work included refinement and publication of GHPC’s systems map of elements and interactions underlying and affecting the opioid epidemic, facilitation of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s opioid strategic plan, and a rapid realist review on the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders that will inform Ireland’s care delivery for integrated mental health and addiction services. The Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health continues to partner with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities in support of Recovery Support Clubhouses and expanded this work to include Intensive Residential Treatment Programs.
Systems Thinking Took Center Stage in National Work
GHPC continued to broaden its national dissemination of systems thinking applications in its work in evaluation, health systems transformation, and cross-sector collaboration. GHPC researchers published the chapter “Using Dynamic Systems Modeling to Advance Common Agendas” to ground collective impact efforts in a systems perspective.