The Howard County Health Department and two health-focused groups have created a targeted assistance program aimed at reducing hospitalizations in the county.
The initiative, which assembles nurses and community health workers into a Community Based Care Team, is a partnership between the health department, Healthy Howard and the Horizon Foundation. Using existing community data, the health department plans to pinpoint Howard residents with the greatest health care needs and help them in "accessing more impactful, effective, and efficient medical services, reducing barriers to care and promoting health factors that can reduce chronic diseases," according to a county press release.
The program launched in January. Clients are identified through referrals from Howard County General Hospital and will begin the program once they are discharged. CBCT staff will assist clients for approximately 90 days, officials said.
"Part of creating a model public health community means embracing innovation to figure out the most effective and efficient way to deliver care," County Executive Ken Ulman said in a statement. "I am thrilled that we have forged a partnership that allows us to remain on the cutting edge of best practices, provide excellent care and reduce cost and utilization. I can't wait to see the results of this exciting initiative."