New AHRQ resource helps communities connect those at risk to health care services
Research Activities, May 2012, No. 381
A new resource, Connecting Those at Risk to Care: The Quick Start Guide to Developing Community Care Coordination Pathways (https://innovations.ahrq.gov/qualitytools/connecting-those-risk-care-quick-start-guide-developing-community-care-coordination), can help community-based organizations improve coordination of health care services for patients with the greatest need and health risks.
The guide is part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ's) Health Care Innovations Exchange (http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov), and provides assistance on how to create tools and resources to develop a community HUB.
The HUB is an infrastructure that brings public and private community stakeholders together to determine local health needs and coordinate appropriate medical care and social services to be delivered without duplication of effort. The Quick Start Guide gives an overview of this process and complements the more comprehensive guide (https://innovations.ahrq.gov/qualitytools/connecting-those-risk-care-guide-building-community-hub-promote-system-collaboration) released by AHRQ in 2010. To date, 16 HUBs have been established throughout the United States.