Through the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP), the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) administers the Primary Care Capacity Project (PCCP) which includes coastal parishes and counties in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. PCCP is committed to enhancing primary care health center’s ability to provide high quality health care. As stated in the Deepwater Horizon Settlement, PCCP is to develop a cross-sector partnership across the coastal region that aims to improve the capacity and infrastructure for delivering quality healthcare to the residents of this entire region. Technical assistance will play an essential role in these efforts. The Regional Care Collaborative (RCC) is intended to complement individual technical assistance for all PCCP funded community health centers (CHC), focusing on linking those CHCs with existing best practices, additional resources and references.

The RCC, convened by LPHI, will include GRHOP funded program participants, and a resource team of experts working together to exchange information and experiences with the goal of improving similar high priority processes, policies and/or practices. It will be designed to improve quality and achieve measurable outcomes that are integral to the CHC’s mission. A variety of learning opportunities will be offered to participants that may include face to face meetings, consultation calls, special interest calls and webinars designed to maximize collective problem solving among organizations that share with and learn from each other’s experiences.

The objectives of the RCC are:
  1. To implement a broad delivery of technical assistance that will expand access to integrated, sustainable community-based primary care and linkages to specialty mental and behavioral health, and environmental and occupational services.
  2. Improve quality and effectiveness of healthcare services consistent with evidence-based practice and the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model.
  3. Improve sustainability of community health centers as business entities and increase organizational capacity based on the FQHC and PCMH models.
  4. To foster peer-to-peer learning among organizations across the Gulf Region through scheduled presentations by local and national organizations, with a focus on seeking solutions to commonly identified problems.

From our Cooperative Agreement Introductory meeting on July 18th, 2013, all PCCP funded clinics were able to vote on their top 10 Technical Assistance topics. We were able to narrow down our selection to the top five topics to focus on for the 1st Quarter. Those were:
  • Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition
  • Increasing Quality Improvement and Performance Monitoring
  • Mental and Behavioral Health Integration
  • EMR Implementation & Optimization
  • Clinic Operational Efficiency & Financial Performance