Gulf Regional Health Outreach Program (GRHOP) Summary

GRHOP is a series of integrated, five-year projects designed to strengthen healthcare in Gulf Coast Communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. The ultimate goal of the Outreach Program is to inform residents of the targeted communities about their own health and provide access, now and in the future, to skilled frontline healthcare providers supported by networks of specialists knowledgeable in addressing the physical, environmental, behavioral and mental health needs, thereby improving the resilience of the targeted communities to future health challenges.
The GRHOP was developed jointly by BP and counsel representing certain plaintiffs in the Deepwater Horizon litigation in the US District Court in New Orleans. The program will be supervised by the court, and is funded with $105 million from the BP Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement. The target beneficiaries of the GRHOP are residents, especially the uninsured and medically underserved, of 17 coastal countries and parishes in Alabama (Mobile, Baldwin), Florida (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton, Okaloosa, Bay), Louisiana (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Cameron) and Mississippi (Hancock, Harrison, Jackson).
The program consists of a series of integrated projects with collaborative partnerships that include: Louisiana Public Health Institute, The Alliance Institute, Tulane University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of South Alabama, University of West Florida, and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.
  1. Primary Care Capacity Project: to build capacity of primary care community health centers in the region
  2. Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project: to increase the mental, behavioral health expertise of health professionals in the Gulf and awareness of local communities
  3. Environmental Health Capacity and Literacy Project: to increase the environmental health expertise of health professionals in the Gulf and awareness of local communities
  4. Community Health Workers Training Project: to train community health workers who will help residents navigate the healthcare system and access needed care
  5. Community Involvement: The Alliance Institute will work in cooperation with the other project leaders to coordinate community involvement and outreach efforts for the Outreach Program.

Primary Care Capacity Project

The purpose of the Primary Care Capacity Project (PCCP), administered by the Louisiana Public Health Institute, is to expand access to integrated high quality, sustainable, community-based primary care with linkages to specialty mental and behavioral health, and environmental and occupational health services. The project period is from May 2012 to April 2017. The project assists community health centers advance toward greater access to care, quality improvement efficiency and financial sustainability through the use of evidence-based practices and innovative health information technology solutions. The key components of the Primary Care Capacity Project are:
  • Build primary care capacity and increase access to high quality care: Provide Direct funding to health centers, Comprehensive technical assistance, and Establishment of a Regional Care Collaborative.
  • Support and advance health systems development: Provide funding to Health Care Control Networks (HCCN) and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), Quality Improvement, and Technical Assistance activites
  • Enhance capacity of communities to improve health: Provide funding for Community Health Assessment/Community Health Improvement Processes (CHA/CHIP) efforts, Advancing Public Health Accreditation; assistance as needed
  • Build Strategic Partnerships and Expand Community Relationships: Fund state partners (public health departments, institutes and primary care associations), pilot Community-Centered Health Homes Demonstration Projects, and provide Technical Assistance
  • Achieve Internal Operational Excellence: Conduct effective project management; Knowledge management, team and systems development, and reciprocal accountability

For more information contact:

Jamie Clesi Giepert, PMP
Senior Program Manager, GRHOP-Primary Care Capacity Project
State Portfolio Manager for Alabama and Louisiana
P: (504) 872-0776
A. Barrie Black, MPH
Program Manager, GRHOP-Primary Care Capacity Project
State Portfolio Manager for Mississippi and Florida
P: (504) 301-9852
Dana Delpit, MBA
Finance and Compliance Manager
P: (504) 301-9818
Daniele Farrisi, MPH
Program Manager
P: (504) 872-0785