Compass Community Health (CCH) announces the receipt of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) PRAPARE Health Center Engagement and Innovation Award.
PRAPARE (Protocol for Respond to and Assessing Patients Assets, Risks and Experiences) is a national standardized assessment tool that allows health centers to collect data on the social determinants of health such as neighborhood safety, environmental quality, transportation needs, housing availability, employment, access to food, and a patient’s health risk for chronic conditions.
The Engagement and Innovation Award purpose is to identify, support, and learn from health center’s unique uses of PRAPARE and to disseminate those models and lessons learned to enhance the use of PRAPARE across health centers and more patients.
“We know most patients face four to nine social determinants of health but a more complex patient can face upwards of 11 determinants and data has proven a direct correlation between the number of social determinants a patient faces and developing hypertension,” CCH Clinical Director Erin Trapp said.
CCH has been using PRAPARE since July in addition to SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) screenings already being conducted with patients. As providers are increasingly held accountable for reaching population health goals while reducing costs, it is important to have tools and strategies to identify the socioeconomic drivers of poor outcomes and higher costs.
With the data from PRAPARE, health centers and other providers can understand the complexity of their patients, and integrate services and community partnerships to meet the needs of their patients. Compass will serve as PRAPARE pioneers by participating in webinars and support health centers in implementing PRAPARE through trainings.
Trapp is excited about the opportunity this award brings to Compass and our community.
“Together we all are using a unique approach to the tool and will learn new and innovative ways to further develop our practice,” Trapp said. “We will also be working together to accelerate the use of PRAPARE across health centers to touch more patients.”