An overview and highlights from our current work
“People who are closest to the problem are closest to the solution.”
What We Do
HealthierHere brings people and organizations together from across sectors to improve health and advance equity in our community. To better support the health and social needs of people in King County, WA, we:
Build & Strengthen
Drive & Test
As part of this work, HealthierHere serves as the Accountable Community of Health (ACH) for King County. There are nine regional ACHs in Washington State, each bringing together community members, cross-sector partners and other experts to explore new approaches to improving health and wellness as part of the Washington State Medicaid Transformation.
Together with our partners, we are building a system of care that works better for everyone.
Our Strategies in Action
HealthierHere seeks to improve how our health system works – addressing underlying barriers to health and wellness, and increasing access to high quality, culturally relevant behavioral and physical care.
We bring health and social service organizations together to identify opportunities, co‐design solutions, and implement ways of delivering care that better meet our communities’ needs.
Community Grants Program
Partner Learning Webinars
HealthierHere’s Partner Learning Webinars are free lunchtime learning opportunities that feature local experts sharing practical knowledge and lessons learned about a variety of topics related to health care and social services delivery. Anyone interested is welcome to join, and partners are encouraged to suggest topics and speakers.
We also record and post previous webinars for viewing anytime:
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Effective quality improvement (QI) as a key building block for population health and quality care. Within King County, QI infrastructure varies significantly within and across providers of health care, behavioral health, community-based and social services. Our goal is to build a more robust QI infrastructure in King County and establish a strong foundation for population health activities in service to improved health outcomes.
Pay for Progress
To encourage the building and strengthening of foundational infrastructure in our health care system, HealthierHere developed an approach called “Pay for Progress.” As part of their contract, HealthierHere Practice Partners can earn incentives by completing semiannual reporting requirements related to process metrics and improvement over self. The data helps us monitor progress, understand pain points and identify training and technical assistance needs.
Value-Based Payment (VBP)
Intro to VBP in Washington State Webinar – watch the recording of our 2019 “VBP 101” webinar
VBP Academy – Congratulations to our first cohort of 17 behavioral health partners who completed the academy in 2019.
Behavioral Health Agencies (BHAs) currently providing outpatient mental health and/or substance use disorder services in King County were invited to participate in this ten-month long learning academy. Participants gain a better understanding of value-based payment (VBP) models in behavioral health, quality improvement, data collection, and alignment of clinical delivery and payment systems. The Academy involves a combination of in-person meetings and webinars taught by experts in value-based payment from the National Council for Behavioral Health. This opportunity was offered through our partnership with Comagine Health, the Washington Council for Behavioral Health, and the National Council for Behavioral Health to offer a Value-Based Payment Practice Transformation Academy (The Academy).
HealthierHere is moving forward to support partner-driven innovation initiatives related to achieving project-specific outcome metrics, and establishing and/or expanding innovative care models to improve health outcomes and achieve results.
Current initiatives include:
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Care Transformation
Tests of innovation:
- Country Doctor Community Health Centers’ Innovative Approach
to Transforming Medication Assisted Treatment in Central Seattle
- Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Buprenorphine at Navos
Mental Health and Wellness Center Project ( Bupe NoWNoW) Expansion in South King County
This opportunity was developed in response to a care gap identified by HealthierHere’s Opioids Learning Collaborative. Projects aim to reduce the care gap for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) who have received a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) induction in an Emergency Department (ED) or jail, by enhancing warm hand-offs and reducing barriers for individuals to continue their MAT with community-based, low-barrier MAT providers.
Reducing ED Utilization through Mobile Health Resources
Test of innovation:
- Seattle Fire Department’s Enhancing the Capacity of a
FireFire-Based Mobile Integrated Health System in Central Seattle
This opportunity emerged from HealthierHere’s ED Use Workgroup. Projects aim to reduce the volume of hospital emergency department visits that result from “low-acuity” 911 calls by implementing innovations around the provision of or linkage to community support by mobile health resources, including, but not exclusive to, firefighters, paramedics (including community paramedics), emergency medical technicians, and caseworkers.
We look forward to sharing more as this work progresses.
Community and Clinical Practice and Innovation Partners come together across projects and sectors in HealthierHere’s Co-Design Collaboratives.
These interactive sessions bring our broad partner network together to continue the work of building partnerships, developing strategies to improve health outcomes, and creating a learning community that leverages and advances our collective knowledge.
Co-Design Collaboratives build on the work done in the Clinical Learning Collaboratives and the June 21 Community-Clinical Partnerships event with international experts Dr. Pritpal Tamber and Lori Peterson. Recent Co-Design Collaborative topics have included community care coordination and community information exchange (CIE).