Welcome to the Citizens Health Initiative

Working for a health and health care system with better health, better care, and lower costs for all New Hampshire residents.

Our long-term goal is to create and sustain a public dialogue that will measurably improve the “systems” that finance and provide health care in New Hampshire in order to accomplish two fundamental objectives: to assure a healthy population and to create an effective system of care.

News & Announcements

New Publication: Telehealth and Mobile Health Applied to Integrated Behavioral Care: Opportunities for Progress In New Hampshire

New Hampshire residents could benefit from expanded use of telehealth and mobile health technologies to integrate behavioral and primary health care. A recently released report and accompanying webinar from UNH’s Institute for Health Policy and Practice and the NH Citizens Health Initiative suggests that Telehealth and mobile health (MHealth) have the opportunity to add efficiencies to the delivery of high quality health care while providing a positive patient experience.

“The behavioral health crisis in NH necessitates that we find innovative ways to provide better access to care. NH is a perfect place to bring these technologies together in our current efforts to integrate mental health care and physical health care,” said Jeanne Ryer, Director of the NH Citizens Health Initiative.

As noted by Patrick Miller, author of the report, “Combining technology-savvy consumers with New Hampshire’s high rate of electronic health record (EHR) technology adoption, a fairly robust telecommunications infrastructure, and a predominately rural setting, there is strong foundation for telehealth and mHealth expansion in New Hampshire’s integrated health continuum”

The report was developed by the NH Citizens Health Initiative’s NH Behavioral Health Learning Collaborative, which has been working to develop a health care systems’ ability to integrate behavioral health into primary care.

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NH Citizens Health Initiative Annual Symposium: Celebrating Partners, Accelerating Progress, Inspiring Action

The Initiative's Annual Symposium will be held on Wednesday, September 27th from 8:30am-4pm at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.

Register

Presentations for the 9/27/17 Symposium

Keynote: The Heroin/Opioid Epidemic: A Call to Arms -Steven Kassels

Morning Breakouts:

Using Wraparound Services to Impact ED Utilization in Behavioral Health

Engaging Patients and Families for Safety and Quality Improvement

Organizational Culture: How to Manage Multiple Initiatives and Create Collective Teams

Getting on the Same Page: Care Plans as a Tool for Patient-Centered Care Collaboration

Keynote: Using Data and Relationships to Transform Primary Care -Jay Want

Call to Action: Next Steps for a Healthy New Hampshire -Yvonne Goldsberry

Afternoon Breakouts:

Improving Quality and Reducing Cost Through Controlling Hypertension

Site Self-Assessment in Action: Using Evidence to Meet Operational and Strategic Objectives

Communication Your Vision and Influencing without Authority

Growing the Primary Care Behavioral Health Workforce of Tomorrow

 

Initiative's Behavioral Health Integration Learning Collaborative Releases Report

New Hampshire residents will benefit from a health care system that integrates behavioral health into primary care, according to a report released by the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) and the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative (NHCHI).

The learning collaborative also included the identification and exploration of challenges in payment for substance use disorder screening and treatment. According to the report, the state’s current opiate epidemic highlights the need for better screening for behavioral health issues, prevention and treatment referral in primary care.

The research, conducted in partnership with 60 organizations, is based on a philosophy of shared data and shared learning that emphasizes the importance of transparency across all stakeholder groups.

Twenty-five to 30 percent of visits for primary medical care either originate from or have a significant related behavioral health component. Research also found that depression and anxiety with a co-occurring chronic medical condition increase costs dramatically.

Media Release

 

If you are participating in the Northern NE Practice Transformation Network, you won't want to miss valuable change management training, "Leading from Every Seat," conducted by the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership, a highly regarded health care leadership training program from Maine. This terrific Learning Community Session is designed for both clinical and practice leaders and will be held at UNHLaw in Concord. If you haven't registered, please contact janet.thomas@unh.edu for more information.

Call for Participation: Behavioral Health Integration Learning Collaborative Year 2

The NH Citizens Health Initiative is recruiting for the second year of its learning collaborative on integrating behavioral health into primary care practices. Primary care practices, health systems, behavioral health providers, health care payers, and other stakeholders will continue to learn together how to integrate behavioral health care in primary care to improve patient health and improve health outcomes using evidence-based practice. Interested in participating? Click Here!

Behavioral Health Integration: Making Sense and Moving Forward 

September 14, 2016, Bedford NH

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Download presentations and resources here!

 

Northern New England Practice Transformation Network

The Northern New England Practice Transformation Network, a partnership between the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative at the University of New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice, Maine Quality Counts, and Vermont Program for Quality in Healthcare, Inc., will receive up to $15 million over four years to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely.

Overview for Practices here.

Webinar: Introducing the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network   

Helping Clinicians & Practices Succeed: A New Resource for Supporting Primary & Specialty Care Practices

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Webinar Presentation Slides

PQRS, Value Modifier, Value-Based Payments - it seems the change never stops!

While clinicians are focused on improving care for their patients, they also face ever-increasing expectations of value and service. Soon, most Medicare and other payments will be based on complex value and quality measures that will be unfamiliar to many medical practices. And along with these measures will come new financial incentives and penalties. 

We want you to be ready. That's why Maine Quality Counts and regional partners have created the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network, a federally-funded set of resources and learning opportunities that specialist and primary care practices in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont can join at no cost. 

Attend this webinar to learn how, and hear from the Network's leaders about available services, including:

  • Baseline assessment of your practice and a support plan tailored to the specific needs of your practice
  • No-cost access to PQRS Solutions, assistance with PQRS reporting to CMS
  • Flexible range of educational offerings from PTN Learning Collaborative

Announcing New Behavioral Health Integration Learning Collaborative

The NH Citizens Health Initiative will launch a learning collaborative on integrating behavioral health into primary care practice in mid-November as part of its Accountable Care Learning Network. Primary care practices, health systems, behavioral health providers, health care payers, and other stakeholders will learn together how to integrate behavioral health care in primary care to improve patient health and improve health outcomes using evidence-based practice. The learning collaborative, funded by the Endowment for Health, will focus on improving care for common behavioral health conditions in the context of primary care practice. For more information, see the Call for Participation or contact Hwasun Garin.

NH Citizens Health Initiative Receives Behavioral Health Integration Grant

Endowment for Health grant will support efforts to integrate behavioral health into primary care practice in New Hampshire

The Endowment for Health grant will help the Initiative further efforts to integrate behavioral health into primary care, driven by evidence-based, sustainable models. The Behavioral Health Integration Learning Collaborative will launch in November and involve health care providers and practices throughout the state, along with other insurers, government, and other stakeholders. For more information, contact Hwasun Garin.

NH Citizens Health Initiative and Regional Partners Receive Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Award

Collaborative network will join federal government and other partners in supporting large-scale health care transformation among clinician practices

The Northern New England Practice Transformation Network, a partnership between the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative at the University of New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice, Maine Quality Counts, and Vermont Program for Quality in Healthcare, Inc., will receive up to $15 million over four years to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely.

NH Citizens Health Initiative Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

NH Citizens Health Initiative celebrated its Tenth Anniversary on September 28 with founders, past and current chairs, participants and Governor Maggie Hassan recognizing all those who have contributed to the Initiative’s successful efforts over the past 10 years and joining in a discussion of New Hampshire's health care future.

Check out our 10th anniversary video!

Latest projects:

Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Network (with NH Community Health Institute). The NH Citizens Health Initiative is pleased to be working with the NH Community Health Institute, under contract with the NH Division of Public Health Services, to develop and support a Technical Assistance Network for NH Rural Health Clinics. The network will equip Rural Health Clinics with the tools and resources necessary to effectively and efficiently serve their rural populations.  The NH RHC Technical Assistance Network will provide support for NH RHCs specific technical assistance needs relative to practice management, RHC recertification, financial reporting, billing, data collection and reporting, and quality improvement. The network will also provide support for an RHC Hypertension Learning Collaborative, including clinical quality management reporting and quality improvement practices to improve hypertension clinical processes. Participating Rural Health Clinics will also have access to the Initiative’s Accountable Care Project reporting tools.

Population Health for Clinicians: A Podcast Series:

Through a partnership with the NH Medical Society and the College of Health and Human Services at UNH, this podcast series was created to introduce clinicians to the principles and practices of population health.

MapNH Health:

Insights for Our Future. Bringing together data, resources, and collaborations to foster dynamic conversations about the future of New Hampshire's health.