The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded nearly $55 million in one-time funding to help 29 health centers develop, implement, and evaluate innovative, evidence-based strategies that:

• Optimize the use of virtual care to increase access and improve clinical quality for underserved communities and vulnerable populations; and

• Can be adapted and scaled up across the health center program. Jessie Trice Community Health System (JTCHS) is committed to cultivating healthy initiatives and serving as a champion of health care. JTCHS continues this vision by providing access to care in person and virtually.

“JTCHS has received nearly $2 million from HRSA, one of two health centers in the state and one of 29 health centers nationwide, we will continue our commitment to the communities we have served for 54 years,” said Annie Neasman, CEO of JTCHS.

Every year, billions of dollars are lost due to uncoordinated health and social services for underserved populations, including people with mental illness and/or addictions, the homeless, high Medicaid and drug users. others with adverse social determinants of health. Leveraging HRSA Optimizing Virtual Care funding, the Jessie Trice Community Health System Virtual Care Initiative for Urban and Special Needs Communities will implement an enhanced, comprehensive virtual care program with shared-service integration and that includes health information, screening and intervention for the social determinants of health services and care management and coordination to promote better health and societal outcomes for patients.