Special Projects and Grants
Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP)
The overall goal of GAPHC’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BBCP) is to improve the health status of patients “at risk” for breast and cervical cancer. This has been achieved through patient outreach and education, breast and pelvic examinations and appropriate diagnostic procedures. The program objective is to offer screening and/or educational contracts annually to underserved patients at-risk for breast and cervical health and cancer at selected Community Health Centers.
Behavioral Health Service Grant
According to a recent analysis by the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Mental Health Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases, there are 348,040 adults in Georgia with severe mental illness and about one-third of them have no health insurance. In 2006, Georgia’s Community Health Centers saw over 48,000 patients for mental health and substance abuse services.
With 27 FQHCs and over 137 clinical sites throughout Georgia, GAPHC has recognized the need to better meet the behavioral health care needs of our patients. Through State resources, the mission is to improve the access to primary care and behavioral health services for all medically underserved Georgians. Through this project GAPHC has identified five pilot Community Health Centers to demonstrate the integration of behavioral and primary health care. These five sites serve 22 counties and serve nearly 40,000 low-income patients a year.
GAPHC has partnered with Gateway Behavioral Health Services to conduct an environmental scan to help each site to carefully evaluate barriers that may exist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with co-morbid conditions; and to further identify “critical success factors” necessary for the successful integration of care.
Four critical success factors for the integration of primary care and behavioral health were found:
Adequate Mental Health Staff Recruitment and Retention.
Elimination of Patient Care Barriers to Continuity of Care.
Sustainability and Reduction of Regulatory Related Barriers.
Cross Training of Primary Care and Behavioral Care Staff.
New Start Community Health Development Grant
The purpose of this State Grant Project is to provide funding for the development and implementation of New Start or Expansion of Federally Qualified Health Centers by locating services in targeted counties.
The project will assist with a variety of work activities that are necessary for the successful development of a federal application for FQHC funding in the targeted counties. Funding will also support the establishment and operational expenses relating to the new start or expansion sites.
Disaster Preparedness for Bioterrorism/Emergency Event Response
Resources from this State grant will assist in developing a comprehensive healthcare emergency response plan for the FQHCs that will integrate their capabilities into the statewide healthcare community response plan with the hospital, public health, and Emergency Medical Services providers throughout the state. GAPHC’s focus is for the FQHCs to continue to play a significant role in emergencies, whether the emergencies are natural and/or manmade disasters. GAPHC will develop the response plan, as well as facilitate workshops and meetings with state and local emergency officials.
HCPP ASPR Training Calendar - November 15, 2012