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State Budget Names THT a Regional Health Hub, Funds Health Care Progress

Trenton Health Team applauds New Jersey leaders for designating and funding Regional Health Hubs in the FY 2020 state budget, enabling partnerships across the state to expand and enhance health care.

“Regional partnerships are making a real difference in the lives of low-income residents and reducing healthcare fragmentation,” said THT Executive Director Gregory Paulson. “New Jersey is rapidly becoming a national model for how communities can come together to tackle our shared health challenges.” Read THT OpEd in NJ Spotlight on value of RHH

Health hubs are community-based structures for convening stakeholders, enabling planning and providing health interventions. One of the most innovative and important roles is securely sharing healthcare data through regional Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) to help care providers better understand and meet patient needs. These sophisticated data systems also help care providers address social determinants of health — causes of health problems that are not medical. Now, doctors can make referrals directly to food pantries, legal services, faith communities and other social services in hope of mitigating conditions contributing to health concerns.

“Over the past year, Trenton Health Team has worked with our partners to address inequities in maternal health outcomes, cancer screening and treatment, access to healthy food, chronic absenteeism, and even home improvements,” Paulson said. “Thanks to Gov. Murphy and the Legislature, we can now build upon this success.”

Regional Health Hubs are replacing state Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations to better serve residents receiving healthcare coverage through Medicaid — those who often lack access to the resources needed to be, and stay, healthy. New Jersey’s regional partnerships — THT, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Healthy Greater Newark, Health Coalition of Passaic County — integrate, coordinate, and align disconnected programs to improve patient care and outcomes, ultimately making communities healthier. Learn more here