Health Care Innovation Awards: Project Profile


Project Title: "A home visitation program for rural populations in Northern Dona Ana County, New Mexico"
Geographic Reach: New Mexico
Funding Amount: $1,270,845
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $6,325,888


Ben Archer Health Center in southern New Mexico has implemented an innovative home visitation program for individuals diagnosed with chronic disease, persons at risk of developing diabetes, vulnerable seniors, and homebound individuals, as well as young children and hard to reach county residents. Ben Archer Health Center provides primary health, dental, and behavioral health care to rural Dona Ana County, a medically underserved and health professional shortage area. The Ben Archer Health Center's Health Care Innovation Award uses nurse health educators and community health workers to bridge the gap between patients and medical providers, aid patient navigation of the health care system, and offer services including case management, medication management, chronic disease management, preventive care, home safety assessments, and health education, thereby preventing the onset and progression of diseases and reducing complications. Project staff provides diabetes and asthma management classes for patients and families. The project implements a culturally-appropriate, immunization methodology utilizing door-to-door outreach campaigns. The staff connects individuals with primary care homes to decrease the cost of complications caused by disease in the predominately Hispanic population.

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