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The Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District Governing Board invites the public to attend our Rural Health Values Project called Population Health Improvement Team (or PHIT for short) Strategic Plan Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Garberville Civic Club, 477 Maple Lane in Garberville.

SHCHD is one of only five rural communities nationally selected to participate in a project funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to focus on opportunities to increase value in rural health care by improving health of the communities, bettering patient experience, and lowering costs.

Population health encompasses a cultural shift from a focus on providing care for a panel of patients when individuals are sick, to a more comprehensive view, which includes enhancing and improving the health of all individuals in a community across a spectrum of ages and conditions.

Presenters will be Keith Mueller, PhD and Jennifer Lundblad, PhD, MBA. Dr. Mueller is the Gerhard Hartman Professor and head of the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. He is also the director of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis and the chair of the RUPRI Health Panel. Dr. Lundblad leads Stratis Health, an independent non-profit quality improvement organization based in Bloomington, Minnesota, that leads collaboration and innovation in health care quality and patient safety. She is adjunct assistant professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and she serves as a member of the Rural Policy Research Institute Health Panel.

The Team will be discussing and asking for input on plans for community activities in the near future to support health improvement in Southern Humboldt County. We encourage patients and staff of SHCHD facilities, members of associated healthcare service organizations and all interested community members to attend.

Call SHCHD Administrative Assistant Constance Paul at 923-3921, ext. 276 for more information.

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