The Valley Health Alliance was founded as a not-for-profit focused on the ” Quadruple Aim” —- promoting access to quality care, nurturing evidenced-based population health management practices, reducing excess waste and inappropriate costs and supporting the care of the healthcare workers in our West Mountain Region, serving us in a very stressful and challenging healthcare environment. To that end, VHA has partnered with Mountain Family Health Centers located in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, Edwards and Rifle, Colorado as the newest employer member of the alliance with 180 covered lives.
“To improve high quality, integrated primary, behavioral, and dental health care in the communities we serve with special consideration for the medically underserved, regardless of ability to pay.”
The Tri-County region is the primary support for the resort and ranching communities with transient and low-income service sector employees with historically high barriers to access health care and health insurance. Many employees travel long distances between their homes and places of employment because of the high cost of living in the resort communities. The integration of healthcare and population health management coordination, led by the Valley Health Alliance, is critical to improving the health of the regional employee population and their families. The Valley Health Alliance, in an effort to promote care standardization, access to resources and primary care, funded the certification of 33 regional health coaches through the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas. Professionals throughout the valley enjoyed a three-day training and certification program focused on stimulating behavioral changes to improve health goals and outcomes for regional residents.
The VHA also is serving as an ” incubator” through innovation, research and development, best practices, and healthcare initiatives which are shared openly regionally, at the state level and across the country for potential replication and community benefit especially for rural communities. The VHA openly shares data from annual biometric health fair screening and health assessments identifying population “lifestyle and medical risks”. In addition, program templates, coaching models, focus group feedback and other VHA intellectual capital are shared promoting community benefit.
The Valley Health Alliance provides a unique vehicle for collaboration among employers, employees and providers to improve the health and well-being of our communities.
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