With the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, health care systems have changed. Using the unexpected changes as a catalyst, IFHC has sought to create opportunities to shift to a system wide strategic approach with a focus upon a patient-centric care model. IFHC’s patient-centric model is based in planning and anticipating patient needs, as well as developing a set of capabilities necessary to meet patient needs. IFHC’s patient-centric model also seeks to foster a care delivery system that recognizes and understands the uniqueness of the American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) culture and traditions. Thereby, supporting health equity and quality within services.
IFHC’s patient-centric model serves as the blueprint to identify, develop and implement appropriate programs for patient care. Advancing capabilities and services, such as the 4-in-1 Grant program areas, is vital to the patient-centric model. Each 4-in-1 Grant program area helps contribute to the expansion of core capabilities and growing of service lines including wellness, prevention, patient care, population health, coordination, continuum of care, evidenced-based clinical and behavioral health outcomes, safety, increased partnerships and shared resources.
IFHC’s commitment to the 4-in-1 Grant is evidenced by the plan outlining resource and staffing allocation, as detailed in the IFHC organizational chart and multi-disciplinary staff biographical sketches. Further, IFHC has provided for detailed budget and management thereof, as detailed in the program budget and budget narratives.
For IFHC to effectively manage within and across the program areas, IFHC has planned for accessible, transparent, and real time data, as defined in the IFHC work plans and project narrative. To effectively manage the program areas, IFHC plans for a detailed evaluation and monitoring program plan. Within the work plans, information and data sources have been identified to provide for outcomes, practices insights, lessons learned and program costs.
IFHC, through the 4-in-1 Grant program areas, plans to establish a formal and coordinated partnership framework. IFHC is enabled to achieve greater and line-specific support. With deliberate partnerships, IFHC is seizing the opportunity to reduce gaps in care and disruptions in care across multiple organizations in the health system for the IFHC AI/AN Urban Patient.
Strategic 4-in-1 Grant Program planning is based in an agile model composed of five interdependent phases representative of each year, as displayed in the IFHC Multi-Year Program Plan diagram. Year 1 will be the foundation year to establish the program. Year 2 will focus upon evolving and refining the program areas. In year 3, IFHC will continue to adjust to emerging program trends with the goal of expanding and innovating program areas in Year 4. Upon the entry of Year 5, IFHC’s goal is to have built the foundation for operational support, infrastructure, quality patient care, and sustainability.
IFHC will apply formal project management tools and methods as established by the Project Management Institute (PMI), risk, performance, financial, communication and quality management planning, as well as a formalized data and reporting plan.
IFHC’s proposed 4-in-1 Grant programs provide for an opportunity to build sustaining patient health care. With sound planning and management within the 4-in-1 Grant areas, IFHC can achieve measurable results and benefits that include quality, growth, sound financial management, clinical outcomes, patient health and wellness, and ultimately fulfilling the IFHC vision of holistic, welcoming and inclusive care for the body, mind, and spirit.