Mission and Values:
The North Baldwin Rural Health Network (NBRHN) and its members work to address the needs of our communities by acting within available resources and consistent with agreed upon strategic priorities, to:
PROMOTE CLINICAL INTEGRATION
ACHIEVE HEALTH STATUS IMPROVEMENT
FACILITATE ADMINISTRATIVE INTEGRATION
By working together as a network of providers, we will help our communities become the healthiest in America.
Formed in 2011, the North Baldwin Rural Health Network members agreed to leverage individual and organizational resources to collaborate and share the cost of implementing a common Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Since its formation, network activities have evolved to include how to utilize the EMR to measure and improve quality, to improve care transitions across the continuum and ultimately to improve access to care in our rural community. Network members sign a Memorandum of Agreement outlining the values of the network and confirming their agreement to participate in network activities. Each new member commits to join and actively participate in network projects that are appropriate for their organization.
History and Culture:
The NBRHN was established in 2011 with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Network HIT program. The goal was to develop a network that was able to use an EMR as the basis for building an integrated healthcare delivery system in our rural community of Bay Minette, AL. In 2014, the network was awarded a Rural Health Network Development grant. The project focused on network expansion, the development of a care transitions program, the recruitment of a lactation and childbirth educator to increase breastfeeding rates and to improve perinatal outcomes. Each project strives to increase patient and provider engagement in community health. The programs strives to build upon the initial EMR project to produce a more mature and sustainable network that is integrated and improves the health and quality of life in our communities.
The NBRHN Membership includes a cross section of providers in our communities. We have expanded the network to include Escambia County, AL and recognize the importance of establishing a strong partnership with the Band of Poarch Creek Indians in Atmore, AL. In 2017, the network received another Rural Health Network Development grant to continue to expand the programs of the network. The grant is funding the establishment of a Diabetes Education program in both communities, the expansion of care transitions to include Escambia County, the expansion of the use of telemedicine to improve access to specialty care and the establishment of mental health first aid trainer corps that can support and build resilience within our community.
The NBRHN is developing a healthcare delivery system that at its core is patient centered, evidenced based and that uses technology to achieve higher levels of quality and connectivity between patient and provider. This project will strive to improve engagement and ultimately health outcomes in our targeted patient populations.
“This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D06RH27772 in the Rural Health Network Development Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U. S. Government.”