UM will collaborate with Partnership Health Center’s Complex Care Program to implement a team-based, patient-centered, data-driven, approach to serving individuals who experience combinations of medical, behavioral health and social challenges that lead to extreme patterns of healthcare utilization and high healthcare costs in Missoula County. Through home-based, non-clinical interventions that address the social determinants of health, Montana Interprofessional Student Hotspotting seeks to improve patients’ quality of life, integrate medical, behavioral and social care, and increase utilization of primary care services.
The program will train health professions students to identify and address social and environmental barriers that lead patients to overutilize emergency and inpatient hospital services and underutilize primary care. Jennifer Bell, Co-Prinicpal Investigator and Team Advisor on the project stated, “By bringing Student Hotspotting to UMHM, we are creating an opportunity for students to better understand the patient perspective and address social determinants of health.”
The team goals are to improve patient health and wellness and decrease healthcare spending. “We are excited to launch a value-added educational program that shifts how health profession students address complex health and helps move the needle towards data-driven, team-based healthcare,” says Kate Chapin, Co-Principal Investigator and Team Advisor on the project.
Montana Interprofessional Student Hotspotting is funded through a two-year grant from the Montana Healthcare Foundation and also by the Montana Geriatric Education Center.