First Coast Health Alliance and Flagler Hospital, St. Augustine,FL., has selected Xavier Leadership Center (XLC) as its partner to facilitate a Population Health Care Coordinator Certificate Program to health care professionals at Flagler Hospital. The program combines expert population health faculty from Xavier University’s School of Nursing with XLCs experienced business leaders, delivered in a flexible in-person and distance learning format.
This one-of-a-kind program kicked-off on October 13, 2015 in St. Augustine and is followed by 13 population health and leadership-specific modules. Originally developed with Mercy Health, this blended live-streaming and in-person model allows XLC to deliver this unique program nationally.
Carolyn Wilson, Director of Care Coordination for First Coast Health Alliance, explains why they selected XLC’s program.
“First Coast Health Alliance chose Xavier’s program because it is a one-of-a-kind population health program that encompasses motivational interviewing, health coaching and the steps program, which are key to helping healthcare professionals think outside the box. We were drawn to the variety of topics that Xavier’s program addresses, as well as the inclusion of live-streaming capability, which allows us to provide the training to our staff with a convenient and flexible schedule,” she said.
Xavier’s Population Health Care Coordinator Certificate Program provides a top-notch training program to care coordinators. By including live-steaming capabilities, the program allows health care organizations to train on their time, but still receive a program that is customized for their healthcare staff. The program follows the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care, which trains health care providers to effectively communicate with the patients entire care network, allowing the providers to work together and achieve overall health. This is important because it is responding to the movement in the national health care community toward patient-centered care.
“Population health is a national movement that involves an inter-professional approach to healthcare delivery, as our nation tries to move the healthcare system to a wellness model that prevents illness, instead of just treating it. It is providing care for a person as a whole, by looking at them biologically, emotionally, economically, geographically and socially,” explains Dr. Susan Schmidt.
Schmidt, who serves as the Director of Xavier’s School of Nursing, has helped secure over $2 million in grants to the College of Professional Sciences from the federal government. These grants are specifically to advance the nations Triple Aim goal, which is to improve the individual experience of care and the health of populations while reducing the costs of care.
Dr. Paul Gore, Dean of the College of Professional Sciences, notes that XLC’s Population Health program is a natural extension of the college’s emphasis on promoting inter-professional collaboration through educational experiences at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
“One of Xavier University’s core values is caring for the whole person and doing so effectively in the health care enterprise requires skills in inter-professional collaboration. I am pleased that value is now being extended to professionals outside of the immediate area, as in the case of First Coast Health Alliance. We are excited to receive validation of the growing expertise that we are developing at Xavier.”