IBH Project Process

In September 2015, Rural Health Innovations (RHI) was awarded a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care to provide direct, customizable technical assistance for the purpose of identifying evidenced-based practices, lessons learned and key tactics needed to successfully coordinate behavioral health services organizationally and operationally. This was in response to Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) findings across Minnesota for the need to better integrate and coordinate primary care for the patient who had a behavioral health diagnosis.

While the following process reflects our work with the integration of behavioral health, a similar process could be utilized to address other population health needs. 

The first step was to identify collective issues and trends in population health, in this case, behavioral health. Next, we created a statewide advisory council with experts in the population health area.

 The primary activities for the process include:

This project is supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H54RH00023. The information, conclusions and opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and no endorsement by FORHP, HRSA or HHS is intended or should be inferred.