Characterizing the Care Coordination Landscape in Rural Missouri

Author
Beau Underwood
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Background

The Institute of Public Policy is working with Dr. Julie Kapp, Associate Professor with the MU School of Medicine, to develop and deliver educational training on enhanced care coordination for providers working in areas where needs are high, and resources are limited. One of the initial steps in that effort was understanding and describing the current state of care coordination in rural Missouri, especially those related to addressing social determinants of health.

Health care providers increasingly turn to care coordination to address social needs and other non-medical determinants of health. Care coordination may be particularly valuable in rural areas given health inequities. Yet, research into the structure and implementation of rural care coordination is limited.

Next Steps

Our next steps will be the development of a manuscript detailing these findings and the development of a web-based curriculum that synthesizes the state of the science on care coordination integrating social services with available resources and best practices. 

Funding

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $12,095,043 with 10 percent financed by non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. This project was also supported by funds internal to the University of Missouri assigned to JMK.

 

Research Team

Beau Underwood, MPP, MDiv (Primary Contact)
Institute of Public Policy
University of Missouri
Btuq67@missouri.edu

Julie M. Kapp, MPH, PhD
School of Medicine
University of Missouri
Kappj@health.missouri.edu

Kristi Ressel, MPH
Institute of Public Policy
University of Missouri
Resselk@missouri.edu

Kathleen Quinn, PhD
School of Medicine
University of Missouri
Quinnk@health.missouri.edu