Organized into a Rural Medical and Dental Home model, it has been adapted by five area medical clinics, two dental clinics and two public health departments.
According to LHI Administrator Gary Steinbach, the RMDH model employs six preventive health navigators who are based in participating clinics and health departments. Navigators are key in initiating and coordinating the delivery of essential preventive health services that include a school-based cavity prevention program, free regional medical shuttle, insurance enrollment services, children’s vaccination program and chronic disease community screening programs.
So far, 93 area residents have enrolled in public entitlement insurance programs and four in commercial health insurance programs; 381 children have participated in “Skippy,” the elementary school-based cavity prevention program; 40 area residents have used the free Regional Medical Shuttle providing rides to medical, dental and mental health services in Montrose and Grand Junction; 381 area residents participated in chronic disease community disease screening clinics, and 327 children were registered in the Colorado Immunization Information System.
RMDH navigators include Carol Schutter, Ridgway and Ouray; Beth Kupperman, Telluride; Tammie Tabor, Norwood; and Linda Adkins, Naturita and Nucla.
Clinics participating in the RMDH are Mountain Medical Center, Ouray Public Health and San Miguel County Public Health Departments, Telluride Medical Center, Telluride Family Practice, Uncompahgre Medical Center and Basin Clinic.For more information on the Telluride Foundation Local Healthcare Initiative, please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.telluridefoundation.org" www.telluridefoundation.org.