ACU’s first ever Health IT for the Underserved Awards showcased talent, innovation and perseverance on behalf of underserved communities. The awards were presented at the Health IT and the Underserved Conference held in Poughkeepsie, NY on March 7 – 8, 2013.
Casey Davis was recognized with the User from the Field Award for developing a health education website with materials in American Sign Language for the deaf and hard of hearing community, www.DeafMD.org.
Mary Zalasny, CEO of Finger Lakes Community Health (FLCH) accepted the ACU Transdisciplinary Award on behalf of FLCH for their use of telehealth clinical services to bring services to those who would otherwise have to travel great distances to access them. The telehealth service relies on transdisciplinary teams involving community health workers, providers and HIT technologists to deliver the telehealth services.
Michael Lardiere, LCSW, Vice President for Health Information Technology and Strategic Development at the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, accepted the HIT Champion Award for his work to implement electronic health records, integrate behavioral health and primary care, and advance the field of health information technology and exchange.
Two programs received the Community Agency Award: ACU recognized the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation for Project Connect, which provides low cost medical interpretation and health navigation services the local Burmese patient population using video conferencing technology. The program is a collaboration by the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, Parkview Hospital, Advantage Health Solutions, and the Fort Wayne-Allen County (IN) Health Department.
The other Community Agency Award went to the West Virginia University Office of Health Services Research, which is using population level clinical data from 33 participating federally qualified clinic sites to improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes for patients with diabetes, cardiovascular health issues and asthma.