Healthcare Providers And Hospitals
Health care providers and hospitals often serve as anchor institutions, with resources, relationships, and missions to serve their local communities. Integrating health care access with other services and supports is critical to establishing and maintaining community health and well-being. Seedco’s relationships in the health sector are improving access to care and reaching those with the greatest needs.
The conditions in which we live explain in part why some Americans are healthier than others. Those with fewer resources and access to services tend to be less healthy. Starting in 2018 and in partnership with the Acacia Network, Seedco’s Bronx Health and Benefits Initiative builds capacity to coordinate community-based care in one of New York’s unhealthiest and poorest counties. Working closely with Acacia’s Bronx programs, Seedco is integrating its EarnBenefitsOnline at community sites and helping residents access benefits; training local Acacia staff; and deploying screening staff at Acacia’s health centers.
Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities Innovation Fund funds this project.
This program is designed to address social determinants of health for the most vulnerable and disenfranchised opioid dependent population in the Bronx through outreach, engagement, enrollment in public benefits and linkages to care. Seedco’s focus will be increasing enrollments in public benefits using our EarnBenefits Online technology. BABC builds on Acacia and Seedco’s Bronx Health and Benefits Initiative, funded through the Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities Innovation Fund, to integrate EarnBenefits Online into Acacia’s federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). This initiative is led by Acacia Network, with three core partners: Seedco, St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction (SACHR) and MDRC, which serves as the evaluation partner.
The program is funded by the OneCity Health Innovation Fund.
Figuring out health insurance on one’s own can be intimidating. Many people assume they cannot afford it, are ineligible for financial assistance, or do not need insurance at all.
Seedco’s Maryland Health Connection program helps people access quality health care through the Affordable Care Act. Our “navigators” understand insurance and related financial topics. Our priority is to serve as a consumer advocate, working only in the best interest of those seeking our assistance. Our staff is trained and certified, with the compassion, patience, and skills to calmly guide people through the eligibility, coverage selection, enrollment, and post-enrollment process. Seedco’s program also provides wide outreach and information sharing to eliminate barriers to healthcare among the different sectors of the population that are uninsured.
Our program has served the Upper Eastern Shore since 2013 and partners with Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center, Triangle Health Alliance, and West Cecil Health Center; and the Southern Region since 2017 and works with Health Partners, Inc. Seedco also serves as a regional hub on behalf of Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, providing technical assistance and supporting community partners.