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AACI receives a federal Health Care Innovation Award!

July 23, 2012

AACI is proud to have received a $2.7 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services. AACI’s project was one of 107 selected from a pool of nearly 3000 applications nationwide.

AACI in partnership with the Career Ladders Project and three community colleges is receiving an award to train Asian and Hispanic youth and veteran AACI case workers as non-clinical health workers for a Patient Navigation Center. Serving low-income Asian and Hispanic families in Santa Clara County, the Center will provide enabling services, including translation, appointment scheduling, referrals, transportation, and application help for social services, as well as after-hours and self-care assistance. Patient navigation will lead to improved access to care, better disease screening, decreased diagnosis time, better medication adherence, a reduction in emergency room visits, and reduced anxiety for patients.

Over a three-year period, AACI will retrain its current staff of nurses, supervisors, and on-call clinicians and create an estimated 29 jobs. The new workers will include patient navigators, nurse and clinician advisors, and a customer service manager.

More information on the award can be found at: http://innovations.cms.gov/initiatives/Innovation-Awards/index.html