Think Kids is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of the winners of Quality Insights’ 50th anniversary grant program, created to support promising and innovative initiatives to improve health and healthcare quality.
Under its grant, Think Kids will implement the West Virginia Wraparound Intensive Support in Enrollment (WV WISE) project, a model of person-centered benefits enrollment assistance that overcomes stigma and galvanizes local programs to address health disparities. The goal is to partner with REACHH, a comprehensive community resource provider, to test this model in Hinton, West Virginia, evaluate its efficacy and impact, and document the successes and challenges. If successful, the organization will look to replicate WV WISE in other rural settings in WV.
THINK KIDS was chosen among numerous applicants from across the nine states and territories where Quality Insights facilitates quality improvement initiatives. The organization will receive a grant of $14,930.34 to help fund its project.
You can learn more about the project from this PowerPoint presentation.
For more information about Think Kids or WV WISE, please contact Kelli Caseman at 304.444.5917 or email@example.com. For more information about Quality Insights’ efforts to improve health and healthcare, visit www.qualityinsights.org.
The Project Team
REACH is the project’s community partner and plays an incredibly important role in engaging fellow community partners and individuals. Doris Selko is the project director for REACHH.
Diane Landy is the Agency Outreach Coordinator with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in Southern West Virginia.
Kelli Caseman will help with event coordination, reporting, and the project’s final report, which she’ll use to engage stakeholders/policymakers in a larger dialogue around person-centered benefits enrollment assistance.
Melissa Blake- WV Bureau for Families Services
Trena Dacal- United Way
Ashley Gummer, Kiara Mickey, and Amanda White- The Health Plan
Renae Jones- Communities in Schools of Summers County
Tamara Mitchell- CASEWV
Natalie Robinson- UniCare
Joey Preast- Summers County ARH Hospital
Jordan Pruett- Aetna
October/November: Identify and connect with representatives from the following federal/state programs to gauge their interest in participating in the project:
- Childcare assistance and early childhood resources (Head Start)
- Community Health Centers (assistance in finding a medical home)
- Health insurance (Medicaid, CHIP, Marketplace)
- Home Energy Assistance
- Housing Assistance
- Local food pantry assistance/eligibility requirements
- School clothing voucher program
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- WV Works (TANF)
- Other local programs, as identified by REACHH
December: Hold our first virtual team meeting of leadership from partnering organizations, and secure contracts with the PR firm, event site, and equipment rental company, if needed (for partitions to ensure privacy).
January: The project team will begin to meet monthly, and the selected PR firm will meet with the event team to better understand the nature of the WV WISE event and the deliverables requested.
February: The initial marketing “Save the Date” pieces will be disseminated around the greater Hinton area. Social media marketing will begin. The project team will meet and begin working on logistics. The lead project team members will start registering people for the event, which will be scheduled during the last week of April.
March: Marketing will continue, as well as registering families for the event and a monthly meeting of stakeholders to update them on registration numbers, logistics, and next steps.
April: News stories and public interviews will begin early in the month. A final project team will meet. Staff scheduling families will update the team, and the project team will instruct participating programs/services on the final event logistics, which will include their respective schedules for the day.
May: The project team and participating stakeholders will debrief on what went well and the lessons learned. The project team will share the following logistics:
- How many families registered
- How many walk-ins signed in
Each participating stakeholder will report:
- Number of scheduled families
- Number of walk-in families
- Number of no-shows
- Number of completed enrollment forms
- Number of educational opportunities, and, if available, topics for discussion
The project team will compile this data for the entire event and for each participating organization, so we can learn if the event was more successful for one project than others.
June: We will write a final report documenting the project process, lessons learned, challenges to implementation, successes, and next steps to implement the model.
July: The final report will be finalized and disseminated. The project team will work with Quality Insights to market the report and actively seek an audience with policymakers if the event is successful and can be replicated.
August: Wrap up final grant reports.