Pierce County’s Elevate Health was granted certification from the national Pathways Community HUB Institute as a Pathways Community HUB, allowing the organization to serve as a “centralized resource for at-risk populations who have health care and social service needs.”

Elevate Health is now the first in the state to receive the Level-I designation, meaning it meets the national standards for quality community care coordination services and is committed to pursuing excellence. In order to receive the certification, Elevate Health underwent a peer review process that evaluated its programs as being “measurable, accountable, and the highest quality outlined in the Pathways Community HUB Model,” according to Elevate Health.

Essentially, Elevate Health acts as a liaison between healthcare organizations and community partners so that together they can provide better care and access, as well as bolster funding for healthcare solutions.

“We are proud to be the first Accountable Community of Health in the state of Washington acknowledged with a Level-I designation,” said CEO Alisha Fehrenbacher. “It affirms the quality, competence, training, and effectiveness of our HUB, while confirming the value we provide to the community. By helping to identify people most at-risk, we are able to connect them to the services that will help them live healthier lives and reduce the cost surrounding health care in our region.”

In 2018, Elevate Health launched a pilot Pathways Community HUB with a focus on serving adults or children with two or more health conditions and at-risk pregnant women, all of which needed to be eligible for or already enrolled in Medicaid. Its two, now-certified programs address Medicaid recipients who have multiple chronic diseases or health issues and need assistance navigating the health system, and provide resources to women with at-risk pregnancies who are also enrolled with Medicaid.

Some of the organizations Elevate Health partners with include: the Korean Women’s Association of Washington, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Hope Sparks Family Services, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, and Community Health Care.