Four organizations tasked with improving the health and well-being of South Sound residents received a financial boost this week when Pierce County Accountable Community of Health (ACH) officials announced the recipients of $1.5 million in Catalyst Funding grants.

The grants, which are worth $500,000 each, were awarded to healthcare companies that can strategize to fully integrate behavioral and physical health; serve at least five percent of the Medicaid population; are prepared to enact their planned Catalyst Funding efforts by Oct. 1; and are committed to participate in shared learning practices.

This year’s Catalyst Funding grant recipients are:

  • MultiCare Health System and Sea Mar Community Health Centers — The two organizations will partner to improve collaborative care, integrate behavioral health into whole-person care, assist primary care providers in the field of chronic disease, and improve communications between specialists and primary care providers.
  • CHI-Franciscan — The organization will hire community health workers in an effort to curb visits to emergency rooms in central Pierce County, as well as expand its collaborative care model to as many as four Pierce County clinics by 2020.
  • Pediatrics Northwest — The organization will partner with HopeSparks to fold behavioral health consultants into primary care settings.

“The ACH is excited and proud to continue our investments with local providers on these innovative projects,” said Pierce County ACH CEO Alisha Fehrenbacher in a press release. “Each of these awards is intended to accelerate implementation of whole-person integrated care, and we think the funded proposals will achieve that goal to the benefit of Medicaid recipients in the county.”

More information is available online here.