The Hanley Center is frequently called upon to lead strategic planning initiatives that require a high level of collaboration as well as the engagement and buy-in of diverse stakeholders.
The Hanley Center is one of several Maine organizations under contract with Maine's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide services under a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) and Maine's DHHS. The cooperative agreement, known as the State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative awarded $33 million of Federal funding as one of six states selected to push toward the triple aim goals of improving the quality of healcare delivery, improving patients' ecperience of care, and reducing the total costs of care. The Hanley Center's work is focused on facilitating the process to create a vision and strategy for health leadership development for the entire state as well as providing specific team training modules for Maine's current health leaders. More information can be found here.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hanley Center partnered in 2011 to design a planning process focused on improving the capacity of Maine's public health workforce. This has developed into a comprehensive five-year plan (2013-2018) intended to address the state's public health needs amongst an era of rapid change. The Hanley center has been working to identify the needs of the workforce, and has recently been working to facilitate collaborative progress by engaging public health stakeholders at all levels. More information can be found here.
Like many parts of the country, Maine is not exempt from cultural barriers to healthcare delivery. Language, faith, and other customs often present a challenge to healthcare providers when working to administer care. The Hanley Center has recently developed a health disparity/cultural competency training program for providers, which is designed to give them the skillsets they need to move beyond sociocultural barriers to help their patients. This program has seen tremendous support and will be expanding in the near future to incorporate more training sessions. Further information on health disparities and cultural competency — and the associated barriers — can be found on the Office of Minority Health webpage.
One way that the Hanley Center is working to engage the healthcare provider community in health disparity training is through our video series "In All Fairness - Putting a Face on Health Disparities."