The Benton-Franklin Community Health Alliance has been awarded $36,226 as part of a statewide initiative to improve health.
Nine other groups in the state also were awarded planning grants as part of the initiative, the state Health Care Authority recently announced in a news release. The grants total $485,000.
"These grants support the crucial first step as we start down the path of addressing regional needs and assisting the development of community-based health care that is linked to community services. Transformation of the overall system begins here," said Gov. Jay Inslee in the news release.
Dorothy Teeter, director of the Health Care Authority, added in the release that, "the 10 impressive community and tribal entities awarded are critical to the state's success in realizing health system transformation. Partnership among communities and the state toward accelerating current efforts in integrated health care, value-based payment and delivery, and population health improvement will ensure our success in achieving a healthier Washington."
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Other groups awarded planning grants include Yakima County Accountable Community of Health.