The first Regional Health Summit was conducted June 1-2, 2017 with keynote speakers focused on access to care from national and local perspectives. The event had an attendance of more than 150 partners representing over 40 organizations.
A Regional Health Summit Workshop was conducted Aug. 22, 2017, in partnership with Marshall Health, to host a keynote speaker from ChristianaCare Health System in Delaware focused on the Project Engage Model to identify, treat addiction withdrawal and link to recovery services, persons with addictions in the hospital setting.
On Sept. 11, 2017, a Summit team of more than 50 from Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center and key community partners initiated strategic planning for the first Project Engage Program in West Virginia which began in summer 2018.
On Oct.22-24, 2017, a Regional Health Summit Team, focused on ‘Access to Care’ traveled to Wake Forest, North Carolina to attend their FaithHealthNC Learning Forum and meet with members of the FaithHealthNC Team at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
In December 2017, in partnership with Marshall Health and St. Mary’s Medical Center, Health Summit Grand Rounds were held to focus on the Project Engage Model. This effort served as an initial orientation and training of medical, nursing, case management and social work staff to the concepts and foundation of Project Engage. More than 50 physicians, residents and medical students and 120 nurses attended the Grand Rounds.
A collaborative partnership was established with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s FaithHealth Program to evaluate an innovative strategy for identifying and linking people to needed healthcare and other services. From this partnership, FaithHealth Appalachia was established, based on the FaithHealth Model, as a key strategy to increase access to medical care and other services with a Board of Directors and full-time Executive Director. It became a 501c3 in early 2019.
In January 2018, FaithHealth Learning Forum and Asset Mapping and Capacity Building Workshops took place in partnership with the Cabell-Huntington Health Department to focus on building relationships based on the strengths of congregations, aligned with the strengths of health systems. From these workshops, the FaithHealth Appalachia Advisory Group of 18 Summit partners was established.
In April 2018, PROACT (Provider Response Organization for Addiction Care and Treatment) was announced as a community-based center and one-stop-shop for individuals seeking substance abuse treatment and recovery services. More than $3M has been committed to supporting the initiative. PROACT officially opened in October of 2018. An open house and dedication ceremony was held on Nov. 7, 2018, with more than 150 people touring the facility.
In August 2018, the Regional Health Summit hosted a special event with keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Summit meeting also highlighted a speaker panel on The Huntington Community Response to the Opioid Crisis. More than 200 broad-based partners attended the event, including but not limited to representatives from law enforcement, first responders, healthcare providers, healthcare system/hospital staff, public health, non-profit organizations, community health centers, and academic partners.
Project Engage was formally implemented at Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in November 2018, offering patients entering the emergency department, inpatient and mother-baby unit screenings for substance use disorders so that their needs can be better met and services to treatment and recovery are offered.
In 2019, the Regional Health Summit focused on Shaping Stronger Communities. Mark Seklecki, vice president, political affairs from the American Hospital Association opened the session with an update on federal policy challenges and opportunities and an update from Washington, DC. A panel presentation provided an update for the group on Huntington's road to recovery and featured: