San Francisco's City College scored over $6 million from the Health Care Innovation Awards to help former prisoners become community health workers.
The program, dubbed Transitions Clinic Network, is a collaborative partnership between City College, U.C. San Francisco, and Yale University. By linking "high-risk"
Medicaid patients from prison to community primary care providers, the
program claims it will save more than a $1 million in the public-health sector. The predicted outcomes after three years are a reduction in
hospital admissions and emergency room visits and improved access to
adequate health care.
The goal of the Healthcare Innovation Awards distributed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is to support local projects geared toward providing better care at lower costs, especially among populations with the highest healthcare needs. The awards are funding up to $1 billion in grants, including 17 projects based in California.