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Spotlight on Innovations and Achievements: Denver Regional Council of Governments

Learn how this agency fosters collaboration among more than 20 clinical, community and other stakeholders to create a continuum of care to better address Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries' health related social needs.

We're proud to highlight the award-winning work of the 2020 winners of n4a's Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards in this weekly spotlight feature. This week, we are focusing on the Denver Regional Council of Governments' Denver Regional Accountable Health Community. The agency was a 2020 Aging Achievement Award winner in the Health-LTSS Integration category. The 2020 AIA Awards were made possible thanks to the support of Centene.
 
The Denver Regional Accountable Health Community (AHC) is a network of clinical and community-based service providers working to create a continuum of care to better address Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries' health related social needs. Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging is the bridge organization, fostering collaboration among more than 20 clinical, community and other stakeholders.
 
Clinical partners complete evidence-based screenings to identify individuals' housing, food, utility, transportation and safety needs and make referrals to community partners. Through work groups specific to each health-related social need, the AHC advisory board identifies and prioritizes service gaps, proposes solutions and improves access to community-based services.
 
To learn more about the training program and how your agency can replicate it, contact Jayla Sanchez-Warren, jswarren@drcog.org. For other great program ideas, check out the new 2021 AIA-winning programs: see the press release and read this year's book of winners! To read about past winners and find other best practices for your agency to consider, visit our Best Practices Clearinghouse page.
 
The 2021 Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards are made possible by the generous support of iN2L. Our summaries of the 2021 recipients will start this fall.

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USAging Fact: Learn about your peers’ work—and how it can fit into your agency’s goals! The AIA Awards recognizes successful and innovative programs that USAging members have developed to serve older adults. Get inspiration from our 2022 winners!