Health Care Connect
Health Care Connect (HCC) is an initiative of the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) in collaboration with employers from public and private health care sectors.
In October 2018, senior representatives from area hospitals including Tower, Penn Medicine and Main Line Health, plus Rothman and Cerner along with several other community leaders noted the remarkable health care offerings in the region.
Reconvening in October 2019, Innovators reaffirmed for the partnership that the primary challenge confronting the industry remains insufficient access to behavioral health services (mental health and addiction) – including addressing the opioid crisis. 2019 Innovators included executives from Penn Medicine, Main Line Health, Tower Health, Genesis, Cerner, NeuroFlow, Starship Health Technologies, Brandywine Health Foundation, Chester County’s Office of Human Services and others.
HCC Action teams have reaffirmed their focus on these regional healthcare industry priorities:
Priority # 1: Behavioral Health Access: Understanding the potential issues related to drug abuse and/or mental health challenges and establishing available resources.
Priority # 2: Training: Develop Trainings on the implications of insurance changes (Value-based, other), recovery…. Work with area politicians to make PA a compact state for licensure.
Priority # 3 Transportation: Encourage flexibility with provider shuttles and other transit services to supplement potential public options. Work with TMACC and their partners to verify short and long-term solutions.
Priority # 4: HCC Partnership Sustainability: Secure supplemental funding for imperative behavior health trainings and other HCC challenges from available grants, partners and new funding sources.
The HCC partnership is supported in part by funding through the private sector along with a grant from the Chester County Workforce Development Board/PA Department of Labor & Industry.
Drug Addiction & Mental Health in the Workplace: Truths & Solutions
This event convened health care leaders, public officials, and business representatives from Chester County’s key industries to address this public health crisis and offer resources.