Regence says it has partnered with other providers and employers in Washington and Oregon in for similar initiatives, and one of its pilot programs showed that per-capita spending on healthcare was reduced by 20%, and access to health care increased almost 18%.
Programs like these are often funded by grants—that's the case for the hospital-to-home program in Ohio. In another instance, the California Wellness Foundation awarded a $75,000 grant to allow the nursing students at California State University, Bakersfield to provide free health screenings to uninsured and low-income residents of Kern County. The grant will allow the nursing department's Community Preventive Health Collaborative to operate for three years.
However the programs are funded, though, they all seem to recognize one thing: That the simplest interventions can be some of the most crucial, and nurses are in a perfect position to take the lead.