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January 11, 2019
Sara Medley, CEO
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health
Students to be Awarded Monday for Involvement in Youth Suicide Prevention Campaign
(Helena, Mont.) – Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is pleased to present checks to the student winners of the What Gives You Hope Instagram contest on Monday, January 14, at 11:30 AM at Capital High School. Six Capital and Helena High School students and each school’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club will receive the awards.
In 2017 Mountain-Pacific launched a project that aims to increase the awareness of mental illness and reduce teen suicide in the greater Helena area. Mountain-Pacific received a $50,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana for the project. The project established a youth task force that developed messaging and strategies geared to increasing awareness of problems common to this age group, such as the stigma of mental health, stress, relationship issues and bullying.
The What Gives You Hope Instagram contest is an awareness campaign that features 193 student-submitted photos of hope. Mountain-Pacific launched the contest to help promote a suicide prevention app called the #LetsTalkApp. Youth can download and use the app to find information about suicide and locations around Helena where they can get help or just talk to someone, called safe spaces.
“I couldn’t be happier with the participation in the What Gives You Hope Instagram contest,” says Mountain-Pacific’s Janet Whitmoyer. “Capital High and Helena High students submitted some amazing photos. Both HOSA clubs were so excited to take part in this friendly competition, while getting the opportunity to share what brings them hope and spread that hope to others. They are passionate about suicide prevention and helping their peers, and it was awesome to be a part of that.”
Montana ranks among the highest in the nation for suicide. In fact, Montana’s suicide rate has been at or near the top for nearly four decades. Suicide and attempted suicide seems especially prevalent among high school students. There were 27 youth suicides from January 1, 2014 to March 16, 2017—seven of which occurred in the greater Helena area.
“Mountain-Pacific is honored to be involved in this important initiative to raise awareness and to help prevent youth suicide,” says Sara Medley, Mountain-Pacific CEO. “Suicide has become a major health problem in our country and right here in our state, and unfortunately, youth suicide has hit very close to home. My hope is that this project will provide youth in our community with much needed resources to help them realize there is always someone to talk to, somewhere to go and a reason to keep looking ahead.”
The Capital High HOSA club submitted the most photos and will receive a $1,000 award. The Helena High School HOSA club placed second and will receive a $500 award. Individual award winners are listed below.
Helena High School winners:
Dani Stinson – $200
Sage Eck-Miller – $25
Alex Lavign – $25
Capital High School winners:
Zoe Brown – $200
Amber Edinger – $25
Elizabeth Walker – $25
Mountain-Pacific appreciates Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana for their funding and support on this important initiative.
About Mountain-Pacific—Mountain-Pacific is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and holds federal and state contracts that allow them to oversee the quality of care for Medicare and Medicaid members. Mountain-Pacific works within its region (Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Territories of Guam and American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) to help improve the delivery of health care and the systems that provide it. Mountain-Pacific’s goal is to increase access to high-quality health care that is affordable, safe and of value to the patients they serve. www.mpqhf.org
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is a nonprofit corporation that partners within our communities to provide solutions for better health. We first opened our doors in Helena, Montana, in 1973; since then we have broadened our reach to include Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Territories of Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization
Part of what we do is under the direction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We are one of 14 Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs). We partner with health care providers, practitioners, stakeholders and patients on a variety of quality improvement initiatives to achieve better care, better population health and lower health care costs. These initiatives include:
- Preventing healthcare-associated infections in hospitals and nursing homes
- Preventing healthcare-acquired conditions related to long-term care in nursing homes
- Improving the coordination of care from one health care setting to another and reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions
- Improving cardiovascular health
- Improving the health and wellbeing of people with diabetes
- Helping providers with the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (HIT)
- Helping providers with quality data reporting and related incentive programs
Mountain-Pacific provides Medicaid utilization review and management services for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. We have been performing medical case review for specific Medicaid contracts since 1974. Through our review process, we strive to enable each Medicaid client to get his or her needs met in the most appropriate, cost-effective setting, using the most appropriate medical service, equipment and supplies.
Health Technology Services
Health Technology Services (HTS) is a department of Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. HTS is the federally designated Health Information Technology (HIT) Regional Extension Center (REC) for Montana and Wyoming. HTS offers technical assistance, guidance and information on best practices to support and accelerate health care providers’ efforts to become meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs).