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Champions of rural health

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Last week, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) acknowledged seven rural organizations from across the nation as champions in providing high-quality access to health care in rural communities. Families Plus of Delta was named Champion of Innovation in Health Care Delivery.

Families Plus was created by therapists who developed an emerging wraparound system of care for children growing up in challenging circumstances. Families Plus now uses wraparound as an evidence-base model to deliver health care.

The organization shares the HRSA award with Stoney Mesa Family Practice, Delta Health and Wellness Center. As a team, these entities are integrating behavioral health into medical offices, allowing clients to receive complete health care.

"These organizations are an essential part of the health care system because they understand their local communities, are able to fill significant health care gaps and ultimately improve the quality of life for those living in rural America," said HRSA administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D.

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