Accountable Health Communities (AHC) is a 5-year grant program funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The program aims to connect Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with community services that address health-related social needs, including housing instability, food insecurity,utility needs, interpersonal violence, and transportation. Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) is one of 32 organizations nationwide to receive an AHC grant from CMS. The hospital has partnered with Project Access-New Haven (PA-NH), Fair Haven Community Health Center (FHCHC), and Cornell Scoot-Hill Health Center (CS-HHC) to implement the program.
PA-NH community health workers (CHWs) play a key role in the program by linking participants with community services to address their health-related social needs.