Mountain Projects receives award from Mission Health
Mountain Projects, one of 52 regional human service organizations working on North Carolina’s groundbreaking Healthy Opportunities Pilot program (HOP), under the auspices of Impact Health, has been recognized by Mission Health Partners with its 2022 Community Partner Award.
HOP is a federally funded program that serves Managed Medicaid recipients who are struggling with housing stability, food security, transportation, personal safety and toxic stress. Clients are referred to Mountain Projects by healthcare providers, like Mission Health, who determine non-clinical interventions that will improve health outcomes of the patient and their household.
“We are seeing extraordinary results for participants,” said Patsy Davis, executive director of Mountain Projects. “The clear lesson of the HOP pilot is that when we invest in a community member’s wellbeing, ensuring they have their basic needs met — they become physically and mentally healthier, along with the rest of their household and the larger community of individuals around them.”
Primary and specialty care providers for Mission Health gather each year to highlight the successes of their network, and Mountain Projects is the first agency outside of Buncombe County to be honored with the Community Partner Award.
The award recognition centered around a complex clinical case with a family of six with multiple critical health issues. Through HOP, Mountain Projects was able to connect the family with healthy housing, basic household supplies and regular food boxes that helped to improve the chronic asthma of two children and diabetes of the mother. Assisting with their basic needs helped the parents’ ability to maintain their employment and their children’s ability to attend school.