Goals and Directives

2016 MMHII Priority Health Focus Area Goals/Directives

Goals based on 2014 Annual Report, America’s Health Rankings

Increase Access to Health Care

  • Increase insurance coverage to improve the uninsured rate from 17.2% to 13%.
  • Increase number of primary care physicians and advanced practice providers.

Framework for accomplishing goals: expand wellness check-up coverage, promote ‘real’ behavioral health equity in insurance coverage, support additional GME funding (including for rural residencies), streamline licensing for providers, advocate for full scope of practice for PAs and NPs, and simplify telemedicine licensure and credentialing.

Increase Immunizations

  • Increase childhood immunizations by 10% to establish a statewide rate of 75%.
  • Increase adolescent immunizations by 15% to establish a statewide rate of 70%.
  • Decrease pertussis cases.

Framework for accomplishing goals: promote provider adoption of federally recommended immunization schedules (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices), encourage providers to consistently report immunizations to imMTrax, vaccinate at every visit if needed, use reminder/recall systems to improve follow-up care, and support legislation implementing ‘opt-in’ default for use of child’s imMTrax data.

Decrease Premature Deaths

  • Decrease premature/preventable deaths due to lifestyle factors including, but not limited to, motor vehicle deaths, drug/alcohol abuse, and suicide.

Framework for accomplishing goals: support statewide ‘primary seat belt law,’ support incorporation of Good Behavior Game (method of classroom behavior management) in primary schools, support development of psychiatric residency program/programs that increase the number of mental health professionals, and promote access to telemedicine for mental health treatment.

Decrease Prevalence of Obesity

  • Decrease prevalence of obesity by 5% to establish a statewide rate of 20%.

Framework for accomplishing goals: increase public awareness and access to existing programs/resources, promote healthy food programs and physical education (PE) at schools, close insurance coverage gaps related to obesity treatment, and promote healthier lifestyle and food alternatives.