With a focus on prevention and wellness for the region, Genesis Philanthropy is unlike other, traditional hospital foundations.
The Genesis Philanthropy mission is to empower philanthropy to engage communities in population health at all stages of life. The Genesis Philanthropy vision is a region that thrives because its communities are engaged in the population health of all of their members. The organization is comprised of Affiliates serving metropolitan and rural communities in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.
Genesis Philanthropy Board members use the following criteria for assessing initiatives: innovative, quantifiable, repeatable, scalable, collaborative, and able to be delivered via Affiliates.
Charitable investments in Genesis Philanthropy have resulted in the following initiatives and services:
Rhonda's House: Life Connections Peer Recovery Service (October 2018 – present)
Recognizing the need for innovative and effective mental health support Genesis Philanthropy granted dollars to launch Iowa's first peer-run respite center, Rhonda's House. This home, located in DeWitt, IA, serves people experiencing or seeking to avert a psychiatric crisis. Rhonda's House is a place of refuge and recovery for anyone who would like caring help from people who have walked in their shoes.
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) (October 2017 – present)
In an effort to meet current Quad Cities community mental health needs, Genesis Philanthropy partnered with Vera French Community Mental Health Center to establish an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program, the first in the area and only the 6th in the state of Iowa. ACT teams in Iowa have demonstrated an 80% reduction in inpatient hospitalizations and virtual elimination of homelessness and incarceration for persons served by ACT, with an over 90% reduction rate in these two areas. The program is successful due to low provider to client ratios (1:10 recommended), a team approach to service delivery, and 24/7 access to team members to provide psychiatric treatment, ensure consistent medication use, assist in meeting education and employment goals, and help with activities of daily living such as budgeting and housing.
Vera French Community Mental Health Center ACT metrics as of October 31, 2020:
- 32 ACT members currently being served
- 2 additional referrals being reviewed
- 49 ER visits by ACT members in 6 months prior to ACT
- 34 ER visits by ACT members since joining ACT
- 271 Inpatient psychiatric bed days in 6 months prior to ACT
- 56 Inpatient psychiatric bed days by ACT members since joining ACT
Scott County Mental Health Court Demonstration Project (June 2016 – June 2019)
Scott County Mental Health Court, in partnership with Transitions Mental Health Services, allows for more appropriate treatment for people with mental health conditions who are in the criminal court system. The specialty court reduces the number of criminal convictions of people with mental illness and reduces the number of people in prisons and jails. The mental health court staff helps identify mental health issues that may be contributing to criminal behavior. These non-violent offenders and defendants go through an in-depth screening process and must meet additional criteria for their cases to be heard in mental health court. Results to date:
- Estimated savings to Scott County roughly $600,000 in jail costs
- 100% of clients are connected to a physician and are medication compliant
- 100% are in stable housing and have basic needs met, and 68% are employed
- 100% are in therapy or groups, and 62% are volunteering in the community
- Realizing cost savings by keeping clients out of jail and in treatment and services (e.g. connected to insurance, Social Security/disability, and employment)
- Seeing significant improvements to overall health, such as smoking cessation, weight loss, and exercise
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Anna Neal Behavioral Intervention Unit (Opened February 2017)
Established via a Genesis Philanthropy grant, the Anna Neal Behavioral intervention Unit is a three-bed unit providing short term care for behavioral health patients in need of temporary stabilization care, but may not require inpatient hospitalization. The unit, open 24-7, is located on the Genesis Medical Center, West Campus. Patients remain in the unit until they can be safely discharged or are determined to require another level of care. From the Unit Manager, “The patients love the BIU. This is a quiet environment away from the alarms and noises of the ED, and patients respond better to the quiet environment. They have room to walk around and activities organized by the Behavioral Health techs. This unit is very successful when patients come in with a crisis issue. We monitor them in the quiet environment and are able to discharge the patients with a plan out of the BIU to home.”
Grief Support Cooperative (July 2016 – February 2018)
The Genesis Grief Support Cooperative, a pilot program coordinated by Genesis Hospice, filled a gap in the community by offering targeted, comprehensive grief services. These services not only addressed the physical and psychosocial health needs of grieving people, but greatly enhanced their ability to heal from the mental, spiritual and emotional manifestations of their grief. Genesis Grief Support provided care to people experiencing: bereavement (death of a loved one), terminal diagnosis, job loss, divorce/separation/loss of a special relationship, Alzheimer’s/dementia in a loved one, loss of health, home loss, perinatal loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, etc.), and any non-specific grief.
- In first 6 months of offering a grief support helpline, staff received 1,011 incoming calls from 56 cities in 20 states
- Offered grief education course with Spanish transition for Latino population
- Offered program for suicide loss grief support
- Partnered with Milestones Area Agency on Aging, NAMI, GolderCare Solutions, and funeral homes
The Genesis Family Connects Program gives newborns the best chance for a healthy start in life. Within three weeks of a child’s birth, a specially-trained Genesis Visiting Nurse provides an in-home health assessment of the mother and child, as well as an assessment of the social conditions affecting the family. The goal of this universal assessment program is to connect parents with the community resources they need to raise a healthy child. Of note, Genesis Family Connects was the first organization in the country outside the Carolinas to become certified in this Duke University evidenced-based program. It’s estimated that for every $1 spent on Family Connects, a healthcare cost savings of $3 will be realized. Major sponsors are Main Street Baseball, Holmes Murphy, and Scott County Kids. Results to date:
- FY18 completed 1,099 visits; and made 782 referrals for additional support and resources. 12.4% decline in ED visits for children ages 0-1.
- Expanded the program to include non-Genesis facilities (e.g. UnityPoint, Mercer, Clinton) as well as both Genesis Medical Center Birthing Units (GMC East and GMC Silvis).
- FY19 completed 1,074 visits and made 578 referrals for additional support and resources.
- Since FY2017 we have realized a 25% reduction in ED visits for children aged 0-1.
- FY20 completed 1,175 visits and made 443 referrals for additional support and resources.
- Since FY2017 we have realized a 56% reduction in ED visits for children aged 0-1.
Waddell Lung Cancer Screening Initiative (Completed December 2015)
More than 1,000 free low dose CT scans were offered to individuals at high risk for lung cancer. The initiative was phased out after low does CT scans become a covered service for those meeting the criteria (e.g. age, years of smoking). Screenings included current and former smokers who were asymptomatic. Screenings allowed for earlier detection and potentially life-saving treatment.
- 13 lung cancers detected in Stage I or II
- 5 lung cancers detected in Stage III or IV
- 5 additional cancers detected
The Metabolic Syndrome Initiative helps individuals reduce and eliminate their risk factors for metabolic syndrome, a precursor to chronic diseases, and enables participants to reduce their weight and reliance on medications for blood pressure and diabetes. Individuals with metabolic syndrome are 7 times more likely to die from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.