FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nebraska residents can now self-refer to meet their health and social needs, connecting to over 4000 resources.
Greater Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE (August 2, 2022) – To address the health and social needs of all Nebraskans, the Unite Nebraska coordinated care network now allows self-referrals directly from community members connecting them with over 4000 health and social agencies, programs, and locations across the state with support from a live 2-1-1 Navigator in the Unite Nebraska Coordination Center. Residents of Nebraska can simply visit Unite Nebraska, or visit ne211.org and click the Unite Nebraska icon, to complete the form. Once the form is completed and submitted, a 2-1-1 navigator will work with the individual to locate the appropriate resource(s). These include needs related to healthcare, food, housing, utility assistance and more.
Unite Nebraska, sponsored by CyncHealth, is a coordinated care network of health and social service providers. Partners in the network are connected through Unite Us’ shared technology platform, which enables them to send and receive electronic referrals, address people’s social needs, and improve health and health equity across the community. CyncHealth brought its vision to life for Unite Nebraska in 2019 to support health care organizations and community-based organizations to meet the social needs of Nebraskans. The intent is to centralize health and social care to ensure more efficiency in meeting needs and reduce duplication of effort. The United Way of the Midlands 2-1-1 Coordination Center offers centralized navigation across the state. The intent is to promote a “no wrong door” to addressing health and social needs.
“This program will expand the impact of the ability to meet social needs in Nebraska, empowering Nebraskans to access the social care they need,” said Dr. Jaime Bland, CEO and President of CyncHealth.
“United Way of the Midlands and its 211 Contact Center is honored to play a role in this key social determinants of health initiative,” said Shawna Forsberg, President and CEO, United Way of the Midlands. “It will complement our work around diversity, equity, and inclusion for health and other social services for vulnerable and under-served populations.”
The self-referral process kicked off July 25, 2022 and has already been accessed by community members. The intent is to ensure that the network can help meet the needs of as many in Nebraska as possible.
CyncHealth is the designated health information exchange (HIE) for Nebraska and western Iowa, connecting over 5 million lives and 1,135 facilities and counting. These cross-connections are community-wide, consisting of hospitals, specialty hospitals, rural health clinics, specialty clinics, long-term post-acute care facilities, and other entities that have valuable data for monitoring the health of populations. CyncHealth participating clinicians can better care for patients by having instant access to comprehensive and longitudinal health history, including patient encounter-level reports, diagnostic history, allergies, immunizations, and laboratory results from participating facilities. For more information, visit https://cynchealth.org/.
About United Way of the Midlands
For nearly 100 years, United Way of the Midlands (UWM) has served the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro by bridging the business and not-for-profit sectors to create a Circle of Support that helps our neighbors overcome difficult challenges and start building a better future. UWM’s funded programs and direct services address social and economic disparities and meet families’ essential needs such as healthy food, safe and stable housing, physical and mental health services, career preparation and job training. For more information, visit www.unitedwaymidlands.org.
About Unite Us
Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us’ end-to-end solution, providers across sectors identify social care needs, send and receive secure electronic referrals, report on tangible outcomes, and transform payment models within a secure and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ community engagement teams build sustainable partnerships with local organizations to ensure networks have solid foundations, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This HITRUST-certified social care infrastructure helps communities address social determinants of health and advance health equity. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Jaquetta Gooden, Communications Manager, Unite Us