Primary care practices need local infrastructure support in care coordination for patients to learn self-management strategies and health education. Effective clinic-community connections provide patients with help in changing unhealthy behaviors through educational program referrals and research.
The Rx for Health pad is a tool that healthcare providers and MSU Extension educators can use to increase patients’ awareness and use of MSU Extension’s free and low-cost community-based health education programs. It can aid healthcare providers in building or maintaining a patient-centered medical home model of care (PCMH), as a PCMH requires that patients are referred to community and social services. Rx for Health is a simple and cost-effective way to achieve this.