Phillips County's Tri-County Rural Health Network will continue receiving funding from the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation. A TCRHN spokesperson made the announcement in a press release issued to the media Wednesday.

Phillips County's Tri-County Rural Health Network will continue receiving funding from the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation. A TCRHN spokesperson made the announcement in a press release issued to the media Wednesday.

As in the past, the funding will be used for health education and training of the PATH (Patients' Advancing Their Health) Project connectors. The connectors will receive traditional and non-traditional training in clinical and non-clinical health-related services. They will study with and learn from others across the country that are working in similar health initiatives.

According to TCRHN officials, PATH Connectors are community health workers bridging the gap between primary care doctors and their patients by helping the patients keep their appointments, medication assistance, transportation to and rom their doctor, providing specific health education topics and other social health factors.

In other words, the primary service of the Connectors is simply to help patients advance their health needs.

Over the years, the Tri-County Rural Health Network has joined forces with several local primary health care clinics in the Delta, helping their patients become healthier while meeting the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim Initiative.

The Triple Aim Initiative is:

• Improving the patient's experience of care (including quality and satisfaction);

• Improving the health of populations; and

• Reducing the per capita cost of health care.

The Tri-County Rural Health Network is located at 419 Cherry St. in Helena.