July 17, 2017 – R4 Alliance, a national association of integrative wellness and therapeutic recreation providers, in partnership with technology firm Unite Us, launched the R4 Coordinated Care Network. The first of its kind, the network will digitally connect recreational, therapeutic, and rehabilitation organizations across the nation to enable service members, Veterans, and their families to more easily access integrative wellness services.
The Network launched across 7 states through the efforts of ten pioneer providers: Equest, Give an Hour, Higher Ground Sun Valley, paws4people Foundation, Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center, Project Healing Waters, Project Sanctuary, Team River Runner, World T.E.A.M. Sports, and Vets4Warriors. After this pilot program, the goal is for the R4 Coordinated Care Network to expand and include the other R4 Alliance member organizations.
Bert Gillette, Director of Operations for the R4 Alliance, commented on this initiative – “With the advent of the Coordinated Care Network R4 is realizing our original purpose, to ally non-profits to better serve military and families. This will be a game changer for our industry and more importantly for our clients. Never before has there been an effort on this scale to streamline access to such an expansive variety of recreation and wellness resources.”
The partnership between R4 Alliance and Unite Us is an extension of the work that both organizations are doing to bridge the gaps in the fragmented health and human service landscape. R4 Alliance currently has more than 80 member organizations across the US with a focus on recreation and integrative wellness services. Unite Us has created a cloud-based software that powers coordinated care networks in 24 communities across 14 states.
“We are proud to partner with R4 Alliance, and their partners, as our missions are aligned to improve health and wellbeing for those in need. We are excited to digitally connect their growing network of organizations who passionately serve our Military Families in different, innovative ways,” said Dan Brillman, Unite Us CEO.
When service providers collaborate, the total health journey of an individual becomes paramount. Their Social Determinants of Health – factors like financial or educational status, geographic location, or access to transportation – are positively influenced when providers are equipped to work together. The R4 Coordinated Care Network will do just that – bring together established and successful organizations and capitalize on their efforts through national collaboration.
R4 Alliance membership provides programs of excellence that support recreation and specialized support services for Veterans, service members, and military families. This allows R4 to have an impact across the Veteran community, optimize wellness through nature and recreation, and ensure networking of a variety of skills to address Veteran needs.
Unite Us is a veteran-owned technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and human service providers that support individuals by integrating all social determinants of health. The Unite Us platform displaces legacy resource directories and single direction referrals by digitally inter-connecting health and community providers together to meet every individual’s holistic needs. This transformative approach enables providers to seamlessly work together, track clients through their total health journey, and report tangible outcomes across the full range of services in a cohesive and collaborative ecosystem.