The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP) was developed jointly by BP and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement (Medical Settlement). The program is supervised by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and is funded by BP with $105 million from the Medical Settlement.
The target beneficiaries of the GRHOP are residents, especially the medically underserved, of 17 coastal counties and parishes in Alabama (Mobile, Baldwin), Florida (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton, Okaloosa, Bay), Louisiana (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Cameron) and Mississippi (Hancock, Harrison, Jackson).
The program consists of four projects to:
build the capacity of primary care community health clinics in the region;
increase the mental and behavioral health expertise of health professionals in the targeted communities and increase awareness by local communities of mental and behavioral health issues;
increase the environmental health expertise of health professionals in the targeted communities and the health literacy of local communities; and
train community health workers who will help residents navigate the healthcare system and access needed care.
Further, target beneficiaries will be engaged across all projects via a coordinated
community involvement program.
The GRHOP is a collaboration among:
- Alliance Institute
- Louisiana Public Health Institute
- Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
- Tulane University
- University of South Alabama
- University of Southern Mississippi
- University of West Florida
The ultimate goal of the GRHOP is to inform residents of the targeted communities about their own health and provide access, now and in the future, to skilled frontline healthcare providers supported by networks of specialists knowledgeable in addressing physical, environmental, and behavioral and mental health needs, thereby improving the resilience of the targeted communities to future health challenges.
The GRHOP will be embedded in and complement, rather than detract from or replace, the existing efforts being undertaken by the public health community.
The GRHOP will involve local communities in the targeted areas, seek input from the community, and build capacity tailored to their special needs.
The GRHOP will focus on activities that produce sustainable benefits to the communities lasting beyond its five year duration.