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NowPow’s Chicago Network Continues Rapid Growth With Addition of Catholic Charities

October 28th, 2019

CHICAGO, October 28, 2019NowPow, a personalized community referral solution, today announced Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, one of the largest private, nonprofit social service agencies in the Midwest, will become the latest to join its Chicago Network.

The Chicago NowPow Network, which is connecting health and community care across Chicago, includes more than a dozen cornerstone health systems, community health providers and payers, as well as an array of community-based organizations (CBOs). The Network has more than 1 million patients in its database and is on pace to become one of the nation’s largest multidirectional community resource referral networks.

Catholic Charities will initially participate in the Chicago NowPow ecosystem as a referral partner, receiving NowPow’s Personalized Community Referrals for patients who have health-related social needs such as food insecurity or housing issues. Referred clients will benefit from Catholic Charities’ extensive network of services and a holistic approach to care.

“We know people face multiple challenges and need more than one service to reach stability. They also need providers to talk with one another,” said Kathy Donahue, Acting Administrator, President and CEO for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. “We are excited to join NowPow’s extensive Chicago network as part of taking our partnerships with leading health systems to the next level. We are focused both on ensuring people have ready access to the right services at the right time, as well as gathering data to understand how we can continually improve in meeting needs and managing care.”

NowPow’s referrals are highly personalized to reduce access barriers. The technology uses multivariable matching that incorporates demographics, condition codes, screening results, risk factors and more. It also allows organizations to filter referrals at the individual service level by location, eligibility requirements, language(s) spoken, age, gender, service restrictions, and other critical access factors.

Health systems who refer patients to Catholic Charities will be able to coordinate and track referrals as appropriate among those at high risk. That means they can readily monitor activity and outcomes at the individual, organization and network-level to optimize care. Both the referral sender and receiver will also be able to nudge patients to access these community services and ultimately close the loop on care.

“NowPow originated out of research done at the University of Chicago on the city’s South Side. To see its use and impact continue to grow in this market is remarkable,” said Rachel Kohler, CEO of NowPow. “I’m so pleased that Catholic Charities joined NowPow’s Chicago Network so even more Chicagoans can be connected to the community resources they need and deserve.”

NOTE TO REPORTERS: NowPow’s Hannah Landes will be giving a 6-minute Tech Talk at 6:42 p.m. on Monday (10/28) on Stage 1 in the Exhibit Hall. NowPow will also have a Kiosk (K-645) located on level 1 of the Exhibit Hall.

About Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Helping anyone in need since 1917, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is one of the largest private, not-for-profit social service agencies in the Midwest. Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity by providing compassionate, competent, professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities. Each year we assist anyone in need in Cook and Lake Counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background.

About NowPow
NowPow enables whole-person care across whole communities. NowPow’s Personalized Community Referrals make it easy to connect people to just the right community resources so everyone can stay well, meet basic needs, manage with illness and care for others.NowPow’s multi-sided referral platform powers caring for people across all of life’s ages and stages and across networks of all sizes and sectors. NowPow’s unique population health solution also provides deep community resource and referral insights to support process improvement, network health and quality, and care access and experience. Find more information at www.NowPow.comand on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.