Foundations Invest $310,000 in Collective Impact on Health

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Foundations Invest $310,000 in Collective Impact on Health

Health Group Selects Chair and Co-Vice Chairs

(July 18, 2014, Cincinnati, Ohio) Collective Impact on Health, an initiative of the Health Collaborative, has received recent grant investments totaling $310,000 from three different Foundations. The Foundations are the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and SC Ministry Foundation.

These latest grants bring the investment of community and employer dollars for Collective Impact on Health to more than $600,000. That total triggers matching contributions from local health systems. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, The Christ Hospital Health Network, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Mercy Health, TriHealth, and UC Health, together pledged more than $545,000 with the provision that matching funds be raised outside of the health care provider sector. The United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Interact for Health were the first funders to the Initiative in late 2013. The total committed to date for Collective Impact on Health and the Health Collaborative is $1,200,000.

In addition, The Collective Impact on Health has named as its Chair Sue McPartlin, Managing Partner for PwC Cincinnati. McPartlin will manage a forum of community leaders representing the health care industry, public health, the business sector and community organizations. Co- Vice Chairs for the Collective Impact on Health are Sister Sally Duffy, SC, President and Executive Director of SC Ministry Foundation and Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

The Chair and Vice Chairs will use a collaborative process to identify a short list of goals and strategies that represent our best opportunity as a region to improve health and lower the total dollars spent on health care. The decisions will be informed by a data-driven model that will test different scenarios for investment in various health strategies. The model was designed by ReThink Health and will be calibrated using data specific to our area’s unique population, health challenges and health resources.
“I agreed to Chair this effort because I believe this is a great opportunity to align our health resources to make a measurable change in health in our Region,” said McPartlin. “It’s key that we are using data to set our priorities with the ultimate goal being a healthier community with the lifestyle advantages and the economic opportunities that come from being a region of better health.”
Craig Brammer, CEO of the Health Collaborative, The Greater Cincinnati Health Council and HealthBridge said, “We are grateful for the support of these foundations and also to the health care sector for supporting this important initiative and the ongoing work of the Health Collaborative.”

About Collective Impact on Health
In 2011 (the last data available) our community spent 13-billion dollars on health and health care. Despite that investment, the people in our region are among the least healthy in the country. We are not maximizing our investment. We lack clearly identified goals and alignment of resources toward those goals. The result is waste, duplication and gaps.
Collective Impact is a structured approach that brings together stakeholders from many sectors to develop a focused and sustainable community health agenda and plan. Data and modeling will inform the process to test different strategies and priorities, and through an emphasis on active stewardship, stakeholders will commit to working towards achieving these priority goals.
Once the common agenda and measures are set and accountable organizations identified, the Health Collaborative will guide and coordinate the execution of our collective strategies to align resources to improve, measure and report progress, holding us as a community accountable for results.

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