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The Power of a Community Agenda on Health

In 2011, our community spent 13 billion dollars on health and health care. Despite that investment, the people in our region remain among the least healthy in the country – Ohio and Kentucky rank 42nd and 49th in the nation for overall health, according to the 2014 Gallup Well-Being Index. We need to invest our health resources in a more focused way to achieve what the health care industry calls The Triple Aim:

  • Better health
  • Better health care
  • Lower overall cost of care

The Health Collaborative has convened a diverse group of key leaders representing many sectors of our community – with a goal of Collective Impact on Health in Greater Cincinnati. This group has been working together to agree to a short list of improvement priorities for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Data and predictive modeling have informed the process to test different strategies and reach consensus.

In collective impact language, the Health Collaborative is the “backbone organization” and we have been endorsed by many in our community to do just that:

  • The United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Interact for Health
  • Every major health system in the region

Several health systems, payers, and foundations have committed funds, and the work has begun.

In June of 2014, a Steering Committee was established to assist in identifying and recruiting other leaders from key constituencies to join in the effort. Meetings were held throughout 2014 to identify regional health issues and come to consensus on a handful of doable focus areas that would have the greatest impact. Now that we have set those community goals around healthy behaviors, improvements to care delivery, and finance & payment reform, our next step is to deploy action teams around each goal to align our existing resources, eliminating waste and filling gaps with appropriate initiatives. Finally, we will set metrics to measure and hold ourselves accountable as a community for meeting our goals.

We will keep track of our work here. We invite you check back from time to time for more information.

How Collective Impact Works (Greater Cincinnati Foundation)

Action Team Resources

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Steering Committee Resources

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Leadership Forum & Community Resources

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