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Here you’ll find the latest news and updates from The Health Collaborative, our partners, and allies in healthcare improvement. New developments are always happening so check back often.

COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunity

Hear a presentation on COVID-19 vaccines and immunity given by Irene Hamrick, MD at our recent Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Hospital Regional Workgroup meeting.

Cincinnati Hospitals ‘Require’ COVID-19 Vaccinations for Employees

Chief executive officers and medical leaders said the time has come to require the vaccine to protect their workers and to assure patients that area hospitals are safe.

As Cases Rise, Partners Use Targeted Strategies to Promote COVID-19 Vaccines

Our latest efforts to boost vaccination feature targeted digital advertisements that direct users to locations where the vaccine is available.

Announcing Exciting Changes to Membership Model: Where Value Meets Values

Our vision for the future of THC is one that is more inclusive, more proactive, and reflects our shared values while providing tailored opportunities to our members.

COVID-19 Leaders in Action: Ken Wilson, Council on Aging

Ken is responsible for several departments at COA, and has been on the front lines of the collaborative regional effort to address the pandemic.

The Health Collaborative’s Workforce Innovation Website Has Launched!

To learn more about joining our region’s healthcare workforce, or to learn how you or your organization can be involved, visit workforce.healthcollab.org today.

COVID-19 Leaders in Action: Christa Hyson MPH

What’s it like to be an emergency responder and public information officer during the worst pandemic in a century?

THC Bids Farewell to Long-Time Staffer Sara Bolton MPH

THC staff and friends were saddened but supportive when Sara made the decision to leave at the end of June.

Safe Summer Travel: Tips for Staying Healthy and Compliant

Traveling during a pandemic requires us to pack a few more items that normal – but they are a necessary part of keeping you and your family safe.

The Health Collaborative is a Cincinnati Enquirer Top Workplace

The Health Collaborative a Cincinnati Enquirer Top WorkplacePress Release June 11, 2021   MEDIA CONTACT Ashley Auciello Manager, Brand & Content (513) 225-2067 aauciello@healthcollab.org     Cincinnati, OH - The Health Collaborative has been recognized as a...

THC Partners with Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC)

The Health Collaborative and Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) Unite for Strategic PartnershipThe Health Collaborative is proud to announce our partnership with NOBC, and to be recognized as a NOBC Healthcare Leadership Organization Strategic Partner. Consistent with...

As Health Orders are Removed, Local Hospitals Maintain Safety Measures

New information presented by CDC and other scientific sources will continue to be evaluated by our hospitals, and changes to these guidelines will be made when appropriate.

Staff Spotlight: Nicole Volpenhein, Emergency Support Specialist

Nicole joined our Emergency Preparedness and Response Team as Emergency Support Specialist in the midst of the worst global pandemic in a century.

Letter to the Editor: From Greater Cincinnati Hospitals

Appreciation and thanks for the support and strength of the unsung heroes of this pandemic – our area nursing homes.

Get Out the Vax is Getting Out!

Get Out the Vax got a mention in the recent national Kaiser Health News roundup.

Regional Healthcare Heroes Recognized by Business Courier

The Cincinnati Business Courier has recognized the latest group of Healthcare Heroes in Greater Cincinnati, and our regional hospital steering committee is on the roster.

The Health Collaborative Awarded HHS Grant to Improve COVID-19 Vaccination Data

The funds will expand immunization information-sharing among healthcare organizations in the Cincinnati region through our Health Information Exchange (HIE).

Butler County Sees Rise in HIV Cases

“The percent increase is alarming and something we need to understand so we can implement prevention tactics,” says Jackie Phillips, Middletown Health Commissioner.

THC in the News: Hospitals Post-Pandemic – Collaboration Carried the Region

In this article featuring THC members and staff, the unprecedented challenges and partnerships of the COVID-19 pandemic are explored through a local lens.

COVID-19 Leaders in Action: Melba Moore, Cincinnati Health Commissioner

“My role is to have a voice at the table with other health commissioners to move forward; and with health systems to be a good steward of resources that we receive,” says Commissioner Moore.

We Need YOUR Feedback: Community Health Needs Assessment Survey

The information we collect will inform how we will direct our energy and resources, and will inspire innovative healthcare delivery models designed to achieve improved health outcomes for all.

FDA and CDC Recommend Pause for Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

“The CDC and FDA are acting in a very cautious manner,” said Tom Lamarre, MD, Medical Director for Infectious Diseases at The Christ Hospital Health Network. “These actions underscore the overall commitment to vaccine safety.”

[VIDEO] Get Out the Vax Kickoff 4/6/21

This past Tuesday saw the kickoff of Get Out the Vax weekends, taking place during the second and fourth weekends in April and May.

Region Launches “Get Out the Vax” Weekends

Get Out the Vax weekends will take place at Smale Riverfront Park during the second and fourth weekends in April and May, beginning Tuesday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m..

Joint Testing Initiative to Screen for HIV/AIDS and COVID-19

PRESS RELEASE April 2, 2021   MEDIA CONTACT Ashley Auciello P  513 225 2067 Email  aauciello@healthcollab.org   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   JOINT TESTING INITIATIVE TO SCREEN FOR HIV/AIDS AND COVID-19   New Partnership Addresses Gap In HIV/AIDS Surveillance...

Mass Vaccination Site Opening at Wilmington Air Park

Kroger will administer approximately 3,000 vaccines at the site weekly.

[PHOTOS] Ohio Gov DeWine Visits Cincinnati-Area Vaccination Clinic for Older Adults

Gov. and First Lady DeWine joined the Ohio National Guard and Council on Aging.

COVID-19 Leaders in Action: Jenny Bailer, RN, MS – Health Commissioner, Butler County

“I look forward to seeing COVID in the rearview mirror and being able to return to addressing the social determinants of health that impact people so much,” Bailer shares.

Cincinnati Children’s Tackles Vaccine Hesitancy in Black Community

Whether it’s a personal connection or this new video, these community advocates are hoping to boost the number of minorities getting vaccinated.

COVID-19 Leaders in Action: Dani Zander, MD – UC Health and UCMC

Zander is a lung pathologist and cytopathologist, an educator, and a mentor. She’s also a key player in our region’s COVID-19 response.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Now Offering Free COVID-19 Tests

“This new test site will provide much needed free testing to the surrounding community,” stated Sara Bolton, Senior VP of Programs and Services for The Health Collaborative.

COVID-19 FAQs in Multiple Languages | via Interact for Health

This FAQ page is designed to provide answers to your questions from trusted sources.

COVID-19 and the African-American Community

Leaders in the Black community share why they are motivated to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Leaders in Action: Greg Kesterman, Health Commissioner for Hamilton County Public Health

We caught up with Greg to see how he’s been spending his time while combating the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

THC Member Hospital CEO to Serve on National COVID-19 Task Force

The COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will provide recommendations for addressing health inequities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and for preventing such inequities in the future.

Staff Spotlight: Neha Matta JD, VP, General Counsel and Governance

Matta leads our legal and risk management activities including HIPAA compliance, contract drafting/negotiation, and employment law.

The Health Collaborative Welcomes TAP HEALTH Classes of 2021

Each year, we seek the best young talent from across our tri-state region and connect them to educational opportunities, presentations, and workshops.

2021 Community Health Needs Assessment Brings Together Healthcare, Public Health

THC and Measurement Resources will be conducting extensive outreach to identify priority health issues for community members and organizations.

Media Alert: New Access Point for Vaccine Info in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, and the Region

Visit the Test and Protect Cincy landing page to choose your pathway to information on testing, vaccines, and regional trends.

Region’s Hospitals and Public Health Vaccinating Initial Phases

Vaccinations are being scheduled for our highest risk members of the public

Local Leaders Publish Qualitative Review of Off-Site COVID-19 Testing Best Practices

Testing among the vulnerable not only helps those at highest risk, but also presents a critical opportunity to control viral spread within and from these communities.

CEO Corner: Hindsight 2020 – We’re Stronger Together

CEO Craig Brammer finds silver linings in the accomplishments we’ve achieved collectively.

THC Says Goodbye to Two Longtime Leaders

Our team will bear a double loss this month in the departure of Medical Director Barbara Tobias, MD, and the retirement of Chief Administrative Officer Colleen O’Toole, PhD.

Shout Out to Sean Flynn, Senior Account Manager

Spotlight on Senior Account Manager Sean Flynn, working to transform the way first responders collect, share, report, and analyze critical information.

COVID-19: Why Get Tested?

Three Reasons Healthy People Should Get Tested for COVID-19

Media Outlets Unite for Historic Joint Broadcast

Six local television, radio and print news outlets are uniting to present an hour-long program created to generate hope and solidarity among regional residents facing the harshest season of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands of Top U.S. Hospitals Encourage Everyone to #MaskUp

Growing numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths are troubling; face masks can slow the trend.

It’s time to rethink Thanksgiving

Think of your family, neighbors, friends and our healthcare workers, and please join us by making a commitment today to rethink Thanksgiving.

2021 Community Health Needs Assessment: Request for Proposals

THC and its partners are seeking assistance with the 2021 cycle of our region’s jointly-conducted Community Health Needs Assessment.

FREE COVID-19 Testing Starting Oct. 9 at Select Library Locations

The Library is adding four to five locations weekly to allow equitable access across Hamilton County. Testing is walk-up only and no appointment is needed.

TAP Health Virtual Surgery Viewing: Student Reflection by Anitvir Taunque

TAP MD student and aspiring surgeon Anitvir Taunque shares his reflection on the first virtual surgery he attended through the program.

OH Secretary of State LaRose Urges Healthcare Workers to Vote

Watch a message from Ohio Secretary of State to healthcare workers urging you to vote!

Member Minute: COVID-19 Edition – Matt Clayton, Springdale Health Commissioner

We spent a few minutes to get Clayton’s perspective on what’s happening, what’s to come, and all that our region has to be proud of as we hit the six-month mark for the crisis.

Tools to Help You Be More Productive: Announcing hb/suite 3.0!

We’ve been listening to the voices of our members, and we’re upgrading to offer the most advanced, best-in-industry software and services available.

Local Business Leader Kristi Nelson Joins THC Board

Kristi Nelson is VP Global Human Resources and General Counsel for Multi-Color Corp., a leader in global label solutions.

Test and Protect: Stopping Spread of COVID-19 to Better PROTECT Health in Hamilton County

Hamilton County has partnered with The Health Collaborative and their partners as we have regional surveillance across the region that can pinpoint where there are spikes and hot spots in communities.

Member Minute with Hoxworth Blood Center: 450 Units Needed Every Day

Hoxworth’s Director of Public Relations, Alecia Lipton MHA talks about the current need for blood, plasma, and convalescent plasma donations in our region to help ALL patients in need.

Donate Convalescent Plasma to Help Those with COVID-19

Donating convalescent plasma is an incredible way to make a difference during this time of uncertainty—and when you donate with Hoxworth, your plasma is guaranteed to go to a patient in need right here in the Tri-state area.

Member Minute: COVID-19 Edition – Carespring’s Chris Chirumbolo

Chirumbolo and his skilled care organizations have been at the forefront of the pandemic response, keeping our most vulnerable elderly cared for and safe.

Successes in Integrating Behavioral Healthcare in Primary Care Settings: bi3 Paper

A new paper detailing how together, behavioral healthcare and primary care can improve physician job satisfaction and patient health.

Keeping Our Seniors Safe During a Pandemic

The caring staff at our area nursing homes are heroes who do not seek recognition but an understanding of the ongoing battle they face.

$18M in CARES Act Funds Awarded to The Health Collaborative for COVID-19 Testing

Hamilton County is ramping up its COVID-19 testing strategy thanks to a partnership between Hamilton County, The Health Collaborative and several of our region’s leading health and healthcare institutions.

CEO Corner: Managing the “New Normal”

Reflecting on all we’ve accomplished in our region together in 2020 despite the challenges of the pandemic.

Member Minute with UC Health’s Dustin Calhoun MD

Dr. Calhoun gives his insight into what motivates him and how he stays connected to what matters most.

Saying Farewell to a Dear Friend

Keith Hepp has stood tall as a leader of our organization and a national advocate for health information exchanges for many years.

Member Minute with Beckett Springs: Caring for The Community’s Mental Health

Beckett Springs engages with patients, families, employees, communities, healthcare providers, and health insurers to increase access to behavioral healthcare.

Member Minute with HORAN: Planning for a Rainy Day

This week, THC’s Ameenah Hall is joined by Rachele Wolf, Vice President Client Education Services of HORAN to talk about their commitment to supporting clients during the COVID pandemic.

MASK ON Campaign Launches with Help from P&G

Help us protect the region by sharing this important message of “IF YOU’RE OUT, MASKS ON,” to your employees and networks through social media.

Regional COVID Communications Center Launches

Critical Health and Safety Information to be Shared with Cincinnati Region via RC3

Member Minute with TiER1 Performance: Weathering the Storm

This week, Senior Healthcare Consultants Amy Donaldson & Laurie Farmer of TiER1 Performance Healthcare share how they are helping their clients weather the storm of the pandemic.

Using Quality Improvement to Inspire the Regional Response to COVID-19

Senior Manager of Clinical Initiatives Kate Haralson discusses how our regional COVID-19 response teams have worked to develop common tools often used in QI projects.

COVID-19 Cases Increase as States Reopen

Community spread has been attributed to large social gatherings, family parties, and work environments.

Member Minute with Airrosti: Keeping Essential Workers Moving

Learn how Airrosti is working to provide essential healthcare services during the pandemic.

What is Contact Tracing? And Why Does it Matter?

Contact tracing supports patients and warns contacts of exposure in order to stop the spread of disease.

Member Minute with Interact For Health: Equity and Engagement During a Crisis

O’dell Owens, MD, President and CEO of Interact for Health, join’s THC’s Ameenah Hall for Friday, 6/12.

Funding Renewed for Regional Model Addressing Health Related Social Needs

Gen-H Connect funding will ensure screenings for transportation, food access, and other services remain available in difficult times.

Member Minute with Health Care Access Now: Removing Barriers to Care During a Pandemic

HCAN’s Sarah Mills and Giacoma Telich describe the challenges of providing access to healthcare and health resources during a global pandemic.

How The Health Collaborative’s HIE is Helping to Coordinate the Coronavirus Response

From hot spot surveillance to tracking individual patient medications, our team has been innovating every step of the way with far-reaching implications beyond the current circumstances.

Member Minute: COVID-19 Edition – YMCA

This week’s interview is with Jorge Perez, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati.

Member Minute: COVID-19 Edition – YWCA

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Updated Hospital Visitation Policy for Greater Cincinnati Region

If you are planning to make a visit to a hospital, please contact the hospital directly or visit their website for more specific restrictions by location.

Member Minute with Green Security: The Impact of COVID-19

Justin Poulin, Vice President of Sales at Green Security, talks about how the organization has pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re Here. We’re Safe. We’re Ready.

Greater Cincinnati-area hospitals are here, safe, and ready to care for you and your loved ones.

Greater Cincinnati Hospitals Are Ready and Safe for You and Your Loved Ones

Join Greater Cincinnati’s Healthcare Leaders and Frontline Staff as they provide an update on the current state of our region’s Hospitals

We Want Your Feedback!

Member feedback is vital to our marketing and customer service strategies.

The Health Collaborative’s Board of Directors Elects Regional United Way Leader Moira Weir

Ms. Weir brings a unique perspective on healthcare and the needs of our region’s families.

Responsibly Expanding our Region’s Healthcare Services

Together, health systems and hospitals are prioritizing the needs and safety of patients, families, and employees to ensure we have the right resources needed to reopen and expand our services.

COVID-19 Regional Alternate Care Site to Demobilize

Many regional leaders and officials have worked together to make this decision, and to ensure that it will in no way negatively affect our region’s ability to respond to any future community need.

Staff Spotlight: Sandy Street, Accounting Clerk

Find out why Sandy is an invaluable, understated hero and staff favorite.

Council on Aging to Kick Off Medical Transport Program for Seniors

We asked Bryan Black, Transportation Manager at COA, to give us an insider’s look into this innovative new program with a quick Q&A.

CEO Corner: April 2020

Thanks to our collaborative community efforts we’re staying ahead of the curve.

Open Letter from Greater Cincinnati Health Systems & Hospitals

Our hospitals and health systems remain devoted to our region, and are prepared to care for you and your loved ones if you need them.

Testimonial from the Front Lines of COVID-19: Mountain Crest Nursing & Rehab

Mountain Crest has established a free-standing facility to accommodate post-acute COVID-19 infected individuals.

COVID-19, or Not? The Importance of Choosing the Right Care at the Right Time

Contact your primary care doctor or closest urgent care center if you feel symptoms, do not arrive to a hospital or emergency department without a doctor’s referral for testing.

Alternate Care Site Established for Greater Cincinnati Region

The Health Collaborative is proud to convene over 175 medical and public health leaders in 16 teams in a unified command structure, to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic together.

Greater Cincinnati Hospitals Collecting Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19 Treatment

Patients eligible to receive convalescent plasma must have a severe or immediately life-threatening infection with laboratory confirmed COVID-19.

Skilled Nursing Facilities Provide Patient, Family Comfort in Difficult Times

A snapshot of regional skilled nursing facilities shows how THC member organizations across the region are leading at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response,

THC’s Hyson Discusses Regional COVID-19 Preparedness on Local12-WKRC

Angenette Levy spoke with Hyson about the potential for a large makeshift hospital, how to spot the differences in types of masks – and we meet Troy the Cat!

Staff Spotlight: Jason Bubenhofer, Manager, Business Intelligence

Jason’s passion for providing timely and actionable information to our members is superceded only by baseba- family, definitely family…

Thank You, Greater Cincinnati!

“We are flattening the curve in Ohio,” said Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health Director.

Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

At this time, there are no routinely available pharmaceutical products that are FDA-approved for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.

NRHI and THC Partner to Conduct National Study of Best Practices for Off-Site Testing of COVID-19

This assessment will capture and curate best practices and lessons learned for off-site testing.

Dan Murrow: TAP MD Kicks off 2020 Rotations at Cincinnati Children’s

“This event was a great way to introduce all of us to the environment in which we hope to work,” says Dan.

Greater Cincinnati Area Hospitals Practice Personal Protective Equipment Conservation

Local authorities, hospital systems, and The Health Collaborative continue to explore strategies to increase local caches of supplies and equipment.

CEO Corner: Leading and Convening Through a Pandemic

“I am proud of our team and the leadership of our members and partners for their resiliency and extreme dedication during this unprecedented time,” says Brammer.

Updated Guidance Released for COVID-19 Testing & Isolation

The Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control have shared the latest strategies and criteria.

Greater Cincinnati Hospitals Halt Elective Procedures

While inconvenient, these are necessary steps to ensure the safety and preparedness of our region.

What Should I Do if I’m Sick?

The latest guidance from CDC and local public health.

Greater Cincinnati COVID-19 Assessment Sites

To keep patients and residents in our region safe, please follow these guidelines.

Cincinnati-Area YMCAs Focus on Childcare for Healthcare Workers

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati has announced that it is focusing on childcare for those providing healthcare services during the pandemic.

THC Selects Information Builders for Data Exchange and Analytics Solution

THC’s implementation of Information Builders’ Omni-HealthData Cloud solutions will enable a unified data exchange that gives users a single source of truth.

Greater Cincinnati Hospitals Update Visitation Restrictions

We are staying prepared with the latest information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments.

Kaylan Galey: Reflections on TAP MD’s First Rotation of 2020

“This was a great first event to participate in because it allowed us to see how important it is for health care professionals to remain practiced in their skills,” shares Kayla.

THC in the News: Addressing Healthcare Inequality with Data

In this collaboration with IBM’s Big Data and Analytics Hub, learn how Health Care Access Now utilizes services from The Health Collaborative to help Community Health Workers address social determinants and client barriers to better health.

Rumor Control: A Word on COVID-19 from Christa Hyson, MPH, PIO

Our Public Information Officer checks in with some sound advice and resources on COVID-19.

Staff Spotlight: Jill Ernst, Readiness and Response Facilitator

Jill comes to us from TriHealth, where she served as the Lead Employee Health Technician. She is also an active EMT with the Ripley Life Squad in Brown County.

Staff Spotlight: Damon Mays-Jones, Infrastructure Co-Op

Damon has been working with the team to help keep things running smoothly behind the scenes for internal and external customers, providing network administration, server/storage administration, and application support.

Operation S.M.A.R.T. Continues Tradition – Expands Program [PHOTOS]

This is the first rotation to include St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky to bring the total to five health systems in the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky area.

Staff Spotlight: Joe Huschart, Human Resources Intern

Joe works alongside our Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development to ensure smooth day-to-day services for our organization.

Media Summit 2020: Working Together to Tell Stories that Matter

Over 85 media professionals, hospital communication leaders, law enforcement representatives, and public information officers gathered together to commence the second annual Media Summit

Epic Special Interest Groups: Improving Quality and Outcomes

The Epic SIG members know that at any moment, a person could be admitted as a patient at any one of the participating health systems.

Staff Spotlight: Lauren Bartoszek PhD, Manager, Population Health Strategies

This self-confessed organizer-overthinker is the newest member of the Gen-H team.

Staff Spotlight: Barnabas Nixon, Technical Support Analyst

Nixon was recently hired on as an official employee after several months of contracting in the Customer Service department.

TAP MD Student Blog: Reflecting on “Top Docs” Event with Will Campa

We asked the Indian Hill High Senior to share his thoughts on the evening spent with the region’s best physicians and providers.

TAP MD Class 8 Completes Final Rotation at Cincinnati Magazine “Top Docs” Reception

Five students from our 2019 TAP MD class were on hand donning their lab coats to network with area physicians and healthcare professionals.

Possible Coronavirus Cases in Ohio

These individuals are currently isolated while awaiting test results. Their symptoms did not require hospitalization.

SDHS Senior Paves Way for Bright Future with Help from TAP MD Program

Being involved in this program opened many doors for this senior. Through TAP MD, Baker is now able to reach out to medical professionals due to the major networking opportunities.

Executive Director of UnitedHealthcare Elected to THC Board of Directors

Ms. Clipp’s addition to the award-winning Board of Directors aids the nonprofit in its mission to improve health and healthcare in the tristate region.

The Health Collaborative Recognized for Gender Equity Efforts

The insights gained through this process are already helping guide THC policy and practice.

Staff Spotlight: Richard Shonk MD, Chief Medical Officer

As Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Shonk is a core member of the executive team, providing senior executive leadership to the Programs & Services division.

GPO Spotlight: Espy Services

The Health Collaborative has recently welcomed Espy Services to its Group Purchasing Organization Preferred Vendor family.

CEO Corner: Recapping 2019 & My Interview on “Healthy by Design” Podcast

On behalf of my team here at The Health Collaborative, thank you for working with us on the common vision of improving care, lowering spending, and creating a healthier community.

Staff Spotlight: Ivory Patterson, Manager, Gen-H Connect

Patterson works with a diverse set of clinical and community partners to ensure the successful implementation of THC’s Accountable Health Communities model, known as Gen-H Connect.

Visitation Restrictions for Hospitals 2019

Greater Cincinnati hospitals implement restrictions to limit spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses this season.

TAP Health Unveils its First #GivingTuesday Campaign with “Lab Coats for Kids”

To help offset the cost for students, TAP Health is raising funds to ensure each student has the gear they need to succeed!

Staff Spotlight: Linda Langlitz, Front Office Assistant

Linda is responsible for a number of vital functions that keep things running smoothly for leadership, staff, and visitors.

Operation Cincinnati S.M.A.R.T. – November Graduation [PHOTOS]

This unique training program is designed to prevent skill atrophy and build civilian/military relationships while strengthening community ties.

White House Unveils Healthcare Price Transparency Rule: What Does it Mean?

In the next 12 months, our goal is to support our health system and hospital members as they quickly assess their ability to meet these new requirements.

Congratulations to Our 2019 Inspire Gen-H Award Winner: Mercy Serves, A Partnership of Mercy Health and AmeriCorps

Mercy Serves Members treat patients with a whole-person, chronic-disease model, including addressing emotional and social barriers to treatment and coordinating across settings to ensure all those who are ready for treatment get the care they need.

EW Scripps VP Danyelle S.T. Wright Elected to The Health Collaborative Board

Wright oversees The E.W. Scripps Company enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion strategies.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Primary Care

The Health Collaborative is partnering with Mathematica, the Patient Advocate Foundation, and MediaAgility on a solution leveraging artificial intelligence and industry-leading methods to achieve goals that drive primary care transformation.

Congratulations to Our Inspire Diversity & Inclusion Award Winner: Juliann C. Parker – The Christ Hospital Health Network

When Epic, The Christ Hospital Health Network’s electronic medical records platform, announced plans for an upgrade that would better capture patients’ sexual orientation and gender identity information, Parker immediately became a champion for training and resources.

Congratulations to our 2019 Inspire Quality Improvement Award Winner: Brad Mathis MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer, UC Health

Brad Mathis, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer at UC Health was awarded this year for his CAUTI project to improve patient outcomes, and dedication to advancing the Quality Improvement process system-wide.

2019 INSPIRE | Healthcare Award Winners Named by The Health Collaborative [PHOTOS]

Healthcare heroes in the Greater Cincinnati region were recognized for their excellence in the areas of quality improvement, population health, healthcare technology, and diversity & inclusion

Congratulations to Our 2019 Inspire Healthcare Technology Award Winner: TriHealth Corporate Health

The TriHealth Corporate Health team is helping close the gap between employee action to improve healthy habits and reducing the cost of healthcare for employers.

MEET OUR HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY AWARD FINALISTS: UC Health Primary Care Dashboards

Dr. Cogorno teamed up with Epic analyst Ashley Jackson to build custom Cogito Radar Dashboards that could display metrics for the entire patient panel on one screen.

Meet Our Inspire Healthcare Technology Award Finalist: Jeffrey Griffith, RN, Cincinnati VA Medical Center

“Jeff’s expertise is invaluable to the success of the VA Medical Center,” said Beth Ackerson, chief nurse and chief health informatics officer.

Meet Our Inspire Healthcare Technology Award Finalists: IT and Informatics Sepsis Team, TriHealth

The team developed workflows for diagnosing and treating Emergency Department (ED) and hospital patients who either present with severe sepsis or develop severe sepsis after being admitted.

Announcing the 2019 Inspire | Healthcare Champion: Dolores J. Lindsay

Lindsay has served as President and CEO of The HealthCare Connection since its opening, and is one of the longest-serving community health center CEOs in the country.

Meet Our Quality Improvement Award Finalist: Brad Mathis, MD, UC Health

A believer in servant leadership, Dr. Mathis is invested in innovation by – and the creativity of – all, including front-line employees. We’re proud to honor him as a finalist for the 2019 Inspire Richard M. Smith Leadership in Quality Improvement Award.

Meet Our Quality Improvement Award Finalists: Stroke Care Certification Program, Mercy Health

At Mercy Health – Cincinnati, minimizing the critical timing of stroke identification and treatment has been prioritized system-wide, and the results have been life-saving.

Meet Our Quality Improvement Award Finalists: Cincinnati Children’s Clinical Labs Phlebotomy Team

In less than a year, having this team in just one area of the hospital demonstrated nearly a 70% reduction in blood-draw specimens rejected for quality and quantity issues.

Meet Our Quality Improvement Award Finalist: Stacy Jones, BSN, RN

The overall spirit and teamwork within her unit has improved through Stacy’s continued advocacy and invaluable leadership across the healthcare team.

Meet Our D&I Award Finalists: UC Supplier & Services Economic Inclusion Initiative

A recent building project at UC Health became the most inclusive project in the health system’s history, and included a spend of more than $23 million with minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

Meet Our Inspire Gen-H Award Finalists: Mercy Serves AmeriCorps Team

Mercy Serves promotes the power of the human story to help shift the existing paradigm and stigma attached to addiction.

Meet Our Inspire Diversity & Inclusion Award Finalist: Maria Espinola, Psy.D

One year after joining the faculty of the UC College of Medicine, Dr. Espinola recognized the need to improve the recruitment, promotion, and retention of women and underrepresented faculty members, residents, and students.

Meet Our Inspire Diversity & Inclusion Finalist: Juliann C. Parker

Parker became a tireless force in leading network-wide cultural competency training to ensure staff and physicians across the organization were prepared for an upcoming change.

Meet Our Inspire Gen-H Finalists: WeTHRIVE! Hamilton County Public Health

Ten years ago, WeTHRIVE! started with a focus on increasing access to healthy food and physical activity, while decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke. What started with 50 people in three communities has expanded to impact more than 300,000 people throughout 26 communities.

Announcing the 2019 Inspire | Healthcare Keynote Speaker: Jay Want, MD

The Health Collaborative has confirmed its highly-anticipated keynote speaker for the SOLD OUT 2019 Inspire | Healthcare Gala & Awards Celebration, scheduled for November 6 at The Hilton Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati.

Meet Our Inspire Gen-H Finalists: Sayler Park Healthy Food Program

The Health Collaborative is proud to honor the Mercy Health team as a finalist for the 2019 Inspire Gen-H Award, as it identified a problem and quickly helped find a solution for a local neighborhood in great need.

Advancing Clinical Excellence Network Forms to Help Physicians Reduce Clinical Administrative Burdens

Pending acceptance, The Health Collaborative will help practices with pre-enrollment to join an upcoming CMS initiative to reduce clinical administrative burdens while improving quality.

National Collaborative of HIEs Appoints THC’s Keith Hepp to Board Chair Role

Keith Hepp will chair the Board of an organization that is growing in size, service and influence nationally.

Mass Casualty Exercise: After the Action [PHOTOS]

Hundreds of volunteers, regional emergency management agencies, hospitals, and first responders gathered to participate in the 2019 Mass Casualty Incident Exercise.

Staff Spotlight: Andrew Derksen, Manager, Group Purchasing Organization

We recently welcomed Andrew Derksen to The Health Collaborative team to lead efforts and manage relationships for our Group Purchasing Organization.

Meet Our Inspire D&I Finalists: Caroline Hensley and UC Student Run Health Clinic

Caroline Hensley, a fourth-year medical student in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine, and a team of other like-minded medical students decided to take action last year to help a community gain better access to healthcare resources.

Meet Our Inspire Gen-H Award Finalists: Deaconess Health Check Mobile Health Van

After identifying healthcare gaps in 2018 and realizing just how prevalent the problem was in the Greater Cincinnati area, the Deaconess team took immediate action.

THC Staff at 5th Annual Hoxworth Golf Outing [PHOTOS]

The 5th Annual Golf Outing benefiting the Hoxworth Blood Center Research & Regenerative Medicine Program was held on Tuesday, September 24.

The Health Collaborative Promotes Sara Bolton to Senior Vice President, Programs & Services

“Sara is a natural at connecting dots, empowering people, and stewarding improvement projects,” says CEO Craig Brammer.

CPC+ Team Endorses Burning Man for Creative Inspiration

Reflections on a retreat like no other from Tiffany Mattingly, RN, MSN, Director, Clinical Quality Improvement.

Vivek Alamuri: Trauma 101

Check out TAP MD’s day with UC Health with our TAP Student Reporter, Vivek!

Colleen O’Toole Presented Chief Operating Officer Award at 2019 CSuite Awards

Congratulations to Dr. O’Toole – and all the finalists and winners at the 2019 CSuite Awards!

UC Health Hosts TAP MD Class for “Trauma 101” [PHOTOS]

TAP MD visited UC Health on Friday, August 16 for a learning session on “Trauma 101.” Students learned about various aspects of trauma and emergent care.

Announcing the 2019 Inspire | Healthcare Award Finalists

Finalists (and winners) are chosen by past Inspire winners, program leaders, and subject matter experts in four areas including: diversity and inclusion, population health; health information technology; and patient safety and quality improvement.

Operation Cincinnati S.M.A.R.T. Graduates Fourth Class of Military Trainees [PHOTOS]

S.M.A.R.T. is an innovative, strategic partnership between the U.S. military and regional healthcare systems designed to prevent skill atrophy and build civilian/military relationships while strengthening community ties. 30 Active, Reserve, and Guard personnel representing the U.S. Army graduated from the unique training program.

Mass Casualty Incident Exercise Scheduled for September 19, 2019

Over 300 volunteers and 30 organizations are coming together to practice emergency response skills during a worst-case scenario.

Vivek Alamuri: TAP Health Summer Workshop at THC [PHOTOS]

Vivek Alamuri, a rising senior at Indian Hill High School, is our student “reporter” in the TAP MD program.

Gen-H Connect Spotlight: TriHealth Bethesda Butler

Darris Bohman MSN, RN, CEN is a Bethesda Butler Nurse that drives health-related social needs screening initiatives for vulnerable populations.

CEO Corner: Summer Edition 2019

“We’re already more than halfway through 2019, and after travelling several thousand air miles in recent months I continue to be challenged and inspired by my good fortune to work alongside the best and brightest in the industry.”

Staff Spotlight: Ben Dawson, Data & Informatics Analyst

Ben has a a Masters Degree in Health Informatics from Boston University and recently moved to the Southwest Ohio region via Portland, Maine.

TriState Nursing Excellence Symposium – Call for Abstracts & College Vendors

The 6th TriState Nursing Excellence Symposium will be held April 23, 2020 at Receptions Banquet and Conference. The deadline for abstract submissions is Nov. 1, 2019.

Staff Spotlight: Andrew Yarnall, Director, IT Solutions Architecture

Our new Director of IT Solutions Architecture has started out strong with lots of great insights and ideas. Read on for a quick Q&A getting to know Andrew.

Vivek Alamuri: TAP MD Experience at The HealthCare Connections

“I particularly enjoyed the segment about diabetes and obesity where we talked about the differences between Type 1 and Type 2.” Read more about Vivek’s TAP MD experience.

CAO O’Toole Named Finalist for 2019 C-Suite Award

The C-Suite Awards Program honors C-level executives for their contributions and commitment to the community.

Staff Spotlight: Ana Nieto, Human Resources Intern

We spent a few minutes getting to know Ana and what she’s planning to accomplish over the next couple of months.

Staff Spotlight: Allison Koening, Accounting Intern

We sat down with Allison for a brief Q&A to get to know her better and find out what she’s working on this summer.

ESO, THC Partner to Improve Communication Between First Responders, Local Hospitals

The Health Collaborative and data & software firm ESO announced this week their partnership to create a bi-directional exchange of healthcare data between EMS agencies and hospital care givers.

Staff Spotlight: Jack Komrska, Informatics Intern

We recently brought UC student Jack Komrska on board the Informatics team for the summer.

Team Rubicon Provides Disaster Relief in Tornado-Affected Dayton Area

This past weekend, THC’s Hyson and Team Rubicon Ohio conducted wellness check-ins with homeowners in Montgomery County, and helped remove tornado debris and damage from homes.

S.M.A.R.T. Graduates Save Lives, Transcend Expectations

During this round of S.M.A.R.T. three soldiers went above the call of duty – and saved lives.

Creating Tools for Population Health | THC at SHIEC 2019

THC will be speaking at the 2019 SHIEC Annual Conference! Join us August 18 – 21 at the Gaylord National Harbor in National Harbor, MD.

Board Spotlight: Five Minutes with Shirley LaPiana-Martin

Shirley LaPiana-Martin has recently been elected to The Health Collaborative (THC) Board of Directors to provide a healthcare consumer point of view, the first time in the organization’s history a direct consumer has been elected to serve.

A Consumer Perspective for The Health Collaborative Board of Directors

“The opportunity to present a consumer viewpoint with The Health Collaborative feels tailor-made to leverage both my professional and personal background,” Martin shares.

Staff Spotlight: Denise Carl, Development Director

As our Director of Development, Denise oversees and manages fundraising efforts for Gen-H and other associated programming, and she’s “never met a stranger.”

New Events Leadership, Program Offerings at The Health Collaborative

As she embarks upon her new career path at THC, Hall is dedicated to enhancing and expanding the events and programming opportunities on offer in its reservable Learning Center and many gathering spaces.

THC’s Claims Data Co-Op Announces Product Enhancement to Identify Care Gaps

Unique Ohio/Northern Kentucky data aggregation service is now offering eight HEDIS measures to enhance practices’ care management efforts.

Navigating Key Elements of the Latest Interoperability Regulations

New interoperability regulations are still in public comment period until June 3, 2019 – and THC will continue to stay abreast of the regulation changes to help you remain compliant.

CPC+ Delivers Ohio Practices Over $3.2 Million in Savings

CPC+ Strengthens Primary Care Practices Through Quality and Performance-Based Incentive Payments

The Health Collaborative CEO Takes On Additional Role

The Health Collaborative’s CEO, Craig Brammer, will be adding a second CEO title to his resume. Craig has been appointed to lead The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) starting November 1 and will concurrently serve in both roles.

Presenting the 2018 Inspire | Healthcare Award Winners [PHOTOS]

The Health Collaborative celebrated excellence and innovation in Greater Cincinnati healthcare in front of a sold-out crowd at The Center.

The CPC Initiative: Another Side of the Story

Our experts found that the multi-payer claims data provides evidence of considerable savings and utilization reductions in the Medicare Advantage population in OH/KY.

Announcing the 2018 Inspire | Healthcare Champion: Dr. Tayyab Diwan

Dr. Diwan has been selected for the 2018 Inspire Champion Award for his work in educating our youth and playing an integral role in the success of the TAP MD program since 2013.

Mercy Health Bends the Curve on Opioid Abuse: 2018 Inspire Finalist Spotlight

The Mercy Health informatics team leveraged the Epic EMR system to place screening tools and relevant patient history in the hands of providers at the point of care.

Reducing Waste While Caring for the Uninsured: 2018 Inspire Finalist Spotlight

The Good Samaritan Free Health Center is the only free health center in Hamilton County and provides care to the uninsured, non-Medicaid/Medicare-eligible adults who have an income less than 200% of the poverty level.

Mercy Health Addiction Treatment Collaborative: 2018 Inspire Finalist Spotlight

From prevention efforts, to harm- reduction methods, to long-term treatment, Mercy Health’s aim is to normalize and expand treatment options for those suffering from substance abuse disorders.

The Health Collaborative CEO Takes on Additional Role

The Health Collaborative’s CEO, Craig Brammer, will be adding a second CEO title to his resume.

Patient Centered Data Home White Paper

Patient Centered Data Home (PCDH) aims to place the patient at the center of care by making important health data available whenever and wherever care occurs.

Better Connected for Better Care: The Benefits of PCDH

PCDH allows clinical data to be available whenever and wherever care occurs and keeps the patient at the center.

Celebrating THC’s Birthday: Three Became One – and Now We Turn Three!

THC staff gathered to celebrate with cake and a few words from CEO Craig Brammer

12 Days of Holiday Cheer: A Health Collaborative Tradition

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Retirement Sendoff for Bob Coogan, Director of Grant Accounting

Our Director of Grant Accounting, Bob Coogan, has announced his retirement after more than seven years with the organization

We Have HIE Hopes for Healthcare!

We’re part of a growing number of health information exchanges across the country who are working to make sure care providers and patients have the right information, at the right time.

The Health Collaborative Launches hb/analytics Claims Data Co-Op Service for CPC+ Providers

Following the successful completion of Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Classic – one of the largest payment demonstration projects in the country – The Health Collaborative has launched an innovative new tool for Ohio healthcare providers as they continue efforts to improve primary care in the region.

Community Health Needs Infographic

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2015: Our Year in Review

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As the year draws to a close, we hope you'll join us for a moment to reflect on all the amazing things we've been able to accomplish with our members, partners, and supporters throughout 2015. Check out the retrospective photo...

The internet of things and your health data

The internet of things (IoT) is a hot topic in the technology ecosystem. But what is it?

The Merger is Official!

It’s official: The Greater Cincinnati Health Council, HealthBridge and the Health Collaborative have merged under the name The Health Collaborative. The document signing occurred Monday, March 30th.

HealthBridge Merges with Greater Cincinnati Health Council, The Health Collaborative

HealthBridge has merged with The Greater Cincinnati Health Council and the Health Collaborative into a single organization, effective March 25, 2015.

COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunity

COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunity

Hear a presentation on COVID-19 vaccines and immunity given by Irene Hamrick, MD at our recent Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Hospital Regional Workgroup meeting.

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Butler County Sees Rise in HIV Cases

Butler County Sees Rise in HIV Cases

“The percent increase is alarming and something we need to understand so we can implement prevention tactics,” says Jackie Phillips, Middletown Health Commissioner.

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