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Bernalillo County Partnership Selected For Innovative Effort To Transform Regional Health

December 29, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A partnership of several Bernalillo County institutions has been chosen as one of six national participants in ReThink Health Ventures, a two-year endeavor designed to help multi-sector partnerships accelerate transformation in their regions to generate more inclusive health value— demonstrated by the improved health of populations, better care, lower costs, greater equity, and increased workforce productivity.
Initial partners include the Bernalillo County Community Health Council, Bernalillo County government, HealthInsight New Mexico, Presbyterian Healthcare Services and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

Ventures was launched by ReThink Health, the signature initiative of the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, to demonstrate that an integrated, dynamic and high-functioning health ecosystem is possible. The Bernalillo County group was selected to join the Ventures cohort because of how far along the region is in thinking about these tough issues and how well-positioned it is to accelerate change.

"We have made progress in Bernalillo County through individual organization's efforts to address the many challenges we face to improving the health of our community," said Marsha McMurray-Avila, Executive Director of the Bernalillo County Community Health Council. "But we know that the only way we will truly make a difference is by working together to transform the systems that can create and maintain a collaborative culture of health. Although we are starting out with five core partners, we will be incorporating many more organizations and institutions from multiple sectors as we move forward."

“Presbyterian is dedicated to improving the health of the patients, members and communities we serve,” said Leigh Caswell, Director, Center for Community Health, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “Improving health means looking beyond the walls of hospitals and clinics. We look forward to Ventures support to continue this critical work with our community partners.”
"The UNM Health Sciences Center's vision is to work with community partners to make more progress in health and health equity than any other state,” said Arthur Kaufman, MD, UNM’s vice chancellor for community health. "This cannot be achieved without addressing adverse social determinants of health, a task requiring significant networking among different sectors. Ventures affords us this opportunity."  
Other participating regions include Sonoma County, CA; Trenton, NJ; New York’s Finger Lakes region; Central Oregon; and King County, WA. The project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson and Fannie E. Rippel Foundations.

The regions participating in Ventures are home to some of the most advanced transformation efforts in the country, but substantive and meaningful change can elude even those most poised for success. The Ventures project intends to engage in a deep and different way with groups positioned to accelerate change at a regional level, to learn together, and to explore key questions to determine what catalyzes action most effectively and what stalls progress. Ventures hopes to upend conventional thinking and to raise the ambitions and reduce the skepticism of communities and leaders, both locally and nationally, so that they aim for a higher standard.
“ReThink Health is excited to be working with these innovative partnerships to help them break from business as usual, to redesign and transform their health systems,” said Laura Landy, President and CEO of the Rippel Foundation. “It is these exemplars in communities across the country that will help demonstrate the power and necessity of looking at health as an ecosystem rather than as a collection of independent and siloed activities.”


About ReThink Health and the Rippel Foundation
ReThink Health catalyzes changemakers to reimagine and transform health. We help leaders identify and overcome the barriers to reform at a regional level, and inspire change across the country. ReThink Health was initiated by the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, which was founded in 1953 to pursue innovative solutions to the complex problems confronting health and health care. The Rippel Foundation makes smart investments in the future, seeding innovation today to ensure good health for generations to come.

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