Henry Ford Allegiance Finalist in Initiative to Improve Community Health

New Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded program being launched by IHI in partnership with Community Solutions, Communities Joined in Action, and the Collaborative Health Network

Henry Ford Allegiance Health announced today that the Health Improvement Organization (HIO) has been named the only finalist in Michigan to potentially receive funding from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to advance community health and wellness. Through the HIO, established in 2000, Henry Ford Allegiance has demonstrated national leadership in forming community partnerships that innovatively address wellness and prevention needs in the community.

With two years of grant support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, IHI’s new initiative, Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation (SCALE), will work with communities to develop their capability to improve health and spread effective community-driven approaches across the United States.

SCALE is the first community-based program of the recently announced global initiative, 100 Million Healthier Lives, led by IHI and 115 founding project partners. Through unprecedented collaboration, this initiative aims to achieve an ambitious goal: 100 million people living healthier lives by 2020. To date, more than 400 patients, community members, leaders, organizations and implementers across the domains of public health, community health, health care, policy, academia, business and finance have joined the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative.

Henry Ford Allegiance Health Director of Prevention and Community Health Amy Schultz, MD, said, “The HIO is honored to be chosen as the only finalist in Michigan and excited about the opportunity to advance local collaborative efforts to improve health, education and financial stability through this national initiative.”

The 57 grant finalists will be narrowed to approximately 30 communities by mid-April. SCALE aims to match up to 10 “mentor communities” – those with a recent track record of achieving better health – with 20 “pacesetter communities” that are seeking to accelerate their pace of change. “This has been an incredibly competitive selection process that began with hundreds of outstanding communities,” said Soma Stout, MD, MS, Principal Innovator in SCALE and Executive External Lead, Health Improvement, IHI. “All of the finalists should be incredibly proud of the accomplishment of getting to the finalist stage.”

SCALE communities will seek to obtain improved health outcomes, spread effective best practices as quickly as possible in order to realize improvements in health, and become beacons and resources for any community, anywhere, that is striving to obtain the best health possible – especially those most vulnerable to poor health due to poverty, violence or lack of social supports.

About Henry Ford Allegiance Health

Henry Ford Allegiance Health is a 475-bed health system in Jackson, Michigan, providing traditional acute care services with mission-based services to support the care continuum for all members of the community. Henry Ford Allegiance is a recipient of the American Hospital Association’s Foster G. McGaw Award for excellence in community service to underserved populations. Learn more about Henry Ford Allegiance Health.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

About The Institute for Healthcare Improvement

IHI is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. For more than 25 years, we have partnered with visionaries, leaders, and front-line practitioners around the globe to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. Recognized as an innovator, convener, trustworthy partner, and driver of results, we are the first place to turn for expertise, help, and encouragement for anyone, anywhere who wants to change health and health care profoundly for the better. To advance our mission, IHI’s work is focused in five key areas: Improvement Capability; Person- and Family-Centered Care; Patient Safety; Quality, Cost, and Value; and Triple Aim for Populations. Learn more at ihi.org.

About Community Solutions

Community Solutions is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that helps communities solve the complex problems facing their most vulnerable, hard hit members. We work from eight locations to assist communities throughout the United States and internationally. Learn more at www.cmtysolutions.org.

About Communities Joined in Action

Communities Joined in Action (CJA) is a private, non-profit membership organization of nearly 200 community health collaboratives – each of our members being committed to improving health, improving access, and eliminating disparities in their communities. Our mission is to mobilize and assist these community health collaboratives to assure better health for all people at less cost. Learn more at www.cjaonline.net.

About HealthDoers Network

HealthDoers Network is a vibrant network that connects diverse stakeholders and trusted groups who are working to improve community health and healthcare, especially those taking a multi-sector, collaborative approach. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and led by the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), the Collaborative Health Network is designed to accelerate the adoption of what is working locally, and to identify the next generation of challenges. Learn more at nrhi.org.

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